EARTHRISE × Zhōuwéi Network

A Hybrid Reality Game
30th of April till the 31st of May | FREE

Something is rising in the midst of the city surrounding us. In between the many microcosms of the infinitely unfinished city of Rotterdam, three potential futures are emerging in the nebulous atmosphere. A city mirroring a constant construction site opens up doorways to realities close enough to sense. The realities of the year 2041.

In a game of chance, players are led to a series of geographical locations, to try and unlock artefacts of the societies of Zhōuwéi Network. In the form of an ephemeral soundscape, EARTHRISE infiltrates your perception of the changing sceneries you find yourself in as you follow the directions of the game makers. As you surrender to the game, your destined path will unravel before you. Do you feel at home in your own reality? What about the one you are moving towards?

Playable now mobile only on
Zhōuwéi Network is a worldbuilding research umbrella that explores the design of affective undertones in different speculative future societies, in dialogue with currently emerging technocultural developments. The fiction series ‘Embodied ambitopias’ (2021) zooms in on hypothetical mind-body exercises, combined with speculative interfaces and contrasting rhetorics to shed light on the differences, as well as the occasional similarities, between the three worlds.

Liminal Vision is a creative collaboration between Victor Evink (s x m b r a) and Emilia Tapprest ( Their project Zhouwéi Network is currently showcased at Zero Emissions by 2099, in MAMA, curated by Mary Ponomareva.

With contributions by Gill Baldwin, Camilo García Aycardi & Federico Poni. Produced by Erik Peters, Ruta Genyte & Louisa Teichmann in collaboration with MAMA and Mary Ponomareva.

Artist talk by Gordon Hall

Date: Friday April 23rd, 7pm
Zoom link: Topic: Artist Talk Gordon Hall
Time: Apr 23, 2021 07:00 PM Amsterdam
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Please join us for this talk by Gordon Hall on their artistic practice and their current solo exhibition at Hesse Flatow Gallery in New York.

Gordon Hall is an artist based in New York who makes sculptures and
performances. Hall has had solo presentations at the MIT List Visual
Arts Center, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The
Renaissance Society, EMPAC, and Temple Contemporary, and has been in
group exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn
Museum, The Hessel Museum, Art in General, White Columns, Socrates
Sculpture Park, among many other venues. Hall’s writing and interviews
have been published widely including in Art Journal, Artforum, Art in
America, and Bomb, as well as in Walker Art Center’s Artist Op-Ed
What About Power? Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture
(published by SculptureCenter), Documents of Contemporary Art: Queer
(published by Whitechapel and MIT Press,) and Theorizing Visual
 (Routledge). OVER-BELIEFS, a volume of Hall’s collected essays, interviews,
and performance scripts was published by Portland Institute for
Contemporary Art in 2019. Hall will be 2022 resident faculty at the
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

MFA students and alumni participate in the European Media and Art Festival

We are very happy to share that several of our students and alumni will be participating in the European Media and Art Festival this year. Christine Ayo, Jamie Kane, Linus Bonduelle, Dagmar Bosma, Shertise Solano, Antonia Brown and Afrang Malekian supported by Katarina Zdjelar will exhibit new video works alongside artists participating in other European academic programs. The video program can be viewed here: and you can find a full program of festival talks here:

XPUB1 Special Issue # 14 launch of I DON’T KNOW WHERE WE ARE GOING BUT …..

Location: Page Not Found, Boekhorststraat 126-128, Den Haag

Date: 12 April
Book your timeslot: 12 noon – 8 pm

Date: 12 April, 2021

Book your timeslot: 12 noon – 8 pm

Page Not Found and the Master Experimental Publishing (XPUB) at the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, are delighted to invite you to the launch of their Special Issue #14, entitled “I Don’t Know Where We’re Going, But — A Local Network City Quest”.

The Situationist Times was a magazine edited and published by the Dutch artist Jacqueline de Jong in the sixties. With only six issues, the Times became one of the most exciting and playful magazines of that decade, thanks to its multilingual, transdisciplinary, and cross-cultural exuberance. The never-realised seventh issue, destined to explore the game of Pinball and its female player, is the starting point of our collaboration with XPUB and artist Lídia Pereira. During the course of this semester, the first year Master students were tasked with imagining what the seventh issue could be if it were produced today, under the guidance of Lídia and the XPUB staff. You can discover their works by finding the hotspots they installed throughout The Hague. You are invited to start your psychogeographical exploration of this distributed publication at Page Not Found, on Friday 2 April, from 12:00.

This Special Issue was created by Kendal Beynon, Martin Foucaut, Camilo García A., Clara Gradel, Nami Kim, Euna Lee, Jacopo Lega, Federico Poni, Louisa Teichmann, and Floor van Meeuwen.

We wholeheartedly thank Jacqueline de Jong for her kind interest and support in this collaboration.

Time slots of 15 minutes are available for the start of the quest at Page Not Found, after which you can continue to roam through The Hague for as long as you like until 18:00. Register for your slot here:

This is a free event.

Image credits: XPUB1

Kate Briggs wins Windham-Cambell prize

‘Kate Briggs is a writer and translator whose brilliant first book This Little Art (2017) defies categorization. It is at once a memoir, a treatise, and a history, considering Briggs’s own life as a translator from French to English, offering an account of the nature and stakes of translation, and presenting a history of three women translators in the twentieth century. The book articulates and refracts the many strangenesses and paradoxes of translation as a practice and an art. Translation, Briggs shows us, is both lonely and collaborative, disciplined and profoundly educational, a private devotion and a public project. It energizes and frustrates, requiring from its practitioners passion, precision, and an openness to transformation. Briggs is the translator of two volumes of Roland Barthes’s lecture notes at the Collège de France, The Preparation for the Novel (2011) and How to Live Together: Novelistic Simulations of Some Everyday Spaces (2013), and co-translator of Michel Foucault’s Introduction to Kant’s Anthropology (2008). She teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, Netherlands and is currently working on a new book: a novel-essay titled The Long Form.’



In recent decades, our engagement with the world has become increasingly virtual. This shift has profoundly affected our relationship with and understanding of images. The global pandemic has exacerbated the situation: we now interact with the world almost exclusively through images on screens. In discussions of how the new reality is affecting people’s everyday lives, however, surprisingly little attention is paid to the role of the lens in shaping our new virtualized “being in the world.”

The artworks brought together in the exhibition Performing the Lens, all produced by 2020 graduates of the Piet Zwart Institute either as part of their degree projects or shortly after graduation, signal a reengagement by artists with the formative power of lenses. Through reinvestigating and expanding established lens-based practices and discourse, these works explore the lens as an active tool in the construction and perpetuation of reality. Focusing on the choreography, algorithms and materiality of contemporary imagemaking, Performing the Lens stimulates new ways of being, seeing and imagining that ground us in the world again.


Andreas Drosdz

Susanna Fasciolo

Cem Altinoz

Ana Brumat

Ugo Petronin

Felix Obermaier

Mia Paller

Jue Yang

Sonia Mangiapane


Between March 29 & April 2, the works of the artists will be presented as videos. The video’s will be shared through V2_’s websiteVimeoFacebookInstagram & Twitter accounts. If you want to receive a link to the video’s directly by e-mail, please fill in the following form

More information on V2_’s page for the event.


Alemanen kanposantue, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, 2020

Date: Friday March 19, 7pm
Zoom link: Topic: Artist Talk Piet Zwart Institute
Time: Mar 19, 2021 07:00 PM Amsterdam
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Heritage can often be a source of conflict, as demonstrated by recent controversies over Dutch colonial legacies. Iratxe and Klaas will talk about the role this kind of conflict plays in their artistic practice. They will elaborate on some of the ideas developed by Iratxe in her recent essay The Porous Stone, in order to discuss notions of authenticity, identity, ownership and retribution in relation to contested heritage.

Iratxe Jaio (Spain 1976) and Klaas van Gorkum (The Netherlands 1975) work as an artist duo since 2001. Their practice could be described as a kind of experimental archaeology. It explores the social significance of existing objects and documents, by appropriating and reproducing them within a different context. They have participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues such as Artium Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz; ADN Platform in Barcelona; FRAC-Aquitaine in Bordeaux; MUSAC in Léon; Tabakalera in Donostia-San Sebastian; Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna; Fabra i Coats in Barcelona; De Appel in Amsterdam; or Konsthall C in Stockholm.


March 5th 2021 – Online event – 10.00am – 5.00pm 

The students of the Master Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute kindly invites you to have a peak at our online (Open)Studios event. Click the link and you will find a schedule of events, meet the current students and see what we have been up to. You are also welcome to visit and enjoy our garden at Karel Doormanhof to experience sprouting’s that spring and the students have made. 

At this (Open)Studios event, current students will share their multi-disciplinary practices on the airways with the annual Piet Zwart Radio station, they will be selling works on our online shop and sharing their writings on our online publication.  

There will also be opportunities to meet the MFA students for questions about the programme throughout the day. Keep an eye on our social media for updates and student Instagram take overs and the (Open)Studios event page for more details. 

Piet Zwart Institute MFA 
Karel Doormanhof  45 
3012 GC Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 
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Participating artists:  
Andrea Celeste La Forgia, María José Crespo, Oliver Doe, Grazia Gallo, Xiaofeini Liu, Kyra Nijskens, Emma van Noort, Afrang Nordlöf Malekian, Kate Price, Madeleine Ruggi, Shertise Solano, Samboleap Tol, Guillem S Arquer, Emma Astner, Linus Bonduelle, Dagmar Bosma, Pascale De Graaf, Aimilia Efthimiou, Halla Einarsdóttir, Diana Al Halabi, Junghun Kim, Bruno Machado Das Neves, Steven Maybury, Christian Aagaard Ovesen 

Pedagogical team 2020-21:
Liesbeth Bik, Bernd Krauß, Luke Williams, Jan Verwoert, Nina Wakeford, Katarina Zdjelar, Federica Bueti, Natasha Soobramanien 

Open Day 2021

The annual Piet Zwart Institute Open Day will take place online on Saturday February 6th 2021. The full program per Master Program is now online on our website.

Photo: Anna Maria Łuczak, 2020.

Master Design Open Day February 2021

Based on their own design question, students within the Master Design learn to do design and in-depth design research. They constantly reflect on what they discover and convey their work and expertise through storytelling. They combine and integrate this part-time master with their design practicerenew their own role and in this way that of creative professionals in society and organizationsThey contribute to socialenvironmental and technological change. The combination of participatory work and authorship is fundamental. 

Join us in our online Open Day to find out more on our course, in a program where the course director, a tutor and two students share their insights and answer questions. 

Saturday 6 February 2021 
10.30 am – 13.30 pm 

10.30-11.15 Master Design in general 
11.15-11.45 Two student present and answer questions 
11.45-12.30 Questions in general 
12.30-13.00 Q&A on possible design questions (with examples) 
13.00-13.30 Follow up in preliminary workshops 

You can sign up till Thursday 4 February, 10 am, through    

Please tell us your name, background (discipline) and what you expect from our master (short text) – if you didn’t do so before.