SESSION: Laying a Table for the Ancestors

Saturday 9 October 2021
3–6 pm

Join us for a SESSION celebrating the poetics and circular temporality of harvest, on the occasion of Jasmine Thomas-Girvan’s solo exhibition Bathed in Sacred Fire, presented in collaboration with Sour Grass and the Piet Zwart Master of Fine Arts.

This special SESSION moves through a cycle of gathering, preparing, sharing, and enjoying the produce of a garden in dialogue with the celebration of an exhibition. Its title ‘Laying a Table for the Ancestors’ is inspired by the grounding from the artistic practice of Trinidad and Tobago artist Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, on the occasion of her first solo exhibition in Europe as part of Kunstinstituut Melly’s SOLO DUETS series. Often embedded in material traces of the Caribbean such as seed and gourds, palm fronds, and feathers, Thomas-Girvan’s sculpture embraces a botanical temporality of place in which ancestry can be embraced as futurity as well as past.

For this program, we will gather at our downstairs bookshop and café MELLY, before taking a short walk to the Piet Zwart Instituut where we will be welcomed by students and staff for an introduction to their collaborative garden. The planting and cultivation of the garden will be introduced, as well as the pedagogic principle of the garden as a place of collective learning among artists.

Following this, we will return to MELLY for a conversation program featuring honored guest, the author, and poet Olive Senior. Connecting virtually, Senior will share insights from her award-winning works such as the Gardening in the Tropics (1994, winner F. J. Bressani Literary Prize) which explores a Jamaican literary consciousness of political, natural, and spiritual worlds. Senior will engage in conversation with Thomas-Girvan, as well as with guest curators Annalle Davis and Holly Bynoe of Sour Grass, a curatorial agency dedicated to cultural practitioners of the Caribbean region.

SESSION: Laying a Table for the Ancestors – Experience – Kunstinstituut Melly

Kris Dittel

Kris Dittel is a Rotterdam-based curator, editor and occasional writer.

Informed by her background in economics and social sciences, her curatorial practice pays attention to the social, political and economic context of her work. Her long-term research projects materialise in a multitude of ways, as exhibitions, performances, publications, talks, public events, and other. Most recent research interests include Kinship & Community (Temporary Gallery, Cologne 2022); The Voice as Material (Post-Opera at TENT, V2_, Operadagen Rotterdam, 2019); and the question of value (The Trouble with Value at Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow and Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2016–19). With Eloise Sweetman Kris co-hosts I Hope This Message Finds You Well, a podcast about curating.

Currently Kris is co-editing two publications, The Material Kinship Reader with Clementine Edwards (2021) and Singing Beyond Human with Jelena Novak (2022). Other edited volumes include The Trouble with Value: Art and Its Modes of Valuation (Onomatopee, 2020), Marjolijn Dijkman: Radiant Matter (Onomatopee, 2018), The Economy is Spinning(Onomatopee, 2017), and Antonis Pittas: Road to Victory (co-edited with Clare Butcher, Mousse Publishing and Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2017).

Between 2013-14 Kris was participant of De Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam. She holds a master’s degree in art theory from Maastricht University (2010) and in economic policy and administration from Masaryk University, Brno (2006). 

Kris is 2021-22 Mediankunst fellow NRW, hosted by Temporary Gallery in Cologne.

MIARD Talks 2021-22: Mark Wigley

In a workshop with students of the Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design, Mark Wigley will discuss the contemporary relevance of Constant’s vision of networks – and the long life of the New Babylon project.   

The workshops are part of a larger program organized by Kunstinstituut Melly and Het Nieuwe Instituut.  

Kunstinstituut Melly and Het Nieuwe Instituut are proud to co-present an evening talks program and parkour surrounding the legacy and 101-year anniversary of Constant Nieuwenhuys. The program centers upon Nieuwenhuys’ visionary utopic architectural project New Babylon, as well as the landmark exhibition held in 1998 and curated by architecture historian Mark Wigley. Created in 1956, New Babylon offered a vision of a future built environment spanning the entire surface of the Earth, held aloft on pillars; of a society organized around leisure and play, work only being performed by automated machines. How does this vision look today? How does the proposition of New Babylon change from 1998 to 2021? And what was the impact of this exhibition upon those who saw it?

5 – 6 pm
At Kunstinstituut Melly, conversations and refreshments with special guest Mark Wigley and Rotterdam’s MIARD centering on the vitrine display presenting materials from our exhibition archive of the 1997 exhibition Constant: New Babylon. We will then enjoy a short walk to our neighboring institution, Het Nieuwe Instituut. 

6:30 – 8 pm
At Het Nieuwe Instituut, a lecture by Mark Wigley on the historic exhibition Constant: New Babylon.

Badlands Poster

Badlands – Meet the New Generation of Filmmakers

2 — 23 September 2021 at Eye Filmmuseum.

Who will determine the future’s cinematic landscape? Which stories will be told and how?

Up-and-coming film talent at Eye: a new generation of Dutch makers are given the opportunity to present their debut films, discuss filmmaking and select films by makers that inspired them.

During the Badlands evenings, the filmmakers will illuminate their artistic and societal visions as well as explain their personal drives using their own works and excerpts from makers who inspired them. What do they dream of? Who inspires them and what would they like to see changed? How do these new talents depict the pressing issues in their own lives? Time to share personal experiences.

In September, Eye will celebrate Dutch cinema’s future with a selection of eleven talented up-and-coming filmmakers who work in various disciplines and have diverse backgrounds. What unites them is their individuality and unique artistic ideas on cinema as an artform, in short: as yet untold stories.

The talents of September: Lenina Ungari, Daniël Ernst, Rossella Nisio, Jemima de Jonge, Festus Toll, C.T.H. Fransen, Kevin Osepa, Aisha Madu, Emma Branderhorst, Vincent Tilanus and Daniël Kolf.

Badlands in an ongoing programme compiled by guest curators Lemuël de Graav, Xiang Yu Yeung and Eye programmer Ronald Simons and moderated by Noa Johannes (NTR/NPO3) and Marian Cousijn (art historian, curator).

Check here the full programme

Ooit eens daarna / Once upon a time after

WdKA/PZI Master Design 

Alumni presenteren hun design research / Alumni present their design research 

De lezingen zijn in het Nederlands / the lectures will be in Dutch. 

Binnen de Master Design doen ontwerpers design research naar actuele en relevante kwesties. Auteurschap en participatie gaan daarbij hand in hand, om tot ontworpen oplossingen te komen. 

Ontdek hoe alumni van de afgelopen anderhalf jaar dat deden en welke follow-up ze aan hun afstuderen gaven tijdens een Thursday Night Live mini-conferentie met: 

Joost van Wijmen die encounters rondom het lichaam ontwierp 

Britt Hoogenboom die verbindende gesprekken over nieuwsbeelden initieerde 

Maike Klip die ambtenaren een weg terug naar empathisch werken bood 

Isabel Quiroga die onze relatie met objecten herstelt 


Nanna van Heest die een wonderkamer voor subjectieve kleurverhalen deelt. 

Karlijn Souren neemt de moderatie voor haar rekening. 

Tijd: Donderdag 16 september, 17.00-21.15 uur 
Locatie: Auditorium Het Nieuwe Instituut – Thursday Night Live! 
Opname: Later beschikbaar via Het Nieuwe Instituut 

Meer informatie over de alumni vind je op de 
Wie | Who op  

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Within the Master Design, designers conduct design research into current and relevant issues. Authorship and participation go hand in hand, in order to arrive at designed solutions. Find out how alumni of the past year and a half did that and what follow-up they gave to their graduation during a Thursday Night Live mini-conference with:  

Joost van Wijmen who designed encounters around the body 

Britt Hoogenboom who initiated connecting conversations about news images 

Maike Klip who offered civil servants a way back to empathetic work 

Isabel Quiroga who restores our relationship with objects  


Nanna van Heest who shares a wonderful chamber for subjective color stories. 

Karlijn Souren will moderate the sessions.  

Time: Thursday 16 September, 17.00-21.15 hrs  
Location: Auditorium Het Nieuwe Instituut  
Recording: Later available via Het Nieuwe Instituut – Thursday Night Live! 
More information on the alumni can be found in the 
Who | Who of 

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The Experimental Publishing – graduation show 2021 | BLUE LINKS

Date: 17th of July
Time: 15:00 – 21:00
Locations: VARIA the mothership   |     Nieuwe Charlois   |  RIB    |   Ateliers M42   |   The Pole 


Blue is the sky, blue is the ocean. Blue is our mood (sometimes). Blue are the paths that have not yet been followed. 

The leaps, jumps, and dives that are implicit to clicking the blue links allow for traveling back and forth between states and spaces. When generating paths, we think through both collective physicality and individual domains — bound territories to be traversed.

Not so long ago, we sat inside, looking through the window, thinking about the outside. Today we welcome you to look through our windows from the outside, as they open from within. Grab your map and go on a journey, follow these links that connect us. Roam around the array of works, existing not only as single fractions but also as part of a collective.

Nothing exists in isolation, without pathways of convergence, overlap or synchronicity. We are all linked, connecting in-between and with each other. 

Blueness dissolves upon activation.

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Experimental publishing – graduation show 2021 |   BLUE LINKS

“Unbothered, moisturized, happy, in my lane, focused, flourishing.”

➔ We are graduating.

Workshops \\ performances \\ exhibition \\ presentations \\ surprises \\ celebration

➔ Join us, opt out, connect, convert, go forward/back, explore, access, collapse, chat and claim.

We are different links, establishing connections in-between.

➔ We are: Mika Motskobili, Tisa Neža Herlec, Mark van den Heuvel, Clara Noseda, Anna Sandri, Max Lehmann, Ioana Tomici, Avital Barkai, Damlanur Bilgin.

Blueness dissolves upon activation.

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VARIA the mothership: (Gouwstraat 3, 3082 BA Rotterdam)   |
Nieuwe Charlois (Wolphaertsbocht 81)   |
RIB (Katendrechtse Lagedijk 490B)   |
Ateliers M42 (Gouwstraat 34 a/b)
The Pole (Pompstraat 40-B1)   |

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PIET ZWART INSTITUTE – MASTER OF EDUCATION IN ARTS: Seeking a coordinator/producer knowledge production (0,2 FTE)

Seeking a coordinator/producer knowledge production (0,2 FTE)

Deadline for applications: Monday July 12  

Piet Zwart Institute / Willem de Kooning Academy The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programmes of the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. The different programs offer a rich combination of in-depth specialization and transdisciplinary exchange with a view to imagining the future. Students and tutors come from around the globe, bringing a variety of languages, perspectives, cultural influences and international connections to an intimate learning environment.  

The Master of Education in Arts is two-year part-time research master. The relation between practice and theory is a central feature of the program: students design and experiment with pedagogical models and tactics, as much as critically research them. Focusing on the interstices of research, pedagogical experimentation, interdisciplinary art/design practices, cultural critique and social practices, the course welcomes practitioners in the field of secondary and higher art/design education, museum education, as well as artists and designers, challenging the boundaries between socially engaged practices and experimental pedagogy. We regard collaborations, cross-pollinations and exchanges to be of essential value to the future of education. 

The course has the ambition to mark 2021/2022 as a year to re-focus its engagement with public knowledge production directed to students within the course and the larger education al community. The current time of turmoil asks for engaging with and working collaboratively on invested topics on a pedagogical level. The applicant which we seek will work closely with the course director and an editorial team, and will carry responsibility for the coordination and production of public events and extra-curricular activities for students and staff within the course.

Duties and tasks will include
– The production and coordination of public events of the course, amongst others a symposium (December 2021) and publication (June 2022), as well as other extra-curricular activities for staff and students.
– Managing contact and communication with lecturers, authors, students involved in aforementioned events.
– Assisting the course coordinator and course director with public relations and the on line platform of the course.  

– Excellent organization and coordinating skills and ample experience in producing (internationally orientated) events and publications. This may preferably also include the ability to think through alternative, workshop-like or embodied formats of public engagement.
– Strong communication, writing and editing skills, with an eye for detail as well as the ability to think creatively and experimentally about formats and how to distribute a publication to the right public(s).
– A curious, engaged, critical and research-like attitude.
– Ability to work independently, while carefully coordinating tasks in alignment with the staff and management of the course.
– Experience with working in larger educational/cultural institutions.
– An affiliation with and genuine interest in knowledge production in relation to recent developments in art and design education and/or experimental pedagogical/participatory practices.
– Excellent English language proficiency and professional communication writing abilities.

Key Features
Caring collaboratorEfficient and creative organiserClear communicator Studious editor.

  Application should include the following:
– Curriculum Vitae
– A letter of motivation

Salary and employment conditions
Hogeschool Rotterdam is able to offer a temporary contract of 0.2 FTE from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022. The salary ranges from € 2.848,45 to € 5.026,85 gross per month (scale 10-11) for a full-time employment, exclusive of additional 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.  

Please send your application directly to the course coordinator: Susana Pedrosa at and course director Ingrid Commandeur at

All documents must be in English and in pdf format. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews to be scheduled in on Friday July 16.

The Piet Zwart Institute is committed to building and sustaining a community based on inclusiveness, equity and diversity, we encourage applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities and nationalities. For questions, please contact us by e-mail.

Credits image:
Agents in the Anthropocene: Trans/disciplinary Practices in Art and Design Education Today, photo by Thomas Walskaar.

Core Writing Tutor, Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art, Willem de Kooning Academy


The Master Fine Art is hiring a writing tutor for a position ranging from 0.2 FTE – 0.3 FTE.

We are looking for a practitioner-teacher with an established writing or research practice who desires to work within an international cohort of students, artists and colleagues. You will be teaching in collaboration with another writing tutor to advise year-2 students on writing their graduate theses. You will also be working with year-1 students to develop their understanding and approaches to research through the Proseminar: Research Practices curriculum.

We warmly welcome applicants from underrepresented, minority, or non-conforming communities. The staff at the Willem de Kooning Academy is diverse, not just in terms of practice profiles but also in terms of culture, gender, and ethnicity.

For more information please click here.

The In-Between MIARD’21 Graduate Exhibition

The In-Between
MIARD’21 Graduate Exhibition
July 1–4, 2021

 Opening: July 1, 7–10pm

Piet Zwart Institute Master Interior Architecture: Research and Design
Hofbogen, Raampoortstraat 30
3032 AH Rotterdam
the Netherlands

Graduates: Angelo Ciccaglione, Eva Garibaldi, Noelle Ingeveldt, Katharina Kasinger, Leila El-Kayem, Nury Lee, Gavin O’Leary, Rachel Refael, Denisse Vega De Santiago, Milena Sekulic, Maria Weis

The Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design at Piet Zwart Institute invites you to The In-Between, an exhibition of the final projects by the 2021 graduates. 

The exhibition elucidates the depth of interdisciplinary practices within this year’s MIARD MA candidates who present 11 installations that pose questions about the temporal quality of space and its reverberations in memory, document, and physical trace. Occupying two large arches under an old railroad in Rotterdam Noord, the works conjure an immersive, sensorial experience where the body of the visitor is constantly being reoriented and challenged, as if in transition without a final landing.  

Emerging from a year of uncertainty and instability, the exhibition digs into the fallibility of our environments as records of collective biases and morals while contending with the material realities heralded by a new decade of the 21st century. Employing an arsenal of material experimentation, site-specific performances, spatial design, critical research, and the document as form, the graduates have produced ambitious works that take on the complex legacies of environmental change, exploitative economies, and the politics of the body. Departing from the knowledge produced in different geographies, both intimate and public, the works are positioned as sites of potentiality, generating fictions for the self and the collective. 

The In-Between unfolds in parts, through the storefront the works take a sculptural shape, but once inside the installations are meant to be inhabited, as the architectural shapes contour and envelope the viewer. The eleven installations coexist in the shared sensibilities and space-making strategies that have emerged in the group dynamic, demonstrating dexterity with the use of materials such as textiles, mud, dust, soap, and soil. At the core of the exhibition, there is the desire to look through the crevices of existence and the cracks of history, to zoom into the glue that bonds us to our environments and each other as a way to reveal the fragile web of organized life.   

Public access will be determined on RIVM rules for safety.

The exhibition is part of Rotterdam Art Week, June 30 – July 4 program of events. 
For more information visit:
General opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 11am-6pm

Curator: Sharmyn Cruz Rivera
Graduation Project Supervisors: Golnar Abbasi, Ephraim Joris, Natasha Marie Llorens, Federico Martelli
Graduation Project Chair: Alex Augusto Suárez
External Expert: Nasim Razavian
Project Manager: Zoraïma Hupkes
Technical Assistant: Ricardo Nemeye Van Wijk
Graphic Designer: Kristjan Dekleva



Dates: July 1st – 11th, 2021
Location: Het Archief, Robert Fruinstraat 52, Rotterdam, NL
Opening: July 1st, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Online performance & screening programme (TBA): July 10th

Opening hours:
July 2, 3 and 4: 12.00 – 20.00
July 5 and 6: open by appointment only
July 7, 8 ,9 and 10: 12.00 – 19.00
July 11: 12.00 – 18.00

The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art celebrates the graduates of 2020 and 2021 with an exhibition of their recent works. 

Through lockdowns and uprisings over the last year, artists have had to question how to engage artistic practice and life within both turbulence and monotony. Art practices have had to renegotiate new awarenesses of health, safety, grief, and isolation. Meanwhile movements for social justice seeking recourse to historic injustices weigh on our everyday consciousness. Notwithstanding the current emergent contexts of our time, the artists in this exhibition have been tasked to also carry the particularities of their own aesthetic and relational concerns into a field that is rapidly transforming around them. Together, the 2020 and 2021 graduates of the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art represent two ends of a very long year. The conditions that have marked us all in different ways continue to influence the many and varied directions taken by these makers, doers, and organizers. 

The location of this exhibition, the former Rotterdam city archives, provides an architectural framework and a space to project through layers of history. As a storehouse for data and documentation of a city through the span of several decades, the archive, now emptied of its contents, is an appropriate space for framing this collective endeavor. What materializations, documents, or remnants serve as useful indications of shared histories? How do singular images represent not only themselves but perhaps also stand in for communal narratives and even global paradigms? 

This exhibition is inclusive of Piet Zwart Master Fine Art graduates of both 2020 and 2021. Their  works, as singular as they may be, also stand as markers for an ongoing shared experience: not only of pandemic and social transformation, but also of the smaller movements of everyday life. There is a general sociality between these works as they came into being around each other. The mutual influence of the conditions of the Piet’s shared studio spaces, collaborations, and solidarities can also inform how we engage with this exhibition through curiosity, attention and care.

Participating artists:

Ayo, ‘20

Annabelle Binnerts, ‘20

Antonia Brown, ‘20

Jake Caleb, ‘20

Petter Dahlstrom Persson, ‘20

Olga Hohmann, ‘20

Peter Horneland, ‘20

Jamie Kane, “20

Lucia Mendoza, ‘20

Lukas Messner, ‘20

Josie Perry, ‘20

Daphne Simons, ‘20

Yanik Soland, ‘20

Berglind Erna Tryggvadóttir, ‘20

Guillem S. Arquer, ‘21

Emma Astner, ‘21

Linus Bonduelle, ‘21

Dagmar Bosma, ‘21

Pascale de Graaf, ‘21

Aimilia Efthimiou, ‘21

Halla Einarsdóttir, ‘21

Diana Al Halabi, ‘21

Junghun Kim, ‘21

Bruno Machado Das Neves, ‘21

Steven Maybury, ‘21

Christian Ovesen, ‘21

Organized by: 
Danny Giles (Course Director, Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art), Nathalie Hartjes (Director, MAMA), Kim de Haas (Daily Manager, MAMA)

About Het Archief:
Het Archief is a creative breeding ground in the former archive of the Municipality of Rotterdam. In collaboration with SKAR Ateliers, the building is being developed into a place for artists, culture makers, exhibitions and more.