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. 

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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. 

Open Day Piet Zwart Institute: Master of Education in Arts Saturday 6 February, 2 – 3.30 pm

We warmly welcome you to take part in the Master of Education in Arts – on line Open Day to find out more about our program! Course director and tutors will give a presentation about the course and afterwards there is time for an elaborate, informal Q & A with staff and students.

Please subscribe before Wednesday 3 February via the email: We kindly ask you to provide us your name, background (discipline) and a short description of what interests you in our master program. To learn more please visit: Can’t attend? Visit one of our other Open Information Meetings throughout the year >

From Home to Home poster.

Lens-Based student Nguyen Ngoc Trang Thy to premiere in the London Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Film: From Home To Home

Director: Nguyen Ngoc Trang Thy

Script Co-writer: Vien Khau

Graphic Designer: Tran Tu Nguyen

Festival name: London Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

Festival Date: 7th Jan 2021 – 1st February 2021

Festival information.

The year is 2020. The world is fighting a pandemic. In the Netherlands, the government announces city lockdown to control the spreading of the disease. Stuck in a foreign country and longing for home, the narrator walks out one day, starting a trip hoping to find somewhere to belong. FROM HOME TO HOME” weaves together mysterious images that evoke classic science fiction cinema, such as SOLARIS and FRAU IM MONDE to convey the experience of being trapped in the uncanny and silent Netherlands while longing for home. And depicts the protagonist’s journey of finding her way home – on the wrong side of the world.

Link to purchase the film (the ticket will allow you to watch Thy’s film with other 97 films):…/

Lift-off programmes:

Exhibition: The Social Body at Atelier Hofbogen

Gentrification affects us all differently and the best strategy against excessive gentrification is the strengthening of the local communities. Students from the Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design program will present their proposals for a community center in the space of Atelier Hofbogen. The Hofbogen is an urban project in Rotterdam that will create a park on a disused elevated railway line and will incentivize commercial activities in the arches below it. The project has been an idea for over ten years, since the railway line that connected Rotterdam with the Hague was decommissioned when the tube network was extended. Since September 2019 the ownership of the whole building was transferred to Dudok Groep (real state developers) who have created a vision for the project, including the creation of the park on the surface and the selection of tenants for the arches.  

Designers don’t only solve the problems identified by the clients, but they should be capable of critically looking at each project and propose integrated solutions that expose and solve issues that have not been seen. For this design studio, the students have been asked to propose an integral design that is socially minded and considers the needs of the local community. The proposals are creative interpretations of initial investigations in the location, the area, the city and the community. Ranging from youth centers focused on the musical history of the neighborhood to migration stories told through the materiality of stones, the proposals are a vivid representation of the diversity of this changing corner of Rotterdam.

Come and visit our window show open 24/7Friday 11th to Sunday 13th of December, Vijverhofstraat 88 and 903032 SN Rotterdam

Instagram: @miard_inrealtime

Image: Soundscape Agnieseburg, Rachel Refael, Katharina Kasinger, Angelo Ciccaglione, Noelle Ingeveldt, 2020

Climb the Wall Roodkapje

Climb the Firewall – Interactive Event – Roodkapje

Climb the Firewall
Saturday, 5th December, 2020.
14:00 – 20:00

We are excited to invite you to Climb the Firewall, an interactive *real-life* scavenger hunt throughout Rotterdam’s streets to safely play in the age of broadcasted lifes. Rough tapes, computer fossils and prehistoric mobile phones will drive you to unlock your path for the unexpected.

Grab your bored roommates, venture out into the real world and follow the traces of De Tapijttegels all the way through the center of Rotterdam to enter their secret headquarters. If you make it on time and bring their lost treasures, they might reward you with an exclusive *real-life* performance. If not, at least you made it out of the house. But beware: Winners don’t fall from the sky. You will have to master multiple channels to find your way.



Participating Artists

    De Tapijttegels
De Tapijttegels is a duo ensemble comprised of Sid Dankers and Nadia van Essen. A skilled kazoo player, and a trained nose-flautist who combine their qualities in analogue live performances in which dusty, yet electrifying sounds are created.
During the interaction of this somewhat naive orchestrals duo, they examine the context and immediate environment in which they are located. Their new tape will be released soon!…

    Roos Groothuizen
Roos Groothuizen is an independent media artist and designer who dances on the borders of interaction, theater, intervention, web, film, games and animation. Also a proud member of Telemagic: an open media-lab trying to make sense of the mysteries that revolve around digital technology.

    Kendal Beynon
A writer & designer currently situated in the realm of experimental publishing, she aims to find the in-between of these fields through hacking, subversive design and dissemination.
Web: & @tr0pisms

    Camilo Garcia
Visual Artist interested in exploring printed matter and digital publishing possibilities to expand narratives, propose questions and speculate answers.
Web:  & @jackrackjack

    Federico Poni
Artist, well known as cyber-pigeon. Interested in the relationship between human/machine, in his research he tries to understand something more about the complexity of the techno-social-ecosystem.

    Floor van Meeuwen
Designer and organiser of events made by and for artists. Working in collectives as content writer for Volkssnakkel newspaper, organized eclectic events with Droom& Vreesmann and part founder of Spread Zinefest.

    Jacopo Lega
Active in the fields of graphic design and art direction, as Amphibia he focuses on printed matter and solid aesthetics in an effort to comprehend and expand the wholesomeness of the cultural experience, today.

Image by Jacopo Lega and Cyanne van den Houten

Special thanks to Galerie de Jalouzie (, Poing Arcade (, Maurik Stomps(

– Due to the duration of the event it is highly recommended to come by bike. Time is of the essence when moving from one place to the next.
– As parts of the event take place outside, make sure to dress accordingly.
– Tickets are limited! Booking a ticket is a commitment to participate.
– This is Roodkapje event, but this is not the starting location. You will receive the starting location !not Roodkapje prior to the beginning of the hunt.

Master Design launches their new website

Met trots presenteren we je onze website, waaraan veel van onze alumni genereus hebben bijgedragen:

In deze website delen we waar we als Master Design voor staan, wat onze studenten en alumni doen en nieuws over dingen die op stapel staan. Sommige teksten zijn in het Nederlands, sommige in het Engels – precies zoals dat binnen onze studie ook gebruikelijk is. Van onze studenten en alumni vind je de eigen stem terug in hun artikelen en/of profielen.

It is a pleasure to present you our website which is now being launched:

In this website we share what we stand for as a Master Design, what our students and alumni are doing and news about things to come. Some texts are in Dutch, some in English – just as is customary in our course. You find the voice of our students and alumni in their articles and / or profiles.


Date: November 25th, 2020
Time: 17.00hr / 5pm
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Meeting ID: 931 4678 6963
Passcode: 834371

The work of visual artist Yoeri Guépin emphasizes on research and often involves historical trajectories of knowledge production such as botany, archaeology, anthropology or the writing of history through objects. Central to the art- practice is working with collecting and the museum collection/archive as site of knowledge production and its historical vernacular to colonialism. Guépin’s projects often materialize in performative settings involving elements of film, text or objects, sometimes activated at a specific site. His latest project focusses on the late-colonial period and the role of the botanical garden in Bogor, Indonesia in the exploitation of its natural resources by the Dutch government. Guépin holds an MA from Dutch Art Institute (2013) and the works have been presented in various exhibitions and symposia such as Akademie Künste der Welt, Cologne (2018), TENT, Rotterdam (2019) and Times Museum, Guangzhou 2020. 

During the talk Guépin will combine both his gardening practice and his most recent project which focusses on botanical gardens, tropical agriculture and experimental plant sciences during the late colonial period in Indonesia.

Botanists at ’s Lands Plantentuin in Buitenzorg (Bogor) Indonesia with the first adult Oil Palm trees send from Hortus Amsterdam in 1848. (Image KITLV Leiden)