Master Education in Arts presents: Rehearsal: Emerging Learning Sites

Rehearsal: Emerging Learning Sites

The MA Education in Arts cordially invites you for the two-day public symposium, entitled Rehearsal: Emerging Learning Sites hosted by TENT Rotterdam. This symposium is part of the Piet Zwart Institute’s 2022 Graduation Shows that are taking place at various venues across Rotterdam.

Through participatory workshops, open space discussions and performative exercises, Rehearsal: Emerging Learning Sites introduces the various contexts and methodologies with which the MEiA students are working. Rather than reporting on their findings, the students will engage in conversation with people who are passionate and/or curious about contemporary institutional and alternative, experimental education. This invitation to participate in emerged learning starts with pedagogical gestures developed by the MEiA cohort through experimental practices both in and outside of institutional educational settings, working with groups of students and marginalized communities of children and adults.To name a few: relating through crafting and listening in peer-led women groups; activating sensory memories in discovering nature in everyday life; allowing spaces of care and equality in learning communities within institutional settings; combining embodied and linguistic strategies for emancipatory experiences in relation to multilingual children; performing and suspending teacher-student power dynamics in theatre education by proposing ‘rehearsing change’ as pedagogy. The detailed symposium programme can be found here. The program is fully public, but due to their participatory nature, the workshops in the morning require registration. We look forward to welcome you!

With: Urte Baranauskaite, Judith van den Berg, Elina Charinti, Kasia Dembinski, Lorenzo Gerbi, Jeroen van der Heijden, Bruna Esperi, Iris Megens, Xica Negra and Huy Bang Phan.

Rehearsal: Emerging Learning Sites
Friday, July 1, 10:00 – 19:00
Saturday, July 2, 11:00 – 18:00
TENT, Auditorium
Witte de Withstraat 50

Workshops Friday July 1

Bruna Esperi: Opportunities for a Shared Environment
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Registration: required, please register by sending an e-mail to

The number of places is limited to 30 people.

Jeroen van der Heijden: Let’s Play a Game Called Teaching
Time: 11:15 – 12:45
Registration: required, please register by sending an e-mail to

The number of places is limited to 25 people.

Workshops Saturday July 2

Lorenzo Gerbi: Rehearsing New Meanings for Economic Alternatives
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Registration: required, please register by sending an e-mail to

The number of places is limited to 12 people.

Elina Charinti: Exploring Embodied Multilingual Repertoires through Language Portraits
Time: 12:40 – 13:25
Registration: required, please register by sending an e-mail to:

The number of places is limited to 12 people.


MA Education in Arts, Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Course director: Ingrid Commandeur
Production, coordination: Susana Pedrosa
Curator: Irina Shapiro
Graduation supervisors: Ingrid Commandeur, Elizabeth Graham, Çağlar Koseoglu, Irina Shapiro, Sjoerd Westbroek, Thijs Witty

Graphic design programme leaflet: Kristin Metho
Design PZI Graduation Shows campaign images: Archipelago

With special thanks to TENT Rotterdam for their kind support and hospitality.

Bound by Design – Design researchers ontmoeten/meet experts

Woensdag 8 juni / Wednesday 8 June

Eerstejaarsstudenten van de WdKA/PZI Master Design nemen het publiek mee in hun design research. Aan de hand van een voor hen belangrijke vraag gaan ze in gesprek met experts die daar antwoord op kunnen geven. Het publiek wordt uitgenodigd mee te denken. Vijf lezingen zijn in het Nederlands, drie in het Engels. 

First-year students of the WdKA/PZI Master Design take the public along in their design research. Based on a question important to them, they start a dialogue with experts who can answer it. The public is invited to contribute. Three lectures are in English, five in Dutch.

Vind alle informatie hier / Find all information here:

Graduation Shows 2022

venues in Rotterdam dates
PZI Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design:
Lens-Based Media (LB)
V2_ & TENT 16 – 26 June curator Florian Weigl. Opening Thursday 16 June until Sunday 26, Monday and Tuesday closed or by appointment only
PZI Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design:
Experimental Publishing (XPUB)
UBIK + S/ASH Gallery, WORM 24 – 25 June Workshops & presentations Friday 24 June. XPUB grad work will also be represented at the WDKA graduation, 13-17 July.
PZI Master Education in Arts (MEiA) Tent 1 – 2 July Workshops & presentations (some public and some closed to the public).
PZI Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD) HuidenClub 7 – 10 July curator Danai Giannoglou
PZI Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design:
Fine Art (MFA)
MAMA+UBIK+Slash Gallery 8 – 16 July
PZI Master Media Design (MDES) WDKA Blaak 10 and Wijnhaven 61 13 – 17 July In parallel with the WDKA graduation


We are pleased to welcome you to our annual open studios titled Open Studios, an occasion during Art Rotterdam week for visitors to experience the range of practices, realities, narratives, and dynamics the MFA program fosters in its studio building.

We open our doors on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd at 11h and all until 18h you will have the occasion to meet and engage directly with a new generation of emerging international artists and see their work. While keeping our doors open to the public, the artists will be showing their work and hosting a durational program full of surprises,indoors and outdoors. This includes their group exhibition on the ground floor, performances, radio program, guided tours, bar, shop and conversations in and outside their studios throughout the day.

Location: Open studios of Master Fine Art is located at Karel Doormanhof 45, a short walk or bike-ride from Rotterdam Central Station.

More information on the program and the participants:

The two-year Master Fine Art program foregrounds the reciprocal articulation of self-directed research, practice, and professionalization. It considers critical reflection, debate, and action as integral to being an artist. The MFA guides artistic development through exposure to actors, influences, and ideas circulating in contemporary art, professional guidance and workshops, and exhibition and public program opportunities for presenting research and work to wider audiences.

Team: Liesbeth Bik (tutor), Bernd Krauß (tutor), Cannach (tutor), Federica Bueti (tutor), Jan Verwoert (tutor), Nina Wakeford (tutor),  Katarina Zdjelar (tutor), Petra van der Kooij (coordinator) and Danny Giles (Course Director).

On behalf of the students and the team we wish you best wishes and hope to see you on Saturday (21st of May) and Sunday(22nd of May).

Master Education in Arts presents: Learning with the Garden; Learning from the Land

We cordially invite you to a day of workshops, conversations/presentations, walks and field listening at the urban garden complex Volkstuinvereniging Streven naar Verbetering (SNV) in Rotterdam!

A typical urban garden such as SNV does not look like an experimental learning site at first, or as a place of (un)commoning practices that continuously negotiate between varying meanings, expertise and politics. It tends to be seen as an assemblage of tiny eclectic allotments and people of different ages and backgrounds who maintain the land and relations in the complex. Looking at it from a larger perspective, gardening is simultaneously a metaphor and a model for examining and (un)learning practices of environmental interventions. Learning with the Garden; Learning from the Land proposes to relate to this urban site of biologically and socially interdependent living beings through small-scale engagements and personal stories. Spending this day in the garden, we will explore how its soil, water, air, creatures and people trigger different scenarios of learning and co-responding. The slow process of relating to the interwovenness of the Earth’s human and non-human beings opens up the possibility of challenging institutional (or disciplinary) mechanisms that depend on a predefined method of observation and understanding. This land-based classroom invites us to experience learning through becoming together with the land and other people and sharing accountabilities, rather than through reporting and explaining those. We invite gardeners, students, artists, designers and educators to join us in imagining a non-disciplinary practiceof meaning-making which relies on embodied and intuitive experiences as tools.

With: Skye Maule-O’Brien (educator, researcher, WdKA); Victoria McKenzie (eco-warrior, academic-activist, choreographer), Tara Page (Head of PhD Art Practice and Learning, Goldsmiths, London),

Ida Hiršenfelder (sound artist and archivist), Irina Shapiro (designer, educator, events curator) and Renée Turner (artist and senior research lecturer WdKA).

This event is part of a larger event series called Co-respond: Bodies, Voices, Spaces in Art Education initiated by the MA Education in Arts / Piet Zwart Institute: Ingrid Commandeur (Course Director), Irina Shapiro and Renée Turner in collaboration with Jules Sturm (ZdHK, Zurich).

Practical information:

Location: Volkstuinvereniging Streven naar Verbetering, Roel Langerakweg 33, Rotterdam

Date: Friday June 3, 2022

Time: 10:30 – 18:00, drinks until 19:30

How to enrol: Attendance is free, but due to the event’s participatory nature, the number of places is limited to 40 people. Please enrol in time by sending an e-mail (with your name and contact details) to if you wish to attend.

Piet Zwart MFA at Venice 2022

The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art is pleased to announce our participation in “Personal Structures”, an exhibition organized by the European Cultural Centre Italy coinciding with the 59th Venice Biennale. The works of current PZI MFA students will be on display at Palazzo Mora April 23rd until November 27th 2022. The MFA presents an exhibition within an exhibition curated by our friends Shimmer. 

This exhibition, I Must Be Living Twice, proposes an unfixed quality of artistic production, returning to the studio as a space of powerful inarticulation. We invite the method of the studio into the exhibition to resist the environmental impacts, demands of production pressure, and typecasting that often accompany exhibitions. We attend to the private, tender points in which decisions are made in an artwork. This is where artwork splits off, continues, changes, rejects, or is forgotten.

This collection of work is amassed from the off-cuts or the not-yet-decided of material processes. These are the trimmings, the unworked ideas, the might-have-been that ends up sidelined. These materials have yet to find a footing in an artwork. These could also be the ‘objects’ of influence of painting or your practice over time. Perhaps it is a mirror on the desk, the rocks you keep picking up, or the ever-growing folder of dolphin tattoos.

I Must Be Living Twice features the trimmings, edges, and studio fragments of artists currently enrolled in the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art in Rotterdam and is curated by Eloise Sweetman and Jason Hendrik Hansma, co-directors of Shimmer art space.

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MIARD 2021 Alumni receive Architecture Grant Scheme, Stimuleringsfonds

MIARD 2021 Alumni Rachel Refael, Milena Sekulić and Gavin Oliver O’Leary have received the Architecture Grant Scheme from Stimuleringsfonds.

“Refael argues that our cities are faced with a progressive marginalization of sex-related places in the city. This is pushing queer culture and the sex work industry to the outskirts of the city, with gentrification happening in the Old Town. Through several personal interactions, the project aims to demonstrate the necessity of Red-Light Districts within cities in providing a platform for the people who depend on them. The research uses field research, mapping techniques and interviews to arrive at an extensive written and visual document. The focus is on three types of spaces: The Ball Room, The Brothel and The Sex Shop. For the project, Rachel Refael is collaborating with Milena Sekulić and Gavin Oliver O’Leary.”

“The proposal clearly describes how certain places that have a representative value to marginalized groups within society are slowly disappearing from the urban fabric, limiting their freedom of movement and putting them at risk of social isolation. This mapping gives one of these groups a voice and leaves room for a special polyphony that is of added value to the current debate about the city. The committee finds it interesting that the applicants themselves do not have a background in architecture, which means that a fresh perspective can be offered.”

The Architecture Grant Scheme supports projects that contribute to the quality, development, or understanding of the field of architecture.

Experimental Publishing SI17 Launch ‘This Box Found You For A Reason’

date: Friday 25 March, 18:00 – 21:00

location: Page Not Found
Boekhorststraat 126, Den Haag 

Page Not Found and the Master Experimental Publishing (XPUB) at the Piet Zwart Institute,
Willem de Kooning Academy,
invite you to the launch of the Special Issue #17 “This Box Found You For A Reason”.

Under the guidance of artist Lídia Pereira and the XPUB staff, the master students explored how (video) games features are making us more, not less, productive. Life and work are ‘gamified’ through social media, dating apps, and fitness apps designed to increase motivation and productivity. Gamification blurs the lines between play, leisure and labour, to release our collective dopamine for profit. Games in themselves often perform a reproductive role, presenting capitalism as a system of natural laws, exemplified by in-game predatory monetisation schemes. On the other hand, games provide necessary down time and relaxation, helping people function in a largely dysfunctional economy and society. Yet leisure remains a contested space which is still unequally distributed, between genders, ethnicities and abilities. The form of the publication reworks the figure of the loot box, a typically virtual and predatory monetization scheme.

The launch features presentations by the XPUB students and a discussion with Sepp Eckenhaussen & Koen Bartijn from Platform BK ( ) who take the economics of the publication as entry point into larger questions of how the labour of artists and designers is valued and what structures, guidelines and policies can help (small scale) institutions ensure that these practices remain sustainable.

This is a free event.

The publication is co-published by Page Not Found and XPUB, and made by Ål Nik (Alexandra Nikolova), Carmen Gray, Chaeyoung Kim, Emma Prato, Erica Gargaglione, Francesco Luzzana, Gersande Schellinx, Jian Haake, Kimberley Cosmilla, Miriam Schöb, Mitsa Chaida and Supisara Burapachaisri.

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