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.

MIARD’20 Graduation

Visit the online exhibition here

Participating alumni: Mirela Atanassova, Jitivi Banthaisong, Saskia de Fabritiis, Ingmar König, Philippa Lorenzen, Hedvig Maria Koertz Mikkelsen, Rick Nemeye Van Wijk, Ceci Sariol, Mao Zhang   

Curated by: Golnar Abbasi and Natasha Marie Llorens 

The Master in Interior Architecture: Research + Design at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam is proud to present the work of nine of its 2020 graduates.

The nine projects on view in this online exhibition were produced in the middle of a crisis so disorienting that it was not immediately clear how many different times we would all try to get back to normal. A year later, their work is presented on a platform that, we hope, honors the complexity with which they responded to that moment and the courage it required of them to continue to produce.

The context for this exhibition is obvious. For MIARD’s MA candidates, this context required a constant negotiation between offline and online, between the room and the screen. It required a reconceptualization of the “interior” on an unprecedented scale and temporal intensity. This context continues to require translation between the logic of each individual MA candidate’s design process and flatness of the online space in which we are all obliged to appear to one another.

The 2020 MIARD graduation show—like the work it presents—takes place in two dimensions at once. It takes place between a room in a repurposed building in Rotterdam and an online space designed by Studio Folder. The viewer will see a number of installations set up throughout a large windowless room. The space was filmed using a 3D camera and then installed as a navigable 3D space online. Each installation was conceived by the alumni in collaboration with the curators to represent the logic of the graduation project. The installation does not present the work itself but rather a translation back into real life space of project that was made to be shown and defended online at the end of the summer term in 2020. To explore a project, click the hotspot to see fragments of each candidate’s work.


Website design and development: 
Studio Folder and Angelo Semeraro

Graduation Supervisors:
Golnar Abbasi, Ephraim Joris, Natasha Marie Llorens  

Graduation Committee Chair:
Alex Augusto Suárez  

External Expert:
Lotte Van den Audenaeren  

MIARD Coordinator:
Zoraïma Hupkes 

Diorama direction and assistance:
Golnar Abbasi, Zoraïma Hupkes, Ingmar König, Philippa Lorenzen, Hedvig Maria Koertz Mikkelsen, Rick Nemeye Van Wijk  

Odeon Building, a former theatre and cinema in Rotterdam built in the 1920s. Since then, it has served as a school, sports hall, community centre, and freelance studio spaces. It is about to be demolished in summer of 2021. 

UMAD decolonizing rituals

Workshop UMAD decolonizing rituals: Friday June 11, 16.00 – 18.00 hrs
With: Fazl Shairmahomed and Rolando Vázquez
Location: Zoom: on line workshop and film screening
Admission: Free, because of the max. amount of 30 participants please register via (deadline: June 8).

Zoom link for the workshop:

Hereby the Master of Education in Arts cordially invites you to take part in the workshop and film screening UMAD decolonizing rituals. In this workshop, featuring the performance artist Fazle Shairmahomed and teacher and researcher Rolando Vázquez, you will be invited to engage in a conversation around the question: where do political and spiritual processes of decolonization intertwine? This question will be explored through a writing ritual, viewing the short film UMAD and spoken word. The workshop requires light reading and preparation of a simple ritual before participation.

In the film UMAD (Hindi: emotional overflow) you witness the spiritual journey of decolonization for four artists with roots in Surinam, India and the Netherlands. They negotiate with the history of forced labour migration, the erasure of cultures they belong to, cultures they have come to belong to, and the oppressive systems which continue to exist today. All of them have been touched by the Dutch and British colonial projects, but are shaped differently through their personal experiences in life through religion, gender, and sexuality, which becomes visible through their authentic visions on decolonization and healing

Fazle Shairmahomed is a performance artist, dancer, intersectional activist, and community builder. He creates decolonizing rituals, through which he transforms the relationship with the spectator, and challenges understandings of inter-sensoriality. His experienced reality creates an urgency that shapes his artistic choices leading to themes such as death, rebirth, ancestry, belonging, colonial histories, and healing. As a community builder he is one of the members of CLOUD danslab, an artist-run dance studio which supports research and practice of dance, movement, and performance art in the Hague; Masala Movement, an international intercultural platform for creativity; and he is involved in several Queer communities. He graduated in anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies/Arabic.

Rolando Vázquez is a teacher and decolonial thinker. He is regularly invited to deliver keynotes on decoloniality at academic and cultural institutions. Vázquez is currently Associate Professor of Sociology at University College Roosevelt and Cluster Chair at the University College Utrecht. Since 2010, he co-directs with Walter Mignolo the annual Maria Lugones Decolonial Summer School, now hosted by the Van Abbemuseum. In 2016, under the direction of Gloria Wekker, he co-authored the report “Let’s do Diversity” of the University of Amsterdam Diversity Commission. Vázquez’s work places the question of the possibility of an ethical life at the core of decolonial thought and advocates for the decolonial transformation of cultural and educational institutions. His most recent publication is Vistas of Modernity: Decolonial aesthesis and the End of the Contemporary (Mondriaan Fund 2020)

Credits UMAD:
Artists: Fazle Shairmahomed, Taskien Khudabux, Anima Jhagroe-Ruissen, Rubaina Bhikhie; Film and edit: Tanja Busking; Sound: Marlon Penn; Research: Zuleika Sheik; Photography: Milan Tettero

Made possible by: crowdfunding whydonate, Masala Movement, theater De Vaillant, Gemeente Den Haag, Cultuurschakel, Fonds1818, Fonds voor Cultuurpartcipatie, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds, VSB Fonds

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.