Save the Date Veranderende gesprekken / Changing Conversations

We willen je van harte uitnodigen voor Veranderende Gesprekken / We would like to cordially invite you for Changing Conversations.

Online event WdKA/PZI Master Design

Studenten in gesprek met experts / Students in conversation with experts

Donderdag 8 juli 2021 / Thursday 8 July 2021 – 13.00 – 17.00 uur / pm

More info coming soon.

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.

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.