Site-Writing: The Grid and its Unruly Edges

This workshop will introduce the concept of site-writing based on two locations in Rotterdam, Hof Van Noord and the Van Nelle Factory building.

Site-writing is the analysis of space based on the body’s perception. The term was coined by Jane Rendell in Site-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism (London: Bloomsbury, 2010.) The technique is centered on a heightened attention to embodiment. Rather than relying on abstract representations of space, or using tools that distance the body from the final drawings, this method asks students to center their awareness of spatial design in the senses. 

The first part of the workshop will be led by Yoeri Guepin, a visual artist based in Rotterdam who has a plot in the community garden . A community garden is considered a grid with plots of land assigned to different amateur gardeners. Guepin’s artistic practice challenges that spatial idea by conceptualizing the surface of the earth as a volume containing myriad interdependent microcosmic universes. Guepin will give a short introduction to his work on bacterial microcosms, then lead students through an examination of the different soil conditions present in the garden.

The second part of the workshop will begin with a guided tour of the Van Nelle Factory, which was built between 1925 and 1931 in the International Style of modern architecture, influenced by Russian constructivism. The Van Nelle Factory is a Dutch national monument and was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2014. In many ways, it is the spatial inverse of the garden: built-to-order to process tea, coffee, and tobacco grown in Indonesia and other Dutch colonies before being shipped to Rotterdam, the space was designed to package and standardize agricultural products for mass consumption.

This workshop is led by guest tutor Natasha Marie Llorens, a writer and curator based in Stockholm where she is Professor of art and theory at the Royal Institute of Art.

image courtesy of Yoeri Guepin


Time: Thursday October 20, 2022, 16.00hr/4pm, free admission
Location: Karel Doormanhof 45, a short walk or bike-ride from Rotterdam Central Station.

Lyndon Barrois Jr. is an artist and writer based in Pittsburgh, PA where he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. He is half of LAB:D, with artist Addoley Dzegede, with whom he has collaboratively staged two exhibitions, and co-authored a book of essays (Elleboog, at the Jan van Eyck Academie in 2019). Using magazines, advertising, cinema, and vernacular imagery as primary subjects of inquiry, Barrois’ multimedia practice breaks down and re-configures the languages of print, design, and popular culture in order to investigate underlying ideology, ethics, and conceptions of value. 

Recent solo exhibitions include How to Make a Mirror at Melanie Flood Projects, Mirage Collar at Artists Space, Others Who Struggle with Nature at Rubber Factory NYC, and Zaal 8 at Kasteel Oud Rekem in Belgium, and the two-person exhibitions Mercantile with Addoley Dzegede at Sharp Projects, and Dreamsickle with Kahlil Robert Irving at 47 Canal. Barrois Jr. received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis (2013), and his BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (2006). He has recently completed residencies at Latitude in Chicago, Loghaven in Knoxville, the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands, Fogo Island Arts in Newfoundland, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland. 

On Thursday October 20, 2022 Lyndon will give a talk at the Piet Zwart Institute about his practise. This talk is free and open to the public.

Image credit: Installation view of Mirage Collar, Artists Space, NY 2022

Addoley Dzegede

The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art is thrilled to welcome artist Addoley Dzegede as our very first Fulbright researcher-in-residence. Addoley is a Ghanaian-American artist who grew up in South Florida. With her Fulbright project Exploring textile lineages in Dutch collections through dyeing, batik, and wax print histories, Addoley takes Dutch museums and collections as primary sources and will explore textile lineages through the lens of dyeing, batik, and wax print. These lineages include textile crafts from around the world, such as Indian chintzes that have been incorporated into Dutch traditional wear, Javanese batik, and mass-produced wax prints that have found popularity in former Dutch colonies and their neighbors within Africa. During her nine-month residency, Addoley will gain a deeper understanding of the history of cross-cultural textile production, imitation, and adaptation. In the spring, she will lead workshops with MFA students to cultivate dye-producing plants in the Piet Zwart Institute’s garden. 

Addoley Dzegede received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and MFA from Washington University in St Louis, where she was a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Loghaven Artist Residency in Knoxville, Tennessee, AIR Green textile residency in Norway, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, Osei Duro in Accra, Ghana, Thread: a project of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Senegal, and Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, among others. Solo exhibitions include, Ballast, at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri, and millefiori at KSMoCA in Portland, Oregon. Special projects include the Ask Addoley + Anna podcast with Anna Ihle, with seasons commissioned by Coast Contemporary, the National Museum of Norway, A Structure Envisioned for Changing Circumstances, and most recently by CAC Brétigny. 

On Wednesday September 28 2022, Addoley will give a talk at the Piet Zwart Institute about moments and discoveries that developed her deepening interest in textiles and led her to apply for a Fulbright to come to the Netherlands. This talk is free and open to the public. 

Time: 4pm. 
Address: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam 

Image credit: Veiled Prophet/Profit, Addoley Dzegede, 2018


This is reality is the graduation exhibition of the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art class of 2022. This year, the exhibitions are installed in Showroom MAMA, UBIK and the S/ash Gallery, all located on or around the Witte de Withstraat in the centre of Rotterdam.

Artists: Andrea Celeste La Forgia, Emma van Noort, Grazia Gallo, Kate Price, Madeleine Ruggi, María José Crespo, Oliver Doe, Xiaofeini Liu, Samboleap Tol, Shertise Solano.

Curated by Kim de Haas

July 8 5–10pm / Open from July 9 till July 16 from 2–7pm (July 15 open until 9pm) / Closed: July 11 and 12.

Showroom MAMA – Witte de Withstraat 29 – 31, 3012 BL Rotterdam
UBIK – Boomgaardsstraat 69, 3012 XA Rotterdam
The S/ash Gallery – Boomgaardsstraat 69, 3012 XA Rotterdam

By Andrea Celeste La Forgia 

Performed by Andrea Celeste La Forgia, Silvia Arenas, Niloufar Nematollahi, Sarah Atzori, Tiago Santos, Linus Bonduelle
July 8 – 7.30 – 8pm and  July 9, 6.15 – 6.45pm at Showroom MAMA

I keep changing the way I have to address you
By Oliver Doe
July 8  (Duration variable)

Witnessing as a method of getting through gateways
By María José Crespo and Madeleine Ruggi
July 15 6pm – 6.45pm at Kunstinstituut Melly

Becoming an observer, then a mediator. Witnessing gains access to information around the realities and fictions of borders, territories, and the currencies and values which bodies are subjected to in these zones.

Madeleine Ruggi and María José Crespo draw together their separate processings of information within their artistic research by sharing ideas and working methodologies into an audiovisual performance presentation. The presentation will navigate different ways of collecting information, and the translation of found materials as research.

Where is my karaoke?
By Samboleap Tol
July 15, 6.40 – 6.55pm  at Kunstinstituut Melly

For this lecture performance, Tol has deviced a sonic and textual response to the prompt ‘Where is my karaoke?’. Through storytelling she takes us through her musical bicultural childhood, flashing back through different sonic memories and questions, out loud, how it all relates to her now.

This is reality and it was but a chat away

A real chat is hard to come by. Trust is in short supply. But trust is needed to get a chat going, and let it generate what may qualify as social reality.

Reality is trembling. Where desire, grief, and power are at stake, many demons populate society, pulling people together and apart. Orange letters rub up against their lavender grounds in Oliver Doe’s large canvases, boldly making viewers’ retinas vibrate as performers lingering nearby signal, to whom it appeals, a readiness to engage in the poetry of clandestinely scripted encounters. Seeds, plants, clay plate poetry for garden beds, and fermented vegetable paintings are elements Kate Price offers up as tokens of trust, inspiring a commitment to fostering future ecologies. In her paintings and videos, Shertise Solano summons the multidimensional beings her grandmother in Curaçao still knew how to converse with, and who, channeled afresh, voice unaccounted traumata and limitless powers arising from the recollected history of Black families.

Places of encounter are ripe with tensions. Grazia Gallo trusts sculpture to rebuild a sense of a home, where generations clash, as the family improvises in close quarters a state-imposed architecture of social housing, to keep spirits up, and claim dignity in everyday matters. María José Crespo takes you to the Tijuana border, and in her sculptural environments makes you feel the intensities governing a strip of land where police lights color reality red and blue on CCTV, and paths are blocked, but the will to get by asserts itself with full defiance. Meanwhile, at the Metal Exchange all things solid melt into air with a flick of a trader’s hand, as Madeleine Ruggi shows. Her installation portrays how capital puts its spell on materials, and turns heavy scrap into currency flowing through Rotterdam harbor. Tracking the current make-over of port city real estate, Emma van Noort messes with the building blocks of model architecture: her sculptures scramble its vocabulary and recast it in the spirit of high precision slapstick engineering.

Stories build worlds. Xiaofeini Liu calls a universe into being with few objects and words, as she recounts the fate of a Mice Folk leaving their Salt Marshes in search of a Sugar Book, a taste of which was prophesied to bring bliss. Universities, like factories, once promised a future. In her paintings and performance, Andrea Celeste La Forgia commemorates the toll workers pay when that promise is broken, and the mill of wage labor grinds away time and health. La Forgia paints from photos her mother sends of her factory work, and relays her stories of everyday sabotage. A better life cannot be built unless communal mourning prepares the ground. In this key Samboleap Tol addresses displacement and death, yet also parenting and spiritual practice in her paintings and sound installation. After colonial modernities have destroyed and uprooted countless lives, she observes, restless spirits abound who must be engaged for justice to come. Across multidimensional realities, liaising with ghosts can be done, says Tol: Chat with them daily!

Jan Verwoert

Image: courtesy of The PZI Archipelago (Urte Baranauskaite, Oliver Doe, Shiila Infriccioli)

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).