Events — 22, 23, 24, 25 Mar 2023

In collaboration with the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents: Refuge - fleeing, flowing leaking. This is a large-scale, multi-day event in the museum building and a festive Friday night. From 22 to 25 March, it focuses on questions of refuge.

Valid museum ticket + €3,- (per day)
Rietveld students free of charge on presentation of student card

Both institutions acknowledge that financial hardship should not act as a barrier to participation in the cultural field. Should you be experiencing financial hardship and would like to attend this event, please contact to arrange free entry.
Teijin Auditorium
22 Mar, 11 am until 5 pm
23 Mar, 11 am until 5 pm
24 Mar, 11 am until 5 pm
25 Mar, 1 pm until 5 pm
Main language

The annual collaboration between the Stedelijk Museum and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie consists of two parts: a conference and an exhibition with performance program. Studium Generale presents a four-day conference where different curators fill a day with diverse artistic perspectives on the theme Refuge - fleeing, flowing, leaking. Following this theme, students create new work for the exhibition Rietveld Uncut. This presentation culminates in a festive Friday Night on 24 March with performances and interventions.


Wednesday 22 March: ERIKA SPREY

Collective Dream Weavers

Our dream space is occupied and clogged by a relentless attention economy that fills our bodies and minds with stress hormones, constant distractions and commercialized desires. Especially those living in poverty and oppression are deprived of the right to rest and dream by a (neo)colonial capitalism that devalues dreams to 'just dreams'. How can we become more sensitive to how our most intimate, collective, and even planetary concerns are revealed through dreams? Can our body-mind still be 'touched by the gods' in what is probably one of our last inner refuges: the dream?

With: Tricia Hersey (The Nap Ministry), Camille Barton, Daniel Godinez Nivon, Mala Kline, Marcos Lutyens and Viktorija Rybakova, Laryssa Kim

Erika Sprey is a Dutch-Mexican educator, curator and artistic researcher. Recently, she (co)curated Conjurings at the Center of Art Research and Alliances (CARA) in NYC. As curator-in-chief of the Studium Generale program of The Royal Academy of the Arts in The Hague, Erika curates educational programmes such as Wxtch Craft (Reclaiming the Wxtch, The Poisons, the Remedies, Your Name is Medicine over my Kin and (Tr)ancestral body wisdom for a more-than-human Sex Magick) and Earth Craft (The Word for World is Soil and Kindred Soils) that aim to reclaim suppressed knowledges such as witchcraft, queer feminist liberatory practice, soil care and collective dreaming.


Permanent Temporariness

Refuge is a temporary state caused by wars, climate change and social, economic and political crises. But what happens when a temporary situation becomes permanent? In recent years, the Permanent Temporariness condition imposed on refugees forced to live in refugee camps has spread to underprivileged sections of society, from precarious workers to immigrants and students. Reflecting on the displacement of Palestinian refugees and the plight of illegalized migrants in Europe, DAAR and their guests will speculate on how to act with and against the state of permanent temporariness.

With: Hayfaa Chalabi, Shafiq Kafar, Sarri Elfaitouri and Shahram Khosarvi

DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency) is an artistic and architectural collective that combines conceptual speculations and pragmatic spatial interventions, discourse, and collective learning. DAAR’s work has been featured in exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Venice Architecture Biennale, NGBK in Berlin, the Istanbul Biennial, The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Home Works in Beirut, Architekturforum Tirol in Innsbruck, the Oslo Triennial, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Friday 24 March: FEIFEI ZHOU

 Off-grid: Refuge through escape

Refuge is where we feel protected and safe. Refuge in the Anthropocene, in the more-than-human world, may look quite different. Industrial capitalism constructs the world in grids. Plantations divide lands up in blocks of monoculture. Commercial farms crowd livestocks with fences, packing animals into claustrophobic clusters. Indigenous lands are converted into zones for development and experimentation, leaving native communities with nowhere to go. Refuge is somewhere outside that grid. What do we learn from more-than-human narratives of seeking refuge by breaking out of the grid? 

With: Zahy Guajajara (screening Karaoke are wà - the civilized), Sonia Levy (screening Creatures of the Lines), Tom Svilans, Anna Tsing (online book-reading from Mushroom at the end of the world)

Feifei Zhou is a Chinese-born spatial and visual designer. She was a guest researcher at Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA), during which she co-edited the digital publication Feral Atlas: The More-than-Human Anthropocene (Stanford University Press, 2020) with anthropologists Anna Tsing, Jennifer Deger, and Alder Keleman Saxena. Her work explores spatial, cultural, and ecological impacts of the industrialised built and natural environment. Using narrative-based spatial analysis, she collaborates intensively with social scientists to translate empirical observations and scientific research into visual representations that aim to both clarify intricate more-than-human relations and open new questions. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP.

Saturday 25 March: NINA BELL F.

Nina bell F. House Museum for Gerrit Rietveld Academie bricks to build homes for careful archives

Following Sara Ahmed, the house is like a dwelling, created by citations as bricks and straws for feminist memory. For Nina bell F. House Museum, archival practices are considered as bricks too. As a lighter material like straw, they can be used to make a shelter. In this vulnerable state, it is a space for fostering institutional critique, to nourish relational and commonist aesthesis. This program investigates the potential of small art organizations and independent cultural spaces as sites to build homes for archives that do not find a home in the established or state based archives.

With: Nuraini Juliastuti, Sites of Memory (performance), Leana Boven and more

Nina bell F. (pronouns she/they) is a spirit and living organism fermenting in and around Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons in Utrecht. Their existence is built on emerging relations with kindred souls from the past and present. Nina bell F. House Museum is an instituting practice for keeping Nina’s spirit alive, developed from a critical reflection on Casco’s archival practices and its political economy. The collection proposes useful ways of being and knowing–communally and economically in terms of organizing and fermentation, in which the selection process followed an intention to develop kinship. It was launched for Natasha, the Singapore Biennale 2022-2023.