Theory — 27 until Mar 30, 2019

€ 3,- (excl. museum entrance) / Rietveld students free with registration
Teijin Auditorium, livestream in studio A
27 until Mar 30, 2019, 10 am until 5 pm
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(...) It matters what stories tell stories. It matters what thoughts think thoughts. It matters what worlds make worlds (...)

— Donna Haraway

Studium Generale Rietveld Academie invites you to ‘take a walk on the wild side’, and to regard ‘fabulation’–in the sense of ‘fabricating the real’, world-making or ’speculative fiction’ – as an artistic, social and political capacity. By making use of the fictional, critical fabulation in art, literature or theory can produce or uncover visions, histories and stories that are radically discontinuous from official and dominant narratives about our lives and living together – the effect of this on our consciousness and imaginaries can therefore be very real or liberating. By bringing the unthinkable and silenced into representation, fabulation can be a way or methodology to enter the wild side: a space for what lies beyond current systems and structures of rule. Studium Generale Rietveld Academie wants to take you into this ‘wild beyond’, welcoming alternative histories and other regimes of wanting, being and becoming.

Through talks, performances, film screenings, master classes, an exhibition of student works, and a conference-festival at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie & Rietveld Uncut team up for an extensive, artistic research trajectory.

The four-days conference festival is guest curated by Kunstverein, Hypatia Vourloumis, Daniela K. Rosner and Tavia Nyong’o. Each curator compiled a one-day discursive -and at times performative- program. the Rietveld Uncut student exhibition takes place simultaneously.

Keywords: afro-futurism, bewilderment, blackness, dream, Ecofiction, fable, (critical, black, feminist or queer) fabulation, (alternative) fact, failure, fantasy, fiction, forest, fugitive, futurism, hallucination, histories, improvisation, jungle, love, myths, myth-science, (counter) narratives, para-fiction, people-to-come, play, post-truth, queer vitality, refusal, revolt, science-fiction, speculative fiction, string-figures, story-telling, study, utopia, Venus, wild beyond, wildness, world-making, writing against the archive…


March 27

Kunstverein is a domestic franchise (Amsterdam, New York, Toronto and Milan) and functioning curatorial office that offers presentations, lectures, screenings and independent publishing. By creating a critical pool and exploring public-private relationships, Kunstverein reflects upon the manner in which cultural practices are traditionally administered. Due to its unconventional make-up it allows alternative methods to be considered in terms of presentation, hosting and exhibition making. Significantly and ultimately, Kunstverein aims to contribute in a novel fashion to the cultural scene in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and abroad.

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March 28

Hypatia Vourloumis is a performance theorist and received her PhD in performance studies at New York University. She was postdoctoral fellow at the Interweaving Performance Cultures research center at Freie Universität Berlin (2012–14), Research Fellow at the Research Centre for the Humanities in Athens (2016) and lecturer at the International Centre for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies in Athens. Her essays and experimental writing have appeared in Theatre Journal, Performance Research, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, ephemera, The Happy Hypocrite, art catalogues and edited volumes among others. She is co- editor of the Performance Research special issue ‘On Institutions’ and completing a monograph titled Paralinguistic Insurgencies on the politics and performance of Indonesian postcolonial paralanguage. Her teaching and research interests include: anticolonial theory and practice; feminist and critical race theory; queer of color critique; music, poetics and language; sound studies and popular culture; and minor aesthetic theory and practice. She teaches critical theory in the MA Art Praxis at Dutch Art Institute.

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29 maart

Daniela Rosner is Assistant Professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington. Her research investigates the social, political and material circumstances of technology development, with an emphasis on foregrounding marginalized histories of practice, from maintenance to needlecraft. She has worked in design research at Microsoft Research, Adobe and Nokia Research, and as an exhibit designer at several museums including the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. Rosner’s work has been supported by multiple awards from the United States National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER award. She is the author of several articles on craft and techno culture such as ‘Legacies of craft and the centrality of failure in a mother-operated hackerspace’, Journal of New Media & Society (2016) and ‘Binding and Aging’, Journal of Material Culture (2012). Her book Critical Fabulations: Reworking the Methods and Margins of Design (2018) investigates new ways of thinking about design’s past to rework future relationships between technology and social responsibility. Rosner serves on the editorial board of Artifact: Journal of Design Practice and as the editor of the ‘Design as Inquiry’ forum for ACM Interactions magazine. Along with Beth Kolko, Rosner co-directs HCDE’s Tactile and Tactical Design Lab (TAT Lab).

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30 March

Tavia Nyong'o is Professor of African-American Studies, American Studies and Theatre and Performance Studies at Yale University. His research interests include the ethics and aesthetics of social and cultural analysis. His books include: The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (2009), which won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies, and Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (2018). Nyong'o co-edits the journal Social Text (Duke University Press) with David Sartorius. Nyong'o is co-series editor of the Sexual Cultures book series at New York University Press with Ann Pellegrini and Joshua Chambers-Letson.

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Studium Generale Rietveld Academie is a transgressing theory program that addresses students and faculty across all departments and disciplines at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, as well as the general public. It wants to understand how art and design are entangled with other domains (from the personal to the political, from the vernacular to the academic), how ‘now’ is linked with past and future, ‘here’ with ‘elsewhere’.


In relation to the theoretic framework of the conference-festival, Rietveld Uncut presents art projects by departments and students in the Stedelijk Museum.
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