At the Rijksakademie projects are created and processes take place without any commercial pressure.  This means that creativity, development and innovation can flourish to the full. In addition to contacts within their peer group, residents at the Rijksakademie meet prominent, international artists, curators, theoreticians, academics and scientists who are connected to the Rijksakademie as advisors. Residents work together with technical specialists in the workshops.

With some 900 alumni, 50 resident artists and 10 technical experts, the Rijksakademie has a unique creative and innovative capital at its disposal.

'Out of the box'
Their original way of thinking makes artists look at social problems from a different angle. With their visual work they offer fresh perspectives and inspiration. They regularly collaborate with academics, scientists and specialists from other disciplines.

Exchange of knowledge
The work process of artists in dialogue with specialists from other fields creates added value outside the arts as well. The Rijksakademie collaborates with KNAW (Koninklijke Academie van Wetenschappen/ The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) and the institutes that fall under this academy, and with De Jonge Akademie, (a platform for young academics affiliated to the KNAW), TNO institutes (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), universities and corporations such as Philips.

Product and process innovation
At the Rijksakademie, the artists confront the technical experts with challenging questions that frequently involve more than one discipline. This entails collaboration between several technical disciplines and, on occasion, outside expertise is called in. The experiments lead to new combinations and applications of materials, techniques and processes.

A few projects:
In the eye of the Storm
Sharon Houkema (RA 08/09
project 2009

For the high definition video installation ‘The Eye of the Storm’, the video and electronics workshop researched how best to synchronize the interaction  of eight computers and eight video projectors. The resulting video loop is a cacophony of fragmented images repeatedly intersected by a car. The car’s appearance differs in each image but due to the constant movement, this is hardly noticeable. Like a snake biting its own tail, this car drives in never ending circles.

Eye meets I
Bradley Pitts (RA 06/07)
project duration 2007-2009

Bradley Pitts – who studied Space Engineering at MIT in Boston before his residency at the Rijksakademie – together with physicist Raymond van Ee, developed the “EIO - Eye Meets I” instrument that makes the unique experience of “looking at looking” possible. An optical mirror that sends the image from each eye simultaneously to that of the other eye: “you can see how you see”.  

In collaboration with Professor Raymond van Ee, professor in physics.  Other sponsors parties involved: KNAW (Koninklijke Academie van Wetenschappen/ The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), De Jonge Akademie (a platform for young academics affiliated to the KNAW), NWO (Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research), TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), Materialise (high-tech enterprise) (BE), Helmholtz Institute (Van Ee), Leiden University, and Delft University of Technology
Nathaniel Mellors (RA 07/08)
duration of project: 2007/2009

In collaboration with Stephan Kuderna (technical advisor metalwork and fine mechanics) and Kees Reedijk (technical advisor electronics), Mellors built three real-life mechatronic heads linked to a computer interface that freely regulates their movements. A total of twenty separate motors help to move the heads. The sound montage programme was developed in the electronics workshop. Nathaniel Mellors’ work has been on show all over the world in leading museums and exhibitions, for example at the Tate Britain, the Venice Biennial, the Stedelijk Museum and the Whitechapel Art Gallery.
Silent Chair
Sarah van Sonsbeeck (RA 08/09)
(graduate architecture and theory, TU Delft)
project duration 2008/2010

During RijksakademieOPEN, Sarah van Sonsbeeck presented a chair, developed in collaboration with TNO Science and Industry, Schiphol Group, the Ministery of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, TU Twente and the Rijksakademie,  in which one can experience absolute silence by way of anti-sound. This project fits in with previous projects developed by van Sonsbeeck at the Rijksakademie, like ‘One cubic decimeter of silence’ and ‘One cubic decimeter of broken silence’. Research into the role of sound in daily life, making silence tangible and an interdisciplinary manner of working are central to van Sonsbeeck’s work.
Kianoosh Motallebi (RA 10/11)
science fellow (12/13)

Perception is central to the project 'Reizen zonder afstand te overbruggen' (Travelling without covering distance), one of the topics that Motallebi’s artistic research focuses on. Kianoosh Motallebi combines microscopes with telescopes. Where a microscope makes the immeasurably small visible and the telescope brings the immeasurable distance up close, the ultimate result is the same according to Motallebi: a point in the void. Combining the two instruments, creates impossible ways of perception. Scientists and existing scientific research are an essential source of information and inspiration. During his residency, Motallebi developed close ties with the scientists of the KNAW.

During his residency, Motallebi collaborated with  (international) astronomical observatories and specialized research centres.
In 2010, Leonid Tsvetkov (RA 09/10) created an installation in and outside his studio in which one could observe different stages of research, experiment and ongoing processes. For example, the glass aquariums in which the behaviour of liquids and the effects of  sunlight and mechanical rotation are made visible.  During a meeting at the Rijksakademie, Tsvetkov came into contact with young specialists from the VU medical centre and was commissioned to realize a public work based on the aquarium installation. 
PARS was set up by art historian Hester Aardse and poet Astrid Alben. PARS invites artists and scientists who shape the way we perceive the world to share their thoughts and research around particular topics. These get published in a publication series, such as Findings on Ice (2007), Finding on Elasticity (2010) and Findings on Light (2015). PARS also hosts and curates events that are a mixture of art, theatre and scientific experiments. In 2005-2007 PARS held a project residency at the Rijksakademie.