Several resident artists work on the border of art and science. With cooperation between art and science, a work can have value outside the realm of the arts. Artists often have their own ways of thinking and can have different opinions on social and cultural developments. With their visual work they can show us new points of view.

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.

Exchange of knowledge
There are good connections with universities, centers for new media such as de Waag/FabLab and iFabrica and research institutes such as TNO and institutes affiliated with the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). The Rijksakademie collaborates with researchers from these institutes, where the artistic questions of the resident form the point of departure.

Theodora Niemeijer art and science fellowship
To promote the exchanges between artists and scientists, the Theodora Niemeijer art and science fellowship makes it possible to offer a guest-residency, invite specialist advisors, add to the library collection, add to the network and organize a special event during RijksakademieOPEN.

Stichting Niemeijer Fonds supports the fellowship and makes these activities in the fields of art and science possible for the next five years.

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. The interface freely regulates their movements. A total of twenty separate motors help to move the heads. The sound montage program 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 2008, 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. The research on the role of noise in daily life and making silence tangible were also given form in other projects  developed by van Sonsbeeck at the Rijksakademie, like ‘One cubic decimeter of silence’ and ‘One cubic decimeter of broken silence’.
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, the former making the immeasurably small visible and the latter bringing the immeasurably distant 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 form an essential source of information and inspiration.

During his residency, Motallebi developed close ties with scientists at the KNAW. For the project Motallebi collaborated with (international) astronomical observatories and specialized research centers.
Leonid Tsvetkov (RA 09/10)
Project duration 2010

One way in which different stages of change can be made visible is by placing liquids in glass containers. In 2010, Leonid Tsvetkov created an installation in which the behavior 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 center and was commissioned to realize a public work based on the experiments in his studio.
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.