From June 17 to 27 the Rijksakademie Open Studios takes place. Shifting from the customary autumn weekend to an extended summer edition, forty-four artists will present what has emerged from over one year of experimenting, researching and producing new work.
The Open Studios will be accompanied by a programme of talks, readings and performances. If you are not able to visit the Open Studios, the talks & readings will be live streamed through the Rijksakademie website and social media. On our website you will also find video registrations of the performances and the online film programme.
Tickets for the Open Studios are unfortunately sold out.
Opening hours of the Open Studios are from 12 – 7 PM. Please note there is no ticket sale at the door.
As Covid-19 measures don’t allow us to sit together and watch films during Open Studios visits, we offer an online film programme. Twenty residents present their films through our website.
During Open Studios several resident artists present a reading, give an artist talk or organise a round table discussion. Starting on June 18, seven public events will be live-streamed via Vimeo and Facebook live.
12:00 – 12:45 Reading by Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba / Submanager of The Unity of Libidinal IntelligenceReading ‘The patadoxe of Achilles and the 500 years old turtle that accidently became snail’. In this report you will find some of the speculations on desire developed by The Unity of Libidinal Intelligence during the period of 2020-2021 in the Rijksakademie.
12:00 – 13:30 Process Event #3: COLLABORATION. How to work together?A conversation between the four collaborators on the Gift Science Archive performance (Amalia Calderón, Megan Hoetger, Sands Murray-Wassink and Radna Rumping) moderated by the If I Can’t Dance archivist Anik Fournier. The discussion will cover topics related to their collective archiving performance / performance of archiving, including their roles in the collaborative process, their working and communication methods, and their cataloguing and reflection processes. They will also give a special preview of giftsciencearchive.net, a website set to launch in September 2021, which will make publicly accessible the Gift Science Archive catalogue of studio objects and the relational cataloguing methods developed over the 18 months of the collaboration.
12:00 – 13:00 Trip for LifeA conversation between two members of the De-reading group Simnikiwe Buhlungu and Diana Cantarey and Li Yuchen from La Gira Zapatista Va Holanda about the Zapatistas movement, how they have inspired the De-reading group and the support for their trip to Europe in the summer of 2021.
13:30 – 14:00 Weaving a Pluriversity, a reading by Aldo Esparza RamosAldo Esparza Ramos will do a reading about knowledges in re-existence against the oblivion of the contemporary.
11:30 – 12:15 And it is possible to explain all of itA talk on Robert Glas' current research into the extensive collection of criminological literature by Dutch Ministry of Justice's Research and Documentation Centre (WODC), the recent destruction of the books and how they could have been of use to others.
12:30 – 13:00 A brief history of a mixed-tapJulian Abraham ‘Togar’ will share his thoughts on and around sound recording in a brief presentation.
12:00 – 13:30 North Sea StoriesWhat first comes to your mind when you hear the words “North Sea”? Is it a distant memory of a childhood boat trip? Is it the briny, funky smell of a fish market? Is it the warping waves raging against the coastlines during a stormy day? Or is it the gigantic offshore wind farms and oil platform on television news? In this panel discussion, we would like to invite you to reimagine the North Sea through storytelling. A conversation touching on lived experiences, the role of humans, non-humans, ecology, and an exploration of where art might take us. A conversation between Sheng-Wen Lo (artist RABK), Tanja Engelberts (artist RABK), Anna-Rosja Haveman (PhD candidate University of Groningen), Harpo t’Hart (curator Embassy of the North Sea) about the future of the North Sea, through the lens of art, ecology, humans and non-humans, moderated by Virág Szentkirályi, residency & programme coordinator at the Rijksakademie.
Harpo 't Hart, curator, sound-designer and sound-artist, studied piano at the Conservatory of Utrecht, Media Technology at Leiden University and Sound Studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin. In his work Harpo questions the ways in which we listen to the world. How do we listen to this rapidly changing world of climate change? Therefore, Harpo is researching music that is not about humans, but about objects: a concert of things. Since 2017 Harpo has been involved with the Parliament of Things and the Embassy of the North Sea.
Anna-Rosja Haveman is a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen. Her PhD project looks at varied artistic approaches to Dutch coastal landscapes, from the 1970s until today. She worked as a curator at the Groninger Museum and as an art mediator during Rijksakademie Open Studios. She has written among others for ‘Metropolis M’ and has published about the artistic practice of James Lee Byars in ‘Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft’. An interview with Tanja Engelberts is forthcoming in the Kunstlicht edition about the worldliness of oil. Currently she is organising the summer school and public lecture series: Curating Art and Nature.
When visiting the Open Studios you can register for the different performances on arrival (please note: the capacity is very limited). Some performances will also be taken place in residents' studios. If you cannot visit the Open Studios, documentation of the performances will be made available through the website.
12:00 – 14:00 / 15:30 – 17:30 (ongoing) Mette Sterre how to catch an octopus in a broken heart
13:00 – 13:25 Polina Medvedeva The Informals II Preview, To premiere on July 15 as part of Brighton Festival, UK. In collaboration with Andreas Kühne.
17:00 – 17:20 Özgür Atlagan One fly was alive
12:00 – 14:00 / 15:00 – 17:00 (ongoing) Mette Sterre how to catch an octopus in a broken heart
15:00 – 15:07 Özgür Atlagan Cane is
15:00 – 18:00 Sands Murray-Wassink / Gift Science Archive Without You I’m Nothing (Backstage with the Gift Science Archive)
16:00 – 16:20 / 17:00 – 17:20 Tanja Engelberts & Marcel Imthorn Forgotten Seas
17:00 – 17:25 Polina Medvedeva The Informals II Preview, To premiere on July 15 as part of Brighton Festival, UK. In collaboration with Andreas Kühne.
17:00 – 17:25 Polina Medvedeva The Informals II Preview, To premiere on July 15 as part of Brighton Festival, UK. In collaboration with Andreas Kühne. how to catch an octopus in a broken heart
12:00 – 14:00 / 15:00 – 17:00 (ongoing)Mette Sterre how to catch an octopus in a broken heart
13:00 – 13:07 Özgür Atlagan Cane is
13:30 – 15:30 / 16:00 – 18:00 (ongoing) Mette Sterre how to catch an octopus in a broken heart
15:00 – 15:20 Özgür Atlagan One fly was alive
13:00 – 13:07 / 15:00 – 15:07 Özgür Atlagan Cane is
14:30 – 15:30 Mette Sterre abcession seapussy galore (if you don't know, don't go)
15:00 – 15:25 / 17:00 – 17:25 Polina Medvedeva The Informals II Preview, To premiere on July 15 as part of Brighton Festival, UK. In collaboration with Andreas Kühne.
17:00 – 17:07 Özgür Atlagan Cane is
The publication, titled ‘We Had Plans, a book published on the occasion of the 150th year of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam, which happened to coincide with a global pandemic, during which resident artists continued to work collaboratively as well as individually on their respective practices, whilst also navigating what could be called expanded practice’, is edited by Irene de Craen, Taylor Le Melle and Natasha Soobramanien. The publication contains a wide array of individual and collective contributions by resident artists, showing the breadth of what happens in and around their practices, and in turn, the life of the Rijksakademie in its 150th year. Designed by Julia Born and Mevis & van Deursen, the book is 242 pages and will be available for €25 at the Rijksakademie during the Open Studios, and later via our website.
During Open Studios we apply the following rules:
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten Sarphatistraat 470 / 1018 GW Amsterdam
The Rijksakademie is located in the former Kavallerie-Kazerne, near the centre of Amsterdam. The building is situated next to the Muiderpoort, close to the Trompenmuseum and ARTIS and within easy reach of the NS stations. There is wheelchair access to the greater part of the building. Find the route directions here.
Photography: The Book Photographer Tomek Dersu Aaron Sander van Wettum
Live Stream crew: Susana Vilchez Rob Gradisen
Website: Tomáš Celizna i.c.w. Bram van den Berg
Visual identity: Julia Born and Mevis & Van Deursen
Our calendar of events, project presentations, talks & readings.