The Rijksakademie opens its doors again this spring for its annual Open Studios.
This year the event will take place over two weekends in May. Studios, project rooms, the garden, and all conceivable spaces in between, will be transformed into viewing and meeting places where 46 artists in residence will share their artistic practices and present what has emerged from a period of experimenting, researching and producing new work.
Buy your ticket(s) for the Open Studios via this link. Please note there is no ticket sales at the door.Tickets: €10Discount tickets (Student-, CJP-, or Amsterdam City Card): €5Ticket Amsterdam City Card – Green Dot: entrance freePlease bring your discount card with you to the entranceIf you buy a ticket + guide, the guide will cost €5, instead of €7,50The guide is only for pre-sale, or available in the book & gift shop at the end of your Rijksakademie visitChildren aged up to 12 years have free entrance
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Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 May12:00 – 19:00Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 May12:00 – 19:00Sunday 22 May12:00 – 17:00
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 Tropenmuseum 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.
Floor plan Open Studios 2022
During Open Studios several resident artists also present films and video work outside of their studios. They will be presented in the Open Studios Film Programme, on view daily in the Ship. The programme will be available at the location.
During the Open Studios you can get to see and experience some of the initiatives and collaborations from our Social Practice Workshop.Culinary BOOST is a series of cooking classes, which is a continuation of the Communal Kitchen project that alumnus Donghwan Kam started in 2019 at Rijksakademie. For this series, Kam invites cooking enthusiasts who regularly come to BOOST to learn about the Dutch language and culture, as cooking instructors. For the Open Studios, Donghwan Kam invited Mohammed to make his delicious Sudanese Baklava.
'LOOK', an animation shown in a diorama, art collective We Sell Reality invites you to look at a reality that the participants of the collective are faced with.
The members of We Sell Reality arrived here as refugees and then found themselves in limbo. They reflect on the paradox of borders that are closed for some, while open for others. Visitors who accept We Sell Reality’s invitation to participate forfeit the option to look away. However, We Sell Reality tells its story in such a disarming and direct way, using so much colour and energy, that no one would actually want to look away. This is a reality that concerns us all.
‘The Right to the City Walk’ brings together Rijksakademie residents Werker with broadcaster, curator and sound practitioner Femke Dekker.
In light of the current Woon Protest (housing protest) in the Netherlands, and similar movements around the globe that fight for the right to affordable housing in big cities, they invite you for a city walk. Their 7 track audio work explores Amsterdam's grassroots resistance against homelessness and unaffordable housing and its consequent fuel of counterculture platforms in the city.
Find the Social Practice Workshop in the Rijksakademie at location G.
On Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00 children between 6 and 14 years old can get creative in the Children’s Studio, hosted by NDSM Kinderatelier. Under the denominator 'a new earth' children can create stories while working with all kinds of materials, which eventually results in a shadow play-performance. Costs are €5 and can be paid at the entrance of the Open Studios.
Conversation hosted by Tropical Tap Water and friends with Rijksakademie alumni and documenta fifteen/lumbung members Ade Darmawan, Gertrude Flentge, Reinaart Vanhoe, and Yazan Khalili.
Reflecting on different questions around institutional and grassroot networks, the group will reflect on RAIN and lumbung. RAIN is the network of (visual) artists' initiatives from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, set up by former residents of the Rijksakademie (2000-2004). Lumbung is the collective practice and network of collectives and artists in documenta fifteen.
Tropical Tap Water and friends is a band consisting of Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba, Diana Cantarey, Julian Abraham 'Togar', Simnikiwe Buhlungu and Olà Hassanain.
Ade Darmawan is an artist and curator based in Jakarta. He is a member of ruangrupa who are currently the artistic director of documenta fifteen.
Gertrude Flentge is a curator and cultural practitioner based in Amsterdam. She is a member of the artistic team of documenta fifteen and the lumbung.
Reinaart Vanhoe is an artist based in Rotterdam. He is a participating artist in documenta fifteen and a member of the lumbung.
Yazan Khalili is an artist and academic based in Amsterdam and Ramallah. He is a member of the Question of Funding which is one of the members of lumbung interlokal in documenta fifteen.
Conversation with Ade Darmawan, Frederikke Hansen, Gertrude Flentge and Lara Khaldi
The curators will speak about the practice of lumbung, the majelis and what it has come to mean to share a common pot within documenta fifteen.
Frederikke Hansen is a curator and writer based between Møn and Kassel. She is a member of the artistic team of documenta fifteen and the lumbung.
Lara Khaldi is a curator and writer based in Amsterdam and Jerusalem. She is a member of the artistic team of documenta fifteen and the lumbung.
The topic of this roundtable/open conversation will be about the threshold between art and research explored from a feminist epistemological standpoint of contemporary practitioners and about the work of care for both the art and research communities in their practice(s).
With: Prof. Iris van der Tuin, Dr. Ilse van Rijn, Dr. Marija Cetinić, Ola Hassanain and Ohad Ben Shimon
Iris van der Tuin is Professor of Theory of Cultural Inquiry in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where she is also Dean for Interdisciplinary Education. Iris is interested in humanities scholarship that traverses the ‘two cultures’ and reaches beyond the boundaries of academia. Her recent book is Critical Concepts for the Creative Humanities (2022), a glossary co-authored with Nanna Verhoeff. In 2021–22 Iris is also Novo Nordisk Foundation guest professor in the Laboratory for Art Research, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen and at Aarhus University.
Ilse van Rijn is a researcher and art historian. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), in collaboration with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (GRA) and the Jan van Eyck Academy (JvE), in which she developed a so-called poetics of the artists’ text (The Artists’ Text as Work of Art, 2017).
Marija Cetinić is Assistant Professor of Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and a research affiliate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. Signs of Autumn: The Aesthetics of Saturation, her current project, focuses on the concept of saturation, and on developing its implications for the relation of contemporary art and aesthetics to political economy.
Ola Hassanain trained her focus on the subtle politics of space – namely, how built spaces react to and reinforce violence from state entities, which in turn, creates a built environment that reflects, responds to, regulates the lives of those who inhabit it. Her most recent work explores an idea of “space as discourse,” an expanded notion of space that encompasses political and environmental questions. Her work tries to develop a spatial vocabulary that follows how ruptures presented by 'political events', make it possible to aspire to new kinds of ecologies.
Ohad Ben Shimon is an artist, researcher and educator. He is currently guest reseacher at the Rijksakademie, PhD candidate at the Research Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University and Researcher of Change Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. His current PhD research focuses on the role of embodiment in knowledge-based organisations.
Conversation with Jessica de Abreu and Mitchell Esajas (Black Archives), Eszter Szakács (Off Biennial), and Reinaart Vanhoe.
The lumbung members will reflect on the collective process so far, the different majelises and working groups they have been part of. They will also be speaking about their ecosystems and collaborations for their documenta fifteen projects
Jessica de Abreu is an anthropologist, curator, and activist. She is co-founder of the Black Archives, a lumbung artist in documenta fifteen and member of the lumbung.
Mitchell Esajas is an activist, anthropologist and curator based in Amsterdam. He is the co-founder of the Black Archives, a lumbung artist in documenta fifteen and member of the lumbung.
Eszter Szakács is a curator and academic based between Amsterdam and budapest. She is a member of the curatorial team of Off Biennial, a lumbung interlokal member participating in documenta fifteen.
As part of Antonio Jose Guzman ongoing project Electric Dub Station. A presentation and a debate tracing the different historic 'roots and routes' of Indigo across the globe, exploring how these migrations are meaningful in our material cultures today and how they are represented in the decolonial work of Antonio Jose Guzman.
With: Christel Vesters, Lipika Bansal, Iva Jankovic and Antonio Jose Guzman
Antonio Jose Guzman is a Dutch-Panamanian artist who aims to create audiovisual storytelling through multidisciplinary textile installations, experimental rituals and performances, as well as other projects related to genetics, decolonisation, postcolonial history and the African diaspora.
Christel Vesters is a curator, writer and teacher based in Amsterdam. Touch/Trace is a research project curated by Vesters and brings together artists, textile designers, textile makers, writers and thinkers.
Lipika Bansal is founder of Textiel Factorij. She is an artistic researcher and social designer. With her work she investigates art and craft cultures of India and the Netherlands, it’s heritage, origin and local significance.
Iva Jankovic is a Dutch-Yugoslavian artist and designer who transforms ideas into performance pieces, installations and unique garments. Merging her background in traditional fine arts with crafts, her sustainable brand serves as a platform for artistic research into the use of patterns and symbols across the world.
Drawing on this question as a prompt, René Boer, Ola Hassanain and Winnie Herbstein explore ways of thinking through the built environment. In addressing sovereignty, architecture and ownership, we wish to reconfigure (or mend) the space of our social relations.
This event is an opportunity to bring together research, to see where the possibilities for change may lie.
René Boer (1986, he/him) works as a queer critic, curator and organiser in and beyond the fields of architecture, art, design and heritage. He is based between Amsterdam and Cairo, co-founder of LOOM and a driving force behind the Failed Architecture platform.Ola Hassanain trained her focus on the subtle politics of space – namely, how built spaces react to and reinforce violence from state entities, which in turn, creates a built environment that reflects, responds to, regulates the lives of those who inhabit it. Her most recent work explores an idea of “space as discourse,” an expanded notion of space that encompasses political and environmental questions. Her work tries to develop a spatial vocabulary that follows how ruptures presented by 'political events', make it possible to aspire to new kinds of ecologies.
Winnie Herbstein is an artist, documenting historical and contemporary forms of community-based organising. In particular, she is interested in how these narratives intersect with architecture and the formation of space. She trained in construction and is a founding member of Slaghammers, a feminist welding group based in Glasgow.
Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba is a Mexican political cartoonist and anti-capitalist entrepreneur currently doing a residency at the Rijksakademie.
Round table with Veronique Aicha, Arna Mačkić and Robert Glas. Taking the film 1986, Or A Sphinx's Interior by resident Robert Glas as a point of departure, both the accountability of architects and possible alternatives to current penological practices are discussed.
Veronique Aicha works for Restorative Justice Netherlands, with the aim to create small scale detention houses in cooperation with the European movement RESCALED. RESCALED challenges the concept of ‘prison’ and proposes the concept of ‘detention houses’ instead. She has a background in social psychology and philosophy and has been working in the sector of criminal justice reform for more than ten years focusing on circular justice. She previously worked in Albania, Kosovo and North-Macedonia for human rights organisation Netherlands Helsinki Committee and was chair of the Dutch branch of European Prison Education Association.
Arna Mačkić is an architect and founder of Studio L A (together with Lorien Beijaert), and writer of the book Mortal Cities & Forgotten Monuments. For L A, the practice of architecture is a device through which to investigate societal issues, phenomena and narratives, and to place them in renewed perspectives. Studio L A has won several awards, including the Dutch Design Award 2014, Best Dutch Book Design 2014, the Maaskant Prize for young Architects 2017 and the Groninger Architecture Prize 2021.
Robert Glas’ artistic practice is an ongoing investigation into the formal structures of the state, predominantly its laws, regulations and the technologies used to enforce them. This process results in short films, photography and installations exhibited at the Van Abbe Museum, Kunsthal and Foam. In 2019 he received the Charlotte Köhler Prijs and the Artist-in-Residence Fellowship of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS-KNAW). Glas lives and works in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Sungeun Lee is an artist from Seoul, Korea. Interested in understanding consciousness and making friends. Currently doing a residency at Rijksakademie.
In this performance, Saras will read to and with the audience several stories from the book she wrote while doing performance activating the art installation in the studio. The book 'Route of Flowers' is a collection of parables inspired by the neighbourhood of Amsterdam Oost from the perspective of the author while she navigates her way to find a sense of belonging. The awareness of the histories of the neighbourhood, personal relationships, and transformative nature is continuously reflected in the parables.
Reading Rehearsals is an experimental method to activate the amator archive through shared presence and collective reading. Everyone is invited to pick a text or a fragment of a text from the Reader or from the archive itself and suggest it for reading. The reading can be loud or silent; one person can read the entire text or people can read in turns; people can be seated in a circle or move around the archive while reading. Reading is not only about words and sounds, it can also be about movement and gestures. It’s a rehearsal, we try different forms of reading, we experiment, we practice imagination.
In a series of short vignettes that explore the meeting place between introspection and performance the body acts as the main means of knowledge production in its encounters with cultural institutions today.
She listens and from there she speaks. An extralinguistic language. The language of the internal voice in a perennial attunement. She breathes through her temporary body. Her brain is her skin; the largest organ. The sub-tone of her consciousness. Symbiotic Symphony is a branch within an ongoing research into deep tissue entanglements and sonic ecology.
AMPLIFY YOUR BREATH, AND BECOME THE BREATHING ORGAN OF THE ROOM.
Performed by: Elisabeth Mesnier, Gala Farucci / Paca Faraus, Roza Pogosian, Rūta Junevičiūtė, Valeryia Le
The performance consists of a collage of texts like news, goodbye letters, family conversations, memories, as well as statistics and research findings on POC (and) LGBTQ individuals’ social environment and psychological developments. Within the performance, stories of different families are being intertwined. Intergenerational and personal dynamics, tension between parent figures and their designated offspring, as well as notions of love, hate, desire and regret are negotiated within the duration of the action. The choreography and costumes used in the performance are furthermore inspired by images of figures, known from folklore, oral tradition, film and art history. The focus here lies on narrations and images depicting characters that fought in various public and intimate settings of social resistance. The protagonist of the performance are Slavic and Philippine folk demons who were used to embody the feelings of being other, not fitting to a community.
Audiovisual performance, work in progress
A subjective reading of the mechanisms of self-reliance and their subdivision into either tactics of civil disobedience and dissidence or survival mechanisms and forms of passive endurance. Although both are undermining from within, the first category is seeking change, the second -intentionally or not - preserving the status quo.
A Psychedelic Afro Futuristic Electro-Dub Act, in collaboration with Iva Jankovic
Audiovisual performance, 15 mins, work in progress
From the end of April to the end of May 2022, honey bees have been invited to the Rijksakademie for a conver-something which happens to overlap with the Rijks Open 2022. Within this month-long period, they will not only do what they usually do (forage for nectar and pollen, take care of one another, engage in hive politics etc) but this conver-something will allow for passers by to dance with the bees, whereby worker bees do the 'waggle dance' upon entering the hive from foraging, as a way to communicate the source of pollen, nectar and water sources to the rest of the bees in the hive.
The bees will live in accommodation on the lawns at the entrance of the Rijksakademie. They can be viewed from the window in Studio A53, where an adjacent sound and film project continues this conver-something on how we come to know.
A subjective reading of the mechanisms of self-reliance and their subdivision into either tactics of civil disobedience and dissidence or survival mechanisms and forms of passive endurance. Although both are undermining from within, the first category is seeking change, the second – intentionally or not – preserving the status quo.
In this performance, Rajyashri will be reading out recipes that explore the deep links between the stomach and oppression, caste and food, purity and pollution, power and dignity, agency and self-respect.
A collective de-reading on relationships: contractual, transactional, romantic, economic, soft and hard.
With: Anh Trần, Annelies Kamen, Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba, Hend Samir, Jota Mombaça, Julian ‘Togar’ Abraham, Olà Hassanain, Polina Medvedeva, Rajyashri Goody, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Tessa Mars, Arnisa Caterina Zeqo
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