The research group Art & Spatial Praxis focuses on artistic practices that broaden our imaginations of alternative social orders and ways of living within capitalist city structures.

Workshop and Lecture Series by the Research Fellows of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut 2022/23

In the Fellows-in-Process series the research fellows of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut 2022/23 will share their process and findings with students and the Gerrit Rietveld community at large. The series aims to aid interaction, while engendering meaningful conversations between the fellows, students and teachers of both institutes. To that end, events are open to Rietveld and Sandberg students and teachers. Please note that all workshops are on a sign-up basis. 

The research fellowship project is an initiative for artists, designers, theorists and other makers. It aims to facilitate and support short term artistic research projects, in collaboration with one of the departments of the Rietveld Academy or Sandberg Institute.

Welcome to the Fellows in Process workshop timetable 2023!

Below you can find all workshops hosted by the research fellows at Rietveld and Sandberg in 2022/2023. Note that for some workshops you have to sign up. You can find the sign-up links below each description of the event.


MELT (Ren Loren Britton & Iz Paehr)
Project space, fedlev 101

Imagining Backwards Computer

The Imagining Backwards Computer engages AI (algorithmic instability / ancestral intelligence) to imagine backwards in time to understand time itself as a thriving material with which we can engage to imagine otherwise hirstories.

A speculative arts-design research, the Imagining Backwards Computer breaks with algorithmic habits of aggregating and predicting from today‘s oppressions. Together we wonder: what would/is/can data for trans* and disabled lives be?

When taking appreciation as our method, what engagements with our trans* and disabled elders and their/our artifacts that supported our/their lives might there be? And what descriptions of longing & connection serve trans* and disabled experiences and which ones don't?

In this workshop we will image together, write letters of appreciation to past artefacts and think of trans* and disabled pasts, presents and futures.MELT is hosted by Design department Sandberg

Sign up is necessary.

10 spots for the Design department Sandberg
5 spots for all students

Olya Korsun
CS studio, Fedlev 1st floor

The Daily Exercise of Circumnutation

«Circumnutation – a gentle upward and outward spiralling - is the characteristic movement of growing plants…Being the first gesture of awakening, questing life, it seems to presage all other movements, including our own.

It is a nodding turn, a greeting to the environment, an opening ceremony or a blessing to the four directions: Hello, world.» (Ways of Being. James Bridle).During a one-day session we will exercise the circumnutation to learn about the world around us anew.

By gently spiralling along the multiplicity of temporalities we will see how geological time coexists with a brief moment of an insect life, how the rhythm of a human crowd becomes the buzzing accompaniment for a barely noticeable swaying of a tree.

Through observation, research, musing, writing, sketching, collaging we will create a collective express publication on the multi-temporality and time travelling without moving.

Sign up is necessary.

20 participants max.

16.00 - 17.00

Patricia Domingues

Reverberations of the Earth

Artificial intelligence, metaverse worlds and digital structures frame the way humans think while drastically reshaping the way landscapes are handled. The main focus for this research involves exploring the way technology lives through extractivism, dependent on mineral and geological sources.

For the Sandberg Institute and Gerrit Rietveld Academy Fellowship I will use methodologies of care, empathy and detail as a means to explore more-than-human infinitudes in technology.

Together with the Jewellery - Linking Bodies department my aim is to explore what technology theorist Maria Puig de la Bellacasa says, that in the age of technological acceleration, caring becomes a living technology that can generate relationships of empathy with the living world (2017:95).

In returning to materials that are increasingly mined to sustain modern societies, such as calcium carbonate, silicon, aluminium and gold, my aspiration is to highlight and call attention to our ever-larger consumption of the mineral world.
28,29,30 -03
all days 11-13h & 14.30-17.30

Andrea López Bernal 
Sandberg Kitchen 3rd floor BC

The accident /choreography as a state of mind

Is it possible to create an accident? Can we compose intimacy? Can performance act as a tool of artificial intelligence? Andrea López Bernal exposes this and other questions in a three days workshop, where the goal is to clash multiple states of mind.

By being together in a radical moment and space, the aim is to create the dramaturgy of the still non-created play.

This workshop is hosted by Dirty Art Department department SandbergStudents of DAD will participate all days, visitors and/or participants from other departments are free to walk in during these days and participate freely.

With closing presentation/jam/ceremony on the 30th at 19h

10.00 - 13.00

Sandra Golubjevaite︎︎︎

Self-hosting and local digital spaces

A collective learning session during which we will explore the topics of self-hosting, local digital spaces and DIY/DIT knowledge exchange.

After a brief introduction to the fellowship project === the server, the participants are invited to think±experiment±work±play with methods±ideas of how local servers and self-hosting could be developed and used as communal knowledge-sharing hotspots.

max 12 people

Keywords : DIY, learning-together, self-hosting

11-04 & 25-04
10:00 - 16:00

Zaïra Pourier

“di kas pa kas” - “from home to home”

Workshop 1:“When was the last time you had a conversation with a material?”In this gathering we will analyse a series of curated artefacts, with the aim to acknowledge the materials we hold on to daily, and sometimes even take for granted. The act of tracing, dissecting and extracting will facilitate the voyage of tracing back these sacred spirits to their “origin”. A guided, kemetic meditation will accompany us to arrive to that state of awareness. The conversations will be held around the realm of displacement, heritage, appropriation, and preservation will be centroid to these conversations.

Workshop 2:During this communion 7 external guests will be invited to gather with us to reflect upon the results discovered during the first session. The conversations will be held around the realm of displacement, heritage, appropriation, and preservation will be centroid to these conversations.

11.00 - 18.00

Aaro Murphy︎︎︎

Thick Air

Thick Air is a research project speculating on synthetic smell production and machine olfaction as a form of architectural augmentation.

Focussing particularly on headspace smell capture and e-nose technology in sensing and replicate aromas, the project investigates how these systems become assimilated in our cities. Taking form in a two part essay and installation this research project merges together scientific research and fiction to speculate on a chemically augmented architecture.

For the fellows in process Aaro proposes to host a performative lecture at the sandberg, outlining the main sections of his research in three parts.

Part 1. Outlining odour molecules and processes behind synthetic smell production.
Part 2. Machine olfaction and e-noses.
Part 3. Building science fiction and speculative storylines.

Time breakdown:

Part 1. 11-13.00

Part 2. 14-15.00

Part 3. 16-18.00

10.00 - 15.00
Charlie Clemoes with Clara Ianni︎︎︎

Planetary Listening

Is it possible to listen to the planet? This workshop will use sound as a tool for creating direct emotional encounters with the vast global network of extraction and production that underpins our everyday life.

Facilitated by Rietveld architectural design theory teacher Charlie Clemoes, and taking place at a local site that has special resonance to the global economy (tbc), workshop participants will listen collectively to sounds they have each brought in advance and make field recordings with their phones on site. Charlie will then combine the sounds into a mix to be exhibited at the Fellows exhibition later this year.

Input from participants

- Pick a material you have recently encountered/used from your art, design, spatial practice

- Find out where it came from, or find out where one of its main component materials is likely to have come from

- Find a field recording/ambient audio from that place: e.g. search Radio Aporee; search audio from videos on Youtube, TikTok, Instagram etc. (link to be sent to facilitator in before workshop)

- Detail as much information as possible about the specific audio (where is it exactly, when was it recorded, how it was recorded, who by, who is in it, what is depicted, why is it interesting to you?)

- Using your phone recorder and bluetooth headphones, record a sound on-site that connects with the information you have gathered (afterwards the facilitator will make a mix of the respective combination of each participant's clips/geolocated sounds).

Key words: Deep listening, material histories, global supply chains

Alaa Abu Asad
Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen

In the absence of the invasive: Can we finally look at the Japanese knotweed as a green future companion?

For around 5 years, the management team at Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen has been dealing with the growth of the Japanese knotweed plant. After trying several methods to kill it, they finally resumed the best solution: human hands.

Every Friday afternoon, they would roll up their sleeves and eradicate the plant – manually, pulling its noxious rhizomes and roots with their own hands. Up until today, nobody at Kunstfort knows where the plant came from. As arriving with new soil wasn’t an option, this leaves us with one arrival way – water.

The plant has probably made its way to the fort via the water which surrounds the building from its all sides. Together with the class of Erik Wong at TXT (Camouflage: Editorial skills: mapping + writing + editing + representing), artist and researcher Alaa Abu Asad will delve deeper into the ongoing debate about the Japanese knotweed. He will discuss the problematics of the plant, but most importantly of the discourse around it and its xenophobic language.

This subject matter will merge into the students' workshops, lectures. performances on knitting and weaving, and other works.