A milestone: Most read article!

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A milestone: Our article ‘A Rich Landscape of Affordances’ is now the most read article in journal Ecological Psychology, surpassing Tony Chemero’s great 2003 paper. This article was co-authored with Julian Kiverstein. To celebrate it, I am making it available as Open Access and present here the link to a follow-up paper that is forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of 4E Cognition.

Rietveld, E., Denys, D. & Van Westen, M. (forthcoming) Ecological-Enactive Cognition as Engaging with a Field of Relevant Affordances: The Skilled Intentionality Framework (SIF) In Newman et al. (eds.) Oxford Handbook for Embodied Cognitive Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Read ‘A Rich Landscape of Affordances’ here (PDF open access)

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Recent and upcoming lectures

Built Explorations of the Future (“Gebouwde toekomstbeelden”), lecture in Dutch, together with Ronald Rietveld. Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam. June 30, 2017

Disability and Skilled Intentionality, lecture at the “Phenomenology and the Body – Contemporary Perspectives” symposium. Nordic Society for Phenomenology, Trondheim, Norway. June 16, 2017

An Ecological-Enactive Approach to Language in Conversation (together with Julian Kiverstein), lecture at “Getting Real About Words and Numbers” symposium, Erasmus University, Rotterdam. June 12, 2017

The Skilled Intentionality Framework for understanding ‘higher’ collaborative embodied skill, lecture at the “Distributed Cognitive Ecologies of Collaborative Embodied Skill” symposium. Senate House, Institute of Philosophy, London. May 26, 2017

Complementarity of Art & Science, lecture at NIAS-KNAW, Amsterdam. May 18, 2017

Hardcore Heritage, lecture at ‘Het Klaslokaal’ series at De School, Amsterdam. March 29, 2017

Neurophenomenology and Deep Brain Stimulation, lecture at ‘What is Happening to our Brain’ (Studium Generale), Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. March 15, 2017

Trusted Strangers, presentation for the City of Amsterdam. February 14, 2017

Breaking Habits, presentation and installation at the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam. January 1, 2017.

Affordances and Freedom in Skilled Actioninterview by Sarah Meuleman for Enactive Seminars Online (ENSO). December 1, 2016

Situating the embodied mind in a landscape of affordances: RAAAF at work, lecture at “The Psychology of Space” symposium, Delft University of Technology, Delft. November 11, 2016

Dealing with the relevance problem in the Skilled Intentionality Framework (SIF) (together with Julian Kiverstein), lecture at the Computational Cognitive Science (CCS) lab, Radboud University, Nijmegen. November 11, 2016

Embodied Cognitive Science, lecture at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. October 20, 2016

Interdisciplinary research: Situating the embodied mind in a landscape of affordances, lecture at the “Recalibrating Excellence” symposium. Rathenau Institute, KNAW, Utrecht. October 10, 2016

Trust and uncertainty in OCD: Before and after DBS (together with Julian Kiverstein), lecture at Symposium on Matthew Ratcliffe, department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam. November 22, 2016

Intentionality in social coordination: The case of making architecture (together with Jelle Bruineberg), lecture for ‘Skilled Action as a Complex System: Affordances and Social Coordination’ satellite workshop, part of Conference on Complex Systems (CCS), Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam. September 21, 2016

The future of the artist’s archive: the case of RAAAF, lecture at the Boekmanstichting, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences, Amsterdam. September 16, 2016.

Inauguration speech at the Society of Arts, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW)

Recently Ronald and Erik Rietveld were inaugurated as members of the Society of Arts at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), which promotes cross-fertilization between the sciences and the arts. Other artists at this Academy are Anton Corbijn, Arnon Grunberg, Barbara Visser, Heddy Honigmann, Iris van Herpen, Jaap van Zweden, Louis Andriessen, Pierre Audi, Paul Verhoeven, read more...Below you will find a video of our inauguration speech at the KNAW (in Dutch) and an English translation of our text.

 

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Inauguration speach by Ronald & Erik Rietveld at KNAW, d.d. April 1, 2016.

“For us this is a great honor! The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), where the arts and the sciences meet, has invited us to become members as a duo; a duo that operates at the intersection of architecture, visual art and philosophy.

ERCfigure2forwebsiteWhat you see here is a philosophical worldview. Philosophers normally make a world in words, typically in books without pictures. This is a materialized and experiential translation of my philosophical research at the University of Amsterdam. It is a landscape of affordances. Affordances are the possibilities for action that the environment offers us. Your seat affords you to sit on it, a book affords reading, etc. The installation that we built offers many opportunities for supported standing, leaning and hanging, and invites you to frequently switch positions and postures throughout the day. This installation also represents my position within the philosophy of the cognitive sciences. Cognition is not something that takes place purely in our heads. Cognition is made possible and supported by the affordances available in our human ecological niche.

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What you see here is a spatial thinking model. This dissected monument represents our way of thinking and working. The work:
– breaks through existing conventions,
– breaks through indestructible structures,
– breaks though different disciplines, and
– breaks though past and present, looking for new meaning in the future.

This installation, which we provocatively named The End of Sitting, is also a vision on the office of the future, of 2025. It explores what a world without chairs and tables might look like. In the coming years we would like to make more of these visual explorations of the future. This fits perfectly with what has become both a tradition of the KNAW as well as a strategic priority of the scientific part of the Academy, namely the making of future explorations. However, there is an important difference. The foresight studies to be made here at home have typically been written reports. What we want to do is start from our own fascinations and make imagination central to our foresight in a visual way. We would like to build foresight; to materialize thinking models. By building our visions on the future we make them tangible and sensible to people. We call these visions that we build at the intersection of visual art and architecture, “architectural art installations” or, ‘bouwkunst’ in Dutch (literally translated as building-art).

More than ever, the field of architecture needs new types of ‘bouwkunst’:
– A ‘bouwkunst’ that goes beyond the pragmatism and efficiency thinking of today.
– A ‘bouwkunst’ that develops new spatial thinking models.
– There is a need for a ‘bouwkunst’ that encourages new radical experiments, free from conventional constraints.

In short, working from within the KNAW, we wish to dedicate ourselves to making architectural art installations that show society new vistas.”

 

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Vacant NL rated as one of the Top-10 of Sexiest Models of All Time

The installation Vacant NL – RAAAF’s contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 – is in great company in this piece on Architizer: Lebbeus Woods, Antonio Gaudi, Jorn Utzon, Tadao Ando, Yuraka Sone and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe amongst others.

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The End of Sitting on a research tour

‘The End of Sitting: Cut Out’ functions now as a platform for empirical research for several Dutch academic medical centers. In Maastricht the Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences and the University Library joined forces to enable students and researchers to experience The End of Sitting. Check out ‘The Rock’ at UNS 40, Randwyck, Maastricht this month (June 2016)!

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Earlier this month the art installation was presented at the conference ‘Building the Future of Health: Game Changing Concepts for Healthy Aging’ at Groningen University. Human movement scientist Dr. Simone Caljouw is currently investigating how much energy people spend by working on it (a follow up of her earlier study published in Sports Medicine). In May a research team led by Hidde van der Ploeg at the department of Public and Occupational Health at the VUmc Amsterdam studied the use of the object in the main university building and invited members of the Dutch Association of Human Movement Scientists (VvBN) to try it out (see image below). Read her an interview with human movement scientist Dr. Hans Savelsberg in the Observant newspaper of Maastricht University (in Dutch).

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Update 28/6/2016: Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), Ministry of Education, Culture & Science (OCW)  and Staatsbosbeheer are the proud first owners of a End of Sitting-Cut Out standing landscape. This Cut Out can be visited by anyone interested because it is located at the public first floor of their headquarters. Visiting address: Smallepad 5, Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

Upcoming lectures etc. Spring-Fall 2016

The brain embedded in a rich landscape of affordances. Talk at symposium ‘Worlding the Brain’, University of Amsterdam (UvA), March 17, 2016.

Materializing a philosophical worldview. Inauguration speech as member of The Society of Arts, The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Trippenhuis, Amsterdam, April 1, 2016.

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Beyond the borders of philosophy and architecture? (in Dutch), Philosophy Cafe, Cafe Trianon – Berg en Dalseweg 33, Nijmegen, April 5, 2016.

Guest lecture on ‘Wittgenstein’s relevance: Perspectives for cognitive science’, University of Amsterdam, Department of Philosophy, April 8, 2016.

Situating the Embodied Mind in an Unorthodox Landscape of Affordances. Invited lecture at workshop ‘Orders and disorders of spatial experience’, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Memphis, April 16, 2016.

Guest lecture on interdisciplinary work in embodied cognitive science. MSc Brain & Cognitive Science, May 3, 2016.

Member assessment committee, PhD dissertation ‘A horizontal attitude: Gibsonian psychology and an ontology of doing’, Ludger van Dijk, University of Antwerp, May 9, 2016.

The Skilled Intentionality Framework for ‘higher’ embodied cognition: How our ecological niche scaffolds skilled intentionality in architecture. Invited talk at workshop ‘Moving cognition beyond its basic ecology’, University of Antwerp, May 10, 2016.

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Invited talk on ‘The End of Sitting’ at the Netherlands Association of Human Movement Sciences (VvBN), Public and Occupational Health, VUmc, Amsterdam, May 18, 2016.

Affordances for language use in enactive cognition (together with Julian Kiverstein), talk at the 1st International Conference on Language and Enaction, Clermont-Ferrant, France, June 1-3, 2016.

The Hospital of 2025. Invited RAAAF-session at conference ‘Building the Future of Health: Game Changing Concepts for Healthy Aging‘, with Ronald Rietveld & David Habets, Groningen University, UMCG, June 3, 2016.

The University of 2025. Invited talk at Jonge Academie, KNAW, Symposium on Reinventing Universities. Landgoed Zonheuvel, Doorn. June 3, 2016.

The annual ‘New Leonardo Lecture’, invited lecture ‘Situating the Embodied Mind’ at Honours programme, Dept. of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, June 17, 2016.

Washington University, studio visit at RAAAF, June 29, 2016.

End of year lecture. ArtEZ, Zwolle – “Exploring the World of Affordances”- June 30, 2016.

Invited talk at workshop Aesthetics and the 4E Mind, University of Exeter, July 4-5, 2016.

City Scapes Gallery, lecture on Hardcore Heritage, Marineterrein Amsterdam, July 7, 2016..

Ecological information for “higher cognition” (together with Jelle Bruineberg). Talk  at European Workshop on Ecological Psychology (EWEP 14) Groningen. July 8, 2016.

Satelite workshop ‘Skilled Action as a Complex System: Affordances and Social Coordination’,  Conference on Complex Systems, University of Amsterdam, September 21 2016.

Rathenau/CWTS, invited lecture on interdisciplinary research. Utrecht. October 13, 2016.

Invited talk at Enactive Seminars Online (ENSO seminar), December 1 (t.b.c.)

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