The Terrain of Dirty Art, Fashion & Photography

Soon the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Sandberg art academies will get a new building and outside space. The students from the departments Fashion, Dirty Art and Photography will contribute to the new design by investigating the following question: What makes a place a good place?

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 The existing main entrance of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy is an example of well functioning public domain. A place were people from different backgrounds can meet and sometimes do meet: students and teachers from different departments, people from Sandberg and Rietveld. During the first week of November interdisciplinary groups of students will investigate the way the environment contributes to such opportunities to meet.

Starting from their own fascinations and skills, student from the three departments will make proposals for new possibilities for social interaction in between the existing and the new building. If the square/entrance could be 100% fashion, photography or dirty art, how would you design it? How would your ideal work space on the terrain look? What would be your most daring intervention to connect physically the worlds of Rietveld and Sandberg?

Terrain Curators: Ronald Rietveld & Erik Rietveld, RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances] http://www.raaaf.nl

Teachers/Departments heads: Niels Klavers (Fashion) & Vincent Zedelius (Photography)

Coordinator: Lizzy Kok (Dirty Art Department)

Location: Room 032, Ground floor Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Fred. Roeskestraat 96, Amsterdam

Presentation with drinks: Friday November 8th, 16h-19h (please email Lizzy: lizzy@sandberg.nl )

News Items: New Radicals

Last year in the UK, the Observer and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts joined forces to find 50 New Radicals. They selected “people who were coming up with creative answers to the big issues of our times”, according to newspaper the Guardian.

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Yesterday this initiative got a follow-up in the Netherlands. My brother, Ronald, and I were selected by a jury chaired by Herman Wijffels as New Radicals because of our innovative interdisciplinary approach to architectural design, which also integrates insights from my work in the philosophy of enactive or embodied cognition. Just like the report of the Rotterdam Design Prize jury last year, this confirms the potential of translational embodied cognition and, more in particular, of the field of enactive architecture.

For more information see news item at Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)-website, here.

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