Studium Generale Rietveld Academie is an extensive trans-disciplinary discursive program that brings together students from all departments of the Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Institute around shared questions and topics. It regularly opens up to broader audiences.
Studium Generale Rietveld Academie wants to articulate how art and design are linked with other domains (from the personal to the political, from the vernacular to the academic), how our ‘now’ is linked with past and future, our ‘here’ with ‘elsewhere’.
In the belief that art and design students can only learn to think independently when knowledge, imagination and reflection combine to work together in an unorthodox and critical way, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie embarks every year on slightly unruly and therefore always exciting research trajectories.
Each year it proposes a research question that offers a framework for selected curators and numerous guest speakers/ performers.
In 2010 BECOMING MINORITY was a year long trajectory in various formats. Among the numerous guests were Brian Holmes,Terre Thaemlitz, Elaine Brown, Franco Berardi, Chto Delat, Arnout Mik, Joseph Massad and Josef Strau.
In 2011 CINEMA CLASH CONTINUUM – modus operandi for extensive elaboration on Godard and the cinematic medium brought together Mark Lewis, P.Adams Sitney, Ruth Noack, Lech Kowalski, the Otolith Group and Jean-Pierre Gorin to name but a few.