Presentation by Territorial Agency followed by a discussion moderated by Nick Axel / Screening Sea Lovers, Ingo Niermann
24 November from 14:00 - 16:00 at the FedLev auditorium and streamed at:

For those of us who live at the shoreline | standing upon the constant edges of decision (Audre Lorde from A Litany for Survival)

Studium Generale
Rietveld Academie

is an extensive transdisciplinary theory programme that addresses students and faculty at all departments of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam. It regularly opens up to broader audiences. Studium Generale wants to show 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’. This portal website informs about recent activities and refers to archived material from previous editions.


In the belief that art 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 aims to encourage critical forms of learning, making and thinking. It follows a new research trajectory every year around a specific theme that links up with current events, issues and discussions in the (art) world. Artists and theoreticians from home and abroad offer a broad spectrum of perspectives on the overarching themes with lectures, performances, presentations and screenings.

After a preliminary programme, which also includes film screenings, reading groups, workshops and publications, there is an annual four-day conference festival in collaboration with guest curators who make contact with urgent critical discourses from different perspectives and practices. This takes place at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and is open to the public.

Since 2014 Studium Generale teams up with Rietveld Uncut; departments and individual students develop projects in relation to the theoretical framework of Studium Generale. The presentation and exhibition of these programmes is simultaneous to the conference, bringing ‘the making and the thinking’ together.


Frederik Roeskestraat 96, 1076 ED Amsterdam

Head of Programme
Jorinde Seijdel

Jort van der Laan

Technical Assistance
Jeroen Vermandere

Press and PR
Public Rietveld

Copy Editing
Janine Armin

Photo and Video
Malthe Stigaard

Web Design
Rietlanden Women’s Office

Web Development
Posthuman Sunbathing

Mrs Eaves by Zuzana Licko
Art Nouveau Bistro by Christina Torre