Monday Evening Lecture – AbsurdBeings- Life After Rietveld

On the 8th of November we, AbsurdBeings collective, will give a presentation about life after Rietveld, both from a collective perspective and as an individual. 

AbsurdBeings is a collective founded by Anne Lakeman, Irina Djojoatmodjo, Margherita Soldati, Meret Zimmermann and Mirre Yayla Séur. We are an all-female curatorial collective of five artists founded in 2017. Being artists ourselves enables us to bridge the distance between artist and artspace, and gives us the advantage of having a better understanding of the role of authority, openness and collectivity from both the curatorial and the artist perspective. By amplifying a multitude of voices, backgrounds and ideas, and including them in the curatorial process, we create exhibitions that start a dialogue.


Clementine Edwards – Jewellery Linking- Bodies Research Fellow 2021-2022

Necklace, Clementine Edwards, 2017. Photo © Meredith Turnbull

Clementine Edwards is an artist, editor and writer from Naarm/Melbourne and based in Rotterdam. Her work is guided by the ongoing research line material kinship, which thinks kin beyond bloodlines and material beyond extraction.


From the Jewellery Linking-Bodies department, Clementine will explore aesthetic strategies and develop works that map the connection between colonialism and climate crisis. A key concept is the miniature. By devoting herself to studio practice that, while ambitious, is neither bombastic nor grandiose, Clementine wishes to evoke wonder through the tiny and continue to de-link her work from cultures of (material) extraction. In particular, this means focusing on femme work, complex work, anti-heroic work. Of particular interest during her time at Rietveld is emphasising jewellery as an intimate, embodied and pertinent framework for one’s artistic practice. For more information about Clementine’s research please visit -> here

Monday Evening Lecture with Ingeborg Reichle

Toxic Plastic Politics: Rethinking Plastic Pollution through Art and Activism

Pinar Yoldas, An Ecosystem of Excess (2014)

Politics of ecology and environmental activism have found increasing resonance in the art world in recent years, giving rise to a wide range of artistic responses to ecological emergencies like climate change and other forms of environmental destruction driven by the violence of contemporary fossil fuels-based capitalism. At the intersection of art and activism a new sphere has evolved, which has become particularly attractive to critical hybrid practitioners, who often have a background in art and activism as well as in science. Artists have become active players in much needed dynamics of socio-ecological transformation
processes towards a more sustainable future by articulating critical frameworks and introducing environmental justice works to art and academia. With the creation of meaningful visual artworks or the fostering of collaborative actions, artists seek to increase community
resilience and inspire individual actions directed towards systemic change while raising awareness about the urgency and complexity of global challenge like plastic pollution.

Ingeborg Reichle is a contemporary art historian and media theorist. In recent years she served as Professor in the Department of Media Theory at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and as founding chair of the Department of Cross-disciplinary Strategies (CDS), designing an integrated BA study programme on applied studies in art, science, philosophy, and global challenges. Her current area of research and teaching is the encounter of the arts with cutting-edge technologies such as biotechnology and synthetic biology, taking also into account artistic responses to systemic risks and global challenges such as climate change and ecological collapse in order to develop a critical understanding of the role of twenty-first century media arts. She is the author of a number of books including Art in the Age of Technoscience: Genetic Engineering, Robotics, and Artificial Life in Contemporary Art, Springer, Vienna 2009 and Plastic Ocean: Art and Science Responses to Marine Pollution, De Gruyter, Berlin, Boston 2021.

Monday 25th of October 17:00 Auditorium – FedLev Building

Gerrit Rietveld Academie Fred. Roeskestraat 961076 ED Amsterdam
We hope to see you there!