The ART and RESEARCH Programme consists of a collaboration between the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the University of Amsterdam. Initially developed in 2006 and already in its 12th edition, it aims to combine the most productive aspects and activities of both institutions in a programme that provides art students the opportunity to engage with theory on a deeper level than what is offered by the Gerrit Rietveld Academie’s regular courses, while on the other hand, involving university students in creative processes generally absent from the scope of the curricula at the University of Amsterdam.
Departing from the idea that certain overlaps occur between the practices of science and art, the programme stimulates students to share and exchange different perspectives and methodologies as well as challenge methodological traditions, so as to create renewed modes of research, all the while learning about each other’s fields of study in the process.
ART and RESEARCH brings an extremely wide range of disciplines together, with this edition’s participants coming from different departments such as the Gerrit Rietveld Academie’s VAV, Design Lab, Architectural Design, Fine Arts, DOGTime and Graphic Design, and the University of Amsterdam’s departments of Philosophy, Anthropology, Physics and Astronomy, Cultural Studies and Political Science.
In practice, this programme entails that a group of twenty selected students works on a joint project for a period of twelve months. The participants brainstorm together to conceive themes of their choice in small multidisciplinary groups, and collaborate intensively on collective research projects that lead to a joined output, consisting of a publication and a public presentation at the end of the programme.
The above-mentioned projects are realized alongside the student’s regular schedule. Although guided by tutors, guest lecturers, and other professionals, the students actively contribute to the development of the programme’s content as it progresses. Moreover, most of the organizational work involved in the production of the presentation and publication is also in their hands, which further contributes to the uniqueness of the programme.
Elena Khurtova (Gerrit Rietveld Academie) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Boulboulle (University of Amsterdam)
Paula Albuquerque (Gerrit Rietveld Academie) - email@example.com
Florian Göttke (University of Amsterdam) - firstname.lastname@example.org