Studium Generale
Rietveld Academie & Rietveld Uncut
Relating (to) colour



“Colour... is new each time” — Roland Barthes

Studium Generale Rietveld 2019—2020 focuses on histories, politics, and perceptions of colour in the creation and understanding of aesthetic forms, social structures, and embodied experiences. Colour structures our daily life and our actions, our relationships with others and the spaces in which we live. Within different historical and cultural contexts, however, colours have very different symbolic, psychological, material, and socio-political meanings. Relating (to) Colour wants to see colour in art, science, technology, and life beyond the purely symbolic and aesthetic and not as self-evident or universal, but as a physical, material, cultural, and political phenomenon. We try to understand colour not only as visual, sensual, or textual but especially as a lived experience and relational concept that creates affect and agency.

With: David Batchelor, Taka Taka, Imara Limon, Nancy Jouwe, Sekai Makoni, Erik Viskil, Wieteke van Zeil, Adam Broomberg, Sara Blokland, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Patricia Pisters, Isabel Cordeiro, Joke Robaard, Melanie Bühler, Jay Tan, Ioanna Gerakidi, Ola Hassanain & Casco Art Institute, Stefano Harney, Rietveld Uncut and many others.

Wednesday, January 15, 22; February 5, 12, 26; March 4, 11, 18, Rietveld Academie; Conference-festival & Rietveld Uncut: March 25—28, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Preliminary programme
Reading Groups

They needed coloured fire, and had only ground earths

by Ioanna Gerakidi

Hosted by Ioanna Gerakidi, the reading group They needed coloured fire, and had only ground earths, is borrowing its title from the words of Annie Besant and will use colour as an axis to speak about theosophical schemes, meditative practices, studies of mysticism, spiritualism and the occult, but also about identical and collective, racial and sexual, socio- political and economic frameworks. The reading group aims on finding ways of thinking across and feeling colour both physiologically and metaphorically. Materials will vary from anti-colonial theses to visual representations of feelings, gut instincts, visceral acts. Each of the sessions will also include a short exercise on drawing, writing, listening, reading or watching, depending on the material discussed. With texts, poems, short films, meditations and sound tracks by: Sarah Ahmed, Annie Besant, Garrett Bradley, Finetta Bruce, Anne Carson, Zahid R. Chaudhary, Samuel R. Delany, Frantz Fanon, Saidiya Hartman, Isaac Julien, Rajkamal Kahlon, Ray Leve, Toni Morrison, Fred Moten, Precious Okoyomon, Walid Raad, RaMell Ross, Alice Walker and Rayka Zehtabchi, among others.

Blood Orange

by Jay Tan

Identity is difficult to stay with, especially in the form of a topic or debate. Structural racism is soooo old n big.
Are there lively, energy giving ways to share feelings about phenomena in the world and social structures that won't separate the science of optics, the materials of earth or the history of pigment from the legacy of European colonial ideals, actions?
I'm offering a group session in which we centre Poetics and let systems, materials, objects be their colour.
Whiteness is a thing; a structure of taste, codes and behaviours and permissions. Orangeness is a thing; a sharing of faith and periodic, animated unity. Pinkness is a folding open of our insides. Entering and made by our bodies (inheritance, technologies, apparatuses), I wonder how much colour has to do with seeing. Other than a tool of identifying, or an externalised field of optics, isn’t colour flavour? Liveliness? A way to digest or stimulate feeling?
This year, minds wander while we’re preparing fruit salad. Fruit grows, is grown, farmed, thrown or falling. Unripe or rotten? I feel nuts. Nationality is strained and strange. Who owns the orchard? Who needed the orangerie? Who picks the fruit? Who climbs the trees? I’m eating a lot of pomegranates at the moment. Sometimes I don’t wear an apron when I burst them open. I have a growing collection of sweatshirts with pink blood spatters across the front and a mouthful of jewels.
Red Asia Complex Park Chan-kyong
Poetic Intention
Dreamed land, real country Édouard Glissant
Poetics of Relation The Black Beach Édouard Glissant
Technicolor: Race and Technology in Everyday Life co-edited by Alondra Nelson and Alicia Hines
Tales of an Asiatic Geek Girl: Slant from Paper to Pixels
Mimi Thi Nguyen
Too Black Tracie Morris
Aubade Ending with the Death of a Mosquito Tarfia Faizullah
The Nightingale and the Rose Oscar Wilde
The Boy in the Pink Orchid Tree Lin YuYi
Brown Girl in the Ring
Nalo Hopkinson

Everyone across the academie is warmly welcome to this group. We use English as an imperfect, working and growing language. Please bring your personal questions, critique, feelings and responses to the theme.


A Manual Off Colour

by Taka Taka

A character construction-study hosted by Taka Taka. After the workshop students are expected to be able to generate a character and complete a 3-minute performance to be presented in a final public moment. Non-performers can further develop their skills as scenographer-prop makers, in video, text-communication material, as production managers.


On vogue history, DRAGTIVISM, CYBERNETICS, how to govern ourselves?, animal movement, GENDER FREAKS, How to Tuck, Kathakali, MEGAPHONE FOR SOCIAL IMPACT AND MORE!
With Taka Taka, Arielle Freeman Hopelezz, Jennifer Hopelezz, Xenia Hopelezz, Sasha Hara, Belle Dommage Hopellez.

Anri Sala - 'Dammi I Colori' (2003)
Blue Derek Jarman Interview at Edinburgh Festival 1993
The Colour of Pomegranates (Trailer)
Judith Butler and Maggie Nelson: Gender, Identity, Memoir
Toespraak Nancy Jouwe op 1 november 2014 in Utrecht
David Batchelor - Chromophobia | Winsor & Newton and the Royal Academy of Arts
In the dark by André Lepecki
Dylan Rieder - True Blue
VANTABLACK - The Darkest Material on Earth
Yves Klein. Anthropométrie de l'époque bleue (1960) colour
Chameleon Changing Color
'Anniversary of a Revolution (Parsed)' by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
COMME des GARÇONS Autumn/Winter 1988, Theme : RED is BLACK
The Colour of Pomegranates Trailer
Color film was built for white people. Here's what it did to dark skin.
“Sondra Perry: Typhoon coming on” ICA MIAMI, 2018
Sondra Perry: Typhoon coming on

March 25-28, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Guest curators: Stefano Harney, Ola Hassanain & Casco Art Institute, Patricia Pisters, Taka Taka

More information coming soon.

Rietveld Uncut

Rietveld Uncut is an annual exhibition and performance programme by the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Its collaboration with Studium Generale builds up to a simultaneous conference-week and exhibition in which ‘the making and the thinking’ comes together. Departments and students are developing projects in relation to the theoretical framework of Studium Generale under the title 'Relating (to) Colour'.

The participants to this year's exhibition:


Architectural Design, Ceramics, designLAB, Graphic Design, The Large Glass Department, Photography, VAV-moving image.


Thomas Viers, Valter Törsleff, Lucía Vives, Dorin Budușan, Nina Gierasimczuk, Sifra Coulet, Danielle Alhasid, Eeva Juuti, Tia Yoon, Éloïse Alliguié, Kyung Lim Kwon, Minhwa Kang, Anton Shebetko, Katharina Siegel, Shreya de Souza, Athena Potamianos, Joris Benjamins / Eefje Stenfert, Ju-An Hsieh, Lauren Fong, Ljubomir Popovic, Morgane Billuart.


Preliminary Programme, Gerrit Rietveld Academie

All students and staff from Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut are welcome. Interested people from outside the Rietveld are also welcome. For students in the Basicyear and first-year of specialization participation in Studium Generale Preliminary Programme is obligatory.

Conference Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Entrance for students and staff from Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut is free. All students and staff are welcome. Interested people from outside the Rietveld are also welcome.

For students in the Basicyear and first-year of specialization participation in the conference-festival is obligatory. Mandatory presence: 10 blocks. Blocks are indicated on the time schedule of each day. The complete programme consists of 16 blocks.

Students & staff are kindly asked to show their student/staff card upon arrival to receive a DAY-wristband (a different wristband for each day).

DAY-WRISTBANDS grand you access to the conference-festival day programme and the Rietveld Uncut exhibition.

Guests from outside the Rietveld
Guests from outside the Rietveld are welcome to purchase a day ticket directly at the Stedelijk Museum counters during the conference (limited seats available) Price: € 3,- (+ museum entrance fee) / € 3,- (+ Museumkaart)

Guests can access the Rietveld Uncut exhibition with the regular entrance fee or with their Museumkaart.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Attendees are kindly advised to arrive at the beginning of each days conference or during breaks so as to secure a comfortable seat and not disturb the presentations.


Studium Generale Rietveld Academie:
Jorinde Seijdel (Head of Program / Curator in Chief)
Jort van der Laan (Coordinator)

Rietveld Uncut:
Tomas Adolfs, Tarja Szaraniec (Coordinators/Curators)

Ioanna Gerakidi (Reading Group They needed coloured fire, and had only ground earths)
Jay Tan (Reading Group Blood Orange)
Taka Taka (Workshop A Manual off Colour)
Charlotte Rooijackers (Lexicon)
Janine Armin (Copy Editing)
Malthe Stigaard (Photo and Video Documentation)
Nikos Doulos (Host and Logistics Coordinator)
Hemminkways (Travel Arrangments)
Catering: Mari Pitkänen

Gerrit Rietveld Academie:
Jeroen Vermandere (Technical Assistance)
Eric Kammeron (Catering Lunch)
Public Rietveld (Press & PR)
Design: Klara Eneroth, Chloé Delchini, Yuri Sato, under supervison of Bart de Baets & Riet Wijnen
Pieter Verbeke (Librarian)

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam:
Dorine de Bruijne, Henri Sandront

Thanks for support in a variety of ways:
Ralph Beijers, David Bennewith, Jeroen Boomgaard, Rieneke van den Broek, Willem Jan van Dijken, Annelies van Eenennaam, Nancy Jouwe, Mirna Kramer, Sidsel Mehlsen, Hansje van Ooijen, Wilbert van Rossum, Peter van Ruiten, Unsettling Rietveld/Sandberg, Ben Zegers

Studium Generale Rietveld Academie is a transdisciplinary theory programme that addresses students and faculty across all departments and disciplines at the academy, as well as the general public. It wants to understand how art and design are entangled with other domains (from the personal to the political, from the vernacular to the academic), how ‘now’ is linked with past and future, ‘here’ with ‘elsewhere’.