upcoming events:

on 17.10. 2019

unsettling walk!

 with Tomislav Feller

Time: from 11:00 - 17:00

Jacuzzi, Warmoestraat 139 CBE (red door beside W139)

We will leave the Rietveld/Sandberg for our first Unsettling Walk (or bike/metro ride) to Jacuzzi for:


This workshop proposes a communal space of radical slowing, dreaming and undoing.  
Set as a ritual, we will glide together trough dreamy practices; from napping to building togetherness by saddle choreographic means such as deep listening, authentic movement, vocal and writing scores.  
The main focus of the workshop is to observe the mind while we operate with our bodies: connecting to ourselves, the others and the space in a non intrusive and safe setup free from judgement and the idea of achievement. We will start from doing almost nothing and gradually orchestrate our perception into a collective dancing ritual. This workshop comes from a set of questions such as: Can we discover lines of communication with self, others, and environment dampened by certainty, density and speed? When we slow, when we listen, can we hear the identities, experiences, histories, states of being, bodies that have been made invisible, made non-existent in favour of others?

Everyone is welcome to bring their favourite comfortable workout clothes and to contribute to the space with one (or more) selected object. 

Sign up at unsettling@rietveldacademie.nl!

How to get there?

We will meet outside Cafe Fonteyn at Nieuwmarkt 13- 15 at 10:45 and walk over to Jacuzzi at Warmoestraat 139 CBA (Red door right beside W139)

As we will be on location all day, bring lunch!

Let’s dream our way to a radical unsettled future!


Tomislav Feller (CRO) is a choreographer and performer based in Amsterdam. He graduated from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in 2010, and since then has been making collaborative and solo projects, giving workshops, and exploring states of body through movement.

Tomislav works between Amsterdam and Zagreb. Together with Manuel Scheiwiller he created Contemporary Cruising, a curatorial/choreographic duo that explores the notion of spectacle and the “perfect body” in contemporary performance. The project includes an online magazine and performances, thus far presented at festivals “Les Urbaines” in Lausanne, Platforma festival in Zagreb, Porny Days in Zurich, Kunsthale Vienna and Oceans breathe salty in New York. Tomislav also collaborates with Hana van der Kolk on an ongoing research and performance project focused on the politics and aesthetics of stillness, waiting, nothingness, and collective encounter. Their work has been presented at PAM and Anatomy Riot in Los Angeles, and at Jacuzzi in Amsterdam. Tomislav has performed for many influential international artists such as Steve Paxton, Deborah Hay, Tino Sehgal, Ame Henderson and Matija Ferlin. He is one of the co-founder of the artist run space for dance and performance “Jacuzzi” in Amsterdam.

every thursday

unsettling reading-group

Time: from 17:00 to 19:00

For more information or to join the unsettling reading group mailing list, please email: unsettling@rietveldacademie.nl


    From the start of the second semester, the unsettling reading group will meet every week to work more intensively through a collectively assembled constellation of questions, topics and texts. The idea of "reading" here is approached very broadly and the formats for the group's meetings can include walks, talks, screenings, cooking and more. Group members are encouraged to propose ideas and to lead sessions, while guest moderators will also visit occasionally to introduce other voices and perspectives. 

the second thursday of the month at lunch time

unsettling hangry hour

Time: from 13:00 to 14:00


    This is the space and time to vent! Created in response to important conversations with students and staff, the unsettling hangry hour invites you to bring your lunch and share concerns around issues of inclusivity or access in need of addressing. Hangry hours are conducted in a spirit of confidentiality and critical optimism in the sense that what is shared is kept anonymous unless otherwise agreed, and active steps are identified in response to what is shared.
    The unsettling hangry hour will take place at lunch time on the second Thursday of every month at the unsettling station in the Rietveld Library. And if you have any further questions, or would like to share a concern or experience in a less in-person way, please email: unsettling@rietveldacademie.nl

let’s set a date!

unsettling drop-in

To make a date with the unsettling team, please email: unsettling@rietveldacademie.nl

    The unsettling team is excited to continue visiting each department of Rietveld and Sandberg to share more about the unsettling program and to hear from students and staff about their experiences, ideas, frustrations and desires for the future of their departments. Interesting questions to address could be:
- Who are “we” as a department?
- How can we create a safe space to work and think together?
- What perspectives, content and input are missing from our learning context?
- How can we support each other better in collaborative projects and collective processes? 




events :

on 3.10.2019

unsettling opening!

 with Mark Turner

Time: from 16:00 to 20:00

Come join us for an evening of music, food and fun exercises and get to know all about Unsettling! Mark Turner will also be unsettling with us! 

Mark W. Turner is a professor of English at King’s College London. His research and teaching interests range widely, from the 19 th centrury to the present, with particular interests in queer Anglo-American culture, media history, urban studies and visual cultures. His recent publications include work on Oscar Wilde, Edward Hopper and Derek Jarman. In 2014 he was curator of the exhibition ‘Derek Jarman: Pandemonium, ' at Somerset House

on thursday 09.05.19

unsettling round-table

For the roundtable sessions the unsettling team have reached out to a number of those community stakeholders, but if you have not been approached and would like to contribute to this process, please email: unsettling@rietveldacademie.nl

    An essential part of unsettling Rietveld Sandberg is the collective drafting of a policy for diversity and inclusivity tailored to the contexts of Rietveld and Sandberg. Policy-making is a challenging endeavour and to have many voices, stories and experiences represented within the crafting of this document, the unsettling roundtable meetings are one way of gathering stakeholders from different communities within the academy. These meetings will take place every six weeks in the second semester during which time one member of the CvB board (academy directors) will be present.


unsettling weaving with Richard John Jones

Time: from 10:00 to 17:00

For more information please email: unsettling@rietveldacademie.nl


    The workshop "Difference Engines", comprised of three sessions, will use performance (and its documentation), printed textile and composition to create a collective work. The "Difference Engine" is the name of the first computer, a calculating machine engineered by Charles Babbage and programmed by Ada Lovelace. Its development was directly connected to innovations in mechanical weaving. By weaving together fabric as a material, and its production as a metaphor, workshop participants are invited to work with and share experiences that touch on opacity, bodily autonomy, gaining or losing control, inter-dependence on machines, community through technology, representation and marginalisation.

Richard John Jones: I work primarily with textiles and performance and where these intersect, for example when a textile work becomes a costume, or the body becomes a sculptural form. I like how both of these are in a dance of revealing and obscuring at the same time. In general, my work is concerned with the interaction between visual forms of representation/abstraction and political forms of recognition and margin-alisation. I am interested in how technological developments, particularly in manufacturing, affect the body and how bodies, in turn, become part of a machine. I am a graduate of Central Saint Martins, London and the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam and until 2012 was a Co-Director of Auto Italia South East, London. My work has been shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, The Museum of Modern Art, Medellin (MAMM), EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam, Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris and the Gwangju Biennial in collaboration with AA Bronson. I was recently a recipient of the IMMA Freud Project Residency, Dublin. http://rjj.website. Image: National Idiom, 2018. Courtesy of the Artist.


unsettling fabulations
with Studium Generale

Time: from 13:30 to 15:30

    “ Études” is a set of basic exercises borrowed from the practices of embodiment that emphasize the interconnection between the body and its surrounding. Surrendering to the pneumatic, optical and sonic sens-ations of the space, we will focus on the experience and precognitive knowledge that emerges within the body. Rather than relating to the space in units of measurements and as an essentially quantitative, these basic exercises might allow us to experience the space as purely qualitative and shaped by bodily experience.  

Nikola Knežević is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher formerly trained as an architect and working at intersection of architecture and embodied practices, closely and regularly collaborating with choreographers. Investigating the politics of space, he focuses on the body, the fundamental site of feeling, thinking, perceiving the world, and taking action. His research explores both how the environment (physical, social, political, and cultural) choreo-graphs and acts upon bodies from the outside, while simultaneously con-sidering how the immaterial spaces of memories, dreams and the uncon-scious (in)form the bodies from the inside. His practice includes indep-endent research and artistic work and applied practice in scenography for contemporary dance and performance.

Nikola Knežević was a guest of unsettling Rietveld Sandberg in the context of the Rietveld Studium Generale program 'Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Fabulating Alternative Imaginaries in Art and Life' here.

25.01.19 (Rietveld)

07.02.19 (Sandberg)

unsettling open-days

Time: from 10:00


    Drop by and visit the unsettling team during the academy Open Days! We'll be showcasing the new unsettling bibliography – a gathering of resources, books, films, sounds and texts recommended by advisors, guests and members of the unsettling reading group – which will be accessible for students and staff as tools for learning and teaching. Browse, chat, read, and share your experiences with potential future students and colleagues! 

unsettling Consultant
Judith Leysner

unsettling Coordinator
Tracian Meikle

unsettling Graphic Design
Manon Bachelier
For any in-person questions, suggestions, conversations, please visit the unsettling station!
On Thursdays from 10.00AM to 17.00PM at the Rietveld Bibliotheek, FedLev building!

@. unsettling@rietveldacademie.nl
☎. + 31 20 588 2406
w. www.rietveldacademie.nl
w. www.sandberg.nl

unsettling visiting address: 
Fred. Roeskestraat 96
NL – 1076 ED Amsterdam