upcoming events:

on 11.02.2021

In Nature, I Open Up

 with Afé Abeni and Henry Robinson

Time: 17:00 to 19:00 (ONLINE)

Email unsettling@rietveldacademie.nl for more information and to join!

    In this session, we will be talking with Afe Abeni and Henry Robinson about their collaborative photography project. The photos in this series explores the use of the body as language and the freedom that nature allows. We will discuss the experience of queerness and coming into one’s body and how photography allows for one to be seen, and functions as a freeze frame of Afe’s transition journey deeper into himself.

    Improvisational Movement Artist and Poet, Afé Abeni is a recent graduate from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. Having completed a BFA in Performance and Choreography, he has seen reflections of an indulgence in the once feared art form, Dance. His work encompasses representation of his journey home to himself, having been disconnected all his life. Abeni’s creative process is subjective to and heavily dependent on a cathartic approach with light shed on the extremes of his emotional experiences, responses and expression. Afé Abeni advocates for mental health by creating space for unfiltered expression and sharing of those experiences leading the medium, Art. He also seeks to take up space in that regard by being unapologetically his body’s greatest occupant, and leaps into greater new experiences with panic coexisting with the greatest bulk of excitement for love, healing and visibility. Afé Abeni, a non-conforming transman represents boldness in vulnerability and his work.

    Henry is a London based visual artist born and bred in Jamaica. He has worked in film and photography in both Jamaica and the UK. Growing up in a predominantly black country where he learnt to play, love and laugh together with black faces in black places, he seeks to capture the black body in myriad forms. In addition to working with numerous commercial clients, such as Puma and Google, his work has been featured in Plantain magazine and exhibited at Kings College in London.

on 16.02.2021

Crushing Boundaries, Embracing Queerness

 with Storm Vogel

Time: 17:00 to 19:00 (ONLINE)

Email unsettling@rietveldacademie.nl for more information and to join!

    In this workshop, we will start at the beginning of how people have come to see sex and gender in Europe. To understand what queer actually means, we will start with a brief outline on the situated histories of queerness in Europe and how categories like heterosexual and transgender were created? We will look at how the gender binary came to be seen as the epitome of civilization that only rich, mentally sane white people could achieve; learning that to understand what queer means, one also needs to understand intersectionality as a framework to looking at the world.

    We will then move into looking at what does having this knowledge mean for daily practice. How does the gender binary create language and the other way around? How can an institution and the people in it become more inclusive towards gender non- conforming and trans/ non- binary individuals? Since modern times, art has always been a place where a certain experimentation with gender and sex was possible- think Prince for instance- so what does that mean for an art school? We will discuss how deconstructing these ideas is an important part of creating boundary crushing art.

    Storm Vogel (they/them) worked as a theatre director,  teacher, cleaner, writer, performer, as team member of the political party BIJ1, as illustrator and as operator of a giant swing in the shape of a ship. During and after their studies at the theatre academy ArtEZ, they worked mainly as a maker of performances with children between the ages of 10 and 15. Their bachelor thesis explored the history of the term 'queer' and what it has come to mean over time, and analyses the position that queerness holds in art institutions today, looking specifically at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.  Recently Storm is exploring writing and filmmaking. They wrote short stories for 'Queering the City of Literature' in Utrecht and a science fiction story for the 'Other Futures Festival'. They love - and have always been fascinated by - science fiction's power to imagine and create different worlds and ways of being together. At the moment Storm is working on a video performance about the binary gaze that creates their body, as part of 'CINECLUB: Queer Diasporas', in Haarlem.

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? 

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