The Disarming Design department aims to question, challenge and locate the social, political and emancipatory potential of design practices and other organisational art forms. Building upon the relations and involvements of the students and faculty, we will explore how and to what extent artistic practices can counteract oppression and injustice through the act of design. We are interested in what ways design-positions are able to inform strategies for sustainable positions in politically and geographically violated societies. In parallel, we want to experiment with educational models that stimulate such practices, and set up alternative platforms that can reinforce the artistic, political and economic independence.
The programme focuses on the artistic work of the participants in finding their own methods for resilience, collaboration and sustainability. The course provides a fostering environment for study, practice and research, and makes space for selflessness, vulnerability and unpredictability. It is set up as a studio-space led programme where students work on both collective and individual projects, and get feedback by the tutors on their practice. The curriculum evolves on the initiatives, collaborations and developments of the students; they are actively involved in organising and leading different parts.
Together we are shaping collective methods of mutual learning and exchange, developing context specific vocabularies, ideas and common projects. Over time we will explore how to expand and change practices in design for political resistance, solidarity and social transformation. We will research and experiment with tools, networks and conditions for community driven platforms on design learning. The participants will exchange with new communities, engage creative actors and cultural institutes, and invest in long-term collaborations that help to establish new spaces for design.
The body of students and tutors consist of practitioners with engaged and critical artistic practices, informed by an understanding of the weight of structural oppression, and who are determined to counteract it. Each has an ability and interest in collaborative work, situated learning, crafts, poetry and in creating politically driven, experimental practices that can imagine and enact ways of being together otherwise.
As the postgraduate programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, the Sandberg Instituut offers Master Programmes in Fine Arts, Interior Architecture and Design.
The five Main Departments aim to deepen the practices of artists, designers and critics. In addition, the Temporary Programmes reflect on specific urgencies in society and the arts, and the Hosted Programmes focus on collaboration with other institutes. Sandberg Instituut’s Main Departments are Critical Studies, Design, The Dirty Art Department, Fine Arts and Studio for Immediate Spaces. An average of only twenty students per programme allows each course to be flexible and open to initiatives from students and third parties. The course directors, who are prominent artists, designers, theorists and curators with international practices, invite tutors and guests who are able to challenge the students to critically reflect on their profession, their work and their progress. The two-year Temporary Programmes are developed according to urgent world issues.
Lama Aloul, Saja Amro, Julina Vanille Bezold, Rasha Dakkak, Farah Fayyad, Mohamed Gaber, Anna Garcia Gómez, Ayman Hassan, Siwar Kraitem, Ott Metusala, Naira Nigrelli, Karmel Sabri, Qusai Al Saify, Sarah Saleh, Mohammed Tatour, Jara van Teeffelen, Samira Vogel
Head of programme:
Annelys de Vet
Rana Ghavami, Lara Khaldi, Yazan Khalili, PING (Agustina Woodgate, Miquel Hervás Gómez, Sascha Krischock), Huda Smitshuijzen-Abifares, Jonas Staal, Annelys de Vet
Ana Teixeira Pinto, Anja Groten, Bahia Shehab, Brigitte Herremans, Cara Crisler, Daniel van der Velden, Flavia Dzodan, Foundland, Hannes Bernard, Hazem Alqaddi, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Julien Thomas, Juliette Lizotte, Jurgen Bey, Loraine Futer, Marni Slater, Nat Muller, Pascal Gielen, Petra van Brabandt, Robin Vanbesien, Salim Bayri, Sekai Makoni, Tunde Adefioye