Rietveld Uncut

Relating (to) Colour


"The students of the Rietveld Academie and the curators of Rietveld Uncut managed to quickly turn offline into online. We believe it is a great statement that, as a result, their work has nevertheless been given a platform. With current events, the medium shifts for once."

- Rein Wolfs, director Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

In March 2020 Rietveld Uncut was ready to present an exhibition with 26 projects by Rietveld students at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. But due to government measures to control the coronavirus, the Rietveld Uncut exhibition and the Studium Generale conference week in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in March 2020 were cancelled. Participants were asked to create digital translation of their projects and share this with the online audience.

Studium Generale Rietveld & Rietveld Uncut 2019—2020 focused on histories, politics, and perceptions of colour in the creation and understanding 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.

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

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

Rietveld Uncut: Tarja Szaraniec and Tomas Adolfs
Studium Generale: Jorinde Seijdel and Jort van der Laan
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: Henri Sondrant and Britte Sloothaak
Graphic Design: Klara Eneroth, Yuri Sato and Chloé Delchini
Web design and development: Laslo Strong and Dodo Voelkel
Special thanks to all workshop managers at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and all (guest) tutors involved.