WdKA Research Center focuses on ongoing transformations and shifts in arts and design practices in their relations to societal change. We observe, analyze, follow, and immerse ourselves, as practitioners, in these transformations. Through practice-based, artistic research with teachers, students and external partners, we translate our findings into renewed, timely art school curricula.

Research areas / LECTORATEN

The AUTONOMOUS PRACTICES research program investigates new concepts of “autonomy” in the arts that shift from, critically revise, or even break with, traditional Western notions of aesthetic and artistic autonomy.

The COMMERCIAL PRACTICES research program investigates how artists and designers can materialise and contribute to alternative modes of organisation and production based on strong ecological and cooperative/collaborative values.

The following research questions guide the SOCIAL PRACTICES research program: What are the shifts in values, practices, and infrastructures needed in the ways that we learn and live otherwise? How can cultural and artistic practices be constitutive tools used in an extended learning process to produce social change? 

Within the LIVING STATIONS we question material practice within arts and design and investigate how to make and collaborate with ‘living’ and biological systems.

The Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab (RASL) is a unique collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Willem de Kooning Academy-Piet Zwart Institute (Media, Arts, Design, Leisure), and Codarts University of the Arts (Music, Dance, and Circus Arts).

The RESEARCH STATION is the place within the Willem de Kooning Academy where research activities, education, sources, students, teachers, researchers, and other enthusiasts meet.

Research Support & Opportunities

The WdKA Research Center provides support in Bachelor, Master and doctoral supervision, offers pedagogical guidance, advises on studies at the 3rd cycle level, doctoral and postdoc research. The WdKA Research Center contributes expertise to working groups and committees in the development of curricula and research projects.

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WdKA Research Center is located inside the Research Station on the ground floor of WdKA’s main building.

Wijnhaven 61, 3011 WJ Rotterdam.

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Jim van Geel, Jacquill Basdew & Czar Kristoff – Promiscuous Infrastructures 02-11-2023

This conversation gravitates around the reclaim of queer joy and visibility through generational care. J.G. Basdew, Czar Kristoff P. and Jim van Geel’s conversation is part of Promiscuous Infrastructures, a public seminar series on caring infrastructures and pedagogies of care.

11/02/2023 // 14:30

Laurence Rassel and Selma Bellal – Promiscuous Infrastructures 13-10-2023

Laurence Rassel and Selma Bellal will share insights from their experience collectively reshaping artistic research, pedagogy, and educational policy at erg (école de recherche graphique) in Brussels. Selma Bellal and Laurence Rassel’s conversation is part of Promiscuous Infrastructures, a public seminar series on caring infrastructures and pedagogies of care.

10/13/2023 // 12:30

Reassemble Lab 5: Practising Permacomputing 13-10-23 – 02-12-23

The Research Center is pleased to take part in the programme Reassemble Lab 5: Practising Permacomputing, taking place through October to the 2nd December, 2023, in Amsterdam. This programme will constitute a series of Workshop Series & Lectures.

10/13/2023 // 10:00

Edwin Mingard – Promiscuous Infrastructures 05-10-2023

A screening of a selection of Edwin Mingard’s collaboratively made film works, followed by discussion. Edwin Mingard’s screening is part of Promiscuous Infrastructures, a public seminar series on caring infrastructures and pedagogies of care.

10/05/2023 // 12:00