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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Dissemblage.Making Multiplicity, not Identities 06.12.2023

Members of the Promiscuous Care Study Group and the Erasmus School of Philosophy in conversation with Gerald Raunig (Zurich University of the Arts). 

12/06/2023 // 17:00

Talk and Screening – with Dora Garcia -06-12-2023

A screening and Q&A with filmmaker Dora Garcia in the Cinema viewing room. at 17:00 on 6 December.

The Q&A is at 18:45.

12/06/2023 // 17:00

Book presentation: Lumbung, commons and Community Art – 25-11-2023

This event celebrates the publication ‘Lumbung, Commons & Community Art: a conversation on behind the scenes of documenta fifteen’ with Florian Cramer and Simon Kentgens, and introduces HumDrumPress and its commons-based publishing model and project, to the world.

11/25/2023 // 16:00

Workshop: How to Counter-map Autonomy and Self-organization -Iconoclasistas & WdKA Autonomy – Lab 16-11-23

On the 16th of November, Research Center WdKA’s Autonomy Lab and Roodkapje carry out a ‘counter-mapping’ workshop, under the guidance of the Argentinian researcher/designer/activist duo, Iconoclasistas. Iconoclasistas are participating via teleconferencing. Participation is free and open to anyone.

11/16/2023 // 12:00