Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: 21, 22, 23, 24 March 2018

Studium Generale Rietveld Academie presents a four-days conference-festival guest curated by Karen Archey, Mark Paterson, Rizvana Bradley, and Jack Halberstam, who will each inaugurate a discursive and performative programme on how the haptic – relating to or based on touch – is thought and experienced artistically, philosophically, and politically in life, art and design, and theory.


March 21

Practicing Care

Karen Archey

March 22

Haptics, Creativity, and Knowledge Between Bodies

Mark Paterson

March 23

There’s a Tear in the World: Touch After Finitude

Rizvana Bradley

March 24

Reach out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand): Feel Philosophies

Jack Halberstam

Entrance for students and staff from Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut is free. All students and staff are welcome. Interested people from outside the Rietveld are also welcome.

For students in the Basicyear and first-year of specialization participation in the conference-festival is obligatory. Mandatory presence: 10 blocks. Blocks are indicated on the time schedule of each day. The complete programme consists of 16 blocks. Students can sign in and out with their student card at the Hold Me Now Front Desk (Stedelijk Museum main entrance).

Students & staff are kindly asked to show their student / staff card at the Hold Me Now Front Desk (Stedelijk Museum main entrance) upon arrival to receive a DAY-wristband (a different wristband for each day).

DAY-WRISTBANDS grand you access to the conference-festival day programme and the Rietveld Uncut exhibition.

Guests from outside the Rietveld are welcome to purchase a day ticket from the Stedelijk Museum website: or directly at the Stedelijk Museum counters during the conference (limited seats available) Price: € 3,- (+ museum entrance fee) / € 3,- (+ Museumkaart)

Guests can access the Rietveld Uncut exhibition with the regular entrance fee or with their Museumkaart.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Attendees are kindly advised to arrive at the beginning of each days conference or during breaks so as to secure a comfortable seat and not disturb the presentations.