Call for applications 2020

Call for applications 2020

Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam

Photo: Sander van Wettum, 2019.

February 7, 2020
Call for applications 2020
January 6–April 1, 2020
Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam
FedLev building & Benthem Crouwel building
Fred. Roeskestraat 98
1076 ED Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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From January 6 until April 1, 2019, the Sandberg Instituut is open for applications to the five Main Departments and two new Temporary Programmes Disarming Design and F for Fact.

New temporary programmes open for application:

Disarming Design (2020–22)
Programme Directors: Annelys de Vet
Coordinator: to be announced
Tutors and guests: Ghadeer Dajani, Flavia Dzodan, Foundland Collective (Lauren Alexander & Ghalia Elsrakbi, Rana Ghavami, Pascal Gielen, Raed Hamouri, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Lara Khaldi, Yazan Khalili, Nat Mulller, Shayma Nader, Marina Otero, PING (Agustina Woodgate, Miquel Hervás Gómez, Sascha Krischock, Bahia Shebab, Huda Smitshuijzen-Abifares, Jonas Staal, SulSalSol (Hannes Bernard, Guido Giglio, Julien Thomas, Petra Van Brabandt and others to be announced

Disarming Design is a two-year Master’s programme committed to design practices in situations of oppression with a particular focus on Palestine. It derives from the long-term collaboration between the Design Department and the thought provoking design label ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’.

The full team and programme aim to define what is needed to enhance the social, political and emancipatory impact of design. We will explore how design can be a vehicle for political resistance and solidarity and how to counteract oppression and injustice through the act of design. We are interested in what ways design practices can inform strategies to set up 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 reinforce the artistic, experimental and economic independence of designers.

F for Fact (2020–22)
Programme Director: Barbara Visser
Coordinator: Sjoerd ter Borg
Tutors and guests: Bart Haensel, Arnoud Holleman, Matthew C. Wilson,  Pieter Paul Pothoven1, Matthijs van Boxel, Tal Erez, Marcus Lindeen, Yeb Wiersma, Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou, Flora Lysen, Inez Piso, Mark Dion, Mila Turajlić & Boris Mitić, Robert Glas, Alan Berliner and Oscar Santillán and others to be announced

At a time when facts are increasingly framed as fantasy, and fiction is often presented as truth, F for Fact aims to develop narratives for the present by looking at past and future representations of reality through an artistic lens.

At this School of Second Thoughts we investigate the nature of knowledge as we perceive, document and share it. Through social and natural history, archives, fundamental science, literature and popular media we explore physical and intellectual knowledge kept in the vaults of our collective memory.

Main Departments open for application:

Critical Studies
Director: Tom Vandeputte
Coordinator: Will Pollard
Tutors: Jesse Darling, Joost de Bloois, Flavia Dzodan, Amelia Groom, Fatima Hellberg, Jakob Jakobsen, Chris Julien, Aylin Kuryel, Huw Lemmey, Mihnea Mircan, Will Pollard, Wail Qasim, belit sağ, Mikki Stelder, Linda Stupart, Jules Sturm, Tom Vandeputte, Marina Vishmidt, Thijs Witty, Mia You, Simone Zeefuik, Anna Zett

Director: Anja Groten
Coordinator: Zhenia Sveshchinskaya
Tutors: Tina Bastajian, Agata Jaworska, Rogier Klomp, Silvio Lorusso, Rob Schröder, Daniel van der Velden, Annelys de Vet

Dirty Art Department
Director: Jerszy Seymour
Coordinator: Aurélien Lepetit
Tutors: Saâdane Afif, Daniel Dewar, Ioannis Mouravas, Florence Parot, Anna Reutinger, Catherine Somzé

Fine Arts
Director: Maxine Kopsa
Coordinator: Judith Leysner
Tutors: Jeroen Boomgaard, Gintaras Didziapetris, Lucy Skaer, Mark Turner, Yolande van der Heide

Studio for Immediate Spaces
Directors: Ludwig ​Engel &  Julian Schubert
Coordinator: Arie de Fijter
Tutors: Julian Schubert, Marie-Avril Berthet, Ludwig Engel, Laure Jaffuel, Leonard ​Streich, Elena ​Schütz

For more information and to apply to the Sandberg Instituut, visit

About Sandberg Instituut
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.

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