Saskia van Stein

Head of Department

Saskia van Stein is an independent curator, moderator, and is head of The Critical Inquiry Lab MA at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. She was artistic and managing director at Bureau Europa, platform for architecture and design, in Maastricht (2013–19). Van Stein worked as a curator at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (now Het Nieuwe Instituut) in Rotterdam (2003–12). She contributes to the development of cultural discourse, and she is a member of numerous advisory committees and chair of several juries.

Van Stein’s deep-seated interest in the discourse of exhibition-making and the politics of representation explores different formats and methods of knowledge production and performative display. Through a broad cultural perspective, Van Stein examines issues related to contemporary urgencies and how they manifest at different levels. Her cultural practice and interests address the intricate relational complex of social, political, economic, psychological, and cultural phenomena and how these are analyzed, addressed, visualized or expressed in the designed environment.

Patricia Reed

Thesis tutor

Patricia Reed is an artist, writer and designer based in Berlin. Recent writings have been published in Glass Bead Journal (forthcoming), The New Normal (forthcoming), Construction Site for Possible Worlds (Urbanomic, forthcoming), e-flux Journal, Making & Breaking, Angelaki, Para-Platforms (Sternberg); Post-Meme (Punctum Books, forthcoming); e-flux Architecture; Xeno-Architecture (Sternberg Press); Cold War Cold World (Urbanomic); and Distributed (Open Editions). Reed is also part of the Laboria Cuboniks (techno-material feminist) working group whose Xenofeminist Manifesto (2015) was republished by Verso Books in 2018; French book translation forthcoming with entremonde in 2019.

Rana Ghavami


Rana Ghavami has been teaching in design education since 2013. She is committed to fostering spaces in which teaching design research and theory are developed in tandem with everyday practices of care and emancipation. Currently she is conducting research for the department of Product Design at ArtEZ University of the Arts, for which she is mapping the relationship and instabilities between how they envision, teach, challenge, and endure design practices at the department. Parallel to this, Rana organizes and facilitates workshops, film and lecture series for Studium Generale (‘How on Earth?’, ‘Still, against all logic’, ‘One more time, with feelings’). She is also committed to her friends and their shared politics, working with them on self-initiated projects such as together with Roel Griffioen, and Center for Reproductive Labour together with Sakiko Sugawa. Rana lives and works in Amsterdam.

Vincent Thornhill


Vincent Thornhill works between the high-tech industry and education, using communication design to create new readings of the ways emerging technologies can, and will impact the near future. He currently works with startups at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven to develop communication strategies for breakaway CERN technologies, and other deep-tech ventures. In his design practice, Vincent applies a critical lens to the systems and objects of digital culture, using identity and social behavior as both content and medium. In this inquiry, he reframes new media interactions and objects as cultural practices and artefacts.

Alejandro Cerón


Artist, designer and researcher Alejandro Cerón (Murcia, 1985) thinks through, with and against institutionalised notions of practice. His work gravitates around the organisation and implementation of speculative conditions of production. Alejandro is interested on the opening up spaces where political, poetical and philosophical struggle can be enacted through cooperative exchange. Recurrent subjects encompass perpetual movement, systems of circulation and self transformation through performative processes of collective study and disidentification.

Alejandro has been guest tutor at the Dutch Art Institute COOP group Making Nothing Out of Something: Improvising, writing and publishing in relation to practices of resistance, where he conducted the performative seminar Dialogical Readings/Talking Texts. He collaborates with Onomatopee Footnotes in the publication Not Knowing the City of Knowledge, edited by Josh Plough. His written work has also been published at and

His work has been exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions including POPPOSITIONS Capital of Woke, Brussels (2019), I have got an empty space, Modena (2019), Bring your own time, bring your own bricks at Onomatopee, Eindhoven (2019), Constant Craving at State of Concept, Athens (2018), I spy I spy a little lie at Marres Huis voor Hedendaagse Cultuur, Maastricht (2018), Faraway, So Close at BIO 25th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana (2017), and Becoming More at the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (2017).

Theo Deutinger


Theo Deutinger is an architect, writer and designer of socio-cultural maps and studies. He is founder and head of TD, an office that combines architecture with research, visualization and conceptual thinking in all scale levels from global planning, urban master plans, architecture to graphical and journalistic work. He is known for his writings about the transformation of Europe’s urban culture through consummation and the influence of media.

Deutinger’s work is frequently published in various magazines like Mark, Wired, Domus and has been exhibited at various occasions like the Future Fictions exhibition at Z33 in Hasselt (2014), 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice (2014) and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2017). His award-winning publication Handbook of Tyranny was subject for exhibitions at the HdA in Graz (Austria) and at the Storefront Gallery in New York (USA).
Theo Deutinger lectured and kept teaching engagements with institutions like Strelka (RUS) and Harvard GSD (USA). Currently he is teaching at the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) and at the TU Vienna (A).

Lua Vollaard


Lua Vollaard is a curator with a background in visual culture, human rights research and photography. Interested in the broad intersection of technology and ideology, she has conducted projects for Frontier Imaginaries, steirichser herbst, Veem House for Performance, Project Arts Centre, and others. She has worked as a researcher on the Forensic Architecture projects A Killing in Umm-al Hiran and Ground Truths, and has written for publications and organisations including Metropolis M and Het Nieuwe Instituut. Lua is currently employed as a curator as Stroom Den Haag, where she has facilitated Nøtel (The Hague) by Lawrence Lek, group exhibition De Dingen with the Embassy of the North Sea, Hybrid Peace by the Visual Culture Research Center, the upcoming projects rite of access by left gallery, Towards a Black Testimony by Languid Hands, and is curating an edition of the  Uncertainty Seminars under the title Multispecies Miscommunication. Lua holds an MA in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths University in London, and teaches photography theory at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.

Agata Jaworska


Agata Jaworska creates curatorial projects that bring together design, popular culture and politics. Her exhibitions reflect upon current events in society, focusing on how design is shaped by various agents of the state and the market. With Giovanni Innella she curated The Life Fair, an exhibition that sees the body as a battlefieldm (The New Institute, Rotterdam, 2016-17). Also with Innella and in partnership with Bureau Europa she curated Domestic Affairs, a travelling exhibition which sees the house as an interface to our social, economic and political lives (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen, 2015-16). 

Agata develops curatorial frameworks as forms of inquiry into artistic practices. For the Creative Funds NL she developed In No Particular Order, the public presentation of the talent development program from 2014–16. With Saskia van Stein, she curated ‘My Practice, My Politics’, a presentation of Royal Academy of Art The Hague for the International Furniture Fair in Milan (2018).

Agata intersects curatorial knowledge with design education. In 2018-19 she was acting co-head of Design Curating and Writing with Tamar Shafrir (currently Critical Inquiry Lab), where she continues to teach. She also teaches at the Design Department at Sandberg Instituut and the Graphic Design department at Royal Academy of Art.

Tamar Shafrir


Tamar Shafrir is a writer, curator and researcher based at the New Institute in Rotterdam. In 2013, she founded design research studio Space Caviar with Joseph Grima. Their projects have been exhibited at various international events, including the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK), the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Design Miami\Basel, and the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, DE). In 2014, the studio curated the cultural programme of Biennale Interieur Kortrijk, producing two exhibitions, a film, a discussion series, and the book SQM: The Quantified Home.

In addition to teaching at Design Academy Eindhoven, Shafrir has also taught at Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Israel, the Iceland Academy of the Arts, the Architectural Association in London, the Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria Spain, Politecnico and Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, and the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona.

Wineke van Muiswinkel


Wineke graduated in 1993 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (audiovisual department). She worked with film, sound and slide projection in installations and has developed a practice as radio maker since 2014. Her radio documentaries Een tijd van daarvoor en een tijd van daarna (2017), Het Journaal van Venetië (2015), and Een Woestijnleven (2016) were broadcasted bij RadioDoc NTR and VPRO.

She is also active in the domain of public art as advisor and project manager for Stroom since 2014, and was artistic coordinator of the web radio project De Stem van West for the city of Utrecht from 2012-2015.

Nadine Botha


Nadine Botha works as an artistic researcher, writer, curator and editor. Using exhibitions, digital media and publishing, she explores the invisible social, political and cultural systems that shape the design of our things, technologies, cities, bodies and selves. In 2018 she was an associate curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennale in 2018. She won the Gijs Bakker Award for her Design Academy Eindhoven Master’s project, The Politics of Shit, in 2017. The research was presented at the Decolonising Design (2016) and Beyond Change (2018) conferences, and published in the Design and Culture Journal, Dirty Furniture, MONU and Mail&Guardian. Previously she has worked with the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Stimuleringsfonds, DAMN magazine, the Dutch Institute of Food and Design, and Design Indaba, among others. Her journalism has been published widely, including in Financial Times, Metropolis, Design Observer, Dazed&Confused, Z33, Chimurenga, and Art Africa. Born in South Africa, she is currently based in Rotterdam.

Antonis Pittas


Antonis Pittas (b.Athens, Greece) lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, and has been an artist-in-residence at Bard College in Annandale, New York. Over last decade, he has been (guest) teaching at many academies across Europe and the United States. His work is part of several public and private collections, and has been exhibited in solo and group shows at various venues world-wide, including, among others, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen; Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Bozar, Brussels; Benaki Museum, Athens; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Hessel Museum of Art & CCS Bard Galleries, New York; De Appel, Amsterdam; Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg; MACRO Museum Testaccio, Rome; Kunsthal, Antwerpen; Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art; the 4th Athens Biennale; and Manifesta 12, Palermo.

Jason Coburn


Jason Coburn is an artist, curator, and writer interested in the shared possibilities and ontological uncertainties that are generated when creative categories convene. He studied Fine Art at Middlesex University and Curating and Commissioning Contemporary at the Royal College of Art, London. Coburn has exhibited at Tate Liverpool, Camden Arts Centre and Art Angel in London, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Museu d’Art, Girona, Galeria Im Taxispaleis, Innsbruck, and Galerie Sales, Rome, among others. He has curated exhibitions for a range of contexts and organisations including ‘Notes Towards a Possible Museum’ for Rear Window, London, and ‘New Graffiti, Old Revolutions’ for MK Galerie, Rotterdam. Published writing includes articles on Hella Jongerius, Mark Wallinger, and Elizabeth Price. He has translated and edited texts for, among others, Bik van der Pol, Exactitudes (Ari Versuis and Ellie Uyttenbroek), Sternberg Press, and Jap Sam Books. From 1999 until 2009, his primary focus was Fine Art education. Coburn has worked at several academies across Europe and was BA course director and principal lecturer in Fine Art at Kingston University, London.

Kevin Logan


Kevin Logan (b.1964. Manchester, England) is a cross-disciplinary artist/researcher/teacher who has been making and exhibiting since 1990. Currently based in London, his work foregrounds sonic practice using a speculative blending of writing, performance, moving-image, and installation. He has performed and exhibited internationally, has had sound works programmed in radio/web broadcasts and compilation CDs, and audio-visual works screened in festivals worldwide. He has also had theoretical and experimental texts published in print and online. Kevin holds a BA Hons in Fine Art, an MA in Multimedia Arts, and an MA in Sound Arts. Having completed a PhD in 2018, Kevin’s current research focuses on the possibilities of contingent and innovative pedagogy within arts education (in particular Sound Arts). Kevin regularly presents at symposia and is a visiting / associate lecturer for a number of higher education courses. These include MA Sound Arts at University of the Arts London, and MA Performance Practice as Research at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

Erik Viskil


Erik Viskil is an independent researcher, writer and adviser to cultural institutions. He studied Museology in Leiden and Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory, and Rhetoric in Amsterdam. Since receiving his PhD in 1994, he has worked for a wide variety of institutions and universities, especially in the field of art and design. These include art and design schools (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Sandberg Instituut, Royal Academy of Art The Hague, ArtEZ Arnhem, Amsterdam University of the Arts), museums and platforms (Stedelijk Museum, De Appel) and scientific organisations (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, The Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research NWO).

He regularly lectures at PhDArts in Leiden, and chairs the examination board of Design Academy Eindhoven. His interest in the position of writing as a medium and an attitude in the visual arts has led to the foundation of the department of Image & Language at Rietveld Academie, and a variety of lecture series, film programmes, and articles on themes ranging from the depiction of political violence to the camera as instrument of thought in the essay film.

Alex Walker


Alex Walker is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam who collaborates with artists, writers and educators on publishing projects. His approach to design is rooted in a love for craft and making, and a critical approach to tools, materials, production techniques and the conditions in which these exist. Alex graduated from an MA in Design at the Sandberg Instituut in 2019.

Marthe Prins


Marthe Prins is an artist and researcher based in Amsterdam. In 2018, she founded Confusion of Tongues together with Benedikt Weishaupt [DE].

Confusion of Tongues studies the language and image production of western neoliberal protagonists, seeking to shift the course of its validation, in a place where images constitute reality. The artist-duo mediates research through site-specific, text-based performance and pedagogic practice. Working between Berlin and Amsterdam, CoT has lectured and exhibited internationally, digesting the rhetorics of privatised border security, of an unearthly linguistic PA singing songs to ‘semio-capital’, of quantified-spiritualised individual labour and of the ‘indexing graphic’, as key figure in the rise of something they came to call ‘sophio-fascism’.

Prins has conducted her research as part of the Research Group Design and the Deep Future (2019) at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague/Academy of Creative and Performing Arts Leiden University, where she currently teaches Visual Research and Art Theory. In the past, she taught at London College for Communication/UAL (CoT), University of Applied Science Europe Berlin (CoT), Royal College of Art London (DDG) and the Jan van Eyck Academy (DDG).

Jaap Knevel


Jaap Knevel (NL, 1991) is an independent information designer living in Rotterdam. He makes maps, guides, signs and other tools for understanding complex public spaces. Most of which he learned during the three years he was part of Mijksenaar. Jaap also teaches regularly at several design schools in the Netherlands.

Danae Io


Danae Io is an artist living and working between Rotterdam and Athens. Using video, sound and text her work delves into technological and historical infrastructures in which language and voice circulate. She co-founded System of Systems (2016), a research project on the use of technology and bureaucracy in the European asylum seeking system, and co-organises the research initiative Schemas of Uncertainty (2018) on the notion of prediction under contemporary capitalism. Aspects of the program (lectures, workshops and publications) have been presented at Sandberg Instituut, Het Nieuwe Instituut and San Serriffe among others. Her writing has been published in several publications and her work has been shown at Kunstverein Amsterdam, Sub Rosa space (Athens), Grace (Athens), De School (Amsterdam), Stroom (Den Hague), Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam), Rozenstraat (Amsterdam), SESI Gallery of Art (Sao Paulo) and Rich Mix (London) among others. She recently co-curated the group show ‘utters excess in between’ at State of Concept, Athens.

Callum Copley


Callum Copley is a researcher and writer based in Amsterdam and the UK, examining how emerging technologies constitute new forms of political and cultural domination. His work uses fiction as a methodology, proposing alternative futures with which to enact radical change in the present. He is also co-founder of ‘Schemas of Uncertainty’ an ongoing research initiative exploring the role of prediction in a contemporary digitized society. He is editor of ‘Reworlding: Ramallah, Short Science Fiction Stories from Palestine’ (2019), author of the novella ‘φιλία’ (2018) and the collection of short stories ‘Twitchers, Mucklarks and Diggers’ (2017).