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RASL Summer Studio 2024

June 20 - June 23



20 – 23 June 2023

APPLICATION DEADLINE June 10 , 17.00 hrs.


RASL (Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab) is pleased to announce its fourth annual Summer Studio.

Over the course of four days, the Summer Studio welcomes artists, academics, scientists, designers, societal partners, and creative minds to explore new research methods and develop collaborative practices that cross the boundaries between the arts and sciences. We immerse ourselves in practice-led workshops, collective dreaming, sharing, and making.


This year the Summer Studio is a four-day workshop in which we explore techniques for speculating and reflecting on our ideas and needs concerning ‘a Livable City’ by creating and building multi-sensory maquettes.


How can transdisciplinary approaches help to (re)think life and livability in urban environments through an expressive and embodied way of sharing and reflecting?


The workshop starts with the Rotterdam based theatre company ‘Hotel Modern’ introducing their practice of making theatrical maquettes and visual performances. For the following days, we will use this maquette-approach to engage in speculative imagining and staging urban interventions and simulations with the help of construction: materials, light, sound & video, bodies, and concepts.


Each day begins with a workshop-lecture on a specific topic and perspective on livability in the city:


Day 1: Zoöp – Sensory worlds of many kinds (by Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Het Nieuwe Instituut)

Day 2: The Breathable City: Envisioning (Pathways to) Cities that Sustain (by Louise Autar)

Day 3: Bodies and Intimacies (by Annette-Carina van der Zaag)


RASL is Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab.

(Codarts Rotterdam, International Bachelor Arts & Culture Studies (EUR), Erasmus University College (EUR) and Willem de Kooning Academy)


Day 1: Hotel Modern

Fuses scale model music, performance, puppetry and film into visual performances and introduces us to their maquette-world in which they fuse music, performance, puppetry and film into visual performances. Models (maquettes) play an important role: complete miniature worlds are built in the theater, populated by thousands of characters. Hotel modern plays all over the world.



Day 1: Zoöp // sensory worlds of many kinds

By Klaas Kuitenbrouwer



Klaas is a researcher at the New Institute, where he initiated the development of the Zoöp organizational model in 2018.

In the session, he introduces the Zoop organizational model and explores with participants what it can mean to work with the sensory worlds of many species at once.


Day 2: The Breathable City: Envisioning (Pathways to) Cities that Sustain

By Louise Autar (she/her)



Louise is a Feminist and decolonial educator, researcher and facilitator living in Rotterdam. Board member Hindostaans & Queer. Part of artistic collectives CTRL + ALT + IDENTITY and Stories of Kathak.


Breath is deeply political and deeply vulnerable. In recent times, the Black Lives Matter movements, the COVID19 pandemic and the climate crises all show that the very act of breathing that sustains us and other forms of life cannot be taken for granted. Who gets to breathe, who gets to breathe what air and how do these issues relate to Rotterdam? Building on decolonial frameworks, this workshop explores the coloniality of cities and invites participants to reimagine cities that not only sustain but nourish us.


Day 3: Bodies and Intimacies

By Annette-Carina van der Zaag



Our bodies are central to how we navigate the (un)liveability of urban life – the

ways in which we feel ourselves and our environment, our emotional psychic

lifeworlds and our intimacies with one another that include or exclude us from

the citys normative regimes. With specific attention to themes of sexuality,

bodily relations, loneliness and coming undone, this workshop explores our

bodies as sites of transformation, to offer a glimpse of the shapes and

contours of a more liveable city – that might already be here.


Day 4: Staging the Livable City


On day 4 we finish and finetune our scaled, performative, and embodied city-interventions which we started on the earlier days as a response to the workshops. We end a day with opening our Livable City-model to a closed group of critical friends and guests we choose to invite.


Facilitators of the Summer Studio include:

Christoph Brunner is Assistant Professor for Philosophy of Media and Technology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research concerns the aesthetic intimacies of media, affect, and social movements.



Annette-Carina van der Zaag is a Senior Lecturer in Humanities at Erasmus University College and convenes the Gender & Sexuality seminars at the Sandberg Institute. As a writer, teacher and artist working in queer and black studies and sculptural textile practice, she explores the materiality of bodies and their promise for worlding the otherwise.



Arlon Luijten is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and (re)searcher. With theatre, opera, and experience design he connects people, ideas, knowledges and disciplines. He develops and facilitates transdisciplinary education- programs for Codarts, University of the arts and RASL.





Dates: 20 – 23 June 2024

Time: 10:00-18:00, with optional evening social moments.

Location: RASL Spaces, Hillevliet 90, Rotterdam


Fee: Participation is free of charge, but spaces are limited, and we currently cannot offer funding for travel and living expenses. Refreshments are provided.


Applicants should have a BA, MA, or PhD in a relevant field, be entering their final year of a BA program, or have equivalent professional experience and backgrounds in the performing and visual arts and design, the sciences, humanities, and technology studies.


To apply, please submit a (written or audio-visual) motivation outlining how your research and practice intersects with the concerns of the Summer Studio and your CV (including website or portfolio links) to info@rasl.nu.






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