Ingrid Commandeur

Ingrid Commandeur is course director of the Master of Education in Arts at Piet Zwart Institute. She holds an MA in Art History from the VU University in Amsterdam. Prior to her position at the Piet Zwart Institute, Commandeur was senior editor at METROPOLIS M, Magazine of Contemporary Art, lecturer in art theory at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and independent art critic and researcher.

She has been a frequent member of jury’s and committees, amongst other for the Mondriaan Foundation. Ingrid Commandeur has published extensively on contemporary art. Among her publications are: Now Is the Time: Art & Theory in the 21st Century  (2010), Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement (2012), ‘The Beautiful Risk of Criticality’ in: Spaces for Criticism. Shifts in Contemporary Art Discourses (2015) and‘Bridging the Gap. Trans/disciplinary Practices in the Age of Climate Change’ (2019) and “Learning with Others” (2020, reader Transformative Pedagogy Group) She curated lecture series such as Critical Pedagogies of the 21th Century (2014) and Agents in the Anthropocene. Trans/disciplinary Practices in Art and Design Education Today (2017).


Her current PhD research focusses on post-humanism and new materialism in relation to (higher) art and design education, particularly seen from a critical apprehension of the concept of the Anthropocene. How are we able to practically and theoretically implement a vital post-human concept like “entanglement” in education, and what can we learn in this respect from a diffractive reading of theoretical, philosophical concepts and exemplary contemporary arts/design practices? Commandeur is part of the Transdisciplinary Research Group of RASL (now called The Other Research Group) as well as the Transformative Pedagogy Research Group (WdKA) and is member of the WDKA Ethics Committee. Running and gardening are vital extra-institutional conditions for her research and practice.