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NIAS Seminar

Complementarity of Art & Science

When 18 May 2017 from 15:30 to 16:30 hrs
Where Conference Room, Jorishof, Korte Spinhuissteeg 3
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Philosopher Erik Rietveld will be discussing the complementarity of art and science in an afternoon lecture on 18 May. Erik Rietveld is Founding Partner of RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances], a multidisciplinary studio that makes site-specific work at the crossroads of visual art, architecture and philosophy.

Bunker 599, an intervention that sheds new light on the Dutch and UNESCO policy on cultural heritage and makes people look at their surroundings in a new way.

About Erik Rietveld

Dr. Erik Rietveld is a Senior Researcher at the University of Amsterdam (AMC/Department of Philosophy/ILLC/Brain & Cognition). His research is organized around three main themes: the philosophy of skilled action, affordance-based design in architecture, and the phenomenology of patients with Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). Rietveld was a Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard University and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. His philosophical and interdisciplinary research on ‘Unreflective Action’ was awarded by the European Science Foundation (2009), the University of Amsterdam (2009), the Academic Medical Center (AMC in 2011 and 2014), and three times by NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Rubicon 2008, VENI 2009). In 2013 his new research project on ‘Skilled Action’ titled ‘The Landscape of Affordances: Situating the Embodied Mind’ was awarded with a NWO VIDI-grant for the development of his research group on skilled intentionality & action. Recently he received a an ERC Starting Grant for a new philosophical project titled ‘Skilled Intentionality for ‘Higher’ Embodied Cognition: Joining Forces with a Field of Affordances in Flux’. 

Together with architect Ronald Rietveld, he was curator of the Dutch contribution ‘Vacant NL’ to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, author of the books Vacancy Studies and the Dutch Atlas of Vacancy, and founder/director of the architectural design research master ‘Vacant NL’ at the Sandberg Institute/Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Vacant NL was awarded with a Dutch Design Award and the Rotterdam Design Prize.

Ronald and Erik Rietveld were recently invited to become members of The Society of Arts of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

 "The End of Sitting" landscape, exploring a future of an office without chairs.


Erik Rietveld co-founded RAAAF, a multidisciplinary studio that makes site-specific work at the crossroads of visual art, architecture and philosophy, in 2006. RAAAF makes location- and context specific work and has developed the design approach of 'strategic intervention' which derives from the respective backgrounds of the founding partners. Through a unique working method based on multidisciplinary research with scientists and other specialists, RAAAF’s real-life thinking models link local qualities with long-term strategies.  

With RAAAF they have shown work at international exhibitions in Sao Paulo, Oslo, Milan, Mumbai, Moscow, and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. In 2013 RAAAF was elected Radical Innovator, presented a new installation at the Istanbul Art Biennale and were elected Dutch Architect of the Year. RAAAF contributed an architectural art installation to the new Chicago Architecture Biennale in 2015, the first in North America.

About NIAS Seminars

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