• Rietveld Academy "Wildness"
  • Rietveld Academy "Wildness"
  • Rietveld Academy "Wildness"

Eye on Art Research Labs: Gerrit Rietveld Academie "Wildness"

Eye on Art's Research Labs provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. Students from different art academies and universities are asked to put together a programme featuring their own work and films (including remixes) from Eye’s collection. Research Labs do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms.

The best-curated programme and the best work will be awarded by a student jury and a jury of Eye film professionals.


The theme of this year’s Research Lab contribution by VAV - moving image department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie is ‘Wildness’, a theme linked to this year’s extracurricular studies program Take a Walk on the Wild Side -  Fabulating Alternative Imaginaries in Art and Life’.

The contributing students will explore a number of keywords connected to this theme, emerging into a broad range of ‘black box works’ stretching from bewilderment through love and its myths to Zen-like seascapes.  From speculative fiction to post-truth. From queer vitality revolting into wild space and the wild beyond… Tapping them from the vibes that are alive in our academy at this very moment.

From fabulation brought to us by monochrome analogue film to more dystopian worlds presented in apparently everyday situations, the students bring to bear a variety of speculative ideas and fascinations in digital formats, using analogue footage and also more performative mediums to reflect upon this theme of Wildness.

We browse through a world of sound and visuals, coming up with even a more surreal world where the wild space is the always present. When we long for calmness, the opposite will be emphasized. As when seeing light, darkness appears. In the same way the Wildness abides in the cracks of our daily lives. Shapeshifters, word inventors, urban doctrines, miniature worlds, all these are explored to get away from the current media hype.

The participating students investigate the implications of these words in very different ways, using all the tools that video and film can offer, such as imagination, storytelling, building constructions, costumes and props.