Collective Practices Research Program

The Politics of Sleep. A commission led by Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga and Werker within the Collective Practices Research Program. This program draws on current research, publications and projects that involve collective methods in the arts, sciences and society. In a transdisciplinary seminar, we gather specialists to address current controversies and experimentations in various fields. This repertoire includes attitudes, activities, tools and infrastructures that have been developed by individuals and organizations to reflect critically on the ownership, governance and division of disciplines, and to bring about a more inclusive and sustainable society.

09/2020 – 06/2021
Royal Institute of Art

The Giant Floating Eyeball: Finance & Algorithm

Werker Collective are invited to the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague to join the students of the Graphic Design department on their research on the phenomenon of automated data processing and how this relates to notions such as market, speculation, debt, crash, crisis, etc.

08/03/2019 KABK, Den Haag.

Making Nothing Out of Something: Improvising writing and publishing in relation to practices of resistance

Tutor Team: Jorinde Seijdel, Florian Göttke, Werker Collective (Rogier Delfos &
 Marc Roig Blesa). Partner: Open! 
This study group and publishing class takes ‘improvisation’ as the substantive starting point for making and thinking. That is to say, improvisation is both form and content for a series of gatherings, conversations, seminars, workshops, reading groups, lecture-performances, publications and other activities and events. The participants reflect about and embody improvisation as generative and relational, and actively work with it as a catalyst for artistic and social experiment and practice, specifically experimental writing and publishing. Examining improvisation in relation to power and aesthetics in particular, the research focuses on the improvisational nature of struggle, protest movements and activism.

The Insurgent Family: Reassessing the Anthropocene

The Family of Man was presented at the MoMA in New York in 1955. It was created during the cold-war era with the support of the United States Information Agency, generously funded by the Rockefeller family and sponsored by Coca-Cola. It traveled through 37 countries in both sides of the iron wall until 1961 and was visited by more than 9 million people. In 2003 the Family of Man photographic collection was added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in recognition of its historical value and it is permanently displayed at Clervaux Castle in Luxembourg.
Utopia or propaganda, this exhibition still keeps on intriguing and inspiring today’s art critics, artists and thinkers. If The Family of Man is still relevant today it is because it incarnates both the utopia of a borderless world beyond the war inclined nation state model, and the imperialist danger of such an endeavour. 
Taking The Family of Man as inspiration we propose you to work collectively on creating an alternate collection of 503 images under the title of ‘The Insurgent Family’. In the classes to come we will reflect on the shape that our visual essay can take, think of a publication, an exhibition, or any other presentational form.

2nd Year Graphic Design
 Semester 1, Year 2018/2019
 Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam.

The Very House of Difference

An experimental publishing house for self-publishing and togetherness. Our first publications have been edited and designed collectively and address subjects such as Alternative Therapy, Faith &
 Design, Fetishisms, Gender, Linguistics, Empathy, Post-Pragmatism, Politics of Leisure, Fragments of Rush, Solidarity &
Come to study and celebrate our new born publishing house together.

Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 18:00 at Vrankrijk. After party What the Fuck Queer Night: 22:00 to 01:00.
, Spuistraat 216, 
. Gerrit Rietveld Academie 2nd year Graphic Design department with Werker Collective.

Image + Agency = Change

Join us in a public demonstration!
The students from 2nd year Graphic Design Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie with the Werker Collective have been studying protest as a form of language. Eight research groups will activate their findings around Het Lieverdje, a statue representing Amsterdam’s youth which became Provo’s meeting point in the 1960’s.

13/06 2017
, From 17h to 19h
Het Lieverdje at The Spui
 Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Self is Plural: The Construction of an Alternate Ego

An evening of performances, music, readings and celebration organised by the second year Graphic Design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie with Werker Magazine. 
Self is Plural questions contemporary issues of identity and authorship taking as starting point Roland Barthes’ text The Death of the Author (1967) and Stuart Hall’s Cultural Studies (1986).

19/04 2017,
 20:00 – 23:00
Het Fijnhout
 Lootsstraat 39, 
 1053 NV Amsterdam,
 The Netherlands.

Parallel Curriculum

A two day evening school organised by the 2nd year Graphic Design department with Werker Magazine.
Schools and educational institutions are at the basis of our society. They enable personal growth and general development of our common lives. Nevertheless, education at large is also a tool of control and authority. The specialisation of the curriculum is progressively subject to the economic structures in place. Alongside its benefits—the school as a mirror of our society—reinforces a construction that is based on the domination of class, religion, gender, race and sexuality. 
So let’s imagine education without its hierarchical structures, as an egalitarian understanding of learning together, a space for utopia. What will our parallel curriculum be like? What do we need to and want to learn?

6 &
 8/12 2016, 17h – 20h.
 Gerrit Rietveld Academie Pavilion
 Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Master of Voice

Werker Magazine is guest tutor this semester at a temporary Master’s programme of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam examining the voice as a unique discipline. The focus is on the human voice, as a means to or an end in itself, within artistic practice. The course is intended for students who want to work with the/their voice; for those who want to explore the voice in its various social, cultural and technological appearances – from vocal speech to ‘the speech act’ to singing. The Master of Voice includes a special orientation on gender and technology.

All you can read!

A curated meal organised by the 1st year graphic design students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, to present their research—through interventions and interruptions—developed with Werker Magazine during the <em>Class Theory</em> course.

11/12 2014
 17:00 – 21:00
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
 Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Marginal Studies

A workshop on micro-politics and self-publishing with Graphic Design students from the Rietveld Academy derived from ‘Boy Politics’ exhibition.
15, 22 May and 5th June 2013
Rietveld Academy Library
 Frederik Roeskestraat 96