The Sandberg Series

The Sandberg Instituut is the post-graduate school of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and offers Master degrees in Fine Arts, Interior Architecture, Applied Arts, and Design. Since 2010, director Jurgen Bey has sought to align the Instituut with the dynamics of contemporary society by introducing a series of once-off, two-year Temporary Master Programmes in addition to the Main Departments. These temporary programmes challenge and influence the main departments in different ways, raising questions about pedagogy and the role of education in addressing urgent issues effecting contemporary society.

Since its inception in 2011 there have been 16 Temporary Programs:
Approaching Language (starts in 2019)
Resolution (starts in 2019)
Challenging Jewellery (current)
The Commoners' Society (current)
Shadow Channel (current)
Radical Cut-Up (current)
Reinventing Daily Life (2016-18)
Master of Voice (2016-18)
Fashion Matters (2015-17)
Materialisation in Art and Design (2015-17)
Designing Democracy (2014-16)
Cure Master (2014-16)
System D Academy (2014-16)
School of Missing Studies (2013-15)
Material Utopias (2013-15)
Vacant NL (2011-13)

The Sandberg Series Book Project
To publish the research of the Temporary Programmes and as a platform for critical reflection on art education, the Sandberg Instituut initiated the Sandberg Series Book Project. Published in collaboration with Sternberg Press, the book series takes shape as a serial publication where one book is produce by each Temporary Programme at the end of the two year period. Each new book develops on the language of the series, delving into the research questions and outcomes of each Temporary Programme and making these available to a broader public.

The Sandberg Series Journal
Launched in 2019, the Sandberg Series Journal is an Online quarterly publication developed in conjunction with the Sandberg Series book projects. Each issue of the Journal follows the current of the Temporary Programmes (both past and present), providing a platform to publish research and work in progress on topics related to urgent societal issues. As a combination of commissioned writing, the work of current participants in the programmes, and the work of alumni, the Journal is a hybrid, inter-disciplinary space, publishing in a variety of formats (image, video, audio and text). The Journal feeds into the book projects and stands alone as a space for critical thought and reflection.

The Sandberg Series Team
Director: Jurgen Bey
Editor: Oliver Barstow
Designer: Anja Groten | Juliette Lizotte
Developer | Designer: André Fincato