Artist in Residence

An Artist in Residence (AiR) inspires students and teachers by confronting them with current developments and problems from artistic practice. Our tailor-made AiR-programmes are focused on innovation, making connections, and an international, multidisciplinary context.

Nick Shepherd 2017-2018
As Artist in Residence, Nick Shepherd was connected to the Reinwardt Academy with his project The Walking Residency. By walking he enabled students and teachers to connect obvious as well as hidden or forgotten insights, places, identities, stories, climate, nature, people and animals. 

The project’s point of departure is the notion that bodies, landscapes and performance can function as an archive. The research paid attention to the tension between conventional education and the formation of artistic and practical research, to walking as a method to link landscapes and histories, and to the recurrence of time, materiality and recollection: how do palpable traces from the past determine our memories? 

In 2018 in the context of this project The Walking Seminar. Embodied Research in Emergent Anthropocene Landscapes was published.

Dr Nick Shepherd is assistant professor in Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He is the founder of the journal Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress and published, among other things, Arqueología y decolonialidad (Archaeology and Decoloniality, 2016). Shepherd previously taught African Studies and Archaeology at the University of Cape Town and was a Mandela Fellow at Harvard University.

Michiel Schwarz 2013-2014
Michiel Schwarz was the first Artist in Residence at the Reinwardt Academy. In his research and teaching he explored the way we treat built heritage as a design practice. The repurposing of buildings does not merely involve searching for new functionality, but especially reflecting on values and meanings as well as creating perspectives to continue to do so sustainably. In order to get to grips with this matter he organized a lecture series for students and set up workshops at various locations in Amsterdam. In 2016, as a result of Schwarz’s Artist in Residency, the AHK and Sustainism Lab published A Sustainist Lexicon: Seven Entries to Recast the Future

Dr Michiel Schwarz studied Sociology of Science and Technology at Sussex University and took a PhD at the University of London. In 2011, together with graphic designer Joost Elffers, he published the manifesto Sustainism is the New Modernism. A Cultural Manifesto for the Sustainist Era. Schwarz was a Crown-appointed member of the Dutch Council for Culture and worked at the Dutch Design Institute, the Netherlands Institute for Spatial Research, and the Design Academy Eindhoven. Since 2015 he has been a researcher in the Street Values project of the Cultural Heritage Research Group.