50 years SYMPOSIUm

state of transparency


24th May

location GRAC

12.30 Doors open

13:00 Intro by moderator

13:15 Welcome by Jens Pfeifer, Head of department

13:50 Timothy Ingold talk

14:50 Moderated Q&A

15:20 Coffee break

15:50 Moderator intro

15:55 Dafna Kaffeman talk, Q&A

16:50 Tour/demo of glass department by students (60 mins)

17:30 End


location van tetterode

Birthday Party at Tetterode Glas

20:30 Doors open to party - demos, dj’s, drinks

21:00 Welcome talk by Caroline Prisse



25th May

location GRAC

12.00 Doors open

12:30 Welcome by Eloise Sweetman, senior theory lecturer

12:45 Intro by moderator

13:00 Cissie Fu talk

14:15 Moderated Q&A

14:45 Coffee break

15:15 Moderator intro

15:20 Richard Meitner talk, Q&A

16:15 Moderator intro

16:20 Jeroen Boomgaard talk, Q&A

17:20 Moderator wrap up

17:40 End


location Looiersgracht 60

Opening of exhibition State of Transparency at Looiersgracht 60

18:00 Doors open/drinks

18:30 Jens Pfeifer welcome

21:00 End



Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Fedlev Building

Large Auditorium (theorietrap)

Fred. Roeskestraat 96,

1076 ED, Amsterdam

van tetterode

Tt. Vasumweg 261,

1033 SJ, Amsterdam

Looiersgracht 60

Looiersgracht 60

1016 VT Amsterdam

Held in the context of State of Transparency exhibition to celebrate the 50th Year of Gerrit Rietveld Academie Glass department is the State of Transparency symposium. Over the two days, the invited speakers will take performative, philosophical and pragmatic positions to think through what are the implications of transparency in the cultural discourse, as well as future of glass as an artistic medium and the future of arts education.


Guest speakers include Cissie Fu (Dean of Culture + Community, Emily Carr University), Dafna Kaffeman (Artist, Glass Department Alumni), Jeroen Boomgaard (Lectoraat, Rietveld), Richard Meitner, (Artist, former head of Glass Department) and Tim Ingold (Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen).

Speaker biographies

Tim Ingold is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Following 25 years at the University of Manchester, Ingold moved in 1999 to Aberdeen, where he established the UK’s newest Department of Anthropology. In his more recent work, he has explored the links between environmental perception and skilled practice, focusing on questions of movement, knowledge and description. His current research is situated at the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. He is the author of The Perception of the Environment (2000), Lines (2007), Being Alive (2011), Making (2013) The Life of Lines (2015), Anthropology and/as Education (2017) and Anthropology: Why it Matters (2018).


Dafna Kaffeman graduated in 1999 from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and in 2001 received a Master of Fine Arts from the Sandberg Institute, also in Amsterdam. She had one-person shows, among others, at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design; the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana; Keramikmuseum Westerwald in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany; the American University Museum in Washington, D.C.; and the lorch + seidel contemporary in Berlin, Germany. She is senior lecturer at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem between 2005 and 2011.

Cissie Fu is Dean of the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Co-Founder of the Political Arts Initiative. Cissie’s research sits at the nexus of politics, philosophy, and performance, with a focus on contemporary manifestations of the political through individual and collective action and expression. After an AB in Government and Philosophy at Harvard University, Cissie explored public interest law in Washington DC before moving to the University of Oxford for an MSt in Women’s Studies, an MSc in Political Research and Methodology, and a DPhil in Politics and International Relations. She lectured at Oxford and University College London prior to serving as Senior Tutor and Director of Studies at Leiden University College in Leiden University’s Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs in The Hague.

Richard Meitner has lectured, conducted workshops, and been invited artist-in-residence all over the world. Meitner has taken part in more than 150 solo and group exhibitions all over the world, and his works are now included in more than 60 permanent museum- and public collections in 17 countries. Together with Mieke Groot, from 1981 to 2000, he was in charge of the glass department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In 2006, he was appointed to the faculty for science and technology of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (New University of Lisbon), Portugal and continues there. In 2016, he earned a PhD from the University of Lisbon, Belas Artes.

Jeroen Boomgaard is lector at the Lectoraat Art & Public Space at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and head of Master’s programme Artistic Research at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD with honours in 1995 with a thesis entitled The Prodigal Son; Rembrandt and Dutch Art Historiography. Boomgaard regularly publishes in national and international art journals on: avant-garde issues, art and public space and artistic research.

Richard Meitner during his presentation

Tim Ingold working with hot glass for the first time

Cissie Fu during her presentation

Tim Ingold during his presentation

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