a Question of Universality

The great question here is a question of universality: is there, or is there not, a universality of artistic creation? Because the great question today is the question of globalization, the question of the unity of the world. Globalization proposes to us an abstract universality. A universality of money, the universality of communication and the universality of power. That is the universalism today. And so, against the abstract universality of money and of power, what is the question of art, what is the function of artistic creation? Is the function of artistic creation to oppose, to abstract from universality only a singularity of particularities, something like being against the abstraction of money and of power, or as a community against globalization and so on? Or, is the function of art to propose another kind of universality? That’s a big question. The more important issue today is the main contradiction between capitalistic universality on one hand, universality of the market if you want, of money and power and so on, and singularities, particularities, the self of the community. It’s the principal contradiction between two kinds of universalities. On one side the abstract universality of money and power, and on the other the concrete universality of truth and creation. My position is that artistic creation today should suggest a new universality, not to express only the self or the community, but that it’s a necessity for the artistic creation to propose to us, to humanity in general, a new sort of universality, and my name for that is truth. Truth is only the philosophical name for a new universality against the forced universality of globalization, the forced universality of money and power, and in that sort of proposition, the question of art is a very important question because art is always a proposition about a new universality, and art is a signification of the second thesis.

graduation-show-2013 Beyond Babylon

Beyond Babylon

Project Info

BEYOND BABYLON 01-17.02.2013

RIETVELD ACADEMIE AND OUDE KERK presents 53 students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie will show their work in the Oude Kerk. On February 1 2013 17.00-20.00 the exhibition will be opened with a speech by Jacqueline Grandjean, Director of the Foundation of the Oude Kerk. During the opening a performance program will take place.


Monday-Saturday 11.00-17.30
Sunday 13.00-17.00


  • Sif Ankergard
  • Christine Bax
  • Esther Brakenhoff
  • Ruben Cabenda
  • Giulia Crispiani
  • Sarah Demoen
  • Kim Dijkstra
  • Jessica Dill
  • Rick van de Dood
  • Rosa Doornebal
  • Anna Drupka
  • Susan Edam
  • Carina Erdmann
  • Lieselotte Fontrodona
  • Kim Forni
  • Bastien Gachet
  • Silvia Gasperat
  • Nadine Hacker
  • Marnix Hersbach
  • Zoë van Horen
  • Kaya Ikaros Psarras
  • Johanna Illerhag
  • Martha Jager
  • Alexandra Karpilovska
  • Sunghun Kim
  • Cholena de Koningh
  • Stella de Kort
  • Casper Koster
  • Lily Lanfermeijer
  • Roos van Leeuwen
  • Pedro Miguel Matias
  • Ganesh Nepal
  • Nikki Oosterveen
  • Karina Pálosi
  • Yookyung Park
  • Carlos van der Putten
  • Anouk van Reijen
  • Belit Ság
  • Carl Schröder
  • Kevin Schuit
  • Vincka Struben
  • Melissa Tun Tun
  • Ellen Vaartun
  • Marc van Dijk
  • Maroesjka Verhagen
  • Lieselot Versteeg
  • Lisa Vlamings
  • Danielle de Vos
  • David Wasch
  • Kim Wawer
  • Lisette Wissink
  • Lukas Wolzak
  • Andy Woortman


André Klein
Paul van den Berg
Juul van den Heuvel
Margriet Kruyver
Mariken Overdijk


Kristinn Gudmundsson
Peter Sattler


The board and staff of the Foundation of the Old Church
Teachers, students, board and staff of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie


  • Fine Arts
  • VAV
  • Dogtime
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • TXT
  • Beeld en Taal
  • DesignLab
  • Graphic Design

Oude Kerk
Oudekerksplein 23
1012 GX Amsterdam
020 625 8284

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Exhibition China

Focus – An Art Project (China)

Project Info

Small things can be sensed or explained differently when they are big or when they are really small. Reality is most of the time only understood by doing. Then still why there is misunderstanding? What is creating the trouble? Where do you see a mistake? Sometimes there is or are no reasons. Rules are there but they are there to be broken. So the new rules can be written. Thoughts are mainly influenced by our own emotions. Emotions are changing continuously, so do our thoughts. It isn’t necessary to blindly follow yourself or others.
A question to me, myself and to every other individual, are we seeing the same thing, does it makes any sense? There is no right or wrong. There is only this moment, a small story of a very long life. So why to try to understand? Why not creating our own stories?

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A Confrontation