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Researching Assemblages


Admission requirements

There are no admission requirements for this course.

Apply before 7 September 2020 23:59h (CET) by registering for the course in Osiris or uSis.

The course is intended for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year BA students from all departments of the KABK. The course also welcomes students from Leiden University.

A maximum of 12 students in total (Leiden University and KABK) can participate in the programme.
The course will be taught in English.


The course researches assemblages, both as process and as a product. It explores how this medium historically led to new forms, by redefining and transforming standard ways of relating heterogeneous materials and fragments of materials. During the course, assemblages will be brought into dialogue with the theory, the history, and the sociopolitical conditions surrounding them. The students will develop their own assemblage practice with a vast variety of materials and media, and critically assess the process of creation.

This course is taught by Eleni Kamma, PhD researcher at PhDArts, ACPA, Leiden University

Eleni Kamma (1973, CY/GR) studied at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London (MA) and the Athens School of Fine Arts (BA). In 2008/2009 she was a Fine Art Researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. Her practice moves along a Moebius strip schema, that keeps circulating from her as individual artist (through drawings and objects), to dialectic collaborations (films, performative events, a journal) and writing about it. In her recent site-specific projects Kamma revisits old popular entertainment traditions, such as parades, the theatre of shadows, Ottava Rima Duels and choirs. Such theatrical forms have the potential to revitalize dormant powers within a specific locality and may therefore trigger social awareness and enable the expression of political consciousness. Since 2014, Kamma is part of the artist run organization Jubilee – Platform for artistic research and production. She lives and works in Brussels and Maastricht.

Course objectives

As a result of taking this course the students will:

  • learn about the history of assemblage as a term, a concept and an artistic medium, as well as about artistic strategies associated with it.

  • be able to experiment with combining heterogeneous fragments and/or materials in their own practice.

  • be able to further reflect on their own motives and drives for relating and assembling and consequently better contextualize their own position.

  • be able to open up to the public their research process into experimental forms and ways of assembling and relating through a presentation/exhibition.


Days, times and locations

Wednesdays from 15.00-19.00hrs

1 Wednesday 30-09-2020 (PA.007 and PA.009)

2 Wednesday 07-10-2020 (online)

3 Wednesday 14-10-2020 (PA.007 and PA.009)

4 Wednesday 28-10-2020 (PC.202)

5 Wednesday 04-11-2020 (PC.214)

6 Wednesday 11-11-2020 (online)

7 Wednesday 25-11-2020 (PA.007 and PA.009)

8 Wednesday 02-12-2020 (PC.202)

Required preparation:

Research and work for the final presentation.


Address: The Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Prinsessegracht 4, 2514 AN The Hague.
Classrooms: please see above.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

The students will engage in the discussions during the course. They will present their ideas and reflect upon them, as well as exchange opinions regarding the individual practices and ideas of their fellow students-participants. At the end of the course, they will present their findings in an exhibition and write a (reflection) paper.


Key competencies addressed in this course are: creative ability, capacity for critical reflection, capacity for growth and innovation, communicative ability and contextual awareness.



Reading list

  • Franco Berardi, And. Phenomenology of the end. Cognition and sensibility in the transition from conjunctive to connective mode of social communication, Helsinki: Aalto ARTS Books, 2014.

  • Nicolas Bourriaud, Postproduction. Culture as Screenplay: How Art Reprograms the World, New York: Lukas & Sternberg, 2002. Translated by Jeanine Herman.

  • Nicolas Bourriaud, Relational Aesthetics, Dijon-Quetigny: Les presses du réel, 2002. Translated by Simon Pleasance, Fronza Woods, Mathieu Copeland.

  • Claire Colebrook, Gilles Deleuze, London: Routledge, 2002.

  • John Elderfield (ed.), Essays on Assemblage, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1992.

  • Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social, New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

  • William C. Seitz, The Art of Assemblage, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1961.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

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For questions about the courses in the Art Research Programme, please contact Emily Huurdeman, coordinator of the lectorate, at


  • No laptops allowed in the class room. Students should bring pens, pencils, and enough paper to enjoy a lot of hand writing in class.

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