Lab for students

ASPIRATIONS, Based on our evolving and radical understanding of research and continuously evolving view on practices, we work from an experimental and transdisciplinary approach. The current reality of new unfolding societal and political structure, discrimination, gender issues, scientific and technological developments challenge us in profound ways. Corpo-real students are encouraged to reflect, discuss and act upon these societal developments. In a respectful and open environment, and in close contact with students and tutors from different disciplines.

A good example of de-disciplined that students recently have experienced is GraSED, the de-disciplined workshop where master students within ArtEZ work together with Ma students from Music, Fashion Strategy, Fashion Held in Common, and Theatre Practices.

We ask students to look beyond the borders of Interior Architecture, and also to include knowledge and research methods from other disciplines.

Eric de Leeuw _ Corpo-real tutor


LABORATORIES OF THE FUTURE / October 2023 / Rather than write dystopian narratives in which we confirm our loss of faith in the future, we need to develop perspectives on what is relevant for future generations. The UNESCO Futures Literacy network endorses the importance of thinking and acting not just for the now and here, but to better understand the significance of the future in what we see and do. This asks for research that also addresses future narratives and scenarios. To think beyond the current crises our societies face, to explore, experiment, re-define and vocalize our thinking on what needs to be done now, and how that will also benefit future generations.

../ FUTURE THINKERS ‘We have deliberately chosen to frame participants as ‘practitioners’, not ‘architects’ and/or ‘designers’, ‘landscape architects’, or ‘academics’ because it is our contention that the rich, complex conditions of a rapidly hybridising world call for a different and broader understanding of the term ‘architect’.

Leslie Lokko, curator the 18th Venice Biennale d’Architectura


EXPLORING NARRATIVES / January 2023 / The story (the idea), as a counterbalance to economic thinking, is increasingly important in order to recapture the social relevance of how we live together. In this workshop we will explore the narrative concept that reflects the stories and elements of a specific site. We do this by mapping stories and thus information, making use of diverse research methodologies, such as soundscapes, Cartopology, VR, drawing or interviewing. Collective interiors will be the starting point from which we set out on this exploration.

Ongoing research line throughout the workshop: Stories are about sharing, more than just telling. Therefore, throughout the different meetings, you will map the stories that you will collect in an individual ‘Dynamic Glossary’ that will continue to expand, morph and be defined throughout the workshop. In this workshop we will introduce the participants to different methods of mapping, and more specifically mapping stories of spaces and their inhabitants. Both physically by drawing and digitally by, for example, using VR software. We encourage participants to make use of these research methods in their design processes. Whether that be an architectural space, a soundscape design, a performance or a large drawing. The synthesis of digital and physical mapping is the main focus of this workshop.

Dear Hunter is an artistic research practice that produces maps and atlases based on ethnographic fieldwork and the founder of what is called 'cartopology'. The practice was established in 2014 and works for (mainly) governments across Europe on mapping (the use of) public space with the aim of better understanding it. In addition to practicing cartopology, the team of Dear Hunter, Marlies Vermeulen and Remy Kroese, recently started developing the Institute of Cartopology, with the purpose of intensively questioning and sharing Cartopology.

Abel Enklaar is an in-disciplinary artist, director and researcher, currently living in London. Looking for ways to use new media in the arts. Integrating new technological tools in the practice of storytelling. Understanding the politics of technology. Looking beyond the awe of implementation to get a better understanding of the ways new technologies impact our behavior and relationship to the world.

'Bodies as a lens through which we study and collect stories, both digitally and psychically, mapping daily life in space'

Dear Hunter


During these four days together we interrogate the act, methods and processes of notation and documenting our research and make a start on your individual “Dynamic Glossaries” that will continue to expand, morph and be defined throughout the workshop. Through introductions, small lectures, group discussions and practical tasks we will acquaint ourselves with different methods of documentation and notation used by artists, designers, and researchers across many disciplines. From here, we will “try on” their methods, applying them to our areas of interest and research topics, and begin to develop our own individual forms and methods of research documentation and notation that will underpin our own practice as designers. Taking into consideration both the aesthetics and legibility of how we make notations and documentation of ideas, observations, experiences and inspirations we will begin to explore the possibility of research as outcome within our practices.

research by documenting, writing, atlasing

'Maintaining this sort of presence, generosity and rigour in the way you work individually and as part of the cohort will lead to many engaging and exciting experiences through out your time studying.' _ Emma Hoette



STORIES IN ISOLATION with REICHRICHTER analysis and video essay _ scrutinising space, imagination and the digital image and video

In an interdisciplinary workshop REICHRICHTER worked with ArtEZ master students: Fashion Strategy, Music, Performances Practices and Practice Held in Common (Fashion) and Corpo-real.

Usually we teach strategies for a a better understanding of spaces in an attempt to extract concepts from them, which lead to proposals. Space is an experience that we all share in our encounters, that is, it forms a fundamental, so self-evident common ground that we rarely realize it as such. We now have the situation here that we will be dealing with spaces that we do not enter ourselves. These are rooms that are on the other side of the screen. We now ask ourselves, is it possible, can we create closeness although we do not share the spaces we are in?
We will now focus on this space that remains on the screen, the remaining area around the talking heads, which is also a space. This background is a real space in which each of us is truly located - although we cannot be entirely sure.This room will now be the object of our investigations and the starting point of our imagination.
It also refers to isolation. Being alone. But isolation can also be understood as a chance, as a liberation, that I still have energies left which I do not require for social engagement, but which I can use to deepen theory, thoughts, knowledge, ideas, visions.

Results can be found in the Corpo-real archives on You-tube.


In a week-long workshop students undertook research into the relationship between the body and their whereabouts, using research by making, research by thinking, research by testing. You will be with clay, plaster, casting techniques, and working with it at one-to-one scale. Whilst documenting the steps taken along the way.

Tutor of the workshop was John Lonsdale: “If knowledge is forged in movement then how can we understand architecture within these terms? When making things it is through movement that we can gain an understanding of how to create. We try things out and in so doing begin to learn of the material, what it does and what we can do to it and what, in turn, it can do or mean to us. Tim Ingold says that all our whereabouts are experienced as a ‘wayfarer’. It is as wayfarers that we are in correspondence with our whereabouts. It is an embodied experience through which we know where we are and how we gain a sense of self.”




WALKABOUT, STORYTELLING, MAPPING In this Intervention workshop we re-connected with earlier introduced methods and disciplines: placemaking, mapping, curating as a research method and transdisciplinary collaborations. We were guests at a wonderful location Wongema in Hornhuizen, Groningen: ‘At Home at the End of the World’.

Tutor in this workshop was Ienke Kastelein: Ienke Kastelein is interested in perception and the senses. She is engaged in context and habitat. Hence walking and sittinghave become essential research methods as well as performance practices. Public and interior space are conceived as the studio or the stage. Walking is approached as a performance in which participants are the audience. Her approach can be perceived as scenography or dramaturgy of space. She embraces lightness and play. Her whole body of work is a research and a reflection on being present and presence itself.


'at the end of the world'



BELONGING: THE ARCHITECTURAL BODY Based on the work of Arakawa + Gins tutor Joke Post

Throughout their careers as artist-architects Arakawa + Gins did research into what constitutes a human being, what she/he is capable of and how she/he relates to its surrounds. How a person makes ‘world’, what this world is made of and how it can be assembled and organized so that it is manageable and beneficial. To this extend A+G have created a method and sets of rules, ever to be changed and extended, as if practicing science, leaving taste and subjectivity out of the process.

The students have been doing daily research, starting with a number of short exercises in the mornings, making extensive notes and drawings to track and map their experiences. The exercises included both exploring the surrounds from different positions and in various bodily states while trying out some of the terms developed by Arakawa + Gins like ‘landing sites, ‘architectural procedures’ and ‘directions for use’.

Dancer, choreographer and Feldenkrais teacher Johnny Schoofs gave a workshop. Exploring the body and mind through movement in space, getting to know ones ‘inner architecture’ as well as the space.

Finally the students were to produce something tangible, be it a space, a product or a small research project that would reflect their findings and inspirations of the week, individually or in small groups. Both the outcome of their own makings as well as a summary and reflection on what stood out for each student are shown in the following pages, hopefully to be brought along into future making.

Intervention #7 on Corpo-real archives:

image: Reversible Destiny Foundation

“Change the surrounds, Change the architectural body”



Architectural Ethnography

Lecture Willy Sier

Empty Home


Inspired by the WORK, BODY, and LEISURE project the intervention #4 addresses ‘the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labour ethos and conditions’. Students work on their individual fascination within the theme ‘technological sensibility versus sensibility’. The human – machine interface, the quantification of the body, privacy matters and the influence of technology and the internet of things on the relationship between human and space. Their work and progress is monitored, curated and put into context by the first CiRC* curator, Jorn Konijn. In addition their process is informally discussed with an international committee of leading international experts in both the working field as academia. In collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut, the commissioner of the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

*Corpo-real Curator in Residence

students' exhibition curated by Jorn Konijn

drawing sessions with tutor Tiemen Voorhorst

Lecture programme and discussions with Liss C. Werner, Jonas Runberger, Peter van Assche, Karin Hedlund and Alice Twemlow.

Lecture programme and discussions with Liss C. Werner, Jonas Runberger, Peter van Assche, Karin Hedlund and Alice Twemlow


In a three day workshop Corpo-real explored the relation between time, complexity, and stories in architecture. Three lectures, by different professionals related to the field of architecture open up the discussion on time, storytelling and space. How does time relate itself to architecture? And how can we deal with different timeframes while designing for future spaces? We travel through architectonic spaces and in time, although the architect seems unable to influence the notion of time and impact upon a building. It is a continuous progress of existence that will not bend or break, speed up or slow down. Authors on the other hand have the ability to work with different time frames. A novelist can build up a storyline that contains the entire history of the universe in 432 pages, or 1076 pages that solely consist of the activities of one day at one specific place. Time in storytelling is flexible, it can speed up or slow down, depending on the rhythm and details of the written or oral communication. In collaboration with Writingplace Laboratory for Architecture and Literature.

Lecture programme with Klaske Havik, Jacob Voorthuis and Rob Hendriks

Workshop with Annee Grote Viken


HOW DO WE SOUND? This workshop from Fritz Faust attempts to explore the relationship between body and sound in spaces. The way we listen is somehow informed by the history and anthropology of our flesh and our environments. We listen to the body and space. Then, in performances, we explore how to uncover and disrupt the acoustics and our way of listening.

"What is the sound of a space? What stories do we hear at the sea, in our home, in the midst of a traffic island? What does this tell about our body? How do we sound? How do we listen?" - Fritz Faust

After the lecture of Celia Erens; listening to her work.

Lecture by Hanna Schraffenberger


Nourish by cultural similarities and the student's own fascination, we started a search around the theme [HOME]. A search that started with investing in thinking together. Thinking together as an umbrella method that takes you further together, gives you more depth and ultimately sharpens you in your own position as a designer, and in relation to the discipline and society. Other research methods that were discussed during the different units in relation to thinking and making were: theoretical research, survey research, empirical research, participatory observations and design thinking strategies.

In order to anchor the method of joint thinking in the two units, we started reading books. Specific books that enter into a direct relationship with the subject and the phase of studying within the units. In unit I, the focus was more on broadening (making) research and in unit II on in-depth (making) research. Students were expected to read part of the book every week and (critically) relate to that text and reflect on it from their own personal experiences. This resulted in wonderful conversations that were rich in anecdotes.

Thinking dialogue In unit I, the broadening unit, we started with the book Species of Spaces and other Pieces, by George Perec. In his book, he examines the question ‘what is space’? I chose this book in particular because I think that George Perec has a unique view of space and that his observations could inspire the students to look- and think differently about space. But also, to become aware of their own capacity in creative thinking and making. To be released from presuppositions and to continue to cherish one's own fascination.

Thinking through making Unit II, the in-depth unit, is much more about precision. Experiencing what it is to be precise, to formulate precisely, to make precisely. In this unit we have read the book The Craftsman by Richard Sennett. This book is mainly about the (undervalued) role and value of the maker. That thinking and making are complementary and that there is a surprising value in making itself.

Both the personal development of the students as a spatial designer and also the relationship with the world were central in units I and II. Students were encouraged to reflect constantly on their own developments and on that of their fellow students from different treated methods. Equipped with this intrinsic knowledge, they are asked to perform interventions, interceptions and changes. It is a continuous search for the questioning of space, in which all kinds of (making) disciplines are used to find future answers to various (social) topics. Henri Snel Publication on ISSUU:

Zehra Kahvecioglu

Lisabell Zint

Anyue Deng

Ying-Ting Shen

Kaylyn Jedlinski


SPATIAL ANNOTATIONS, Or How Prototypes Frame our Surroundings Curated by Josh Plough

December 2018 the public of Zwolle was invited to interact with and experience the experimental prototypes created by the second year Corpo-real MA students of ArtEZ. While subjects vary from Creolisation to the apparatus of imagination, the overall theme that becomes apparent is the de- and re-construction of space. It is with this act that the antagonism between Public and Private is made apparent. Many of the frameworks on show ask us to develop new sensitivities towards the environment around us. Through the act of dissection, literally and metaphorically, the students’ work proposes a new and widened space in which walls become porous and users become actors.

The prototypes shown are described as annotations because they’re often treated as subservient to the final outcome. However, they support the finality of the students’ research as they provide the structure from which they can make their bold and challenging statements. There is agency to be found in this positioning of the work, as it exposes us to the invisible processes before the reification of theory and research. This approach removes the ‘glass case’ of exhibition making and swaps the clean white of a vitrine for a blue, stained carpet.

Spatial Annotations creates a scenario in which the usual confidence of a finished ‘product’ is superseded by the more open ended and precarious nature of research. We, the participants, become aware of the mechanics behind the built environments we interact with everyday. This exposure can hopefully result in an alternative way of seeing, one that treats vulnerability and permanence as equal partners.

Alana Jansen

Qi Liu

Cille van den Brink

Rosie van Beuningen

Mandela Jap-A-Joe

Małgorzata Gniatkowska

Xiaomin Deng

Phuong Dao

Fenne van den Heuvel

Mariska Boer


When confronted with the performance of a brick wall it’s hard to imagine the fluidity of the thought behind it. But the exhibition does exactly that. “Building are not erected without plans, but must first be present in plans and construction drawings. As a rule, the first steps consist of free presentations like sketches or perspective drawings, intended to establish the form and design of the building… These drawings provide an image of what will emerge in terms of design or construction, and their detailing process is thus an essential resource of the way to a finished building”. So says Bert Bielefeld, co-editor of Basics, Fundamentals and Presentation, Technical Drawing. This is the logical step for curator to take. To see the model as something to display, as something the public can interact with on a scale that fits them. But what comes before the plan? Hatching Theories is an exhibition that takes the rigid structure of the architectural model and drawing as its starting point. And then subverts its archetypical nature to show the maelstrom of theories and influences that create and influence the foundations of our built environment. Corpo-real Research Workshop: The first and second year students of Corpo-real MA Interior Architecture spent a day researching what Home meant to them during a workshop in ArtEZ’s library. During this workshop the students were asked to interrogate what Home meant over the timeframes of one minute, one hour, one day, one week, one month and one year. The results of this temporal analysis confirmed what we already knew: that everybody – no matter what part of the world they’re from – wants to feel warm and safe the first minute they’re Home. However new words started to appear when the research became more in-depth. Terms like scar, damage, toothpaste, tribe and lover surfaced. It was these terms that were then used to search: ArtEZ’s library database. The reason for this was to make the direct link between a designer’s sensitivities. i.e. their cultural and social contexts, with the books and theories they pick from the shelves. Once these books were chosen and red thread was traced from its position on a bookshelf to a specific location in the library. The students had to work together to contextualize that piece of theory in the immediate built and quite alien environment. The word safety saw a thread trail from the chosen book to a lock in a door and our universal need for warmth saw another lead to a radiator. Soon the student’s bodies had to contort in the space as threads crisscrossed through it. Disserting the space through theory and praxis the theme of Home tuned their emotions and research into an assault course that forced the body into different and quite difficult positions.


During this case study students did research into many different topics. To summarise this research, we developed three theories:

At the beginning of mankind, communities were greatly based around physical space. When the first religious groups came about, communities became connected in a spiritual way as well. Having been invented in the 50’s the computer became a piece of technology that was inhabited by different communities. Starting around the second decade of the 2000’s a sense of longing for more personal connections has brought about a wish for the integration of digital, spiritual, and physical communities.

Communities are created through the combination of aspects on the spiritual, physical, and digital spectrum. Spiritual communities congregate around a shared belief or idea about life. Physical communities come together because they share the love of a given place, background, or because they simply ended up being in close physical proximity to others in the same group.
Digital communities are together in spirit in the sense that they communicate online, through digital devices and within a physical-digital space.

 From the dawn of mankind, people have been drawn to the creation of communities in order to survive. With the rise of industrialisation, people became fonder of individuality. We are now reaching a period where our high- tech culture is rediscovering the value of the global as well as local community.

At the beginning of this project we asked ourselves what a community is. After researching and experimenting we realised that we were not aiming to define what a community is per se but were trying instead to under- stand how a community works. We concluded that communities are backbones of society and are found in every shape and form. We realised that a community can be temporary, forced, accidental, or even unwanted. The definition of what a community is depends on the community itself and the way people associate with it. There is little virtue in attempting to define what exactly a community is or endeavouring to lay down ground rules that force the creation of a community.

In the early days of our case study, we all sat down with our tutor, Irene Müller, and discussed the importance of rituals. Irene suggested to sit in a circle, close our eyes and make few noises to exercise our existence towards each other. Somebody suggested that each school day we bring in a present to exchange with others and discuss themes of possessions and belongings. Participating in these rituals brought us together. After doing research on different community types we moved towards experimentation. Some students were interested in activating public spaces by means of different experiments while others focussed on testing theories on themselves.

D/DOCK, our client, and the symposium helped us to experience how theory can be put into practice, how to receive and utilise feedback from critics, interact with other people in public space, examine our perceptions towards community and test our willingness to share and to interact. Finally, we decided to visualise our perception by making a documentary about what we have learned about community. The symposium helped us to look back and reorganise our information before we exhibited our work.

During this last year we have come to understand how a community works by building one ourselves. Using the case study as a backbone, we experimented on ourselves and played with different aspects of co-existence. We found that one of the essential ingredients of a community is willingness. When we are willing to communicate with others, share with others and interact with others, we forge bonds that last. We are constantly trying to find ways of bringing people together to make this willingness present within our communities. In the process of building up our case study, we created and tested many ways of communicating with each other. We created rituals like making daily sketches that we shared on Instagram and wrote blogs to share our research. We experimented with space and groups; we had a picnic at the train station, lived everywhere, did yoga together, planted herbs in canteen, lived in the train for a day, and drew our ideal working space. By building up a compendium of methods and theories, we tried to make public space attractive as well as active for people, in order to share knowledge, share space, and ultimately, connect people.

The publication of this Case-Study can be found on ISSUU:



Commissioned by the Association Amersfoortse Parkhuis. How could multiple parties make use of the old boiler house which in the past used to be a part of the Saint Elisabeth Hospital complex in the city of Amersfoort. The primary task was to develop a blueprint based upon which the Parkhuis could be transformed into an active work- space for people to work and meet together. Rather than strictly separated rooms, the students created a plan which offers an open and accessible structure. The idea for this plan is to create a key to connect people, thereby laying the basis for, intensifying and keeping contacts among them. This open concept demands a design task with which the role of the owners and the utilization by third parties are completed in a new manner. Publication on issuu:

re-think the way we co-operate


mapping nomadic work


designing for the Dutch Railway system: connecting people



building a new school from the inside out

CRIT Chris de Wijer from DP6


research on designing methods for listening practitioners

Robert van Middendorp

discourse 2018

Nina Glockner introduced us in this workshop to the theories of Laban and Bartenieff, by exercises, challenges and building spaces in collaboration.