Art/Science Cross-pollination: Rietveld Academy meets WUR

Curious to see what happens if you team up scientists with artists? Check out the presentation of Art/Science ’conversation pieces’ by students of the Rietveld Academy.

Organisator Impulse

di 27 maart 2018 12:00 tot 14:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

In January, Wageningen PhD students were matched with students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Eleven PhD students, with topics such as edible insects, Antarctic pollution and climate tipping points, connected with students from two art and design specialisations: DesignLAB and Jewellery-linking-bodies.

The exact nature and intensity of the exchange of ideas, or even collaboration between the sciences and the arts, was up to the individual teams.
On March 27 the art students present their work: conversation pieces reflecting on the projects of the PhD students.

Witness the unveiling of eleven original cross pollinations!

Rietveld supervisors: Sonja Bäumel & Jeroen Kramer.

11 Inspiring research titles

Geomapping of soils using Bayesian geostatistics

PhD: Luc Steinbuch | Soil, geography and landscape
Art: Maria Yzaga De Las Casas & Franca Ullrich


What if modern society is able to perceive someone’s dream through the sense of taste? The project presents a speculative scenario in which we analyse the Hypnogram of a test person (Joram d. W.) and turn variables from the collected data into edible formulas. The public is able to get an insight into the Unconscious of Joram d. W. in order to create an alternative sensitivity for it.

Biosulfur: Biological desulfurization of gas

PhD: Annemerel Mol | Environmental Technology
Art: Tjacco Bakker & Juliette Delarue & Silvana Mcnulty


A device inserted in a cow’s rectum to extract the methane from its emitted gases.

Climate tipping points and detecting loss of resilience

PhD: Bregje van der Bolt | Aquatic ecology and water quality
Art: Juchen Dai & Puck Van Donselaar


The combination and distortion between Theory and Reality. And the drivers that cause the distortion.

The influence of digitalisation on agricultural consultants and research institutes

PhD: Kelly Rijswijk | Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group
Art: Jonas Hejduk & Jet Van Der Touw


Any apple product is showing the GB of things in their storage; and between all this data a mysterious 'other data' show up! To bring this to light and have people physically feel their 'other data' they carry around, we have translated the GB into weight with a cloak consisting of heavy binary code.

Producing edible insects: bioconversion of organic waste by Black Soldier Fly larvae

PhD: Stijn Schreven | Laboratory of Entomology
Art: Naomi Lamdin & Pauline Rip & Seonmi Shin


Our project is about the recognition of the black soldier fly larvae, for the important role they play in our food production and waste process. We wish to make a memorial on behalf of the unknown, dead, black solder fly larvae.

The effects of pink LED light in greenhouses

PhD: David Katzin | Farm Technology Group
Art: Caroline Bach & Esben Larsen


New research shows that red, far-red and blue-light from low energy cost LED’s can make plants grow faster and taller in a shorter amount of time. What if this also works for humans? Can we grow humans like we grow plants?

High resolution MRI of plants and bacteria

PhD: Julia Krug | Laboratory of BioNanoTechnology and at the Laboratory of Biophysics
Art: Mica Pan & Nicolas Rotta & Yunting Zhang


The project is inspired by the fundamental principle of MRI, the idea is to create an interactive installation to invite people to be aware of the existence of human’s electromagnetic field by sound.

Impact of pollutants onto marine ecosystems of Antarctica

PhD: Artem Krasnobaev | Toxicology
Art: Marguerite Boneil & Marie-Louise Schmidlin


A passionate yet painful relationship between the leftovers of humanities unknowingness and the fruit of nature.

Visual soil quality assessment for improved ecosystem management

PhD: Maricke van Leeuwen | Soil Geography and Landscape
Art: Laura Schürch & Kenshiro Suzuki


Pieces of different qualities of soil, refined into a gem-like stone, repetitively stringed together, becoming one object, which one has to carry around the shoulders. It's weight refers to the importance of the responsibility we have to carry and care; either as a burden (dead, destroyed soil through mankind: burnt, dried-out) or a delight (fertile, healthy: blooming).

Ganoderma lucidum mushrooms

PhD: Hugo de Vries | Microbiology
Art: Eloïse Dieutegard & Sien Van Look

SOUND LABORATORIUM This work is an experimental research about the sensory experience of bacteria, which can seem unreachable on a microscopic scale. The 'Sound Laboratorium’ translates the data of bacterial growth, into a sound experience.

Air quality & geo-information: citizen science and sensors

PhD: Qijun Jiang | Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
Art: Margherita Chinchio


The air pollution is an important issue which is getting more and more crucial to face. Increasing citizen awareness about more sustainable behaviours and habits to improve air quality on a daily basis both indoor and outdoor is fundamental. But how can we recognize the air pollution and contribute to the change if most of the times we hardly sense it? An imaginary tool helps us visualizing the quality of the air thanks to a special lens that change colour according to the level of pollution around us.

Art: Patrycja Beliniak


A non-verbal communication tool allows us to get to know each other beyond words through information indicated by human body.