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Critical Inquiry Lab is a two year Masters program at Design Academy Eindhoven that provides students with an environment to develop a design practice driven by artistic research. The department is rooted in cultural analysis and design theory and principally questions the role of design in relation to the structures and systems underpinning our society. Research is not understood as something separate from design, but is design in and of itself. Bound to an artistic position rather than a specific discipline, we understand design and design critique as a cultural signifier and an agent of change.

The program encourages students to foster an inquisitive attitude and question the role of design in relation to the (historical) constructs underpinning contemporary society and how they resonate within local and global contexts. Critical Inquiry Lab holds a broad understanding of how research can translate or resonate into different curatorial practices and cultural methods, strategic actions and editorial positions. Over the course of two years students acquire skills such as writing, editing, curating, podcasting, publishing, performing, coding, mediating and developing strategic actions. The development of (research) methodologies, finding one’s voice, skills and tools in the context for design as research and its materialization, dissemination and publication are key.
            “Operating within the complexities of contemporary society requires a fundamental understanding of the designed environment and the codes embedded within them,” explains Saskia Van Stein, Head of  Critical Inquiry Lab. “This understanding enables meaningful contribution, agential entry points, and the ability to alter the current status quo. A growing awareness of the complexities of these visible and invisible systems—society’s ethical codes and constructs in language, technology, and power relations—is critical in creating a more equitable and inclusive future.” *
          Critical Inquiry Lab welcomes participants from any professional background who want to question and unpack the world around them. Students will embark on both individual and collective learning trajectories. A core part of the course is the student-led organization of (semi-)public events, which contribute to conversations through the lens of design, addressing both the design community and the world beyond. In their second year, students will select a research domain to guide them towards a final project and a thesis, which can take a wide variety of forms. Students are actively encouraged to be experimental in their research, design and approach of making their works public.
            Critical Inquiry Lab is a transdisciplinary design course, which aims to foster in-depth critical studies of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nation, and citizenship. The teaching team’s diversity and guidance reflect this aim.

*Quote taken from interview with Nadine Botha

CIL Graphic Identity by Irene Straccuzzi


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20201. Ursula K Le Gui



What Comes After Will Not Be Like What Came Before
Graduate Exhibition 2020
TAC Temporary Arts Centre, Eindhoven

Graduation Exhibition 2020


“It matters what we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties. It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories.” Staying with the Trouble, Donna Haraway, 2016

Design Academy Eindhoven’s Critical Inquiry Lab MA graduation show, titled ‘What Comes After Will Not Be Like What Came Before’, brings together works from ten distinct makers whose projects focus on subjects like: airspace as architecture, survival aesthetics, the artificiality of community, the role of architecture and design within museums, storytelling, templates, and the PSV football ground as an identity machine of Eindhoven. Here, research is not something separate from design—but is design in and of itself.
            The Critical Inquiry Lab MA is a two-year Master’s programme dedicated to an inquisitive trajectory with artistic research at its core. The programme focuses and questions the structures and systems underpinning contemporary life, its political, economic, social, and cultural constructs, and how these structures and systems are echoed within contexts and communities, both locally and globally. Although produced through different artistic outcomes—such as desktop documentaries, storytelling, collaboration, moving images, world-making and publishing—the works presented in this show are fundamentally influenced and interconnected as they have all been researched and produced during these times of uncertainty and within quarantine.
            The current unprecedented times also come back in the show’s title, which originates from Donna Haraway’s seminal publication Staying with the Trouble (2016). A text and theory that explores kinship in times of trouble: what is kinship? What does it look like? Where and whose lines connect and disconnect? What must be cut and what must be linked together? These ideas form a theoretical framing around these graduation works, with each project going beyond critique, and working towards generative ways of interacting and caring for the world around us.

Presented at TAC Eindhoven from August 27th to August 30th, 2020.







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HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

Saskia van Stein  |  September 2019—Present
Agata Jaworska  |  2018—2019
Tamar Shafrir  |  2018—2019
Alice Twemlow  |  2017—2018
Justin McGuirk  |  2015—2017


COORDINATORS

Gijs de Boer  |  Septempber 2019—Present
Karolien Buurman  |  2018—2019


TUTORS AND GUESTS

Maziar Afrassiabi (Director Cultural Institute RibRib)
Amal Alhaag (Curator / Radio host)
Nick Axel (Theorist)
Anke Bangma (Director TENT)
Christiane Berndes (Curator and Head of Collections Van Abbemuseum)
René Boer (Curator / Researcher)
Loes Bogers (Researcher)
Nadine Botha (Design Curator / Writer)
Irene Cieraad (Cultural Anthropologist)
Alejandro Cerón (Designer / Design critic) 
Annet Dekker (Researcher / Curator)
Theo Deutinger (Architect / Designer)
Charles Esche (Director Van Abbemuseum)
Annie Fletcher (Curator)
Gabriel Fontana (Social Designer)
Diana Franssen (Curator)
Emiliano Gandolfi (Urban Curator)
Wesley Goatley (Artist / Theorist)
Philippine Hoegen (Performance artist / Writer)
Jeremy Jansen (Designer)
Agata Jaworska (Curator)
Koen Kleijn (Critic)
Jaap Knevel (Designer)
Arif Kornweitz (Researcher / Co-founder Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee)
Matylda Krzykowski (Curator / Writer / Performer)
Silvio Lorusso (Designer / Writer)
Geert Lovink (Critic / Writer)
Gabriel A. Maher (Designer)
Justin McGuirk (Curator)
Gemma Medina (Researcher / Curator)
Wineke van Muiswinkel (Documentary maker)
Simone Niquille (Designer / Researcher)
Wendelien van Oldenborgh (Visual artist)
Margarita Osipian (Curator / Moderator)
Paolo Patelli (Artist / Researcher)
Shailoh Phillips (Researcher)
Antonis Pittas (Artist)
Marthe Prins (Graphic designer)
Patricia Reed (Writer / Designer)
Vera van der Seyp (Graphic designer)
Chris Sigaloff (Cultural enabler)
Lisette Smits (Curator)
Timo de Rijk (Director Design Museum)
Tamar Shafrir (Design researcher / Writer)
Irina Shapiro (Designer / Initiator Open Set)
Saskia van Stein (Curator / Author)
James Taylor-Foster (Writer / Curator)
Steven Ten Thije (Curator Van Abbemuseum)
Vincent Thornhill (Designer)
Katía Truijen (Media theorist)
Erik Viskil (Film researcher)
Linda Vlassenrood (Curator / Writer)
Lua Vollaard (Curator)
Alex Walker (Graphic designer)
Sacha Wieneke (Architect)


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2021

Silvia Angelucci
Cecilia Casabona
Paula Chang
Doi De Luise
Valeria Fabiano
Ramón Jiménez Cárdenas
Viktória Kaslik
Juliette Mirabito
Léna Paté
Victoria Plasteig Dit Cassou
Litty Salas
Sofia Topi

2020

Michael Bojkowski
Mechteld Jungerius 
Matilde Losi 
Sofia Irene Marmolejo B
Tasminder Marsh
Anna Maria Michael 
Rachel Morón
Edoardo Tedone 
José Tomás Pérez Valle 
Zeniya Vreugdenhil


2019

Lara Chapman
Héloïse Charital
Esteban Gomez Rosselli
Tiiu Meiner
Mara Siegel
Anna Winston

2018

Ana Lisa Aperovich-O’Brien
Yasmin Aryani
Delany Boutkan
Kirsten Geekie
Rab Messina
Josh Plough

2017

Nadine Botha
Megan Elisabeth Dinius
Raymond Hu
Carla Zimmermann

2016

Anna Mea Hoffmann
Anja Neidhardt

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