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Workshop and sharing research results of ‘The Garden that Sees, Smells and Hears’

On Friday, April 5th, Piet Zwart Institute Master Education in Arts, is set to host an alumni gathering in the lush settings of the ‘Volkstuin Vereniging Streven naar Verbetering’ in Rotterdam. This event promises to be a day of insightful workshops and the sharing of research results of the project ‘The Garden that Sees, Smells, and Hears’.

The Garden that Sees, Smells, and Hears

On this day, Annemarie Piscaer’s will present the findings of her Caradt Situated Art and Design research project, ‘The Garden that Sees, Smells, and Hears’. Set in the picturesque environment of ‘Volkstuin Vereniging Streven naar Verbetering’ in Rotterdam, this location complements the theme by offering an authentic connection to the natural world. The immersive workshop not only showcases the culmination of her research but also invites participants to engage directly with the natural world through the lens of a digital microscope, exploring the unseen and perhaps unheard signals in our environment. This setting in the volkstuin beautifully underscores the project’s essence, making the event an unique experience that blends art, design, and nature.

The Garden that Sees, Smells, and Hears workshop

Joining Annemarie are esteemed alumni who will share their current practices and research. From Ellis Bartholomeus’s gamified walk on assessment themes to Lotte Gulpers’s ‘On Composting Ideas’, each session is geared towards enhancing our understanding and interaction with a more-than-human world. The day is also set to feature Caro Kroon & Elvira Vroomen’s ‘Pink Spoon’, an artistic food experiment; Clare Breen’s insights into socially engaged practices; Femke Dekker’s introduction to a new department centered around sounding and listening; and Emily Huurdeman’s discussion on the Professional Doctorate Programme.

This event is an exclusive opportunity for alumni and peer educators to engage, learn, and contribute to the evolving discourse in art, design, and technology education. While the gathering is not open to the public, the insights and innovations shared promise to influence and enrich design education and beyond.

The Garden that Sees, Smells, and Hears

The Garden as a Living Learning Lab, a Living Sensor. The Garden that Sees, Smells, and Hears is a research project that aims to initiate a living learning laboratory in the garden of St. Joost School of Art and Design in Breda. It uses the garden as a model for learning.

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‘Humans are atmospheric beings, particles, dust, in intimate cycles of exchange, actors with an incredible force.’

‘We need to become attuned actors with a deeper understanding of all the other particles.’


Annemarie Piscaer is a researcher in the Biobased Art and Design research group and tutor on the New Design and Attitudes study programme at St. Joost School of Art & Design.

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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