This winter session, the Jewelry + Metalsmithing department at the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI) offered a travel course titled RISD to Rotterdam.
The course structure and content were designed around the participation in the OBJECT Rotterdam held during Art Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. The OBJECT Rotterdam fair represents the most current developments in Dutch and international design from established and emerging designers working in the various disciplines of crafts, design, fashion, architecture, furniture, and art.
A small group of talented students were selected from across the school and its departments. Within the students chosen, the group represents the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, and Textiles. The individual work that they have made specifically for the exhibition spans from furniture, lighting, jewelry, fashion, and sculptural objects. The first three weeks of this course students produced their work on the RISD campus followed by two weeks of travel abroad in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In addition to their personal work, students were also responsible for the collaborative design of the exhibition booth display (prepared for travel) and exhibition postcard.
While in Amsterdam, students are scheduled to visit prominent museums, galleries, artist studios, design houses and hotels in addition to touring the culture of the city. Once in Rotterdam the collective will install and man the booth, discussing the represented work with the OBJECT attendees and the Rotterdam public.
The course aims: (1) to provide students with an advanced collaborative, cross-disciplinary RISD course experience that builds upon the strengths of their individual practices and disciplines (2) to provide a travel experience that exposes students to the two cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam and the current cultural dialogue surrounding Art & Design in Holland (3) to prepare students to represent themselves and RISD in a high caliber, high profile international venue. (4) to provide students with the opportunity to establish and foster international contacts with galleries, design companies, professional colleagues and international students in the Netherlands and beyond.