RASL (Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab) Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership
September 2019 – June 2022
RASL, the Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab
(Willem de Kooning Academy University of Applied Sciences, Codarts, Erasmus
University), will collaborate in this Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership
project. Strategic Partnerships are transnational projects designed to develop
and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning, and
exchanges of experiences.
The consortium consist of RASL; the
Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM), Technological University
Dublin; Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest; Roskilde
University; and the Master Transdisciplinary Practices at Zurich University of
In this project the consortium will conduct
research in Transdisciplinary learning in Arts & Sciences through the
development of four elements (Intellectual Outputs):
• Transdisciplinary Education Methods; to
arrange the process of multi-stakeholder collaboration and to stimulate
• Stakeholder Code of Conduct (which was
immediately altered to Code of Conflict); in order to ensure non-hierarchical
• Transdisciplinary Teacher Programme;
developed to train teachers how to teach a Transdisciplinary approach.
• A modular Transdisciplinary Student
And will will take place in Rotterdam
(November 2020, January 2021, June 2022), Budapest (March 2020, June 2021),
Dublin (September 2020), Zurich (November 2020) and Roskilde (November 2021).
Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab
Is an open
transdisciplinary collective of humans and non-humans coming from
different worlds, institutions and walks of life, who together imagine
alternative futures through collaborative knowledge invention. And thereby
functions as ‘origamigram’. We fold, refold, unfold education and research into
one other over again to generate a multitude of transdisciplinary compositions.
Why did RASL come into being?
1. Wicked problems: There is a strong need
for 21st century education to be recalibrated to be able to address the complex
concerns of current and future times.
2. From (Inter) Disciplinary to
Transdisciplinary: Whereas traditional approaches are related to the
transfer of (disciplinary) knowledge and interdisciplinary education
aims for connecting knowledge, transdisciplinary education focusses
on knowledge creation.
3. Transdisciplinary practices:
Context and issue specific compositions using
scientific, artistic and
societal knowledge focusing on the creation of new
4. Equality: Actors that are either
excluded from conventional problem solving, or who merely appear as objects of
research, will actively participate as equal research partners.
5. Institutions have to respond
collaboratively: The combination of Arts & Sciences (A&S),
participatory approach, the use of imagination and the creation of knowledge of
what could happen in the future (new perspectives on existing status quo),
dissolving the disciplinary boundaries and boundaries in Higher
What do we do?
RASL offers Bachelor Double Degrees, a
Bachelor Transdisciplinary Minor (part of a Comenius Leadership Fellow
project), collaborative Research, PhD research, RASL publications
(publications.rasl.nu), and events. In these activities we explore and learn in
transdisciplinary ways in which wicked problems do not become solved but are
transformed into matters of concern.
RASL generates tools, techniques and
tactics that can:
… open experimental research and learning
environments to create new forms of knowledge.
… push us to ask questions differently.
… rethink and recompose our conceptual
… cultivate a different art of noticing.
… make ethological propositions of
opening up other modes of living together on a damaged planet.
We work from a not-having-an-idea to
imagine alternative temporalities and materialize them through performance,
improvisation, storytelling, creating new ecologies of value.
And do not think in linear ways:
• Affirm the potentiality of the present
• Create aesthetic enunciations of the
• Rewrite institutional memories
We meet in the speculative middle (not
consensus but diversifying perspectives).
And emphasize the importance of fertile
conditions prior to transdisciplinary research (care, commitment and courage).