Ilke Gers

Book presentation


Book launch new R&D publication

Time: 18: 00 - 19: 00 hours
Free access
Language: Dutch

The new publication on the Research & Development Scheme of CBK Rotterdam provides a lively overview of four years of artistic research projects by more than 160 Rotterdam artists. Speaks during the presentation Lex ter Braak, director of the De Van Eyck post academy, about the importance of free space for research and experimentation. Artist Teun de Graaf performs with his Fanfare for Progressive Folk Music.

About the publication
The publication Research & Development | Special projects, residencies, publications and research by Rotterdam visual artists.  2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 provides a lively overview of four years of artistic research projects of more than 160 Rotterdam artists, thus showing a cross-section of contemporary art practice. The projects, which took place from 2014 to 2017, are classified in this publication on the basis of eight different professional views of the artist: campaigner, connector, translator, newsreader, historian, scientist, technologist and image maker. In interviews six artists speak about the influence of the R&D contribution on the development of their work. The publication also contains essays by art theorist Janneke Wesseling about the importance of artistic research and philosopher Henk Oosterling about the artist and his craftsmanship.

About the R&D scheme
The Research & Development (R&D) scheme has been implemented since 2010 and gives Rotterdam visual artists the opportunity to develop and deepen their professional practice through research. The first publication was published in 2014 with an overview of the artists who received an R&D contribution between 2010 and 2014. For more information about the R&D scheme, visit

Research & Development
Special projects, residencies, publications and research by Rotterdam visual artists.
2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

A publication from CBK Rotterdam
Editing: Petra Laaper, Ove Lucas, Xandra Nibbeling
Text correction: Su Tomesen
Texts: Henk Oosterling, Sandra Smets (project descriptions and interviews with artists) and Janneke Wesseling
Photography: Stacii Samidin (artist's portraits)
Design: Bart Oppenheimer, Rotterdam
Printing: Impressed printing and printing, Pijnacker
Edition: 700

Thanks to:
Karin Arink, Karin de Jong, Noud Heerkens, Harmen Verbrugge (Platform Artists / Without Artists No Art, 2009)
Suzan van Heck, Anton Hoeksema, Petra Laaper, Caro van der Pluijm, Renske van Rees, (CBK Rotterdam)
Barbara Goldman, Gracia Khouw, Agnes Warntjes (minutes)
Marian Breedveld, Julia Geerlings, Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, Frans van Lent, Martijn Lucas Smit, Anja Novak, Joep Overtoom, Tonio de Roover, Lisette Schumacher, Maaike van der Wiel (committee members 2014-2017)
All artists who applied for an R&D contribution in the period 2014-2017
Municipality of Rotterdam

All images and texts in this publication have been published in consultation with artists, photographers and writers, either specially made for this publication or made available to us free of rights. Those who believe that they can nevertheless assert certain rights are requested to contact

© The artists, authors, photographers, CBK Rotterdam 2018