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Frans Oosterhof (NL) is a visual artist, designer, writer, publisher and teacher. In his work, he plays with the meaning of words and images. Parallel to his own practice, Oosterhof has been teaching over the course of some decades and headed several departments at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and founded the department of Image and Language. During the ’60ies Oosterhof co-founded the independent art publishing house De Enschedese School, that distributed art editions to its members in an ideal to democratize art. His illustrations and a weekly visual column were published in various newspapers and magazines. Art pieces of Oosterhof are part of the municipal collections of Amsterdam, The Hague and Enschede.
Image and language

Jens Schildt (SE) and Matthias Kreutzer (D) are the graphic design duo Our Polite Society, which was founded in 2008 and based in the space between Amsterdam / The Netherlands and Stockholm / Sweden.

In close collaboration with their clients and with a focus on typography, structure and method, they design (typo)graphic identities, books, magazines, posters, exhibitions, record sleeves, (dingbats) fonts, websites and other forms of visual language.

Jens is currently teaching at Konstfack University in Stockholm, Matthias at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague.

Among their clients are Bauhaus Dessau for which they designed two issues of Bauhaus Magazine and other printed matter in 2012. They did the exhibition design for Prix de Rome Architecture 2014 in ‘Het Nieuwe Instituut’ Rotterdam and had a show of their independent work at the International Poster and Graphic Design Festival Chaumont 2014. Their work was recently acquired by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam for the museum’s design collection.

Parallel to their outstanding design practice they give workshops, lectures, presentations and talks internationally.

Elisa van Joolen (IT/NL) is an artist, designer and researcher based in Amsterdam.

Merging the analytical with a hands-on process Elisa’s work investigates the current fashion system exploring and proposing new models of production and presentation. Her approach to clothing design is characterised by strategies of intervention and reconfiguration. Her projects often reflect specific social contexts and emphasise collaboration and participation. They expose relational aspects of clothing and subvert processes of value production.

Elisa graduated Cum Laude from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam in 2006 and completed the MFA Fashion Design and Society at Parsons, New York City in 2012.

Her work has been recognized with a Fulbright Award (2010), the ILLY design prize (2008) and nominated for the Dutch Design Award (2013) and New Material Award (2014).

She participated in shows and exhibitions at the Arnhem Fashion Biennial, New York Fashion Week, Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht and Temporary Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Elisa teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Lotte van Gelder is influenced by hidden signs and meanings of language, movement and space.She works with ideas and concepts in contemporary society, such as future dreaming in architecture and literature, and translates them into shape.
Her work manifests itself in exhibitions, publications, teaching and performative installations.

Van Gelder is founder of RaumRaum, platform on architecture and movement. RaumRaum collaborates with international artists, choreographers and scientists.
RaumRaum performed at Wallhouse Groningen, Hejduk Towers Berlin and several locations in Brussels.
As an advisor and a creator, Van Gelder has (a.o.) worked for MOTI Museum of the Image, MUDAC Musée Lausanne, slowLab and Joke Robaard.
Van Gelder received The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture Mediator Grant in 2013 and presently lectures at Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam.

Ruby Hoette (AUS/NL) works as a designer/researcher/curator exploring fashion in context through the intersection of theory and practice. Her work reveals patterns of use and investigates the construction of value and meaning in fashion through collections of text, photography, clothing and interactive projects. These propose alternate modes of engaging with fashion by framing the garment as a unique artefact carrying traces of social and cultural interactions and transactions. Ruby is a Lecturer in Design (Fashion and Textiles) and convenor of the MA Fashion at Goldsmiths, University of London. This pioneering programme enables the combination of research, debate and ethics with making to cultivate new and inclusive ways of thinking, doing and being fashion. Ruby holds a BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (NL) and an MFA from Parsons (USA).