You are invited to apply for a position in the KABK Design & The Deep Future Research Group 2021, run through the Lectorate Design, and chaired by Alice Twemlow

This is a special one-time Research Group where five researchers will work collaboratively, as well as individually, one day per week, on a range of initiatives and interventions that respond to the central imperative of the Design and the Deep Future research project.

The project explores the ways in which design and art can contribute to a more nuanced understanding, and intervene in the mitigation, of climate catastrophe, planetary degradation and the loss of biodiversity. Sub-themes include, but are not restricted to:

Geological time
Infrastructures of waste and trash
Repair and re-use
Matter and materials
Bio design
Space junk
Digital detritus
Plastics and microplastics
Ferality and contamination
Climate imaginaries
Climate migrations
Climate justice

The collective aspects of the group will include creating a lexicon of key terms (visual and text), an open-source library of references and resources, nurturing an international network of allied researchers, making essays (text, audio, visual and video), and developing and explicating new methods for researching this topic and for embedding it in education at KABK.

The Group’s work will culminate in a conference, publication, online platform and exhibition in 2022.

Tutors in all departments (both in Design and in Fine Arts) are invited to apply, provided that they will be employed as a tutor at the KABK for the full duration of the Group March 2021- February 2022.

Tutors selected for the Group will be expected to attend all monthly gatherings, which take place on Fridays 11.00-17.00, and use the time in between sessions to further develop their projects.

Participation will be compensated with an extension of 0,2 fte in the ‘jaartaak’. For freelance tutors, equivalent provision will be made.

The deadline for applications (in English) is midnight, Monday 1 February, 2021. Please send your applications as a PDF to

Applications (max. 3 sides of A4) should contain the following elements:

1. Name, role at KABK, e-mail address and phone number;

2. Outline of the scope and focus of your proposed research project (individual or collaborative):

a. Research question, and 5-10 keywords;

b. Relevance to the Design and the Deep Future project theme, to art/design practice and to education;

c. Research methods and media;

d. Possible outcomes and intended audiences

3. 3 captioned images that help convey the nature of the research project and/or researcher’s previous related work.

The selection will be made by Alice Twemlow in consultation with Martha Jager, Fenna Hup, and an advisory panel. Please note that members of this Research Group need to be employed as a tutor by the KABK for the full duration of the Group. Therefore, in the process of reviewing the applications, department heads will also be consulted. You are permitted to apply even if you have been a member of a previous Research Group.

Successful applicants will be informed and announced on Monday, 15 February 2021. The first meeting of the DDF Research Group will take place on Friday, 5 March, 2021.

More information on the Research Group and its past and current participants can be found here.

Questions about the application procedure can be addressed to Martha Jager at