(De)Constructing identities EN

Rosa te Velde (design researcher) & Jennifer Tosch (Black Heritage Tours)

How does materiality become inscribed with ‘identity’? What are the politics of architectural heritage? In this workshop Rosa te Velde and Jennifer Tosch will give you a theoretical and hands-on introduction on the subjectivity of material/architectural heritage and identity narratives. Together we will do a close analysis of various examples in order to challenge our historical knowledge and our own positionalities in order to deconstruct existing identities. From there we will encourage you to take up an active role as a creative maker by diverting from one-sided histories and instead reconstruct, add and intervene within complex identity realities.


1. Compare and analyse these two videos, and answer the questions below:

video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkFxCqM0YEQ

video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mea8v4ZRhyE

– In comparing these two videos, what different narratives of the Dutch nation are constructed and told? To what extent are the narratives focused on the city, the region, the country, Europe and/or the world?
– What can you say about the tone-of-voice/atmosphere/music/the design of the two videos?
– What role does architecture play in both videos?
– What role do maps play in the videos?
– What role do race and gender play in these videos?

2. Please bring a photograph and information of a location in Arnhem of alleged ‘historic significance’ (period 16th – 19th century).

3. Please bring sketching materials, pencils, camera, laptops (whatever medium you prefer working in).

A public debate with Jennifer Tosch and Rosa te Velde led by Chris Keulemans is part of this workshop.

Note:  This workshop ends at 5.10 p.m. !