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Performance 'In a Human Breath' (2017), choreography by Tuan Mami, performed by Titus Elias. Photo Minouche Wardenaar

Planetary Poetics: a two-year Masters programme

Framer Framed is pleased to host Planetary Poetics a new temporary masters program at Sandberg Instituut. From September 2023, this two-year program enables participants to develop artistic research exploring key concepts of the ecological crisis, including questions of climate justice, land restitution and reparations, reproductive justice, and constellations of co-resistance.

About the programme

Planetary Poetics is a two year master’s programme at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, that enables participants to develop artistic research exploring key concepts of the ecological crisis, including questions of climate justice, land restitution and reparations, reproductive justice, and constellations of co-resistance. Planetary Poetics is and initiative of Dorine van Meel and Josien Pieterse from Framer Framed.

The unfolding ecological catastrophe is one of the most pressing challenges of our times. The devastating consequences of economies based on extraction and exhaustion can be found in dilapidated lands, rivers, seas and oceans, forests, animals, plants and peoples. Some of the violence of the ecological crisis occurs slowly and out of direct sight, gradually altering our environment, climate and bodies. Most of the violence however, has been playing out for centuries already, on a local scale, directly affecting millions of people and their livelihoods.

How do we arrive at a critical and imaginative position with regard to this crisis and its long history that casts dark shadows far beyond the present? Which artistic strategies can be employed by cultural practitioners to engage and intervene? How to connect to the struggles and the movements of people who have been enduring and resisting these neo-colonial forces on a daily basis? How to learn from and with, and embrace alternative visions for this planet, beyond relations of property and extermination? Through Planetary Poetics, we want to connect different social ecologies across the globe and experiment with new possibilities of collective imagination, creation and intervention.

Keep an eye on our agenda for events related to the programme! There will be a series of public lectures taking place on Mondays that we welcome you to join. To be updated about the program you can follow our sociomedia channels or subscribe to our newsletter.

On 26 September 2023, we kicked off the Planetary Poetics master’s programme at the Sandberg Instituut, welcoming the course participants and hearing more about their practices. We’re looking forward to our two-year collaboration with the students, together with the team of core tutors and coordinators: Dorine van Meel, Milena Bonilla, Ada Patterson, Chihiro Geuzebroek, Josien Pieterse and Angelo Christiaan.

Sarah Ndele’s performance for Maintaining the Root (2024) at Framer Framed, Amsterdam. Photo: ¬© Marlise Steeman / Framer Framed


Dorine van Meel, Course director
Josien Pieterse, Co-organizer, Framer Framed
Milena Bonilla, Core tutor
Teresa Borasino, Workshop tutor
Rosa Marina Flores Cruz, Project tutor
Chihiro Geuzebroek, Project tutor
Ada M. Patterson, Core tutor
Marnie Slater, Thesis supervisor
Jorrit Smit, Theory tutor
Jean-Sylvain Tshilumba Mukendi, Project tutor
Ashley Maum, Assistant organiser

Guests tutors

Hernando Chindoy
Staci bu Shea
Clementine Edwards
Ismal Muntaha
Khairani Barokka

Guest lecturers

Rebecca Edler
Wilma Esquivel Pat.
Mare Advertencia Lirika
Sherlien Sanches
Emanuele Braga
Raki Ap
Marinette Jeannerod
Sammy Baloji


Arthur Guilleminot
Bethany Copsey
Eshwari Ramsali
Finn Maätita
Hinne Vos
Imke Hullmann
Lucila Pacheco Dehne
Marik de Koning
Naomi Kreitman
Olivia D’ Cruz
Tirza Balk
Toni Steffens


Sarah Ndele

Planetary Poetics / Ecology / Education /


Counter-extractivism: Poetics of remedy and transmission
A closing event for cultural practitioner Jean-Sylvain Tshilumba Mukendi’s seminar on politics and extractivism at the Planetary Poetics master's programme at the Sandberg Institute
Workshop: Maintaining the Root
Three workshops and a performance on heritage by artist Sarah Ndele as part of the Planetary Poetics master's programme at the Sandberg Insitute
Performance: Moddertong
A performance by artist Sebastién Hendrickx about the climate crisis
Planetary Poetics: Ancestral Assemblage
A gathering by artist Ismal Muntaha and Planetary Poetics
A Harvest for All: Notes on Biodiversity and Medicine
A conversation between Milena Bonilla & Taita Hernando Chindoy


Jean-Sylvain Tshilumba Mukendi

Cultural practitioner, researcher and writer

Teresa Borasino

Artist and activist

Dorine van Meel

Artist, Writer, Educator

Ada M. Patterson

Artist, writer and educator

Chihiro Geuzebroek

Activist and songwriter

Ashley Maum

Exhibitions and research

Milena Bonilla


Josien Pieterse

Director of Framer Framed