Saskia van Stein - AFFR
4–8 Oct 2023
film • stad • architectuur

Film – City – Architecture

AFFR explores the relationship between film, cities and architecture by programming and screening architecture films and by organizing introductions and debates.

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AFFR History

The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) was established in 2000, and the foundation organized its festival the same year as the first architecture film festival in the world. Festivals also took place again in 2001 and 2003. In 2007 AFFR made a fresh start after a few years of silence. In 2009 the event expanded significantly in terms of visitor numbers and programming.

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Learn more about the people behind the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

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Postal and visiting address, contact details

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Architectenweb interviews AFFR interim director Marieke Berkers

Marieke Berkers has been AFFR interim director since 1 January 2023. An architecture historian with over twenty years of experience as an independent researcher and writer, Marieke became treasurer of the AFFR board back in 2016 - so she is…
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Saskia van Stein

Saskia van Stein

Saskia van Stein is artistic and managing Director of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). Van Stein currently also holds the position as Head of Department MA entitled The Critical Inquiry Lab at the Design Academy, Eindhoven. Prior to this, she was artistic and managing Director at Bureau Europa, platform for architecture and design, Maastricht, 2013–2019. Over the span of her carrier, she has curated numerous (traveling) exhibitions, biennales, given (performative) lectures, spoken at or moderated symposia and contributed to other cultural events both in and outside of the confined walls of the institutional realm of the museum, in the Netherlands and abroad. She has often spearheaded topics and themes questioning cultural production and the designed environment itself.

Van Stein’s curatorial practice started at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (now Het Nieuwe Instituut) in Rotterdam, where she worked from 2002–2012, where her first steps were made by programming exhibitions on the intersection of architecture culture, political and human sciences and fine arts. There her deep-seated interest in the discourse surrounding the politics of representation was ignited. She continued to develop this through experimentation with different exhibition formats, modes of display and methods of knowledge production, as well as organizing and participating in numerous discursive events around the subject.

From a broad cultural perspective, van Stein examines issues related to contemporary societal urgencies and the role culture plays in addressing these issues. Her transdisciplinary cultural practice aims to convey the intricate way in which the social, the political, the economic, and the psychological are intertwined and interdependent, securitizing the ways in which these are analyzed, visualized and expressed through cultural production in the designed environment. She is committed to contributing to the development of a cultural discourse, and she is chair of several juries and member of advisory committees such as Independent School for the City in Rotterdam, the architecture journal OASE and member of the advisory council for Culture to the Dutch Government, Contemporary Art and Creative Industries.

Van Stein is presently a PhD candidate at the Curating Research Collective, Architecture and theory department at the Technical University in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

film • city • architecture 4 - 8 Oct. 2023