Since september 2009 the Gerrit Rietveld Academy initiated a Research Residency. The Rietveld Research Residency (RRR) is a cooperation of the Rietveld Academy and Fonds BKVB to create a research site for mid career artists. They are enabled for a period of 1 to 3 years to do a clearly defined artistic research project, within the framework of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. The artist will work in the Pavilion of the Academy and will report twice a year on the research project. There are also an agreed number of educational projects foreseen.
Henri Jacobs, Dutch artist living and working in Brussels, was invited to start the first RRR.
His research project is titled "Surface Research”, in Dutch language : “oppervlak onderzoek”.