About the OT301 Community

The OT301 is an international community of people that work and live in the old Film Acamdemy on the Overtoom in Amsterdam. We are organised as an association called Vereniging EHBK (Eerste Hulp Bij Kunst). Everybody that has or runs a space within the OT301 is a member of that association. As a community we share the responsibilty for the OT301. 


Community member profile

Sebastian Olma

Sebastian Olma is a writer and critic. He is editor and board member of the subculture magazine Amsterdam Alternative and serves as chairperson of the board of OT301.  

Sebastian holds the research chair for Autonomy at the Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt) at Avans University of Applied Sciences. He earned a PhD from the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2007 with a dissertation analysing the ontology of contemporary capitalism. Later, he worked as a researcher at Goldsmith, The Royal Dutch Academy of Science and the Institute of Network Cultures. As a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, he guided PhD researchers performing critical examinations of the creative industries. His professional experience as a policy advisor and consultant led him to the publication of In Defence of Serendipity (Repeater 2016), a book criticizing creative industries policies and exploring radical strategies of social innovation that transcend conventional definitions of creativity and innovation.

As professor of Autonomy in Art, Design and Technology, Olma has built a research group working on the development of a timely notion of autonomy for contemporary art and design practice. He laid out his vision on autonomy in two publications: Autonomy and Weltbezug (Avans 2016) and Art and Autonomy. Past – Present – Future (_V2 2018). Since 2018, he teaches the theory course Contemporary Thought at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures in Den Bosch. With Patricia Reed he publishes the online journal Making & Breaking.

Sebastian regularly participates in public debates, trying to highlight the ideological traps for artistic and cultural production that are systematically set by the neoliberal city. In 2017, he was appointed an advisor to the Dutch Council for Culture.