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Selection from the Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale

19 May 2016

At the start of the year, Creative Industries Fund NL invited designers to submit proposals for participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. A total of 26 proposals were received, from which 9 projects were selected.
The submissions were presented to the external advisers Ronald Rietveld (architect for RAAAF and the Dutch pavilion’s curator in 2010), Francien van Westrenen (curator of architecture at Stroom, The Hague) and Jan Willem Petersen (founder of Specialist Operations). Their selection embraces a diversity of projects, in terms of subject matter as well as in their form and mode of presentation. Something the selected applications share in common is that a personal initiative or fascination served as the motivation to put a topic on the agenda; they are projects that were developed with great enthusiasm and engagement. A number of projects address a socially urgent issue and translate this into a spatial representation that sparks discussion. The selection includes projects on various scales – from regional design-driven research to object design. The following 9 presentations were selected:

NLÉ WATERFRONT Exhibition - NLÉ
Vertical Walking - Rombout Frieling Studio
Elements of Time - Nynke Koster
Constructive Proposals - Studio Frank Havermans
24mm - Arend Groosman
Cerberus. The Three-Headed Monster - Hamed Khosravi, Matteo Mannini Architects and Behemoth Press
Time for impact - New Generations en space&matter
L’Abri: A Roof for Humanity - Narda Beunders
Pani Community Centre - SchilderScholte architects

The selected parties are participating in the biennale at the invitation of curator-in-chief Alejandro Aravena, the Global Art Affairs Foundation and the Kuwaiti Pavilion. The projects are being exhibited in and around the Arsenale, Palazzo Mora, Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Michel. Three of the nine selected projects are taking part in the biennale on their own initiative.

About the submissions
The Architecture Biennale in Venice is one of the most important cultural events for the international professional community as well as for a broad, culturally interested public. The advisers noted that in general the quality of the proposals submitted was insufficiently in keeping with the calibre of this prominent biennale. Some of the applications failed to seek an appropriate manner of presentation, with content and form enhancing each other in the spatial installation or the exhibition design.

You can read more about the Open Call here.
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Milan, the city for connections

20 April 2016

The 26 presentations that were supported by Creative Industries Fund NL during the Salone del Mobile in Milan guided visitors to a diversity of locations: from the industrial environs of Lambrate’s factories and garages to the SaloneSatellite, the concurrent event for up-and-coming designers, and from Galleria Rossana Orlandi offering design enthusiasts a breather as they enjoy a drink on its patio to Milan’s majestic palazzi, where several Dutch designers presented work at Masterly and Palazzo Clerici. This year also saw Dutch Invertuals, Kiki&Joost and Cor Unum joining forces to put the Isola quarter more firmly on the map.
The supported presentations were as diverse as the designers were one in their goal of getting the most from this week in Milan. Designer Mark Sturkenboom was presenting his work for the second time, on this occasion to seek out manufacturers, partners and collaborators. ‘As a designer you’re preoccupied with your own process and research,’ Sturkenboom explains. ‘Yet I want to broaden my horizons by working together with other parties and I hope to meet them in Milan. In addition, Milan is not about the product alone, but about expanding the reach of your idea and broadcasting it as well.’

Designer David Derksen was presenting in Milan for the sixth time. He opted for the SaloneSatellite because he is looking for brands which can include his prototypes in their collections. ‘For my studio the fair in Milan is the highpoint of the year. I spend about half a year working towards it and it’s an indispensable event for my work. Important contacts, orders and collaborations are often a direct or indirect outcome of this presentation.’
Milan continues to be a key presentation platform for Dutch designers. As our director Janny Rodermond noted in her introductory speech last year: ‘It’s the city where they establish connections for the further internationalization of their professional activities.’

Photography: Ilco Kemmere
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Presentation of Mark Sturkenboom at Via Ventura 2, Lambrate
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Ark (Volume 2) Paradigm Shift by Mark Sturkenboom
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Presentation Mark Sturkenboom

Designer David Derksen was presenting in Milan for the sixth time. He opted for the SaloneSatellite because he is looking for brands which can include his prototypes in their collections. ‘For my studio the fair in Milan is the highpoint of the year. I spend about half a year working towards it and it’s an indispensable event for my work. Important contacts, orders and collaborations are often a direct or indirect outcome of this presentation.’

Milan continues to be a key presentation platform for Dutch designers. As our director Janny Rodermond noted in her introductory speech last year: ‘It’s the city where they establish connections for the further internationalization of their professional activities.’

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Presentation Label BREED
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New work by Marleen Kaptein
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Prototypes and research for the Fibre Placement Chair and the Flax Chair by Christien Meindertsma
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Kiki van Eijk (Kiki & Joost)
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Presentation by Dutch Invertuals
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Installatie van Edhv

On April 13, Creative Industries Fund NL organized a guided tour of various Dutch presentations for Renilde Steeghs (Ambassador for International Cultural Cooperation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Joep Wijnands (Ambassador of the Netherlands in Rome), Bas Ernst (Cultural Attaché in Rome), David de Waal (Consul General in Milan) and Bas Valckx (Press and Cultural Officer in Tokyo).

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Guided Tour for Dutch delegation
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In conversation with Joost van Bleiswijk (Kiki & Joost)
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Presentation by Nel Verbeke
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From left to right: Renilde Steeghs, Tijmen Smeulders, Bas Ernst en Bas Valckx
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Brochure Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

18 April 2016

Creative Industries Fund NL has compiled a brochure with all the presentations it is supporting during the Venice Architecture Biennale. Jan Willem Petersen, founder of Specialist Operations and an adviser for the Open Call, wrote a foreword. Below you can find the brochure, with a map showing the venues in Venice.

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Brochure selected projects Milan 2016

7 April 2016
The Creative Industries Fund NL supported 26 presentations designers, creatives and collectives during the Salone del Mobile in Milan. They presented their newest products and concepts during this important international fair for furniture and product design, which runs from 12 to 17 April 2016. The fund made a brochure on the selected projects for the Milan Design Week and circulated this during the festival. Below you can download the pdf.

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Image report SXSW 2016

7 April 2016
The South by SouthWest (SXSW) festival took place in Austin, Texas, from 11 to 20 March. The international visitors to this technology festival felt drawn to the artistic interventions and stories by the participating Dutch creatives. For those who didn’t head off to this festival in Austin, you can view a photo report about the supported parties here.

Images: Nick Helderman
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Presentation about Exit by Submarine Channel / Jongsma + O’Neill
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Workshop about ‘Adaptive Interactions in the Internet of Touch’ by Iskander Smit (info.NL)
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Silent Room: Installation by Simon Heijdens
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ANIMA, an installation by Nick Verstand
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ANIMA, an installation by Nick Verstand
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DocLab: Showcase of interactive documentaries
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Presentation by Jan Rothuizen: ‘How to Draw Virtual Reality by Hand’
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Main venue: Austin Convention Center
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Dutch Culture USA stand during SXSW
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Detlef La Grand presenting the VRmaster during the Accelerator programme
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Workshop on ‘Exploring Scent as an Interactive Storytelling Tool’
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Participants testing scents and how to use them in communications and interactive media
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Fredrik Duerinck in the ‘Scent as a Post-Digital Medium for Storytelling’ panel session
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