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Architecture Biennale: from Freespace to Free haven | Column by Syb Groeneveld
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Architecture Biennale: from Freespace to Free haven | Column by Syb Groeneveld

31 May 2018

The role of architecture is to give shelter to our bodies and to lift our spirits’: so say the Irish curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of the 16th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, which opened last week. Twelve presentations supported by the Creative Industrie Fund NL give shape and substance to the curators’ FREESPACE manifesto, each in their own way.
In the Dutch pavilion in the Giardini, five of the twelve presentations are part of the titillating WORK, BODY, LEISURE presentation by curator Marina Otero Verzier, which is the formal Dutch contribution by Het Nieuwe Instituut regarding the future of physical labour. In partnership with the Creative Industries Fund NL, a number of open calls were issued for the Dutch entry to the Architecture Biennale, resulting in the selection of these five projects for the ‘extended programme’ with which the curator aims to transcend the walls of the Dutch pavilion.

Northscape Collective
This is most visible in the surprising installation ‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’, encountered as a massive, semi-submerged and rusty wall at the Riva dei Sette Martiri, between the Arsenale and the Giardini. A steel bunker positioned between the city and the sea, between the sun and the moon – upon closer inspection it turns out to offer a multi-dimensional perspective that is perfectly in keeping with the theme of this Biennale.

The Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, Filippo LaFleur) here displays the outcome of a long-term design research project (with partners including the Delft University of Technology) into the architectonic, social and political implications of logistics and of possible future scenarios for the ports of Rotterdam and Venice. The eight ‘rooms’ of the installation gradually reveal how it depicts the increasing insularity of the port with respect to the port city. Cold figures demonstrate how the port, as a ‘freespace’, is ever less interested in physical dock workers and appears to be drifting away from the age-old choreographic and architectonic interplay between people, city and port.
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Installation 'The Port and the Fall of Icarus' by Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha K. Bacchin en Filippo laFleur) along the Riva dei Sette Martiri. Photo: Igreg Studio

enrichment
With FREESPACE, the curators highlight the enriching role of architecture, of course physically but also spiritually. This requires a sense of wonder, which is exactly what makes the installation by Northscape Collective so successful and so relevant. As a result of robotisation, automation and digitisation, new sociological structures and life environments are emerging at a dizzying pace. This compels architecture to question the new relationships and to engage in new experimentation.

At a time where the size of available public space in the Netherlands is dwindling rapidly, it is worrying to note how this edition of the Architecture Biennale contains few to no interventions in the city’s public space (outside the pavilions and the Arsenale). In this respect, the city of Venice itself does not present or represent much FREESPACE, which is a pity.

other supported presentations
The Creative Industries Fund NL has compiled a publication presenting all twelve of the supported projects on display in Venice. For instance, ‘A City of Comings and Goings’ by Crimson Architectural Historians has been selected by the curators for the Central Pavilion in the Giardini, and ‘A School in the Making’ by Case Design (Anne Geenen & Samuel Barclay) has been included in the main exhibition in the Arsenale.

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MAKE MOVE THINK (left) with director-general of Culture and Media, Barbera Wolfensberger and executive director, Syb Groeneveld. Photo: Michal Hancovsky

Photo above: On 24 May, a large delegation headed by the director-general of Culture and Media, Barbera Wolfensberger, visited the installation ‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’, where Northscape Collective offered an extensive explanation and MAKE MOVE THINK added an extra layer of significance with their shrewdly designed dance performance 'Cosmogonia Mundi'.

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Open Call Space for Talent

30 October 2018

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites architects, designers and makers to submit a proposal for research, an experiment or development of new knowledge within a practical environment, such as a lab, development site or workplace. With this call, the Fund aims to enable designers to create an environment together with a partner, where joint experimentation, the establishment of new relationships and the sharing of knowledge are central.
set-up of the call
The Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 200,000 available for this open call. The maximum contribution per project is € 25,000. The conditions for support are that there is a new collaboration between a maker and a partner that is able to facilitate a practical environment. Depending on the project, the collaborations can vary in form. Examples are research (including material research) within a lab, a residency programme at a knowledge institute, a special collaboration with a development site or experimental research with a partner from the business community.

The subsidy is divided into two parts: € 15,000 is reserved for the maker and € 10,000 for the partner’s facilities and knowledge. The amounts are granted under the conditions of a collaboration agreement that must be submitted no later than 4 weeks after the grant has been awarded. A format for the agreement follows after awarding.

Conditions for eligibility for a contribution are:
- the designer/maker/architect has Dutch nationality or a practice registered in the Netherlands;
- the partner is based in the Netherlands;
- a rationale from the designer that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the maker, and the added value of the project for the maker’s development;
- motivation for the project, provided by the partner, that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the maker and the added value of the project for the partner. It also describes the duration and nature of the working period, the facilities, the knowledge and working environment being offered by the partner, the method of collaboration and the intended result;
- there is no question of a regular commissioning relationship between the parties; and
- a form of knowledge-sharing relevant to the project is included at the end of the project.

submission
The application can be submitted until Wednesday 28 November 2018 at the latest.

Read more information to supply here.
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9 nov: Get a Grant Utrecht

26 October 2018

Want to know how to get your project or practice funded? The Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund will jointly organize meetings about grant possibilities, aimed at creative professionals and graduates. Join the next Get a Grant Event on Friday 9 November at the HKU (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht).
The Get a Grant Event gives you insight in what the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund as Dutch public funds have to offer. Learn the how to’s from a visual artist and a designer on how they got their grant. And join the informal get together with drinks afterwards where you can ask your specific questions at staff from the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund.

Creative Industries Fund NL is the cultural fund for architecture, design, digital culture and every imaginable crossover. In addition to project subsidies from the various grants such as Design and Digital culture, the fund also makes an annual scholarship available for around 25 talented young designers / creators for their artistic and professional development.

The Mondriaan Fund is the public fund for visual art and cultural heritage in the Netherlands. It enables plans, projects and programmes of artists, exhibition makers and critics, museums and other art and heritage institutions, and publishers and commissioners.

Moderator: Imke Ruigrok (freelance curator and programme manager)
Speakers: Guy Vording (artist), Daniel de Bruin (designer) and staff of both funds
Fund employees: Carmen Muskee (Mondriaan Fonds) en Joris van Ballegooijen (Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie)

Date: Friday 9 November 2018
Time: 1.30pm – 3.45pm (doors open at 1.30pm, programme 1.45pm – 3.15pm, afterwards possibilty to talk to speakers indivually)
Location: HKU, Rotsoord 3, Utrecht
Admission: free
RSVP: via this form
Main language: English
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Open Call Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2

19 October 2018

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on designers, makers, curators and cultural organizations in the Netherlands to submit a plan for a project that deploys design for sustainable and inclusive societies. The open call invites cultural parties to join forces with a local partner to turn their minds to a topical issue, observation or development in Turkey, Russia, Egypt or Morocco. The project should entail an egalitarian collaboration between the parties.
The rapid growth of cities is a topic that is relevant in the four countries that the open call is focusing on, resulting in new relationships between street culture, identity and public space, as well as between the city and the countryside. The appropriation of the city by various parties – grassroots and top-down, public and private, established and emerging – takes a diversity of forms, in the physical as well as the virtual domain. Designers are being asked to put topical themes that relate to the city, its surroundings and users on the agenda, to question them or propose solutions. This calls for cross-disciplinary and context-sensitive collaborations at the interface of culture, new media, technology, craft, society and the new economy.

collaboration
The project team (of Dutch and local partners) adopts a standpoint concerning sustainable and inclusive societies within the theme that the project focuses on. The plan provides insight into how and why various stakeholders will be involved with the project. Projects can take a diversity of forms, from artistic, speculative or design-based research to the implementation of a pilot, intervention or campaign. The perspective of Turkish, Russian, Egyptian or Moroccan parties is crucial and should be embedded in the project.

focus
This is a follow-up to the first series of Open Calls focused on these four countries that the Fund issued previously. As a result of findings concerning the first series of open calls, the Fund is more emphatically seeking for projects that relate to disciplines in the fields of design and digital culture, as well as every possible crossover.

submissions
Projects can be submitted from 1 December 2018 to 21 January 2019 via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment.

more information
Find more information about the Open Call here.
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Open Call Salone del Mobile 2019

17 October 2018

The Salone del Mobile in Milan is the place to be for product and furniture designers to present themselves internationally. The fair and all the surrounding presentations in the city attract many professionals from the international design world every year, in search of the latest developments in the field.
The Creative Industries Fund NL calls on Dutch designers to submit a proposal for a presentation in Milan during the ‘Salone del Mobile 2019’. This call is the only way to receive a grant from the Fund to participate in this event.
By issuing this call, the Fund aims to present the excellent quality of the Dutch design sector in Milan and to strengthen the international reputation of the Dutch creative industry. In addition, the purpose of the support is to share the knowledge and experience gained and to build and maintain relevant international relationships between parties. The Fund makes a selection of proposals where the presentation distinguishes itself in terms of artistic quality, presentation form and strategy.

It is possible to apply for an individual presentation, but preference in this open call is given to proposals where special forms of collaboration are entered into or which focus on a group presentation.

submission
The proposal can be submitted until Wednesday 21 November at the latest.

Read more information how to supply here.
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New! Talent Platform

15 October 2018

Looking for new design talent? During the Dutch Design Week, the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie presents the Talent Platform, a new online database for the best design talent of the moment. In 24 one-minute film portraits you will meet the new generation of designers and creators who were supported in 2018 by a Talent Development grant. The platform grows annually with the arrival of a new generation of designers.
With the Talent Platform, the Creative Industries Fund NL aims to provide an extra boost to the visibility of emerging design talent. The platform showcases the individual practices of all the talented creatives who have received support since 2013. This makes it a source of information for other makers and clients.

presentation Dutch Design Week
Meet the practice of these promising design talents in the Veem building and follow the developments online via stimuleringsfonds.nl/talentplatform after Dutch Design Week.

participating designers and makers Dutch Design Week
Alice Wong (information design/transmedia); Anne Geenen (architecture); Camiel Fortgens (fashion); Carlijn Kingma (architecture/ illustration); Chen Jhen (grafic design); Daniel de Bruin (digital culture/product design); Frank Kolkman (digital culture); Isabel Mager (digitale culture); Jason Hansma (digitale culture/transmedia); Joana Chicau (digitale culture/performance); Jos Klarenbeek (digitale culture); Julia Janssen (digitale culture); Karim Adduchi (fashion); Koos Breen (grafic design); Lilian van Daal (product design); Manon van Hoeckel (social design); Márk Redele (architecture/interdisciplinair); New State of Matter (Gaspard Bos) (digitale culture/industrial design); Studio Reus (Jonathan Reus) (digitale culture/sound); Suzanne Oude Hengel (productdesign/textile); Tenant of Culture (Hendrickje Schimmel) (fashion/interdisciplinair); TeYosh (Sofija Stanković & Teodora Stanković) (digitale culture); Willem van Doorn (product design); Yamuna Forzani (fashion)

Date: 20 - 28 October 2018
Time: daily from 11am until 6pm
Entrance: entrance with DDW passe partout
Location: Veemgebouw | Floor 2, Torenallee 36, 5554 CC, Eindhoven

Video: Studio Moniker
Design: Studio van Onna

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