Disarming Design from Palestine
Last year six designers from the Netherlands headed to Ramallah to join forces with Palestinian designers and craftspeople to develop products that can be manufactured locally. Disarming Design from Palestine is a non-profit design label with a mission to disseminate an alternative narrative about modern-day Palestine. The label wants to contribute to a sustainable society and an economy in which people are the key concern.
The label was created in 2012 as the result of a collaboration between Khaled Hourani from the International Academy of Art Palestine and designer Annelys de Vet. For the latter it is crucial to allow people to talk about their own products. ‘Western designers often go to, for example, Palestine with preconceived ideas and they’re fairly close-minded to the strengths of the Palestinians themselves. You mustn’t buy the products from our design collection because you think Palestinians are pitiable, but because you’re attracted by their quality, strengths and poetry.’ For her, art is not a sticking plaster on victimhood. ‘Art offers the strength to imagine a different future.’ And that is precisely what stirs young artists in Palestine: imagination to escape the repressive reality, as a means of exerting their freedom.
After the successful development of the initial products, in 2016 the foundation focused on further scaling-up and professionalization. The actual reason concrete for taking these steps was the invitation from Ramallah city council to establish a ‘create-shop’ where local craftspeople and designers from the Netherlands and Palestine can jointly develop products. This yielded 18 new prototypes for products that could potentially be developed into products that are manufactured locally. The results were shown last October during the Qalandiya International Art Biennale. Disarming Design has also been exhibited at BOZAR and MAD in Brussels.
Julie Lizotte – one of the participating designers – produced a short documentary about the ‘create-shop’ in Ramallah.
In 2013 the label’s start-up phase was supported via the Grant Programme for Design. The follow-up phase was supported via the Grant Programme for Internationalization.
Top image: 'Not Just A Bread' by Biyi Zhu (CN) Produced by: Kamel Salous, Stars Fashion
New! Talent Platform
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.
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
Open Call Talent Development in an International Context 2018
Creative Industries Fund NL is inviting architects, designers, makers, critics and/or curators who are trailblazers in the creative industries to submit a proposal for an international project. A stipulation for support is that the project involves a collaboration and/or presentation with an international institution, organization or enterprise with an excellent reputation. With the Open Call: Talent Development in an International Context, the Fund is enriching the artistic and professional development of creatives who are undertaking an exceptional collaboration with a foreign partner. This is the first open call in a series of three that will be announced each autumn through to 2020.
This series of open calls has been made possible thanks to the supplementary budget (announcement in Dutch) that Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven made available to the Fund in 2018 to give an extra boost to internationalization & talent development in the creative industries. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) is keen to help leading talents to position themselves internationally with this supplementary support.
For this 2018 open call, Creative Industries NL is setting aside €125,000. The maximum grant per project is €25,000.
Depending on the project, the collaborations can take a diversity of forms, such as a research project, presentation or residency.
The stipulations for a project being eligible for a grant are:
the designer/creative/architect must rank among the leading talents in the creative industries;
the designer/creative/architect has Dutch nationality or has a practice that is registered in the Netherlands;
the foreign partner boasts an excellent reputation;
at least 50% of the total project costs are covered by co-funding, of which a substantial proportion will be contributed by the foreign partner;
a form of presentation that is relevant for the project is included as the conclusion of the process;
there is no question of a commissioner/client relationship between the two parties.
The application can be submitted up to and including Wednesday, 31 October 2018 via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment.
Find here more information about the open call.
22 oct: International Clinic | Grant Programme for Internationalization
During this clinic, our advisors will be happy to talk to you about the global possibilities and the practical aspects of working and doing business internationally. Maxime Zeef from DutchCulture will be present for questions about the European subsidy programme for the cultural sector, Lotte Geeven will tell you all about the artist-in-residency you are interested in and Roxanne Minten from the Creative Industries Fund NL will help you find your way around the Grant Programme for Internationalization. Willemijn Brakenhoff from Het Nieuwe Instituut will also be present for questions. A consultation is free and lasts a maximum of half an hour.
schedule an appointment
Just curious? Or would you like to speak with one of our experts about your plans? Visit us at the Dutch Design Week on Monday, October 22nd. For a personal consultation with one of our experts a registration is required. Subscribe via this link.
In order to be able to give you the best advice possible, we would like to know the broad outlines of your question and which theme you are interested in. Based on the availability of our advisors, we will schedule an appointment with you. We inform everyone personally about the time at which you will be scheduled.
Please note: your registration for the International Clinic does not give you access to the Dutch Design Week. You must be in possession of a valid admission ticket.
Date: 22 October 2018
Time: 1:30pm - 6pm
Location: Dutch Design Week, het Veem, Floor 3
Language: Dutch and English
Selection Open Call Van Doesburg Studio-House Paris #2
In July 2018 a second open call was issued by the public cultural funds – the Mondriaan Fund, Creative Industries Fund NL, Performing Arts Fund NL, the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Netherlands Film Fund – for a residency at the Van Doesburg studio-house in Meudon-Val-Fleury. The residency is intended for artists who are working in the many fields in which Theo van Doesburg and Nelly were active: architecture, visual art, literature, poetry, music, design and performing arts.
Helena van der Meulen (film)
Helena van der Meulen will use her residency at the Van Doesburg studio-house for the last developmental phase of Human Beasts, a feature film about the emergence, blossoming and demise of the CoBrA movement with a crucial role for Paris. During her sojourn she will undertake the final stages of (field) research with the support of a French co-producer, write the script for the film, and develop a storyboard for the project in partnership with the prospective director.
Jason Hansma (digital culture)
During his residency, Jason Hendrik Hansma will be investigating the interdisciplinary work of Theo van Doesburg and filmmaker Jean Painlevé. Hansma will incorporate the outcomes in new work that uses algorithms to transpose the work of these two artists to the present day. The working period will result in an exhibition where the work will be presented.
Rozalie Hirs (music) and Machiel Spaan (architecture)
During their joint residency, Rozalie Hirs and Machiel Spaan will be working on their interdisciplinary installation Ways of Space, an investigation into the significance of sound within a space. Hirs and Spaan will be taking the characteristic sounds of the Van Doesburg studio-house as a source of inspiration – an instrument, as it were – to develop an interactive music composition that is not only inspired by their personal sojourn in the studio-house but also elaborates on Theo van Doesburg’s ideas about a new architecture of exploded space. The residency in the studio-house will result in a concert and an exhibition.
evaluation of the proposals
In its evaluation, the interdisciplinary advisory committee’s prime consideration was the artistic quality of the selected residents, secondly the strength of the proposal in relation to the residency’s location.
The residents receive a contribution of €1,000 per month for travel, materials, transportation and living expenses. The funds cover the rental of the studio and living space, as well as support, settling these expenses with the Van Doesburg studio-house directly.
first open call
From the first open call, an interdisciplinary committee selected visual artist Antonis Pittas and architect Marcel Moonen.
third and final open call
For the third and final open call in 2019, creatives and intermediaries can submit a proposal in the fields of visual arts & heritage and the performing arts. Keep an eye on the websites of the Mondriaan Fund and Performing Arts Fund NL for further information.
Open Call Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2
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 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.
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.
Projects can be submitted from 1 December 2018 to 21 January 2019 via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment.
Find more information about the Open Call here.