Picture above: Gianpiero Venturini by Sara Lopez Camus
On 5 and 6 October you can visit the PLAYGROUNDS conference and festival at the Klokgebouw (Clock Building) in Eindhoven. A must for fans of animation, film and digital media, the PLAYGROUNDS programme includes a conference, exhibitions, performances, film screenings, workshops, masterclasses and an awards ceremony. website
Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2017
From 4 to 8 October, film-lovers can attend the ninth edition of Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. The festival’s main theme is ‘City for Sale – The City as Investment Model’, zooming in on the visible consequences of international flows of capital that wend their way into investments in real estate. website
ADE Sound Lab
Since 2015 the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has been organizing a three-day programme about sound, art and technology under the title ADE Sound Lab, which this year runs from 18 to 22 October. The programme focuses on experimentation and innovation in the fields of sound, sound synthesis, and visualizations of light and sound. ADE Sound Lab encompasses lectures, workshops, audiovisual installations and performances. Thanks to the Open Call: ADE Sound Lab that was issued by the Fund in the spring, 12 designers have the opportunity to present their work. website
Cross Comix Rotterdam, to be found at venues including the Rotterdamse Schouwburg theatre from 16 to 25 October, is a festival that showcases crossovers between comic strips and various other artistic disciplines. The crossovers being focused on in this edition involve the performing arts, literature, film, transmedia and visual art. The followings participants have already been announced: Aimée de Jongh, David Van Reybrouck, Fresku, Ilah, Jan Terlouw Junior, Judith Uytelinde, Mohammed Benzakour and Paul Faassen. website
ROBOT LOVE Living Lab (during DDW)
During the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven from 21 to 29 October, Stichting Niet Normaal (the ‘Not Normal Foundation’) is organizing an event about the role of technology in relation to topical social themes. The content of the programme components dovetail with the eponymous exhibition that will be staged in Eindhoven in 2018. A test environment where human and robot can get acquainted in a loving way is being developed in collaboration with The Army of Love collective, the Universities of Technology in Delft, Eindhoven and Twente, FNV union, the Universities of Tilburg and Utrecht, and Summa College Eindhoven.
From 25 to 29 October you can visit the Impakt Festival 2017 in Utrecht. This year’s theme is ‘Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems’, an analysis of our relationship with technology based on magic, myths and monsters: ‘The more complex our technological landscape becomes, the more often we fall back on old notions in order to understand our relationships to systems and machines.’ With its programme Impakt aims to demystify existing ideas and suggest ways in which magic and the mystical can be employed as metaphors in art, activism and a critical approach to technology. The organization is working with British curators Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell on the further development of the theme and programme. The intended speakers include China Miéville, Genevieve Bell, Bruno Latour and Donna Haraway. website
The deadline for submitting proposals for the Grant Programme for Festivals second round is 4 October 2017.
Picture above: Graphic Matters
illustration, comic and graphic novel
Illustration is amply represented in these two rounds: Barbara Stok, Victor Meijer, Reynaert Vosveld, Aart Taminiau, Harriet van Reek and Anne Staal received a grant for the creation of new work for their publications. For the upcoming Graphic Matters biennial festival in Breda, Wobby.club is launching a poster and publicity campaign, for which six illustrators are being paired with six authors.
For the committee, the work’s artistic quality in combination with a solid, substantive explanation of the proposal and its visual elaboration was the deciding factor in the awarding of these grants.
criticism and reflection
Two publications reflect upon the importance and meaning of design, as well as contributing to a better understanding of it. Marjan Unger’s dissertation ‘Sieraad in Context’ (Jewellery in Context) is being adapted into an English-language trade edition: Jewellery Matters. With this publication, nai010 publishers wants to set a new standard for historiographic and critical publications about jewellery.
Die Neue Sammlung | The Design Museum in Munich is receiving a grant for the substantive preparation of the publication Beyond The New, in which its author Louise Schouwenberg builds upon an ongoing theoretical study into the representation of design, exploring design’s various roles and functions in everyday life.
experimentation and crossovers
Workshops are the ideal place for experimentation and innovation. The Veranders Foundation’s Textile Workshop offers a chance to explore the possibilities for collaboration between textile professionals with and without refugee backgrounds. The Plaatsmaken Foundation offers work periods for designers to pursue research into the employment of digitally controlled techniques in its workshop for relief, silkscreen and risograph printing as well as lithography. The Beeldenstorm Foundation is receiving a grant for the exploration of development pathways with two established and two fledgling designers, to take full advantage of the possibilities of the different workshops. Such projects facilitate crossovers and collaborations.
Over two rounds a total of 108 applications were received and submitted to the Design advisory committee. €200,000 was available for each round and 13 applications were awarded grants in each round. You can view all the supported projects here. (Only in Dutch)
Do you also want to make an application for a design project? This year’s last deadline for this grant programme is Wednesday, 11 October 2017. Further information can be found here.
Image above: BEYOND THE NEW Unveiling the agency of things by Pinakothek der Moderne