In association with designer Olivier van Herpt, Theti Studio is working on the prototype of a 3D printer that manufactures textile directly from the silkworm cocoon, in a chosen form and without waste. With the start-up grant Theti Studio will investigate the existing technology in greater depth, test it for safety, develop the prototype, and present the results to the public and investors. Further information (in Dutch)
The remaining seven awards within this round were project grants. Within the Grant Programme for Digital Culture, applications can be submitted for research, experimentation, development, production of new media, interaction design and game play, as well as the presentation of such projects. Activities and publications that focus on the analysis of and reflection upon digital culture are also eligible for support, as are projects aimed at (international) knowledge exchange and projects that stimulate public interest in the field.
Felipe Ignacio Noriega’s CodeKlavier project and ‘The Dutch Savannah’ exhibition concept by Stichting De Domijnen were among the projects that received a grant from this application round:
Felipe Ignacio Noriega has been awarded a project grant for the realization of CodeKlavier, a project for which he previously received a start-up grant. The CodeKlavier is an operational programming language linked to a keyboard interface, which enables the pianist to code in real time while playing. This results in a music performance combined with live coding. The applicant aims to turn the paradigm of art being created with technology on its head, thus encouraging a more intuitive, artistic manner of coding. Further information (in Dutch)
The Dutch Savannah
Stichting De Domijnen culture foundation is receiving a grant for ‘The Dutch Savannah’ transdisciplinary project. An exhibition with work by Sara van der Heide, Femke Herregraven, Ger Dekkers and diverse international makers aims to raise public awareness of the consequences of our daily data use. Water is used as a connecting element between the virtual and physical worlds, thereby symbolizing today’s broader ecological problems and sustainability issues. Further information (in Dutch)
Thirteen grants awarded
The advisory committee was able to support 13 projects from this round, with which the available budget of €200,000 was used to the full. View the complete overview of grants awarded and descriptions of these supported projects (in Dutch).
Four rounds are planned in 2018, with the first deadline falling on 31 January 2018. Read more about how to apply to the Grant Programme for Digital Culture.
All of the 32 participating designers provided input with conceptual as well as physical contributions such as sketches, prototypes and sources of inspiration. Van den Langenberg then invited nine progressive thinkers and makers from the creative industry to produce an installation based on these collections.
Jules van den Langenberg: ‘Instead of showing completed projects or finished products by designers, in the cellar of the Van Abbe Museum we are showing another side of design practice. The exhibition explores the milieu of professional, personal and socio-cultural factors that young creative professionals experience today.’
participant designers and makers
Alissa + Nienke (Alissa van Asseldonk en Nienke Bongers), Amy Suo Wu, Isabelle Andriessen, Paula Arntzen, Atelier Frank Verkade, Marjan van Aubel, Christiaan Bakker, Mariska de Groot, Max Dovey, Ting Gong, Sophie Hardeman, Chrissie Houtkooper, Ruiter Janssen, Elisa van Joolen, Jules van den Langenberg, Yaolan Luo, Mark Minkjan, Simone C. Niquille, Kirstie van Noort, Simone Post, Roomforthoughts (Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a)), Benjamin Sporken, Amir Avraham, Studio Iwan Pol, Studio RAP (Wessel van Beerendonk, Léon Spikker en Lucas ter Hall), Studio Truly Truly (Joel Booy en Kate Booy), PWR Studio, SulSolSal (Johannes Bernard en Guido Giglio), Thomas Trum, Janna Ullrich, Dieter Vandoren en Giuditta Vendrame.
What is the socio-cultural context of the work produced by today’s talent? The Talent Development Grant recipients have all uploaded their existing portfolios of work to a private online forum developed by Marsdiep. For the duration of the exhibition, the material will be studied and integrated into a visual moodboard by an onsite trend forecasting team from Studio Edelkoort, generating a future-driven vision of the designers’ work.
How does talent motivate itself? Based on books, quotes and extracts that influenced each of the Talent Development Grant recipients’ practice, an analysis of the nature of inspiration has been penned by design curator Brendan Cormier. Titled ‘A Text on Inspiration Inspired by 32 Texts’, the essay deliberately misappropriates random fragments from each text. Do take a copy to fan your thoughts at home.
Can you tell if someone is talented by what they wear? Clothes communicate all manner of social and cultural codes. Each of the Talent Development Grant recipients contributed an item of clothing to be appropriated by fashion designer Duran Lantink. Using his anthropological approach to fashion, Lantink has produced three collective portraits of how today’s talent represents itself.
Where am I going? If you are looking for answers, you won’t find them here. The answer is in a fortune cookie at the museum café. The ideas and desires of the Talent Development Grant recipients have been rewritten as aspirational messages by designer Yuri Veerman. Himself an alumnus of the programme, Veerman interviewed each of the recipients.
Does talent translate into wealth and economic security? Creativity is predicted to take on renewed value in the era of machine learning, even if currently many of the Talent Development Grant recipients are still navigating precarious financial conditions. Opening a discussion on new futures and currencies, a collective Bitcoin retirement fund for the recipients has been drawn up by a lawyer on behalf of artists Lernert&Sander.
Does talent have a specific role and responsibility to society? Proposing a scenario in which the Talent Development Grant recipients would have to start a new society, each was asked to pack a single suitcase of things to bring. Director of the Sandberg Instituut, designer Jurgen Bey will be onsite every day to open a few of the suitcases and build a visual dictionary.
Does talent expand and contract according to the space it works in? The Talent Development Grant recipients were asked to submit descriptions and floor plans of their ideal workspace. Previous recipient of the grant, architect Anne Dessing, in collaboration with Loui Meeuwissen, displays an analysis of these contributions on a curtain. Recalling a construction drawing, the curtain’s folds connect drawings to form new hybrid spaces.
Can we quantify talent? The likely commercial success of each of the Talent Development Grant recipients has been assessed on the objective criteria of practicality for client, accessibility, size of market, medium, and artist profile. Prototypes from each recipient are arranged based on the ranking assigned by Herbert van Litsenburg of The Fine Art Group, an art investment consultancy.
How does talent reflect on its work and context? Design researcher and artistic director of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Tamar Shafrir and Guus Beumer, moderate daily discussions that take place on chairs from the Talent Development Grant recipients’ studios. Artist Simon Becks has developed a scratch-sensitive floor to record the evolution of the site of discussion over the course of the exhibition. At the end of each daily conversation, participants will construct an installation of the chairs that will be recorded by photographer Lonneke van der Palen. Daily a discussion program took place from 11.00-12.30.
10.30h: Doors open
11.00h: Welcome by Syb Groeneveld, Director Creative Industries Fund NL, and Guus Beumer, Director Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Marina Otero Verzier, Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut and Curator of the Dutch Pavilion 2018, reflects on WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the theme for the 2018 Dutch Pavilion and its response to the theme for this year’s Venice Biennale FREESPACE.
Keynote speaker Floris Alkemade on how urban policies could respond to or anticipate labor conditions triggered by technological developments.
Keynote speaker Lara Schrijver on Constant’s New Babylon and utopian architectural imaginaries.
Conversation about the theme of the Venice Biennale for Architecture and the Dutch Pavilion in 2018 between Marina Otero Verzier, Floris Alkemade and Lara Schrijver.
Further information and Q&A on the Open Calls by Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL for participation at the Venice Biennale for Architecture in 2018.