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Open Call Architecture Biennale Venice 2018 #1

Open Call Architecture Biennale Venice 2018 #1

Open Call for Extended Program of the Dutch Pavilion

Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL launch an Open Call for proposals to participate in the program of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. This Open Call invites researchers and designers in the field of architecture to submit projects for the extended program of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, in response to the theme WORK, BODY, LEISURE, commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut.

The Open Call has ended.

Since its founding in 2013, Het Nieuwe Instituut has developed the official participation of the Netherlands in the Venice Architecture Biennale beyond a mere presentation into a long-term discursive contribution to the field, advancing research as well as innovative approaches to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary society in which architecture plays a role.

The 2018 Dutch Pavilion is envisioned as a collaborative research endeavor by a national and international network. This network, which brings together the expertise of architects, designers, knowledge institutions and the private sector, will test and disseminate outcomes before, during, and beyond the exhibition timeframe and venue of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018. Het Nieuwe Instituut will announce the list of commissioned exhibitors for the Dutch Pavilion, including those selected through the Open Call, in the coming months. The curator, Rotterdam-based architect and researcher Marina Otero Verzier, head of the Research Department at Het Nieuwe Instituut, will act as the instigator and creative mediator of the multiple contributions.

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the 2018 Dutch Pavilion addresses the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions. The project seeks to foster new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation.
For the Press Release of the 2018 Dutch Pavilion, click here.

theme of the Pavilion: From New Babylon to Rotterdam Harbour
The Netherlands is, arguably, a testing ground where the future of labor has been and continues to be reimagined. The work of architect and artist Constant Nieuwenhuys has been a particular trigger for this conversation. In Constant’s New Babylon (1956–74)—an architectural paradigm of free space and leisure afforded by automation—society devotes its energy to creativity and play, and individuals can design their own environments. And yet, as Constant’s oeuvre evolved, his optimistic vision on the possibilities and pleasures of automated labor gradually gave way to a more conflicted perspective. Violence would not be eradicated by the new technological order, mobilized to satisfy society’s immediate needs; it would become, rather, an intrinsic part of its processes and aims.

“Automation is a material condition and achievable,” Constant claimed in May 1980 in a lecture at the Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft. More than thirty years later, the architecture of full automation is currently being implemented in the city of Rotterdam, from the self-managed logistical infrastructures of the port to the logic and relations that define the physical and social landscape of the city, and across agricultural clusters in the Netherlands.

Reflecting on a spectrum of theoretical viewpoints—including New Babylon’s initial proposal for a leisure-oriented society liberated from the bondage of labor; the recent techno-optimistic premise that full automation will bring increasing bounty and luxury; and the dystopian forecast of rampant, machine-abetted human unemployment and inequality—WORK, BODY, LEISURE claims that these visions are already shaping contemporary labor structures and, ultimately, our capacity to redesign them according to a different set of ethical principles.

The project builds upon “Automated Landscapes,” a long-term collaborative research initiative on the implications of automation for the built environment, launched by Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2017 and directed by its Research Department. In the Dutch Pavilion, this perspective will be in dialogue with contributions by other individuals and organizations.

In addition to historical and present-day case studies of automated landscapes in the Netherlands, the project will analyze spatial arrangements and protocols that are molded for the interaction between man and machine; will explore spaces that challenge traditional distinctions between work and leisure; will address the ways in which evolving notions of labor have categorized and defined bodies at particular moments in time; and will discuss the legal, cultural, and technical infrastructures that enable their exploitation.

Open Call for the Extended Program of the Dutch Pavilion
The team of the 2018 Dutch Pavilion considers knowledge production in the field of architecture as a collaborative act. This Open Call seeks to engage researchers and designers in the field of architecture in the development and dissemination of innovative and critical ideas.

Eligible projects should relate to, reflect upon, and respond to the theme of the 2018 Dutch Pavilion, WORK, BODY, LEISURE. The selected proposals will be presented as part of the extended program in and around the Dutch Pavilion, in dialogue with the research developed by the network that includes the curatorial team, contributors and associated institutions working on the pavilion.
Highlighting the aim of the 2018 Dutch Pavilion to stimulate an ongoing discussion and exchange of knowledge, the Open Call also invites projects that will manifest beyond the physical space of the Dutch Pavilion. Alongside the presence in Venice, projects may take place in spaces in the Netherlands that are addressed by the theme, such as the port of Rotterdam and agricultural clusters. Similarly, project timelines may extend before and after the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018.

Applicants may respond to the theme of WORK, BODY, LEISURE in multiple ways. Among a variety of approaches, they may:
address the possible spatial, political and social consequences of dramatic shifts in labor conditions, with a particular focus on automation;
reflect on the role of architects in the design of spatial and social configurations for a potential future in the advent of fully-automated labor;
set up spaces or platforms to document, visualize, and develop spatial strategies
draft legal propositions;
create speculative or artistic interventions

Submissions to this Open Call can take many formats, including but not limited to:
new architectural research and intervention proposals;
additional research for existing projects that might have been presented previously but are still under development;
projects for the dissemination of knowledge, including events, symposiums, workshops and publications;
innovative institutional, or organizational collaborations with clear and communicable outcomes.

aims of the Open Call
With this Open Call, Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL seek to advance knowledge and support the development of a leading research platform in the fields of architecture and urban planning. The two institutions will join forces in order to maximize the potentials of the international stage that the Venice Architecture Biennale offers for the creative industries, using it as a catalyst for a long-term conversation on the relation between architecture and society

Creative Industries Fund NL co-supports the participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale within the framework of the Grant Programme for Architecture, which aims to contribute to the following objectives:
• reinforce the societal value of architecture from a cultural perspective;
• promote high quality in architecture;
• stimulate the interest in architecture in the Netherlands and abroad.

The ambition of Het Nieuwe Instituut in co-organizing this Open Call is twofold:
• to expand the geographies, audience, and legacy of the Dutch Pavilion. The Open Call will support the development—before, during and after the biennial, and beyond the exhibition in the pavilion by Gerrit Rietveld—of parallel platforms to conduct research, develop projects, and disseminate architectural knowledge.
• to foster new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field that could lead to spatial, political, and social transformations in response to radical shifts in our labor ethos and conditions. A collective endeavor is pivotal in this pursuit.

selection Process and Resources
Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL have appointed an advisory committee that will select a series of projects to participate in the extended program of the Dutch Pavilion.

For this call, a maximum budget of € 50.000,- will be available, with a shared contribution by Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL. Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL expect to support a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 projects with a maximum amount of €25.000,- per project.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Wednesday 8 November 2017 via the online application environment of Creative Industries Fund NL. The application can be submitted under the section “Open Calls”, track 17AE ‘Venice Architecture Biennale #1_Expanded Program Dutch Pavilion’.
In order to use the online application service of Creative Industries Fund NL, applicants must have a validated account. Please note: validating an account via the online application service can take up to one business day.

format and Submission Requirements
The Open Call is open to individuals and teams. Applications should be written in English and submitted in a single PDF file of maximum 10MB, consisting of maximum 5 A4 sheets.

In order to be considered, proposals should include the following information:
a self-introduction (maximum 250 words) in which applicants articulate the relation between their proposal and their previous projects and interests. Please note that a CV or a list of previous achievements are not requested;
a concise description of the project, its aims and motivations, including a proposal for the location(s) and their relation to theme of the Dutch Pavilion and a proposal for the timeframe (before, during, after the Biennale) and the connection to the main event from 24 May to 25 November 2018 (maximum 1000 words);
relevant documentation of previous work by applicants and their collaborators, including images of the proposed project (maximum 20 images) and/or links to audio or video files (maximum 10 minutes) in the application PDF;
a calendar and a working methodology (maximum 250 words);
a description of the target group and the forms of engagement;
a realistic budget, including the status of co-financing;
proof of registration with the KvK (Kamer van Koophandel/Chamber of Commerce), not older than 1 year.

In addition to the considerations described in this Open Call, all applications will be reviewed on the basis of
their deep engagement with the theme of the Dutch pavilion, WORK, BODY, LEISURE;
their relevance for the contemporary architecture field;
their capacity to advance relevant disciplinary and societal questions and activate multiple channels for their dissemination. Preference will be given to programs that include collaborations with individuals, institutions, and organisations in the Netherlands and abroad.

this grant procedure of three Open Calls offers the only opportunity to receive a grant from Creative Industries Fund NL for projects related to the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018;
applicants will receive a confirmation of the received application by Wednesday, 15 November 2017;
Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL aim to announce the selected proposals by early December. Selected applicants will be informed by e-mail. Selected proposals will be announced by e-mail and online;
Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL will announce only the selected proposals; other applications will remain confidential;
in order to receive a subsidy, applicants must be registered at the KvK (Kamer van Koophandel/ Chamber of Commerce). If applicants are not already registered at the time of application, they also have the possibility to register after the selection.
for this Open Call it is not possible to hand in a concept proposals for feedback;

The procedure of the Open Call is described in the Subsidy Regulation of Creative Industries Fund NL and the Grant Programme for Architecture.

For questions about the Open Call and the application procedure, please contact:
Gabriella Fiorentini, Grant Programme for Architecture, [email protected], or 010-4361600.

further information
Further details and questions connected to this Open Call will be addressed by Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL at the event Machines of Freedom on 26 October 2017, 11.00–13.00, at Temporary Art Centre Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week.

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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 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.

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.

budget and support in two phases
The support of the selected projects is divided into two phases:

Phase 1 lasts up to 3 months for exploration, preparatory research, the consolidation of the collaborations as well as the garnering of support and co-funding. The first phase results in an detailed project plan for Phase 2;
Phase 2 is intended for implementation of the project plan as elaborated in Phase 1.

A maximum of 4 projects per country will be selected for Phase 1, with a maximum grant of €15,000 per project.

For Phase 2, the intention is to support a maximum of 4 projects per country, with a maximum grant of €50,000 per project.

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

Informative meet-up: 6 December 2018 between 13:30h. – 18:00h. in Het Nieuwe Instituut
• Deadline for submissions: 21 January 2019
• Phase 1 begins after the announcement of the selection on 4 March 2019.
• A team meeting with all the selected parties will be held in March 2019.
• Deadline for submissions for Phase 2: 10 June 2019
• Phase 2 begins after the announcement of the selection on 1 August 2019 and continues for a maximum of one year.

the application consists of the following components:
1. A concise and coherent project plan, max. 10 pages on the basis of the Guidelines for TREM#2 and see tips for drafting a project plan the FAQ, compiled in response to the previous open call.
2. A budget and planning: concrete for Phase 1 and looking ahead to Phase 2, max. 2 pages:
The Fund’s support is specifically intended for the implementation of the design, designers, makers and hours for the organization. The maximum hourly rate is set at €65.00/hour (excluding VAT). When drawing up the budget bear in mind any VAT obligations, where applicable. In case of doubt, always contact the regional tax office first.
3. CVs of those involved, max. 2 pages in total.
4. Where relevant, a portfolio with information about relevant prior projects.
5. Certificate of registration from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) that is less than one year old.
6. Representative image for the Fund’s communication purposes.

The Subsidy Regulations specify costs that are excluded from funding by Creative Industries Fund NL.

The project plan is a PDF file in A4 format of up to 10 pages (excluding planning, budget, CVs and certificate of registration from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce/KvK). The file is no larger than 10 MB. If the application fails to meet the description above, it will not be accepted for evaluation.

Request your login details for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. The validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.
There is no opportunity to submit a draft project plan to the Fund, but until 14 January 2019 you can request preparatory advice. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail within 14 days after the deadline.

The Fund will select a number of projects for the start-up phase in conjunction with external experts, based on the following criteria:
The relevance of the theme;
The degree to which content and the project’s form enhance each other and are distinctive;
The degree of fully fledged collaboration in the project;
An evenly balanced sharing of the budget.
The Fund will, where needed, seek the advice of the Dutch Embassies and/or Consulates in the countries concerned regarding the cooperation between Dutch and local parties within the proposed collaboration.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender. This means that a number of projects are preferred above the other submissions, and the project plans that are declined do not receive an individual explanation from the Fund. Within the total programme (open call #1 and 2) the fund strives for a diverse selection of theme’s, disciplines project forms, locations and partners. The Fund will contact the selected parties. The selection will be announced by e-mail within the six weeks after the deadline.

For questions about the open call and the procedure, please telephone +31(0)10 436 16 00 or send an e-mail to Yasmin Kursun via [email protected] or Zineb Seghrouchni via
[email protected]

Within the policy framework of the International Culture Policy 2017-2020 and with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Creative Industries Fund NL is implementing a four-year programme with the title ‘Sustainable and inclusive cities through design’. Pivotal to the programme is the role and deployment of design (and design thinking) in questioning and proposing solutions for the consequences of rapid urbanization and the associated societal themes. This will stimulate cross-disciplinary projects with relevant stakeholders in Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco, within as well as beyond the design disciplines, aimed at providing opportunities for collaboration on an equal footing between these four countries and the Netherlands, while strengthening trust and understanding between the two countries.

With this programme the Fund is endeavouring to:
establish long-term collaborations and networks (of expertise) between the Netherlands and Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco;
strengthen projects that are locally interwoven and are based on a local requirement;
promote an inclusive and egalitarian approach to tasks, collaborations and interchange.

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