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Grant Programme for Digital Culture Research

1n(tr0)verted Data: Ecologies and Economies of Google Search

Renée Ridgeway, 2019

€21.300
In the project '1n(tr0)verted Data: Ecologies and Economies of Google Search', maker/researcher Renée Ridgeway focuses on the black box of Google's search function. She will do this by developing a series of data visualizations that 'reverses' the workings of Google Search and exposes the goldmine of data. Google plays a key role when it comes to the way the Internet is organized and therefore determines how we take in information. In addition, Google affects its users by collecting our data. The aim of the project is to give a positive impulse to the insight and public awareness about Google Search and thus promote agency among users. In the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (Bochum), Ridgeway will organize a knowledge-sharing workshop that brings together makers, designers, activists, hackers and search-engine developers. The result will be archived and shared online. The data visualization will also be presented by means of an educational workshop, reading group, symposium and exhibition at ArtEZ.
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Grant Programme for Digital Culture Programme

ART FWRD

CS1, 2019

€7.300
Under the title 'ART FWRD', CS1 is organizing three debating evenings in VondelCS, and subsequent exhibitions on art and the experience of art in the future. Different factors, such as technological innovation and the development and admission of new forms, influence how art will be made, experienced and interpreted in the future. The central themes in ART FWRD are technology and media, accessibility and new/interdisciplinary forms. The question is always being asked: how is this going to change art and the perception of art? Each edition consists of a talk with a panel discussion and audience interaction, and an exhibition of three or four matching works. The content of the evenings will be compiled by curator Jeanette Bisschops and in collaboration with Kunsthalle Amsterdam and WOW, among others. Speakers are artists, curators and researchers, including Yuki Kho, Kate Cooper, Ali Eslami and Jasmijn Visser.
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Grant Programme for Digital Culture Website / application

Subjectio

David Veneman, 2019

€26.374
'Subjectio' is an online storytelling project in which designer David Veneman and photographer Pierre Crom would like to reveal the mechanisms through which online discussions on social themes are influenced. In times of fake news and propaganda, they consider it important to make the public aware of the invisible mechanisms that manipulate our perception of situations and events. Veneman and Crom intend to do this by simulating the digital process of influencing online. A series of social media accounts based on hashtags and geographic data will intrude on online discussions with a different view of reality such as photos and videos that show everyday life in a conflict. The focus will be on events in the region of Eastern Europe. The knowledge gained from the research will be bundled in an online manual: an open-source document where experiences, techniques and strategies are shared with an audience of interested parties, makers and developers. In addition to the initiators, there will be collaboration with developers, journalists and writers. The project is supported with attention and expertise by NRC Handelsblad and Politico.
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Grant Programme for Digital Culture Publication

Just a Question of Mapping

nescivi, 2019

€38.001
Marije Baalman, aka nescivi, is applying for a project grant for the publication 'Just a question of mapping'. Baalman previously received a starting grant for the research study. In the book, methods and techniques for linking (mapping) gestures, via sensors and interfaces, hardware and software to media such as sound, light, video and haptic feedback are discussed and placed in an aesthetic discussion. The application is intended for financing the research, writing and design of the book. As part of this process, expert meetings are being organized to test and further deepen the content of the book. Together with designers – the Superposition duo – a visual language with symbols and icons will be developed to provide insight into the techniques and methods. The ultimate goal is to publish the book through V2_publishing, in combination with a website. The expert meetings are being organized at iii, V2_ and Splendor. There will also be collaboration with partners in Norway: PNEK, BEK, NOTAM, Norwegian Music Academy for presentations, a residency, and workshops. For case studies in the book, there will be collaborations with the artists Cathy van Eck and Sonia Cillari, as well as Andi Otto, Jeff Carey, Frank Baldé (STEIM), Roosna & Flak, and Jaime del Val.
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call 2 phase 2

Pomace: Learning Circularity from Olive

Random Works, Zeytince Association/ The Olive Academy in Karaburun, 2019

€50.000
'Pomace: Learning Circularity from Olive' is a design study into circularity within the traditional unique practice of olive cultivation in the Karaburun region of Izmir. The team aims to raise awareness of circular design, to strengthen the link between urban and rural areas, and to draw global lessons from this intrinsically circular practice. The team from the Netherlands consists of architects Serdar Aşut and Friso Gouwetor, visual designer Melis Baloğlu and industrial designer Iris Jönsthövel. The local partners are: Zeytince Association/ The Olive Academy in Karaburun, Karaburun Municipality, Emre Gönlügür (Good Design Izmir), industrial designer Betül Hafizoğlu and documentary makers Yaman Umut Bilir and Işıkcan Barbaros.

After preliminary research, workshops with the local designers and a public symposium on circular design, the follow-up phase consists of material design experiments to explore the possible uses of olive pomace in different design disciplines. The material is currently used to produce energy by burning. However, the mechanical and chemical qualities of the material are promising to be used as raw material to produce different types of objects. The team conducts research and development on material design to this end and collaborate with local designers to develop new by-products through a sustainable and circular closed-loop system. In the meantime, the team will continue documenting the current and traditional means of olive cultivation and the circular qualities of the ongoing traditions through a documentary video, book and online platform. The results will be presented at Good Design Izmir and a Dutch event to be determined later.
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call 2 phase 2

What Do Landscapes Say? Speculating the Diversity of Landscapes and Identities

Nomaos, 2019

€50.000
Nomaos is a collective of six Russian and four Dutch makers and designers investigating the diversity of and relationships between landscapes and identities in Russia. The interdisciplinary team demonstrates a speculative artistic approach to the landscape as an alternative to the conventional exploitation-based approach.

In the start-up phase, the team performed preliminary research into the urban and societal challenges in Russia, and the participants made a plan for the creation of new work. In the follow-up phase, the participants will develop the work and will address the identity of a specific location in Russia, each in his/her own way. The participants and locations are: Ksenia Kopalova (Kizji island), Mascha Kremer (Vyborg), Nataly Lakhtina (Kizji island), Nikolay Nikolaev (Yakutsk), Polina Veidenback (Moscow region), Rachel Bacon (mines in Lomonosov or Mirny), Radha Smith (St. Petersburg), Vera Mennens (Curonian Spit National Park), Yue Mao (Vyborg and Moscow region) and Maria Malkova (Mirny). The result will comprise ten speculative narratives of the Russian landscape in different creative forms including installations, films, illustrations and creative writing. The team will compile the results in a publication, an exhibition, and through interactive events in collaboration with Strelka Magazine.
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call 2 phase 2

Identity in Typical

Daria Naugolnova, Alexey Boev, 2019

€50.000
Architects Alexey Boev and Daria Naugolnova are examining alternatives for the disappearance of the function of the many cultural palaces that were built during the Soviet era as a social-cultural facility for the neighbourhood. The team found that the palaces still in use today are only suitable for children and senior citizens. By adding new functions such as co-working spaces, studio space and space for educational programmes, the team sees an opportunity to reach out to a wider target group, to stimulate participation in culture and education, and to develop an economically viable model for these buildings.

In the start-up phase, the team investigated the history, potential and challenges posed by these palaces. The follow-up phase consists of developing a book and website, an exhibition and a prototype design. The book will show photographs of 140 different cultural palaces, complemented with study results and interviews with local residents. The team will also present the result in the form of an exhibition in the Moscow Design Museum or at the Union of Architects of Russia. Finally, the team will create a prototype design for the palace in Voronezh. Other partners in the project are various local youth centres, the Voronezh State Technical University, the culture department of the City of Voronezh and the Ural State University of Architecture and Art.
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call 2 phase 2

Taking Stock

Mariam Elnozahy, Elke Uitentuis, Wouter Osterholt, 2019

€50.000
In 'Taking Stock', the makers Wouter Osterholt and Elke Uitentuis (NL) and curator Mariam Elnozahy (EG) are facilitating the decentralisation process of the Town House Gallery in downtown Cairo. The effect of recent economic and political shifts in Cairo on this cultural institute is such that it can no longer continue in its current form. By distributing the materials (capital) among the local community and archiving these online, the teams seeks to critically reflect on the significance of the organisation for its direct environment and the cultural scene, but also on the transition that this organisation could undergo.

This plan is the result of interviews and a survey among local grassroots organisations and the members of Down Town Gallery. The activities consist of: further indexing of all objects, a three-month public 'transition manifestation' and the development of an online platform and archive. The public manifestation in the gallery will show the history of Town House Gallery and will function as a space to share stories and ideas. The team will organise small group sessions where visitors can indicate which materials and heritage of the Gallery they want to take care of. The team will present the results in the form of an online platform, with a launch event in Town House Gallery in Cairo and at Onomatopee in Eindhoven.
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call 2 phase 2

Papyrus and New Media

Abla el Bahrawy (Ba7R), 2019

€50.000
In ´Papyrus and New Media´, architect and researcher Abla el Bahrawy, Ba7R (EG/NL) is performing design research into the contemporary significance of papyrus for cultural identity in Egypt. The goal is to create more awareness of the value of this local material as a cultural product. Partners are: Megawra-Built Environment Collective (EG), Khatt Foundation (NL) and the Jan van Eyck Academie (NL).

In the start-up phase, El Bahrawy researched the story and the development of papyrus by means of interviews with the local community of Qamoos, Sharkeya and the Egyptian creative sector. She found, among other things, that especially women and children work in the papyrus industry and that this industry is strongly dependent on tourism. The next phase will consist of an experimental materials research and the development of an artistic design and graphic novel. El Bahrawy will organise three materials, drawing and printing technique workshops. Next, she will work with designer Engy Aly (EG), researcher Amr El Komy (EG) and the Charles Nypels Lab of the Jan van Eyck Academie to create artistic work in the form of 25 silk screen prints on papyrus. Additionally, she will develop a graphic novel in collaboration with a number of talented young illustrators: Aya Tarek, Andeel, Chef Makhloof & Migo Rollz, Mostafa Ahmed, Mohamed Salah and Nasser Junior. Khatt Foundation will publish this book in a first edition of 100 copies. The team will present the results at Megawra in Cairo and in the Netherlands.
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call 2 phase 2

QANAT A training for the not yet

LE18, Jeanne van Heeswijk, 2019

€50.000
'QANAT A training for the not yet' is a platform addressing the politics and poetry of water, as part of the research project 'QANAT' by LE 18 (MA) and the training 'Preparing for the not yet' by Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL). Working with the local community of Marrakesh, the team is seeking collective ideas on how to improve the water infrastructure in the city, inspired by memories and longings.

In the follow-up phase, an interdisciplinary group of makers, designers, architects and researchers will map out the local dynamics and collect data through archival research, interviews and the creation of meeting spaces for serious discussions. In Marrakech, the project focuses on the areas: Medina, Khettara ain taher, Palmeraie and Canal de Zaraba. The team also connects with other relevant areas inside and outside Morocco. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop an integrated water infrastructure for the city and beyond. In addition to the research, the team is developing a 'school' for public programmes on water, an open archive, a series of publications and a web/radio platform. The core team consists of: Jeanne van Heeswijk, Francesca Masura, Abdellah Hassak, Amine Lahrach, Edouard Sors, George Bajalia, Jerome Giller, Noureddine Ezzaraf, Rim Mejdi, Sara Frikech and Soumeya ait Ahmed. The partners include: Dar Bellarj Foundation, Dar al Ma'Mun, L'Ecole Superieure des Arts visuals de Marrakech and Kulte Gallery. The project will be presented in the Netherlands at Het Nieuwe Instituut and BAK.
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