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Grant Programme for Internationalization

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

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

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

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

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

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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Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development

Yavez Anthonio

Yavez Anthonio, 2019

€24.000
Yavez Anthonio is a photographer and director. He wants to bring relevant, original and important stories of minority groups into focus through the use of visual materials. After graduating with a Bachelor of Advertising at the Willem de Kooning Academie, Anthonio dedicated himself to photography and directing for various brands and magazines. He has now decided that he would like to focus more on his non-commissioned work and the further professionalisation of his practice. The 'Rivers of January' project is at the core of his development plan. For this project, Anthonio is going to record and document youth culture in Rio de Janeiro, a city that, according to Anthonio, has many positive aspects as well as the challenges associated with the current political climate. He would like to attend various workshops to further develop his technical skills. The results of 'Rivers of January' will be shown at exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
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Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development

Marwan Magroun

Marwan Magroun, 2019

€24.000
Marwan Magroun is a photographer and art director with a passion for the city of Rotterdam. Magroun feels that issues such as emancipation, integration and the diversity of the city are not or rarely represented in the visual culture and he aims to change this. His development plan focuses on the 'Life of Fathers' project, where Magroun looks at fathers with a bicultural background who are actively involved in the parenting process. According to Magroun, a lot of fathers feel they need to resist the stereotypical images projected onto them. Magroun uses a series of photographs and a documentary to give an intimate look into these fathers' lives. Marwan Magroun would like to have a residency with the photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah for the further professionalisation and artistic development of his work. 'The Life of Fathers' will be shown at various venues, possibly including the IFFR.
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Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development

Chiara Dorbolò

Chiara Dorbolò, 2019

€24.000
Architect Chiara Dorbolò graduated from the Academie van Bouwkunst/Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Academy of Architecture/Amsterdam University of the Arts) with a master's degree in 2017. Chiara's work is centred on the role of architecture in the current, profit driven, socioeconomic system. She aims to offer a different perspective which could redefine the significance of the discipline. She wants to develop an approach that combines architectural criticism with design and focuses on a sustainable future. In the coming year, Chiara is going to research remarkable visionary and utopian practices from the sixties and seventies that push the boundaries of the architectonic discipline. She is also developing her storytelling by learning new skills in the areas of creative writing, visual techniques and the performing arts. In the end she will present a collection of conceptual subjects, titled 'Ordinary Utopian Follies', to serve as a manifesto for her new approach to architecture.
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Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development

Arvand Pourabbasi

Arvand Pourabbasi, 2019

€24.000
Arvand Pourabbasi obtained his Master's degree in Interior Architecture at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art) in The Hague in 2017. His work focuses on living and working conditions, nomadic themes and temporary urban installations. Next year, he is going to focus on the concepts of 'comfort' and 'exhaustion'. According to Arvand, being productive is a romanticised idea which ignores exhaustion, procrastination and anxiety. Leisure time as a moment of rest and comfort is not used properly but is part of the capitalist logic which merely sees it as a time for people to recharge so they are ready to go back to work. The development plan consists of three phases whereby comfort and exhaustion are expressed through spatial arrangements, physical expression, rituals, (performative) objects and technologies. As part of the development project Pourabbassi will talk to various professionals, including the designer Jurgen Bey and design studio Refunc as well as physiotherapists and psychologists (prof. Wilmar Schaufeli). The artist duo Bik van de Pol will advise him on spatial and interdisciplinary practices. He will also visit the Lisbon Architecture Triennial (October 2019), the Sharjah Architecture Triennial (November 2019) and the ECCE 2019 - European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics (Belfast, Northern Ireland). All projects will be concluded with spatial installations, interventions and social-urban events.
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