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Murmansk Prospekt
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call 2 phase 2

Murmansk Prospekt

Stichting Sonic Acts, Friday Milk, 2019

€50.000
Stichting Sonic Acts (NL) and Friday Milk (RU) have joined forces to set up Murmansk Prospekt. As part of this project they are inviting young talented Russian and Dutch makers to create new work which will help local residents and future generations to identify more closely with the identity of their city. By means of digital culture, the makers present the hidden stories and lost identity of Murmansk: a remote industrial city in the Far North.

A concrete plan was devised in the start-up phase for three artistic, speculative research labs. In the 'Field Recording Laboratory', Sergey Kislov (RU), Sergey Kostyrko (RU), Marijn Verbiesen (NL) and Gert-Jan Prins (NL) are focusing on the invisible features and the wide range of sounds in the city. In the 'VR/AR Laboratory', Philipp Guzeev (RU), Alex Timofeev (RU), Andreas Kühne (NL) and BJ Nilsen (NL) are researching the interaction between the strong tradition of street art and the experimental sounds scene in the city. Finally, in the 'Speculative Documentation Lab', Katya Larina (RU), Polina Medvedeva (NL) and others are examining old city archives and revealing new stories. The makers will create three new works and will present the results at the Inversia Festival in Russia and the Sonic Acts Academy in the Netherlands, in 2020. This project furthermore forms the launch of an independent online Speculative Documentation for alternative stories from the Far North. Other local partners are: Murmansk College of Arts, Murmansk Regional Universal Scientific Library, Culture and Arts Committee of the Murmansk Region and the Gallery of Industrial History in Petrozavodsk.

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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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