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New Urban Media Centre in Yekaterinburg: The Prototype for the Future Systemic Transformation
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 2

New Urban Media Centre in Yekaterinburg: The Prototype for the Future Systemic Transformation

SVESMI HOLDING BV, 2018

€54.890
SVESMI (NL) is working with the Municipal Association of Libraries (MAL), the culture department of the municipality of Yekaterinburg and The July 16 Agency to develop a new type of social centre in the city of Yekaterinburg, Russia. The project builds on the physical structure of municipal libraries from the socialist welfare system, which continue to have a strong social role and reputation. The team states that this network of libraries is in need of renewal in order to better connect with contemporary society.

In the follow-up phase of the project, SVESMI will transform one of these libraries into a prototype in which design, new technology and cultural programming are used to create a new public space. Parallel to developing a spatial design, a cultural programme will take place in which speakers from Dutch libraries (Royal Library The Hague, Central Library Utrecht and Central Library Alkmaar) and Russian cultural centres (Yeltsin centre, Museum of History of Ekaterinburg and Strelka Institute) will engage each other in discussion and share experiences. The team will combine all findings of the project in a manual for transformation. The results will be presented at a Dutch-Russian symposium about the pilot. Besides the cultural programming and building a new book collection, the goal is also to realise the spatial interventions. The municipality of Yekaterinburg is participating as the financing and implementing partner in this project.

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Grant Programme for Internationalization Research

SEE

The City, 2019

€38.240
SEE is a project focusing on spatial inequality in Cape Town. SEE uses knowledge gained from memories, stories and archives about the fight for justice to make the shared history of the Netherlands and Cape Town more visible and to formulate an alternative future. The SEE project's objective is to create new stories centring on an equal Cape Town and which explore a future based on its Creole identity through architecture and (digital) design. SEE offers insights for discussions about contested histories, representation and equality in the public domain and the construction and deconstruction of postcolonial domains and identities in the Netherlands and beyond. The plan comprises design studios from Cape Town and Rotterdam, a transnational academy in Amsterdam, a newspaper and a digital platform that will gather and distribute the results. The City is collaborating with architect Arna Mačkić, Wayne Modest of the Tropenmuseum/RCMC, the Black Archives, Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Institute for Creative Arts (SA) and the Urban Design Institute of South Africa.
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Exhibition

Sound of Akoya and Sea

Kumi Hiroi, 2019

€18.000
Kumi Hiroi creates a form of visual language by combining photography, storytelling and graphic design in which she emphasises the complexity of the various techniques. She is developing the study and work 'Sound of Akoya and Sea' in the Netherlands and in Nagasaki, in collaboration with Dutch and Japanese makers. Based on personal experiences and dialogues, she accentuates the differences and similarities between the Dutch and Japanese perspectives on nature. In this project, she further concentrates on the surroundings of the Omura bay in Nagasaki, where Akoya pearls are cultivated. Working with a local pearl business, she investigates the history and context of the production of the pearls and how this relates to the landscape. Hiroi will present this new work at exhibitions in Hokyuann & Sorisso Riso in the Omura bay, Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum and the IMA gallery in Tokyo in autumn 2019. 'Sound of Akoya and Sea'is part of a larger ongoing project, Akoya and the environment, which was launched by curator Chitose Ochi in 2016.
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Presentation

Noordkaap Taxi

Noordkaap, 2019

€15.195
In the summer of 2019, Noordkaap Taxi will be driving through the city of Cologne with site-specific works by JODI, Abner Preis and Max Dovey, allowing passengers from the city and its suburbs to take rides in the intersecting plane of performance and digital culture. Topical issues such as Dataschutz, Dieselverboten, self-driving cars, surveillance capitalism and the rise of yellow vests in Germany serve to elicit memories from the passengers. These memories and recordings are edited and stored in a new online archive for Cologne, an initiative by Cologne's Akademie der Künste der Welt. With its focus on digital storytelling, VR entertainment and DIY internet technology, Noordkaap is collaborating with, among others, students from Junge Akademie and Game Lab Cologne. Using experimental communication strategies, the organisation hopes to reach a broad audience in addition to the academy's regular, highly educated audience. For the graphic design, Noordkaap is collaborating with students from Amsterdam's Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Event

Presentation at Gamescom 2019

Dutch Games Association, 2019

€13.400
The Dutch Game Association (DGA) is organising a presentation in the form of a pavilion at Gamescom in Cologne in August 2019. Gamescom is the most important international event to boost the growth of the Dutch video game industry. It offers opportunities for networking, internationalisation, knowledge sharing, inspiration and commercial activities. Through the pavilion and the activities that are organised there, talented young Dutch developers can grow their international network and gain knowledge. Before the convention, DGA will provide a preparatory course in the form of a pitch training by key figures in the field, and an aftercare programme to ensure a good follow-up.
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Research

Weavers Werkstatt - textile research by Hella Jongerius

Jongeriuslab, 2019

€24.000
At the invitation of Lafayette Anticipations, Hella Jongerius and her design studio Jongeriuslab (Paris) will be transforming the rooms of Anticipations into an experimental workspace from June to September 2019. In the Weavers Werkstatt project, Jongeriuslab is collaborating with design students and textile designers to carry out practice-oriented textile research. Within the framework of this research, Weavers Werkstatt is promoting knowledge transfer between starting and more experienced textile designers and the development of expertise to offer innovation and solutions to the challenges that the textile sector is facing. The Anticipations programme facilitates the development of new works by international makers of modern art, design and fashion. In this publicly accessible workspace, designers from various countries and with various levels of experience carry out hands-on weaving research and experiments. In this way they introduce the public to relevant aspects of the textile production process to create awareness and (renewed) appreciation for textiles.
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