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Open Call Exceptional presentations II: The Nightshop: an underground museum

Open Call Exceptional presentations II: The Nightshop: an underground museum

Concrete Blossom, 2020
Whereas diversity can be a complicated and policy-based process in established institutions, according to Concrete Blossom any city contains places where diverse voices and cultures naturally converge, for instance barber shops, shisha lounges, public sports courts, tropical shops and 24-hour shops in multicultural neighbourhoods. These are the places where, over the past few decades, a new cosmopolitan identity has emerged which is characterised by diversity. In the project 'Nightshop', Concrete Blossom investigates what an institute would look like if it were set up in line with the typology of these multicultural, working-class neighbourhoods. Could it be a place that hosts exhibitions, products, performances and dialogues to reflect the complexity of a modern-day city? The Nightshop is designed as a permanent exhibition, while fulfilling the classic role of the neighbourhood shop at the same time. This way, Concrete Blossom aims to contribute to the development of (design) languages and methods that explore the crossroads of urban development, street culture, design and digital culture. The ultimate goal is to enrich daily life in multicultural neighbourhoods and to strengthen the urban fabric of hyper-diverse cities.

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Anne Ligtenberg, 2020

With the '#YOUTOO?' project, designers Anne Ligtenberg and Mats Horbach are working with Blauwe Maan and experience experts to find ways of reaching the silent victims of sexual abuse living in unsafe home environments. Where, when and how can they be helped to escape their isolation? In the first phase, co-creative sessions are used to identify the best moments to approach this target group as well as interventions to ensure that people feel heard and know where they can get help and support.

Māku - wearable for long-term medicine research

Ann.ID, 2020

Design studio Ann.ID aims to put patients with a chronic disease centre stage during long-term medicine research. Together with YumenBionics and Samenwerkende Spierfondsen (collaborating organisations for people with a muscle disease), Ann.Id combines fashion and smart health in a wearable that not only collects data for scientific research but also provides the patient with valuable information. Care and research can be performed remotely. In phase 1 the design studio will look at how the wearable can match the patient's identity, and ideas about how data can be made more relevant will be translated into an initial prototype.

Rehearse The Revolution #economy

SPACE, 2020

According to SPACE we urgently need a new economic narrative. With the 'Rehearsing The Revolution #economy' project, SPACE investigates the idea of the 'deep economy', a concept whereby ecology and economy are fully interlinked. Together with Herenboeren Nederland, a 'biotope' that already works in accordance with the cooperative principles of the 'deep economy', SPACE will develop alternative future scenarios for an inclusive economy. The result is a practical 'Deep Economy Toolkit', including an online knowledge platform and live games, allowing participants to experience complex future scenarios in a theatrical and interactive way.

De Naaikrans

Feministische Handwerk Partij, 2020

'De Naaikrans' (The Sewing Circle) consists of a series of five meetings during which young women as well as supportive men are introduced to the practical skills of handicrafts and repairs. At the same time, the meetings offer an opportunity to discuss feminism. For this project the Feministische Handwerk Partij (Feminist Craft Party) has entered a partnership with Atria, knowledge institute for emancipation and women's history. Together they link up the artisan and artistic aspects of art and crafts with the underexposed history of women and current social issues such as gender equality and the lack of appreciation for care work. In parallel with the public activities, there is also a research project that examines the significance of the banner to represent craft techniques in women's struggle for emancipation, and a new banner will be designed.

De kleinkijk academie

Sjaak Langenberg en Rosé de Beer, 2020

Social designers Sjaak Langenberg and Rosé de Beer work for the 'De kleinkijk academie' project in collaboration with disability organisation Severinus. For this project the partners will develop a new learning programme for the existing disability care course offered by Severinus. The majority of Severinus's clients have a severe mental disability which often results in sensory overload, hyperactivity and/or aggressive behaviour requiring a high level of support. This, together with the high workload of carers, means that it is difficult to involve this group in cultural participation activities. As a potential solution, the designers intend to develop interventions that can be used to transform everyday moments within the care process into shared cultural activities. Various experts in the areas of social design and art and performance as well as behavioural experts and client representatives will contribute to the development of master classes for care workers, which will form the foundation of the learning programme.

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