Disarming Design from Palestine
Last year six designers from the Netherlands headed to Ramallah to join forces with Palestinian designers and craftspeople to develop products that can be manufactured locally. Disarming Design from Palestine is a non-profit design label with a mission to disseminate an alternative narrative about modern-day Palestine. The label wants to contribute to a sustainable society and an economy in which people are the key concern.
The label was created in 2012 as the result of a collaboration between Khaled Hourani from the International Academy of Art Palestine and designer Annelys de Vet. For the latter it is crucial to allow people to talk about their own products. ‘Western designers often go to, for example, Palestine with preconceived ideas and they’re fairly close-minded to the strengths of the Palestinians themselves. You mustn’t buy the products from our design collection because you think Palestinians are pitiable, but because you’re attracted by their quality, strengths and poetry.’ For her, art is not a sticking plaster on victimhood. ‘Art offers the strength to imagine a different future.’ And that is precisely what stirs young artists in Palestine: imagination to escape the repressive reality, as a means of exerting their freedom.
After the successful development of the initial products, in 2016 the foundation focused on further scaling-up and professionalization. The actual reason concrete for taking these steps was the invitation from Ramallah city council to establish a ‘create-shop’ where local craftspeople and designers from the Netherlands and Palestine can jointly develop products. This yielded 18 new prototypes for products that could potentially be developed into products that are manufactured locally. The results were shown last October during the Qalandiya International Art Biennale. Disarming Design has also been exhibited at BOZAR and MAD in Brussels.
Julie Lizotte – one of the participating designers – produced a short documentary about the ‘create-shop’ in Ramallah.
In 2013 the label’s start-up phase was supported via the Grant Programme for Design. The follow-up phase was supported via the Grant Programme for Internationalization.
Top image: 'Not Just A Bread' by Biyi Zhu (CN) Produced by: Kamel Salous, Stars Fashion
26 Oct: Machines of Freedom | an event on the Venice Architecture Biennale
What will the future of labor look like? How will disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions influence spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body? How can new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field respond to emerging technologies of automation? Floris Alkemade, Lara Schrijver and Marina Otero Verzier will start a conversation around the theme WORK, BODY, LEISURE and the ambitions for the 2018 Dutch Pavilion, commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut at the 16th Venice Biennale for Architecture, that will be held 24 May to 25 November 2018.
Welcome by Syb Groeneveld, Director Creative Industries Fund NL, and Guus Beumer, Director Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Marina Otero Verzier, Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut and Curator of the Dutch Pavilion 2018, reflects on WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the theme for the 2018 Dutch Pavilion and its response to the theme for this year’s Venice Biennale FREESPACE.
Keynote speaker Floris Alkemade on how urban policies could respond to or anticipate labor conditions triggered by technological developments.
Keynote speaker Lara Schrijver on Constant’s New Babylon and utopian architectural imaginaries.
Conversation about the theme of the Venice Biennale for Architecture and the Dutch Pavilion in 2018 between Marina Otero Verzier, Floris Alkemade and Lara Schrijver.
Q&A with speakers.
Further information and Q&A on the Open Calls by Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL for participation at the Venice Biennale for Architecture in 2018.
date & location
Thursday 26 October 2017, 11.00 – 13.00 (doors open 10.30)
Embassy of Urban Transformation, during Dutch Design Week 2017
Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven
Talk is in English
Please register here if you want to reserve your free spot for this event in Temporary Art Centre.
In No Particular Order @ Dutch Design Week 2017
During Dutch Design Week 2017, Creative Industries Fund NL is presenting the new group of designers, artists and architects who received a Talent Development over the last year. They are collectively making a statement about contemporary design practice in nine installations under the title In No Particular Order, on show at the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven from 21 to 29 October 2017.
participating designers and makers
Alissa + Nienke (Alissa van Asseldonk and Nienke Bongers), Amy Suo Wu, Isabelle Andriessen, Paula Arntzen, Atelier Frank Verkade, Marjan van Aubel, Christiaan Bakker, Mariska de Groot, Max Dovey, Ting Gong, Rudy Guedj, Sophie Hardeman, Chrissie Houtkooper, Ruiter Janssen, Elisa van Joolen, Jules van den Langenberg, Yaolan Luo, Simone C. Niquille, Kirstie van Noort, Simone Post, Roomforthoughts (Jennifer Kanary Nikolov), Benjamin Sporken, Studio Amir Avraham, Studio Iwan Pol, Studio RAP (Wessel van Beerendonk, Léon Spikker and Lucas ter Hall), Studio Truly Truly (Joel Booy and Kate Booy), PWS studio, SulSolSal (Johannes Bernard and Guido Giglio), Thomas Trum, Janna Ullrich, Dieter Vandoren and Giuditta Vendrame.
talent development programme
Talent development is one of Creative Industries Fund NL’s six key objectives. Every year an independent committee selects about 30 highly promising designers/makers to receive a year-long stipend of €25,000. These designers must have graduated within the last four years and be active within the diverse disciplines of the creative industries, from fashion design to graphic design, from architecture to digital culture. The stipend and accompanying programme are intended to facilitate the artistic and professional development of these individuals. The Fund has been showcasing this programme and its participants during Dutch Design Week since 2014.
In No Particular Order: 21–29 October 2017, 11:00–18:00 daily, admission free. Van Abbemuseum (the Studio), Bilderdijklaan 10, Eindhoven.
The Creative Industries Fund NL invites you to the opening of the exhibition In No Particular Order on Saturday 21 October, 3pm. Please send your RSVP per e-mail before 15 October via [email protected], citing ‘Opening’.
Find more background information about Talent development on this page. (Dutch only)
Architects vs. Rest of the World
New Generations, a festival aimed at creating a European network for young architects and urban planners, is being held in Rome from 24 to 26 September. New in this year’s edition is a series of interviews with 14 established Italian and Dutch architects, with the aim of fostering a sharing of expertise between two generations. We talked to founder and curator Gianpiero Venturini about the initiative.
‘This is the 4th edition of the New Generations Festival, which is focusing on the relationship between architects and other disciplines. From this relationship comes the (provocative) title of the festival: ‘Architects VS Rest of the World’. Each day of the festival will be organized around a different topic: Urban Vocabulary & Public Space, New Economy & Values, and Digital Infrastructure & New Media. Previous editions of the New Generations Festival have focused on these themes separately. This year we will look at them in relation to each other. All topics are strictly connected to each other and together provide an overview of the role of the architect in today’s society: the reactivation of the public space, in collaboration with citizens, public and private parties, is strictly connected to the introduction of new economic models (and values). And the digital world and technological innovations represent an important tool that is adding a new layer of complexity to our cities, influencing the way we live, experience and participate in the daily renovation of the public space.’
‘It’s promising to see that this initiative – strengthening an international network of a new generation – has come from within, from the new generation itself, not from an institution.’ -
Secretary of Internationalization, Zineb Seghrouchni
For the festival you interviewed 14 illustrious architects. How did you tackle this?
‘I had the pleasure of meeting some of the interesting established firms worldwide, having the opportunity to talk with Kees Christiaanse (KCAP), Francine Houben (Mecanoo), Caroline Bos (UNStudio), Stefano Boeri (Boeri Architects), Mario Cucinella (Cucinella Architects) and others. This series of interviews aims to understand how the architect’s profession is changing, gathering the points of view of a selection of Dutch and Italian practices that have great experience to share, through an internationally recognized career path.
‘I structured each interview in three sections, presenting the same set of questions for each practice. I was interested in understanding some of the conditions underlying the success of these professional practices. Through a first biographical inquiry (PAST), then going through an analysis of the conditions that characterize the approach of the practice (PRESENT), and continuing through a speculation about the future of architecture over the next 15 to 20 years (FUTURE). Each interview was quite different from the previous one, but they are even more interesting when we look at them together.’
‘Each interview was quite surprising, but their answers highlighted a certain distance from what is actually happening today in relation to the new generations of architects.’ - Gianpiero Venturini
What impression did the interviews leave you with?
‘Mario Cucinella from Bologna, for example, has a really interesting and pragmatic vision on new technologies and their potential in relation to architecture. Next to that he has one of the most amazing offices I’ve ever seen! Kees Christiaanse (KCAP), on the other hand, has a great capacity to explain difficult concepts with simple words, which is something uncommon but really important in our field. Plus, he shared great anecdotes about the period he was working with Rem Koolhaas. And what was interesting with Stefano Boeri and Cino Zucchi, both located in Milan, is that they have a great cultural background. It was quite inspiring to listen to their stories, influences and encounters.
‘Each interview was quite surprising, but their answers highlighted a certain distance from what is actually happening today in relation to the new generations of architects. The impression I had, most of all, is that they are not able to understand the issues that affect the new generation of designers and how they are actually looking for new ways to rethink the profession.’
You’ve made us really curious. Where can we read the interviews?
‘We are planning to share a few excerpts during the event in Rome to use them as inspiration and provide another point of view to the involved experts during the festival. The final version of the interviews will be published on the website and social channels of Itinerant Office and New Generations, one every week, by the end of October.’
The New Generation Festival was supported this year via the Grant Programme of Internationalization.
Picture above: Gianpiero Venturini by Sara Lopez Camus
Festival Overview: Autumn 2017
It’s September and the festival season is open! With the Grant Programme for Festivals the Fund is supporting festivals in the realms of architecture, design and digital culture. ‘As free spaces for experimentation and research, festivals play an important part in the development of these disciplines,’ the programme’s deputy secretary Marieke Ladru explains. ‘Festivals also rouse interest in the design disciplines, often succeed in attracting target groups new and old in original ways, and propagate intriguing crossovers within and beyond the creative industries.’
An international festival for contemporary visual arts, technology, science and digital culture, TodaysArt is being held over the weekend of 22 and 23 September around Het Nationale Toneel theatre in The Hague. Besides the club programme and panel discussions, the schedule includes a wide-ranging selection of national and international makers, performers and filmmakers: Gazelle Twin, HORDE, Midori Takada, Femke Herregraven, Tarik Barri, Dmitry Gelfland & Evelina Domnitch, Jonas Lund, Simone C Niquille and LP DUO. website
The sixth edition of Graphic Matters is being held in Breda from 22 September to 22 October. This year the festival focuses on revealing the social engagement of graphic designers. The programme includes a number of freely accessible interventions in public space alongside exhibitions and workshops that afford greater depth. The line-up includes graphic activist Klaus Staeck (DE), Wobby.club (NL), Jani Leinonen (FI), Tactical Magic (USA) and Ganzeer (EG). website
The Afrovibes Festival runs from 28 September to 9 October at a range of venues in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. Taking the theme ‘Fragile Freedom’, this arts festival brings contemporary theatre/dance productions and spoken word performances – complemented for the last three years by applied arts and design – from Africa to the Netherlands. The festival’s curator Cathal McKee has devised a new ‘design and creative arts’ programmatic angle that focuses on exchange and interaction between artists and designers from the worlds of fashion, graphic design, illustration and theatre. website
On 5 and 6 October you can visit the PLAYGROUNDS conference and festival at the Klokgebouw (Clock Building) in Eindhoven. A must for fans of animation, film and digital media, the PLAYGROUNDS programme includes a conference, exhibitions, performances, film screenings, workshops, masterclasses and an awards ceremony. website
Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2017
From 4 to 8 October, film-lovers can attend the ninth edition of Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. The festival’s main theme is ‘City for Sale – The City as Investment Model’, zooming in on the visible consequences of international flows of capital that wend their way into investments in real estate. website
ADE Sound Lab
Since 2015 the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has been organizing a three-day programme about sound, art and technology under the title ADE Sound Lab, which this year runs from 18 to 22 October. The programme focuses on experimentation and innovation in the fields of sound, sound synthesis, and visualizations of light and sound. ADE Sound Lab encompasses lectures, workshops, audiovisual installations and performances. Thanks to the Open Call: ADE Sound Lab that was issued by the Fund in the spring, 12 designers have the opportunity to present their work. website
Cross Comix Rotterdam, to be found at venues including the Rotterdamse Schouwburg theatre from 16 to 25 October, is a festival that showcases crossovers between comic strips and various other artistic disciplines. The crossovers being focused on in this edition involve the performing arts, literature, film, transmedia and visual art. The followings participants have already been announced: Aimée de Jongh, David Van Reybrouck, Fresku, Ilah, Jan Terlouw Junior, Judith Uytelinde, Mohammed Benzakour and Paul Faassen. website
ROBOT LOVE Living Lab (during DDW)
During the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven from 21 to 29 October, Stichting Niet Normaal (the ‘Not Normal Foundation’) is organizing an event about the role of technology in relation to topical social themes. The content of the programme components dovetail with the eponymous exhibition that will be staged in Eindhoven in 2018. A test environment where human and robot can get acquainted in a loving way is being developed in collaboration with The Army of Love collective, the Universities of Technology in Delft, Eindhoven and Twente, FNV union, the Universities of Tilburg and Utrecht, and Summa College Eindhoven.
From 25 to 29 October you can visit the Impakt Festival 2017 in Utrecht. This year’s theme is ‘Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems’, an analysis of our relationship with technology based on magic, myths and monsters: ‘The more complex our technological landscape becomes, the more often we fall back on old notions in order to understand our relationships to systems and machines.’ With its programme Impakt aims to demystify existing ideas and suggest ways in which magic and the mystical can be employed as metaphors in art, activism and a critical approach to technology. The organization is working with British curators Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell on the further development of the theme and programme. Confirmed speakers are Adam Curtis, Warren Ellis, Legacy Russell and Anab Jain. website
The deadline for submitting proposals for the Grant Programme for Festivals second round is 4 October 2017.
Picture above: Graphic Matters
Three Open Calls Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL present a partnership that seeks to support designers and advance knowledge in the field of architecture before, during and after the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, which will be held from 24 May until 30 November 2018.
Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL will launch together an Open Call for the extended program of the Dutch Pavilion and a series of conversations around its theme, WORK, BODY, LEISURE. In addition to the joint open call, Creative Industries Fund NL will issue two more Open Calls for projects in relation to FREESPACE, the general theme of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018.
Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #1_is launched on 21 September 2017 by Het Nieuwe Instituut, commissioner of the Dutch Pavilion, in partnership with Creative Industries Fund NL, for participation in the extended program for the Dutch Pavilion. Researchers and designers in the field of architecture are invited to submit proposals that reflect upon and respond to the theme of the Dutch Pavilion, WORK, BODY, LEISURE. The selected projects will be presented, as part of its extended program, alongside the work of the curatorial team, contributors, and associated institutions. (For more information on WORK, BODY, LEISURE click here).
Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #2_is launched on 21 September 2017 by Creative Industries Fund NL for the development of Dutch initiatives and projects in one of the main locations of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, including the Arsenale and the Giardini. Researchers and designers in the field of architecture are invited to submit proposals that reflect upon and respond to FREESPACE, the general theme of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.
Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #3_will be launched in February 2018 by Creative Industries Fund NL for the presentation of projects in one of the main locations of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018. This call will provide individuals with presentation budget for proposals that reflect upon and respond to the general theme FREESPACE.
Click here for the three Open Calls:
Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #1_Extended program Dutch Pavilion
Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #2_Development budget main locations
Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #3_Presentation budget main locations
This grant procedure with three Open Calls is the only opportunity to receive a grant from Creative Industries Fund NL for participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018
The series of conversations around the general theme FREESPACE and the theme of the Dutch Pavilion, WORK, BODY, LEISURE, will kick off with the event Machines of Freedom on 26 October 2017 at Temporary Art Centre Eindhoven, during Dutch Design Week. (For more information click here)