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Here is… Bernhard Lenger

Here is… Bernhard Lenger

9 October 2019

Bernhard Lenger sees it as his task to create change, even if only on a small scale. In 2016, he graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven with the project 'This is Ecocide'. The impact was considerable. Although it is not easy, he decided to set up social design projects outside the walls of the academy as well. In 2018, he founded the We Are Foundation, in order to bridge the gap between designers and decision-makers and stimulate collaboration. The talent development grant he received last year from the Creative Industries Fund NL also helped him to take steps in this direction.
'We design impact for stories that need to be heard', it says on his website. The expectations of this impact are often high, says Bernhard Lenger, who comes from Austria. 'However, impact can be significant and earth-shattering, but also very small. And that is no less valuable. In my opinion, inspiring one or two people is already a very noble effect. Recently I gave a workshop in special-needs education. In that situation, you have direct contact with the participants, and the impact is very visible. That was much less the case with This is Ecocide. I wanted the project to draw attention to the strange fact that there is no international legislation against serious destruction of our ecosystem. Although it had a very considerable impact in terms of numbers, the degree differed enormously and was not very tangible to me.'

In addition to raising awareness, he also wants to connect and activate people with his projects. After all, the social problems we face can only be tackled together. He focuses mainly on NGOs, activists and politicians, both locally and internationally. As to whether he should become a politician himself in order to be able to exert even more direct influence, he is very clear. 'Politics is about people; I don't want to place myself centre stage and my own story is not what concerns me, either. I would like to work with politicians, but seen from their point of view, that is quite a step. As part of the 'Green New Deal for Europe', I am currently working with a group of young policymakers; they see the added value of a collaboration and made contact themselves after they had seen my work at the Dutch Design Week last year. I am helping them to present a policy document in an impact system and to tell the story to a larger audience. 'It's very interesting, and I'm very excited about many of the innovative ideas in the piece.'

The fact that it is possible to address the right people and parties outside the design world, and to be taken seriously, inspires confidence. If you've just come from the academy, there's quite a bit of insecurity. I wondered if I wasn't dreaming too much with my projects and if I was on the right track. The confirmation that I am is also borne out by the fact that I was selected for VPRO's TV programme 'De toekomstbouwers' (The future builders). It's very exciting and it gives me energy, although of course it's a bit weird to determine who's the best builder for the future. Every effort to make the world a better place is to be applauded.' In any case, Bernhard hopes that the effect of his nomination will be to inspire other young social designers to continue to set up projects, just like him, with the aim of making a social impact, even if the road to a stable practice, including financially, is perhaps a little longer.

He was able to strengthen his own practice last year thanks to a talent development grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL. 'I had quite a few steps to take, but the first time I applied for the grant, I missed out. So I thought very carefully about what I wanted to do with the grant; I hadn't been specific enough about this in my first application. In addition, I looked closely at how I could best describe my work and went through my application with someone from outside the creative industry. That helps to refine the application; because you are so familiar with your own work and your own story, it is actually very difficult to see which points are not clear.'
The grant gave Bernhard room to develop a way of getting off to a good start with the extensive projects concerning complex issues. He investigated how best to explain his work to parties who do not speak 'design language', made many new contacts, formed the bases for new collaborations and was given space to develop new concepts for his own practice, but also for the We Are Foundation design collective, which he initiated. He will present the results of the latter at the upcoming Dutch Design Week in the exhibition 'we are social impact'. Five fields have been formulated in which the collective sees a role for design and in which various actions are being undertaken: Systems of Governance, Culture of Information, Civic Society, Ethics of Technology and Justice in the Anthropocene. For instance, they show an ongoing field research study into the impact of Nicaraguan sugar plantations on people and the environment, they demonstrate the effect of workshops on improving special-needs education through the use of design thinking and design research, and they write letters to all newly elected members of the European Parliament to congratulate them on their new position and to express their confidence, but with a view to creating a stronger Europe, they also underline that the MEPS will be the designers of Europe for the coming five years.

As part of 'The Scene is Here', an exhibition and performance programme for all designers supported by the Fund in 2019 through the Talent Development Grant Programme, visitors can contribute to the letters to the MEPs in a mobile post office in MU during Dutch Design Week.

Workshop design thinking and design research, 2019

Platform Talent
You can find more information about the Creative Industries Fund NL's Talent Development grants here. Are you curious about all the people who have received support through the Talent Development Grant Programme in recent years? Platform Talent provides an overview of all the supported designers and makers.

Portret Bernhard Lenger: Anne Lucassen

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Looking back at Dutch Design Week 2019

7 November 2019

Dutch Design Week took place in Eindhoven from 19 to 27 October 2019. The Fund was present at several locations. We presented new talent during 'The Scene is Here' in MU. In 'Chronic Health, It's only human?' at the Embassy of Health, eight designers supported by the Fund, among others, demonstrated the importance of design for healthcare, now and in the future. Together with Vereniging Deltametropool, we presented the plea for the spatial quality of our future living environment: GO!RES. And with the programme 'This is a Take-Over: Researching Remix', Metro54 focused attention on design, digital culture, reflection and research within urban arts & culture.
Watch the highlights film made by Clara Gustafsson here:
Fashion designer Anouk Beckers conducts research into fashion as a collective practice. In the JOIN Collective Clothes workshop, participants make a garment together. Photo: Dave Menkehorst
What if you become a structural part of a building or space as a person? With 'Dress Rehearsal For A Building', architect Tomas Dirrix investigates the merger of visitors and architecture. Photo: Dave Menkehorst
In the Disassembly Café of Teis de Greve, visitors started using the inside of smart electronic devices. Looking for new options for everyday technology. Photo: Dave Menkehorst
Fascinated by the influence of light on our state of mind, stage designer Koen Steger takes the audience into a world of light, the psyche and ... boxing. Photo: Dave Menkehorst
When does an artist become an object and vice versa? And what role does the public play in this transformation? Installation artist Philip Vermeulen investigates the subject of embodiment and scans the audience. Photo: Dave Menkehorst
For his audiovisual performance 'Strange Attractors' during 'The Scene is Here', multimedia designer Darien Brito was inspired by the chaos theory of Edward Lorenz and searches for the beauty of disorder. Photo: Boudewijn Bollmann
The exhibition 'Chronic Health: It's only human?' in the Embassy of Health, i.c.w. U CREATE, Philips Experience Design, Máxima MC, Waag and DDF, aimed to inspire visitors to work together to find the future of healthcare. Photo: Jimena Jauna
With the exhibition, the Embassy of Health shows the power of design in the transitions in healthcare, as well as the dilemmas of healthcare. Photo: Jimena Jauna
'Millennium Ginseng Project' by Kuang-Yi Ku. Photo: Jimena Jauna
'Encounter #6' by Joost van Wijmen. Photo: Jimena Jauna
The Agis Innnovatiefonds and the Creative Industries Fund Nl organized the 'Chronical Health' inspiration session as part of the Embassy of Health in the Klokgebouw.
With the program 'This is a Take-Over: Researching Remix', Metro54 focused on design, digital culture, reflection and research within urban arts & culture in TAC. This is the 'Undo' presentation by Sydney Rahimtool. Photo: Dave Menkehorst
'Makandra (Together)' by Laeno Lashawn during This is a Take-Over: Researching Remix at TAC. Photo: Dave Menkehorst
'We got it from here' by Leana Boven & Funs Janssen during This is a Take-Over: Researching Remix bij TAC. Photo: Dave Menkehorst
In addition to the exhibition, Metro54 organized different meetings at TAC. Photo: Dave Menkehorst
Together with Vereniging Deltametropool, we presented the plea for the spatial quality of our future living environment: GO! RES to Kristel Lammers, director of the National Program Regional Energy Strategies.
Because of the Open Call Architecture Biennale Venice 2020, the Creative Industries Fund NL and Het Nieuwe Instituut organized a meeting in TAC. Debra Solomon, Afaina de Jong and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer reflected on the theme of the biennial.

Interview Tradition as a making tool | Modular Mobile Parks

7 November 2019

How can we make the public space function better? Turkish designer Tuğçe Akbulut (CrossChange) and Dutch architect Jurgen ten Hoeve (Space Crafters) set to work on this issue. With the initiative 'Tradition as a Making Tool', the team shows alternatives for multifunctional and shared public spaces instead of building new buildings on the scarce open spaces in the city.
Through shared connections, Jurgen ten Hoeve was invited by Tuğçe Akbulut to participate in a series of workshops and so they came in contact with each other. Jurgen explains: 'The Consulate General in Istanbul, in collaboration with Tuğçe and others, organized a series of workshops as part of the research and knowledge-exchange programme 'Liveable Cities - Co-Designing our Public Space'. The aim of these workshops was to investigate a topical issue within the city in collaboration with Turkish and Dutch designers from different disciplines, and to try to provide an answer here by means of a design'.

Open Call Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco
In September last year, the Fund published the Open Call Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2. This year the proposal 'Tradition as a Making Tool' of Tuğçe and Jurgen was selected for the first and second phase. After preliminary research during the first phase, the second phase consisted of developing the 'Modular Mobile Parks'. This concept of designing public spaces in cities as a mobile vegetable garden can put themes around food production and sustainability on the agenda. Modular Mobile Parks thus serves an educational purpose that brings users, residents and municipality together. Joint dinners can be organized using the herbs from the vegetable garden, and the beginning and end of the harvest season is celebrated with a festival. Jurgen: 'We have actually developed a tool to promote dialogue on public spaces and to show that public spaces can also be used very nicely to pass on traditions. The design is mobile and multifunctional.'
Pupils visiting the Modular Mobile Parks. Photo: Can Akat

Jurgen continues: 'One of the things Tuğçe is doing with CrossChange is to initiate a Dutch-Turkish network of designers and creative entrepreneurs. Tuğçe had been following the Fund and its initiatives for some time. The open call was perfectly in line with what she is trying to achieve: collaboration between designers and the creative industry in the Netherlands and Turkey. Since we enjoyed a good partnership during the workshop and both of us have an affinity with the question raised in the open call, Tuğçe asked me to work together on this issue.'

'We had a certain ideological image in mind to make the city greener and more inclusive. However, we could never have dreamt that the project would actually lead to the spin-off it has turned out to be. First of all, we are immensely proud that we have been selected for the second phase of the open call and that we can continue the project. The project has also opened several doors, either because of the partnerships that came into being during the design and realization of the project, or because of the interest from other parties. For example, we worked together with STIPO and through them Tuğçe was asked to participate in the European Placemaking Leaders Community. We have been invited to present our project at the Valencia Placemaking Summit. The presentations that Tuğçe gave at several meetings also gave rise to reactions from cities in different European countries that are interested in implementing the project in their own city.

The funding made it possible to implement the project and our ideas. This allowed us to carry out the research in both the Netherlands and Turkey and to come in contact with inspiring people who have taken our project to a higher level. Even more important is that the financial support paves the way for the development and testing of ideas without any financial pressure, relatively speaking. In our view, the support of the Fund and the freedom it gave us are indispensable in making these types of investigations possible.'


2020 deadlines

28 October 2019

The deadlines for Creative Industries Fund NL's grant programmes in 2019 have been set. In 2019 there are four application rounds for the Grant Programmes for Architecture and Digital Culture. The Grant Programme for Internationalization has three rounds, the Grant Programme for Festivals three and the Grant Programme for Design has five. There is a single round for the the Grant Programme for Activities Programmes and Talent Development.
The 2020 deadlines for each grant programme:

Grant Programme for Architecture:
29 January 2020
22 April 2020
5 August 2020
30 September 2020

Grant Programme for Design:
15 January 2020
18 March 2020
27 May 2020
29 July 2020
30 September 2020

Grant Programme for Digital Culture:
22 January 2020
15 April 2020
12 August 2020
7 October 2020

Grant Programme for Internationalization:
5 February 2020
6 May 2020
23 September 2020

Upstream: Music x Design
1 April 2020
9 September 2020

Grant Programme Immerse\Interact
11 February 2020
25 August 2020

Digital Heritage x Public
16 January 2020

Programme for Talent Development:
6 March 2020

Grant Programme for Festivals:
15 January 2020
15 April 2020
30 September 2020

Grant Programme for Activities Programmes:
30 September 2020

open calls
Besides the grant programmes, in 2019 the Fund will also be issuing various Open Calls. Keep an eye on our newsletter and follow our social media channels.

Subjects you can expect:
Exceptional Presentations
Intangible heritage and crafts
Space for design criticism
Internationalization presentations
Talentdevelopment in international context
Space for talent
Fresh Perspectives

Up to two weeks before the deadline you can present your draft application or project plan to the relevant member of staff for guidance. You can do this by e-mail or by phone. This option is not available when applying for the Programme for Talent Development.
online application environment

N.B. You apply for a grant via the online application environment. Apply for your log-in details in good time and familiarize yourself with the online application process.

The Scene is Here performance programme announced

10 October 2019

What can light do to you during a boxing bout? What do smart electronic devices look like on the inside? And how can you contribute to a collective clothing collection? These questions play a role in various performances that are part of 'The Scene is Here'. Everything comes up: workshops, lectures, LARP and a letter-writing campaign.
In The Scene is Here, the Creative Industries Fund NL presents all the designers and makers who received a grant this year from the Talent Development grant programme. The 2019 group has been brought into focus in one-minute film portraits that will be screened during the Dutch Design Week in MU at Strijp-S. By means of unique performances, the talents also present themselves personally to the public. The performances take place daily at fixed times and all but two are freely accessible. Curious about who will do what and when? Take a look at the programme.


Saturday 19 October
13.00 - Studio Knetterijs
The illustrators at Studio Knetterijs make a 'zine' about the future. With their illustrations as a starting point, they challenge visitors to form an image of the future.

14.30 - Arvid & Marie
Design duo Arvid & Marie perform a Live Action Role Play about censorship and self-censorship, as alter ego Omninaut.

16.00 - Arif Kornweitz
Together with Füsun Türetken, Arif Kornweitz gives a performative lecture on the phenomenon of 'function creep' and objects without clear boundaries and fluid notions of objects.

Sunday 20 October
13.00 - Waèl el Allouche
In a combined workshop, lecture and travel report, Waèl el Allouche illustrates how he uses data to get a grip on abstract themes such as origin, belonging and becoming.

15.00 - Teis De Greve
Discover what's inside smart electronic devices in Teis de Greve's Disassembly Café. Devices are opened up, disassembled and documented, in search of new possibilities for everyday technologies.

15.00 - Kostas Lampridis and Théophile Blandet
What are the elements of a design concept? Kostas Lambridis and Théophile Blandet do not use materials or objects, but bodies, gestures and sounds to define the abstract elements of design culture.

17.00 - Johanna Ehde
See 'Cry Till I Die', part of the '(Post)Menopausal Graphic Design Strategies' project, in which graphic designer Johanna Ehde focuses on the development of a lifelong graphic-design practice dealing with issues such as age discrimination, sexism and physical health.

Monday 21 October
15.00 - Vera de Pont
In 'Creating everything by making nothing', Vera de Pont shows why digital and additive production are indispensable aspects of sustainable fashion.

17.00 - Darien Brito
For his audiovisual performance 'Strange Attractors', artist and multimedia designer Darien Brito was inspired by Edward Lorenz's chaos theory in his search for the beauty of disorder.

Tuesday 22 October
13.00 - Elvis Wesley
In a one-day residency, Elvis Wesley creates an animated visualization in which he reflects on the exhibition, the works and the visitors.

15.00 - Ninamounah
Fashion designer Ninamounah takes the visitors along in a performance that questions the relationships between people and other animals, as she herself puts it.

17.00 - Elvis Wesley
Elvis Wesley presents the animated visualization he made during his residency in MU exhibition 'The Object is Absent'.

Wednesday 23 October
13.00 - Manetta Berends
Discover in a workshop by graphic designer Manetta Berends the effect of using algorithms when reading a collection of techno-feminist manifestos.
Please note: the number of places for this workshop is limited; reservation via Manetta Berends:

15.00 - Bernhard Lenger
In social designer Bernhard Lenger's mobile post office, write letters to newly elected MEPs, the designers of Europe for the next five years.

17.00 - Irene Stracuzzi
Irene Stracuzzi is fascinated by cartography and investigates visual strategies for mapping out complex geopolitical scenarios. During a lecture, she gives insight into her approach on the basis of recent projects.

Thursday 24 October
13.00 - Koen Steger
Fascinated by the influence of light on our state of mind, scenographer Koen Steger takes you into a world of light, the psyche and... boxing.

15.00 - Pim van Baarsen
Social designer and co-founder of Super Local, Pim Baarsen, is active in different corners of the world. In this informal workshop, the impact of their projects is discussed with local makers.

17.00 - Philip Vermeulen
When does an artist become an object and vice versa? And what role does the public play in this transformation? Installation artist Philip Vermeulen investigates the subject of embodiment. Do you dare to hit him?

Friday 25 October
13.00 - Anouk Beckers
Make a garment together in the JOIN Collective Clothes workshop by fashion designer Anouk Beckers, who researches fashion as a collective practice, aimed at making and wearing clothes together.
Please note: this workshop lasts five hours and the number of places is limited; reservation via Anouk Beckers:

15.00 - Lucas Munoz Munoz
What are the different kinds of influence that people derive from the rocket? Designer Lucas Muñoz presents his ongoing project 'Rocket Trial', which he is conducting together with various filmmakers.

17.00 - Daria Kiseleva
Daria Kiseleva, who trained as a typographer, reflects in a live essay on a world in which not we but algorithms, databases and 'training sets' determine what normal and desired behaviour is.

Saturday 26 October
13.00 - Tomas Dirrix
What if a person becomes a structural part of a building or space? With 'Dress Rehearsal For A Building', architect Tomas Dirrix investigates the merging of visitor and architecture.

15.00 - Mirte van Duppen
Artist Mirte van Duppen takes you along in her poetic research into the automation of Dutch agriculture. How do people and machines relate to each other?

17:00 - Bastiaan de Nennie
After a period of absence, designer Bastiaan de Nennie plays open card with the visitors and makes them part of his physical and digital comeback in 'design country'.

Sunday 27 October
13.00 - Job van den Berg
Welcome to Job's industrial playground! This behind-the-scenes journey takes you on a voyage past great machines, craftsmanship and insights into how Job van den Berg transforms ideas into products.

Two open calls Venice Architecture Biennale 2020

9 October 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL present a collaboration aimed at supporting designers and promoting knowledge in the field of architecture before, during and after the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, which takes place from 23 May to 29 November 2020. Deadline open call: 20 november 2019.
The two institutions are joining forces to make the best possible use of the Venice Architecture Biennale as an international platform for topical spatial and social issues and to conceive it as a catalyst for an ongoing discussion about the significance of architecture for the way we live together. This discussion is directly related to the central question posed by curator Hashim Sarkis: How will we live together?

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL are jointly launching an open call for a public parallel programme at the Dutch pavilion on the theme of 'Multispecies Urbanism'. In addition to the joint open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL will issue another open call for projects related to the theme How will we live together? at the main locations of the architecture biennale.

Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #1 was launched on 8 October 2019 by Het Nieuwe Instituut in collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL and focuses on the Dutch pavilion's public parallel programme. Het Nieuwe Instituut is responsible for the Dutch contribution to the architecture biennale. Researchers and designers are invited to submit proposals that reflect on and respond to the theme of the Dutch pavilion: Multispecies Urbanism. The selected projects will form part of the Dutch pavilion's parallel programme.

Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #2 was launched on 8 October 2019 by the Creative Industries Fund NL and focuses on the development of Dutch initiatives and projects at the main locations of the Architecture Biennale, including the Arsenale and the Giardini. Researchers and designers working in the field of architecture are invited to submit proposals that reflect on and respond to the central theme of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020: How will we live together?

click here for the two Open Calls:
Venice Architecture Biennale #1: Public parallel programme Dutch pavilion
Venice Architecture Biennale #2: Development budget main locations Biennale

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