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Interview Tradition as a making tool | Modular Mobile Parks
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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.
collaboration
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.'
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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.'

opportunities
'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.'

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Head of grants programmes Joris van Ballegooijen

8 January 2020

As of January 7, 2020, Joris van Ballegooijen will start as Head of grants programmes at the Creative Industries Fund NL.
Joris joined the fund in 2012 and has worked on a very solid foundation under the Grant Programme for Digital culture for the past eight years. He was one of the founders of the new Immerse\Interact arrangement that he set up together with the Film Fund. In the new position, Joris will be responsible for the various subsidy schemes at the fund, including the new Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries 2021-2024. Joris succeeds Aline Knip who said goodbye to the fund in January. Sean Gilis succeeds Joris as coordinator of Digital culture, Immerse\Interact and Upstream: Music x Design.


Photo: Stacii Samidin
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Six design teams selected for the Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

19 December 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL announce the six design teams selected from their open call for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The open calls aim to promote knowledge and contribute to the development of research in the fields of architecture and urbanism. La Biennale takes place from 23 May to 29 November 2020.
The Dutch pavilion - Who is we?
The Netherlands' official contribution to La Biennale is commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut and surrounds the theme 'multispecies urbanism'. In response to chief curator Hashim Sarkis' question, 'How will we live together?', Het Nieuwe Instituut asks in return, 'Who is We?'. Architect/researcher Afaina de Jong and artist/researcher Debra Solomon explore a new urbanism where the starting point of design is the multiplicity and influence of both humans and non-humans, from animals and plants, to soil life and artificial cognitive systems.

In October 2019, Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL launched an open call for contributions to the public parallel programme of the Dutch pavilion that responded to the theme multispecies urbanism. This programme takes place before, during, and after La Biennale, both in Venice and elsewhere.

selection for the public parallel programme of the Dutch pavilion 2020
Failed Architecture with Stories on Earth. Stories on Earth is an attempt to introduce storytelling and design into the development of a critical model to challenge the current narrative regarding the relation between man and nature.
Bureau LADA with Fisheye. Fisheye - Return of the Eel is a speculative research project into water biodiversity as a model for a 'water-related society' in which humans play a secondary role.
Studio Wild with The Forbidden Garden of Europe. The Forbidden Garden of Europe examines to what extent spatial and social factors influence inclusive ways of living together.

main locations of La Biennale Architettura 2020 - How will we live together?
In addition to the joint call, the Creative Industries Fund NL issued an open call for projects at the main locations of La Biennale, responding to the theme 'How will we live together?'. Within this theme, Sarkis focuses on the five major social themes of today - 'individuals', 'new households', 'emerging communities', 'across borders', and 'one planet'. He invited six groups with Dutch backgrounds to apply to exhibit in one of the main locations, of which three design teams have been selected.

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Studio L A with City of Ceramics. City of Ceramics is an installation consisting of a map of Venice on a floor of fragile terrazzo tiles. With each step, cracks appear until, at the end of the Biennale, the map is smashed to pieces, allowing visitors to reflect on their own presence in the city.
Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST) with Watermelons, Sardines, Crabs, Sands, and other Sediments. This project examines the ecological problems in the Gaza Strip. In an installation consisting of a long dinner table with various objects, the results of the relationship between ecology, culture and politics in Gaza are presented.
Alessandra Covini and Giovanni Bellotti with Variations on a Birdcage. Variations on a Birdcage is an investigation into objects that provide a direct encounter between humans and animals. This results in a playful installation that both people and birds can influence by playing, transforming, cultivating and feeding.

The selection committee consisted of André de Baerdemaeker (ecologist Bureau Stadsnatuur and Natural History Museum Rotterdam), prof. dr. Caroline Nevejan (chief science officer for the city of Amsterdam) and Marieke Berkers (architecture historian and member External Advisory Committee Landscape Architecture & Planning (WUR)).

background
Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL join forces to make optimal use of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia as an international platform for current spatial and social issues, acting as a catalyst for an ongoing discussion on the significance of architecture for our way of living together. The aim is to represent a wide range of voices from the Dutch design field in Venice.
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Lisa Konno and Simone Post selected for Arita residency

4 December 2019

Lisa Konno and Simone Post have been selected for a residency in the Arita ceramics region. The Creative Industries Fund NL received 20 applications for this residency as a result of the Open Call Residency in Arita, Japan 2020.
selection
Lisa Konno would like to investigate the ritual function of tableware and link it to clothing. Traditions and customs create a sense of purpose, a sense of belonging and familiarity. Lisa Konno is inspired by rituals that create a dialogue between clothing, porcelain and food, such as a tea ceremony or Christmas dinner. Based on this, she will design a modern, personal ritual. The focus is on craftsmanship and revaluation.

At Cor Unum, Simone Post is currently working on a study into tactility in ceramics. She utilizes the fluidity of clay. The material is formed in a wet state as if it were a textile, stretching its static boundaries. She will use the resulting language of form as a starting point for her research in Arita, which is based on colour and glaze and the way in which these two react to each other and mix together.

evaluation
The applications received in response to the open call ranged from highly technical to more Japan-oriented, such as Lisa Konno's project. In her proposal, she clearly explains the differences and similarities between the Dutch and Japanese practices and expresses her curiosity about the Japanese way of working. She is well aware of her own position. Although the intended results have not yet been specifically stated, the committee believes that the starting points and portfolio are well-aligned with each other.
Simone Post's proposal looks at working with shapes, textures, colours and glazes and makes connections with working with textiles, with which she is already familiar. In view of her specific approach and professional perspective, the committee is positive about the significance of her project not only for her own practice but also for Arita. The advisers state that in general they consider exchange to be very important. They like to see proposals that will also benefit Arita and that address experimentation and research within the knowledge and context that Arita offers.

The proposals submitted were assessed on the basis of portfolio, CV and motivation. The advisers evaluated the proposals to gauge how consistently they were conceived and the extent to which they met the criteria of the Subsidy Regulations and this open call. The evaluation took the form of a tender: two proposals were preferred to the other submissions.

about the residency
In July 2019, the Creative Industries Fund NL, together with the Mondriaan Fund, issued the fifth Open Call Residency in Arita, Japan 2020. Arita offers a living and working space for two periods per year, where one designer and one artist can stay at the same time. The aim is to create a valuable exchange between Japanese porcelain producers and Dutch designers and artists. The Open Call Residency in Arita, Japan will be repeated next year.
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Selection Open Call Talent Development in International Context

4 December 2019

Giuditta Vendrame, Studio Legrand Jäger, Studio Agne and Sophie Hardeman will be collaborating with international partners in the coming period. These four designers were selected from 16 proposals from Dutch designers and makers who responded to the Open Call for Talent Development in International Context. By means of this open call, the Fund is giving designers and makers the opportunity to deepen their practice internationally and to develop it artistically and professionally by collaborating with a foreign partner. The selected projects fulfil an exemplary function for the Dutch creative industry and at the same time enrich our sector with new knowledge.
In her project 'Humid World', Giuditta Vendrame is investigating the notion of borders in water as a designer in residency within the 'At the Border' research programme at A/D/O in New York, USA. Studio Legrand Jäger (photo above) is developing new performative work in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in the project 'Internet of Ears: AI-Generated Policy Play'. Sophie Hardeman - Love Harder is researching group behaviour, tolerance, prejudices and stereotypes and brings politically and/or socially ignored topics to the attention during a residency at NAVEL.LA in Los Angeles. Studio Agne is carrying out theoretical and material research into amber waste during a residency at Neuni in Shanghai.

selection
The committee's response to the quality of the proposals submitted was predominantly positive. The proposals in which the exceptional artistic vision, professional development and interaction with the international partner strengthened each other were preferred by the advisers. The social and cultural relevance of the proposals was also taken into account. This open call must involve the exchange of knowledge and the collaboration must not be a commissioned project. All the proposals were evaluated by representatives from digital culture, design and architecture. The committee consisted of maker and KABK teacher Pawel Pokutycki, freelance art and design historian Victoria Anastasyadis and AMO associate Stephan Petermann.
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Studio Agne

The committee evaluated the proposals on the basis of six criteria:

the extent to which the designers, makers, critics and/or curators from the creative industry (digital culture, design, architecture) occupy an exemplary and/or distinctive position;
the extent to which the proposed plan contributes to the further artistic and professional development of the maker concerned;
the quality and form of the collaboration;
the extent to which the foreign institution, organization or company concerned has an excellent reputation;
the degree and manner of co-financing by the foreign partner concerned;
the consistency of the proposal in terms of purpose, structure, relevant expertise and audience reach;
the extent to which there are Dutch interests.

The proposals were of varying, but generally good quality, and some were particularly good. The supported designers show that they are aware of the local (international) context in which they are operating. For the selected proposals, there is a good match between the project, the objective and the partner involved. The selection as a whole provides a diverse picture of the possibilities of talent development in an international context.

rejected proposals
The proposals that were not selected fell short on one or more of the criteria. In a number of proposals, the advisers saw that the partners had an excellent reputation, but that the collaboration was not aimed at reciprocity and/or did not contribute to the professional and artistic development of the talent. In some proposals, the makers did not provide sufficient insight, in the details of the plan, into the approach and structure of the project. In a number of cases, the relevance to the discipline within the Dutch creative industry was insufficiently demonstrated or there was sometimes a lack of insight into how knowledge flows back to the Netherlands. In a few cases, the committee assessed the degree of critical reflection or awareness of the local context to be insufficient.

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Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries 2021-2024

2 December 2019

The Creative Industries Fund NL is providing a new subsidy option for the policy period 2021-2024. Leading Dutch institutions that contribute to the promotion of high quality, development and professionalization of contemporary digital culture, design and architecture and all possible crossovers can apply for a four-year institutional grant. This grant programme will be published on our website in January 2020. You can submit your application from 1 March 2020. The deadline is 7 May 2020. The amount of grant requested is a minimum of € 200,000 per calendar year and a maximum of € 550,000 per calendar year.
design infrastructure
In addition to the Fund's existing grant programmes for cultural institutions, such as the Activities Programmes for one or two years of support, this new four-year institutional grant programme creates an increasing chain of support possibilities for institutions within the creative industries. In this way, the Fund aims to make a resilient and dynamic design infrastructure possible.

submission
From 1 March 2020, the Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries 2021-2024 will be available and you can submit your application using the application form. The subsidy ceiling for this grant programme will also be announced in the spring.

If you prefer to submit an application to the Activities Programme Grant Programme, it is good to know that this grant programme will have one round in 2020 with a deadline of 30 September 2020.

timeline
January 2020: Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries published
Between 1 March 2020 and 7 May 2020: Application period for Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries
4 June 2020: On the day that the Council for Culture presents the recommendations for the Basic Cultural Infrastructure, the Fund will inform applicants of the decision within this grant programme.
30 September 2020: Deadline Activities programme Grant Programme

useful to know
If you are considering applying for a four-year institutional grant, please take a look at these frequently asked questions.

'Can you submit an application to both the BIS of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Fund?
Yes, you can, but it cannot be awarded twice. In the event of a positive decision from the Council for Culture within the BIS, this means that the procedure and the advisory process with the Creative Industries Fund NL will be discontinued, even if it concerns two applications for different core activities. Conversely, in the event of a negative decision from the Council for Culture, this advice has no influence on the advisory process with the Fund.

'How does the Fund deal with the different codes?'
We expect all applicants to subscribe to the codes. In addition, with regard to the Fair Practice Code, the Diversity & Inclusion Code and the Culture Governance Code, you also clearly indicate where you stand now, what steps you intend to take between 2021 and 2024 and where you would like to be at the end of that period. You can explain how you deal with the codes in your organization, your programme and with regard to audience reach and communication.

'Can I qualify for the four-year institutional grant and additionally submit an application to another of the Fund's grant programmes?
Institutions receiving a subsidy on the basis of this grant programme are not entitled during the implementation period to any subsidies from the Architecture, Design, Digital Culture, Activities Programme and Festivals grant programmes of the Creative Industries Fund NL.

questions
For more information and advice about which grant programme is best suited to your institution, please contact Anouk Laverge.
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