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Results Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale

Results Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale

14 December 2017

This fall Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL launched the Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #1_extended program Dutch Pavilion. The Open Call invited researchers and designers in the field of architecture to submit projects for the extended program of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, in response to the theme WORK, BODY, LEISURE, commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut. The committee awarded five proposals.
A total of 52 eligible proposals were received from 12 countries: Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.

The proposals were reviewed by external advisors Willem Schinkel (Professor in Social Theory, Erasmus University), Lara Schrijver (Professor in Architecture, University of Antwerp) and Aslı Çiçek (Interior Architect, KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture, Oase).

Overall, the external advisors were impressed by the quality, relevance and creativity of the projects, as well as the expertise and ambition of the applicants. The set of applications showed a variety of working methodologies and media, ranging from mobile installations, performances, and product designs, to physical models, workshops, and films. Most projects articulated a collective ambition and proposed collaborations with networks of institutions and practitioners.

The selected projects provide a unique focus on one or more of the embodied, ethical, and spatial dimensions of labor, by deploying diverse but complementary strategies and tools for public engagement. In conversation with the curator of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Marina Otero Verzier, these five selected projects will be presented as part of the public program, in Venice and other locations:

The Port and the Fall of Icarus
The Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha K. Bacchin en Filippo laFleur)
The Institute of Patent Infringement
Jane Chew en Matthew Stewart
Songs for Hard Working People
Noam Toran
Shore Leaves
Giuditta Vendrame en Paolo Patelli
Renderlands: Installation
Liam Young

Read more about the selected projects in the jury report on the website of Het Nieuwe Instituut.

On April 26, 2018, Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL will organize an evening with the teams selected through the Open Call, as part of the Thursday Night Live! program at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

pre-announcement Open Call # 3
In February 2018 the Creative Industries Fund NL will launch a third and final call for the Architecture Biennale Venice 2018, aimed at presenting projects at one of the main venues of the Venice Architecture Biennale. This call offers participants a presentation budget for proposals that reflect on and respond to the central theme of FREESPACE.

Photo above: Venice Architecture Biennale by Simone Ferraro

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Talent Development Grant Programme conditions broadened for architects

14 February 2019

From now on, starting architects, urban designers, garden and landscape architects and interior architects may submit applications to the Talent Development Grant Programme up to four years after their registration in the Architects' Register.
To be eligible for the Talent Development grant, applicants must not have graduated more than four years ago. For architects and related disciplines, this condition proved to have a limiting effect. Since 31 December 2014, they are required to gain two years' professional experience before they can be registered in the Architects' Register and are allowed to use the protected title of architect, urban designer, garden and landscape architect or interior architect.

So from now on, The Fund will regard registration in the Architects' Register as the moment of graduation. Starting architects, urban designers, garden and landscape architects and interior architects may submit applications to the Talent Development Grant Programme up to four years after being included in the register.

By broadening the conditions of the Talent Development Scheme for architects and related disciplines, the Fund hopes to lower the threshold and receive more applications for the working grant from this group. The number of applications from architects lags behind those submitted by designers and makers working in design and digital culture. The broadening of the conditions also offers architects greater opportunity to formulate their own vision on spatial and social developments before submitting an application. Given the complexity of their field, this takes more time than in other fields.

The deadline for applying for Talent Development grants for 2020 is 6 March 2019. Are you interested in knowing who has received support in recent years through the Talent Development Grant Programme? Platform Talent gives an overview of all the supported designers and makers.

Foto above: Arna Mačkić graduated in 2010 from the department of Architectural Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and was supported for the Talent Development Grant Programme in 2014.

New grant programme for interactive and immersive media productions

7 February 2019

Immerse\Interact is a new programme for interactive and immersive media productions, which is offered jointly by the Film Fund and the Creative Industries Fund NL. The programme replaces the Non-fiction Transmedia programme that the Funds have been operating since 2014.
from Non-fiction Transmedia programme to Immerse\Interact
The crossover between film and digital culture has created a new field in which interactive designers, graphic designers and digital pioneers work together with directors, screenwriters and producers on innovative media productions. Together they explore the future of storytelling in a changing media landscape. This future is digital, sometimes interactive, sometimes immersive, sometimes in co-creation with an audience, but always based on the power of the story.

The Immerse\Interact programme stimulates projects within the interdisciplinary media landscape to set the bar high. Artistic research and experiment in the field of digital storytelling and the use of interactive or immersive media play a central role. The funds jointly contribute € 1.3 million annually to the programme.

Doreen Boonekamp, Executive Director and Chair of the Board of the Netherlands Film Fund: 'With the extra budget that we can utilize for the programme and the broadening to both non-fiction and fiction, makers will have room for more experimentation in an area where the sector has high ambitions and potential'.

Syb Groeneveld, Executive Director and Chair of the Board of the Creative Industries Fund NL: 'The Immerse\Interact programme gives makers of crossover productions in the Netherlands the opportunity to explore the boundaries of storytelling, enter into new collaborations, find a new audience and present themselves internationally.'

which projects are eligible?
Artistic productions that contain a supporting cinematic component and in which storytelling, both fiction and non-fiction in relation to interactive (web-based/mobile) or immersive media forms (360-degree video, VR, XR), plays a central role. Crossovers in the form of transmedia productions or installations can also be considered.

who is eligible to apply?
Film producers and AV producers with a demonstrable track record in the field of interactive storytelling or AR/VR/XR can apply: for development up to € 25,000, for realization up to € 100,000.

Individual makers with demonstrable expertise in the AV field can apply if the intended fund contribution for realization and possible development taken together is lower than € 30,000. Individual makers must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce.
Producers and individual makers who apply for realization must have a portfolio containing at least one realized project in the disciplines mentioned. If there is any uncertainty, the applicant may submit a request for portfolio review by the Funds up to three weeks before the closing date.

19 March 2019
27 August 2019
Applications can only be submitted to the Film Fund on the day of the deadline, before 17:00. The application form is available online from 25 February 2019.

In conjunction with the new programme, the Film Fund will use extra resources within the minority co-productions programme to make co-production of immersive and interactive media productions possible. The maximum contribution per project is € 50,000.

Click here for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Nienke Doekes, project officer New Screen NL, Netherlands Film Fund:
[email protected]

Joris van Ballegooijen, coordinator Immerse\Interact programme:
[email protected]

information days Immerse\Interact
If you have additional questions, and would like to speak to Nienke Doekes and Joris van Ballegooijen, please send an e-mail to [email protected] to make an appointment on one of the following information days:
Thursday 7 March, 2:00 - 5:00pm
Wednesday 13 March, 10am - 1pm

Selection Open Call Talent Development in International Context

6 February 2019

In 2019, Afaina de Jong, Studio Kasia Zareba, Stëfan Schäfer and Space & Matter will collaborate with innovative international partners. These four designers were selected from sixteen proposals by Dutch designers and makers who responded to the Open Call Talent Development in International Context. De Jong will work with the Grafikens Hus in Sweden, Zareba will have a residency at a Portuguese ceramics company, Schäfer will work with a Berlin scientist and publisher and Space & Matter will test their vision on circular urban transformation at a pilot location in New York.
The Fund uses this call to give designers and makers the opportunity to deepen their practice internationally and to develop it artistically and professionally. The selected projects fulfil an exemplary function for the Dutch creative industries and at the same time enrich our creative industries with new knowledge.

All the proposals were evaluated by the selection committee consisting of Lucas van der Velden, Samira Benlaloua and Olv Klijn. Proposals where exceptional artistic vision, professional development and interaction with the international partner reinforced each other were preferred by the advisors. Attention was also paid to the social and cultural relevance of the proposals, the requirement to exchange knowledge and the fact that the partnership must preclude situations where a commission is involved.

The four proposals selected are as follows:

Afaina de Jong & Grafikens Hus (photo above)
Studio Kasia Zareba & Vista Alegre
Stëfan Schäfer & Archive Books
Space & Matter and ONE Architecture

The proposals that were not selected fell short on one or more criteria. Although the partners in various proposals have a good reputation, the collaboration was not always focused on reciprocity. In many applications, the advisory committee also missed a clearly formulated objective or urgency that transcended the applicants' own practice. In addition, there was sometimes a lack of insight into how the knowledge would flow back to the Netherlands.

Interview Marjan van Aubel | Future work

6 February 2019

Marjan van Aubel trained as a product designer at the Amsterdam Rietveld Academy and the Royal College of Art in London. For a number of years now, she has been profiling herself as a solar designer and is focusing on the smarter application of solar cells, in the hope of accelerating the sustainability of our society and creating awareness about our energy consumption. This did not go unnoticed, because in recent years she received a WIRED's Innovation Award, was voted Radical Innovator and Swarovski named her Designer of the Future.
Material experimentation, knowledge development and the achievement of social change are central to the work of Marjan van Aubel. To this end, she collaborates extensively with scientists, technicians and institutions, such as ECN.TNO (Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands) currently. She was able to bring the focus to her work thanks to a talent development grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL. “With a practice that you have to keep running every day, there is little room left for reflection and experimentation.The working grant gave me time to determine my direction and allowed me to invest a great deal specifically in materials research”, explains Marjan.

In her first designs as a solar designer, Marjan van Aubel investigated ways to incorporate solar cells into existing objects that are common in our daily lives in an aesthetically pleasing and natural way. One of the results was the Current Table, the first piece of furniture that is able to generate energy indoors thanks to a glass top which incorporates solar cells. This table is no longer just a table, but also a small power plant. She also developed a window that, in a similar way to the table, generates its own electricity from daylight and colour. Thanks to these types of designs, solar cells can be integrated into our daily lives in more and more ways, on a small but also much larger scale, for instance in greenhouse horticulture.
'Current Table' Photos: Mitch Payne

“During the first phase, I experimented with as many applications of the solar cells as possible. My starting point is always: what resources are available and how can you use them? In addition, I try to think about how we will deal with energy in the future,” says Marjan. “With Swarovski I have developed an installation that increases the efficiency of solar cells thanks to the use of crystals. And now I am working with ECN.TNO to develop the aesthetic quality of solar cells. The first solar cell was built in 1883. Over the years they have become much more efficient and cheaper while their appearance has hardly changed at all. But if you want to accelerate the energy transition and make solar panels a success, they have to be much more desirable and better integrated into our environment.”

She has someone who supports her in her business and works a lot with interns, but otherwise most of the collaborations she enters into are outside the design world. Marjan does not have any difficulty achieving these partnerships. “You can't do these kinds of research projects on your own, especially if you want them to have an impact. At ECN.TNO I work together with a team of product developers that includes physicists. I get plenty of explanation about the technical aspects and learn how the industry works. At the same time I bring my own knowledge and, in particular, an alternative approach. In industry, they work towards a final goal via a preconceived step-by-step plan. But that leaves little room for taking new paths when appropriate. My approach is rather unfamiliar to them, but they do see that it achieves results.”

In addition to the questions she herself lays at the door of other parties, Marjan van Aubel is increasingly being approached by companies. They are keen to work with her and if it fits in with her projects, she does. “To begin with, I sometimes received sceptical reactions to my work from the scientific community; it takes a while before people start taking you seriously. So it's a real pleasure when a glass manufacturer approaches you and asks you to jointly develop glass based on solar cells.”

'The grant gave me space for experimentation and research, I was able to expand my network and I could engage a coach. '

Collaborating with other parties also means concluding contracts, and that is not always easy. With large parties such as ECN.TNO, these are extensive documents that don't simply get signed. You have to deal with legal departments and make sure that you are well covered yourself. So Marjan became a member of the BNO. “It's a good feeling when a lawyer reads a contract with you, especially when there's a lot at stake. The legal advice you receive also helps you to assess the consequences better. It is also good that the BNO has many model contracts such as General Terms and Conditions. I use these regularly.”

At the moment Marjan van Aubel is also supported by the Fund. For her collaboration with ECN.TNO, she submitted an application for the Open Call Fresh Perspectives, which is aimed at supporting collaborations with knowledge centres. “The Fund really has been very important for my development, and still is. When I applied for the talent development grant, I had to decide what I wanted to do with my work. The grant gave me space for experimentation and research, I was able to expand my network enormously because I could attend lectures and seminars and I could engage a coach who helped me determine my focus. I can only advise others to consider carefully what they want to achieve with their work when applying for a grant. And realize that self-reflection takes time; you have to take that time as well.

'Cyanometer' in collaboration with Swarovski

If you would like to know more about the Creative Industries Fund NL's Talent Development working grant, click here. The deadline for applying for talent development grants for 2020 is 6 March 2019. Are you curious to know who received support in recent years through the Talent Development grant programme? Platform Talent provides an overview of all the supported designers and makers.

This interview is part of a series of three. In the upcoming weeks there will follow more interviews via our newsletter.


Tips for applicants

5 February 2019

Talent is there to be developed. This requires, among other things, time, concentration and the opportunity for experimentation. To make this space possible the Creative Industries Fund NL offers working grants through the Talent Development Grant Programme. The deadline for applying for the 2020 working grants is 6 March 2019.
Talented designers and makers – ranging from young and just starting out to older and more experienced – are eligible for the talent development grant. The working grant gives you a whole year to determine your direction, invest in knowledge development, expand your network and work on the professionalization of your practice.

If you are planning to submit an application to Talent Development or one of our other grant programmes, please take advantage of these tips:

1. Inform yourself
The Fund's website contains a lot of information about all the different programmes, including Talent Development. Here you will find all kinds of useful documents such as the Subsidy Regulations and the Grant Programme for Talentdevelopment. So before you start an application, take a moment to read all the basic information.

2. Be critical of yourself
Self-reflection is important anyway, especially when developing a proposal for a grant application. Ask yourself questions about your concept and what you are adding to your profession. Additionally, make sure you have a good motivation; this is something the committee members attach great importance to.

3. Ensure relevance
Ask yourself why your project is necessary, for yourself, for the profession, for the world. And make sure you make this clear in your application.

4. Ask others for feedback
To hone your proposal, reactions from outsiders and/or colleagues can be very valuable. Discuss your proposal with them, ask for feedback and focus on where you want to go.

5. Be complete
Applications are evaluated by the committees on the basis of the information contained in the application. So make sure it is complete and don't forget any details. What is clear to you is not necessarily clear to others, especially if they do not know you and/or your work.

6. Be clear
Knowing how to communicate your plans and ambitions well is half the battle. Make sure your application is clear and well-written. Make sure that the ambitions you formulate in your motivation letter fit in with your portfolio. If necessary, have someone check it.

7. Don't be too critical of yourself
Being critical of yourself is good. But being too critical has an inhibiting effect. So do not disqualify yourself in advance.. If your proposal is rejected, realize that everyone is judged on their own merits, but of course you always have to deal with the competition. Especially in over-subscribed rounds, this can be decisive.

8. Don't get discouraged
Don't be afraid of a rejection. You sometimes have to wait a while, but there is always a new opportunity to submit a subsidy application.

Do you have a question that is not answered on the Talent Development page? Mail to [email protected] Marieke Ladru or [email protected] Roxanne Minten of the Grant Programme of Talent Development. Or call Of +31 (0) 10 4361600 during the telephone consultation hour:
Friday 15 February 2019 between 10am-12pm
Friday 22 February 2019 between 10am-12pm
Friday 1 March 2019 between 10am-12pm

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