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Selection Open Call: Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2

Selection Open Call: Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2

27 March 2019

In September last year, the Creative Industries Fund NL issued the Open Call Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2. Dutch designers and cultural organizations were asked to submit a plan for a project, intervention or trajectory that deploys design for more inclusive societies in Turkey, Morocco, Egypt or Russia. An interdisciplinary committee with expertise in the countries concerned selected 16 projects from 38 proposals.
Approaching from different angles and disciplines, the 16 selected projects focus on new relationships between identity, street culture, public space and the relationship between the city and the countryside. The project forms are diverse and range from design research (including field research) and speculative design to a festival. Based on design (design, digital culture and architecture), the teams discuss and investigate themes such as gentrification, visual identity, upcycling, data ownership and privacy, migration and the future of crafts. The projects are context-specific and the selected international teams work together with different communities.

The number of entries for this second open call was almost evenly distributed across the four countries, with fourteen applications for Morocco standing out. In addition, nine applications related to Turkey, six to Egypt and nine to Russia. Four projects per country were selected for the initial phase, with the possibility of submitting a follow-up application for the second phase. Below you can read about the striking elements in the entries per country.

Morocco is a country rich in crafts and this was reflected in the applications. Six of the fourteen focused on the future and development of the crafts of fashion and textiles, two on digital culture and six on architecture. The country is versatile and consists of many contrasts. Each region has its own craft and specialization: Fes and the surrounding area is known for its ceramics, leather and wool while in Southern Morocco there is a great deal of work with wood and raphia and a rich history of carpet weaving. The applications focus on various social issues that are topical in Morocco, such as the position of women in the public domain, the distribution of resources and prosperity, the meaning of heritage and contemporary developments, road safety, and mobility and immigration. The projects submitted take place in different regions in the country. In general, there was limited involvement of Moroccan partners in the proposed collaborations. The selected projects touch on interesting and contemporary themes in terms of content, work together with local communities and professionals and have the potential to find a good balance in reciprocity and balanced partnership in international collaboration.

Selected projects in Morocco:
A SQUARE METER BERBER – Mina Abouzahra and Nina Mohammad-Galbert
QANAT: a training for the not yet – Jeanne van Heeswijk and Le 18
New Geographies of the Mediterranean Sea – Manon Bachelier, Justine Daquin and Zoé Le Voyer
Tangier: Facets of a Mediterranean Intersection – Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra Foundation, Mahal Art Space, Ecole Nationale d'Architecture and Atelier Kissaria

Compared to the first open call, the projects submitted for Russia are very diverse in terms of themes. A large number targets the public space. But journalism was also central to one of the applications; it examined the mainstream media from a design perspective. The projects that use a special way of working and questioning were notable. For example, there are projects that conduct speculative research into the identity of a region and the possible relationship that people can have with it. Field research and collaboration with communities are typical of the selected projects. The committee found the projects that work in a cross-disciplinary way refreshing, especially collaborations between different cultural and artistic disciplines. It expects these to lead to innovative results that contribute to the meaning of inclusive societies in urban and rural areas in the Russian context.

Selected projects Russia:
Murmansk Project –Sonic Acts Foundation and Friday Milk
Who owns the river? - Observatorium Partnership and Street Art Research Institute St. Petersburg
What do landscapes say? Speculating on the diversity of landscapes and identity - Nomaos
Palaces of Culture in the former USSR - DVN Architect, Voronezh State Technical University, municipality of Voronezh, communities in Voronezh
A SQUARE METER BERBER by Mina Abouzahra and Nina Mohammad-Galbert

The situation in Egypt is complicated. Freedom of movement and possibilities for national and international exchange have changed in recent years. Despite the difficult situation and restrictions, the cultural sector in Egypt is very active, lively and critical. There are many grass-roots initiatives, organizations and collectives that know how to deal tactically with collaborations and support and that set up and carry out their activities strategically. The committee noticed that these initiatives were not strongly represented in the applications submitted. In addition, it was striking that five of the six applications submitted focused on Cairo and only one on Alexandria. The quality of the applications and the degree of detailing varied greatly. In the selected projects, the committee sees opportunities to involve more young Egyptian designers, artists and makers in the further development phase.

Selected projects Egypt:

We Are Data – Impakt Foundation and Cairotronica
Papyrus and New Media – Ba7r, Khatt Foundation and Megawra
Aseel – DecoType and Al-Qalam
(Re)model citizens – Elke Uitentuis, Wouter Osterholt, communities in Antikhana, CLUSTER, Takween and Megawra

The applications submitted target several locations in Turkey: Izmir, Istanbul, Ankara, Eskeshir and Antep, close to the Syrian border. Overall, the quality of the applications was good. There was a great variety of themes and disciplines, encompassing textile design, illustration, design for public space, games and VR. A number of proposals lacked cultural relevance in the methodology, purpose or collaboration. The committee is positive about the selected proposals with regard to the degree of reciprocity in the Turkish-Dutch cooperation. The projects address the sustainable social effects in Turkey and are open to learning from the Turkish perspective for similar challenges in the Netherlands. The committee expects this aspect to be developed and detailed more strongly in the initial phase.

Selected projects Turkey:
Tradition as a Making Tool – Space Crafters and Cross Change
Inclusive regenerated fashion in Turkey – Knitwear Lab and Bersa Triko
No Seat At The Table – Minem Sezgin, Stüdyo 501 and Bant Mag
POMACE: Learning Circularity from Olive – Random Works, Studio FG, Melis Baloglu Design, Zeytince Association, Can Gunduz, Bilge Demirtas and the municipality of Karaburun

Papyrus and New Media door Ba7r, Khatt Foundation and Megawra

composition of the committee
The four components of the open call are each specifically targeted at one of the four countries, and together they form part of a single programme. It was therefore decided to set up a special committee which would include experts working in the creative industry and with the ability to think in an interdisciplinary way per country. Given the diversity of disciplines in the applications, two advisors with expertise in the fields of digital culture and design were also involved. The committee consists of:

Committee chair: Petra Stienen – publicist, independent consultant and Arabist. She has written two books on the Middle East: 'Dreaming of an Arab Spring' (2008) and 'The Other Arabic Sound' (2012). From 1995 to 1999, Petra worked as a diplomat in the press and culture department at the Dutch Embassy in Egypt.
Turkey advisor: Merve Bedir – architect and co-founder of MAD, a centre dedicated to spatial justice in Istanbul. Bedir is a member of Matbakh-Mutfak, a transnational women's collective based in Gaziantep and is involved in Future+ / Aformal Academy, an independent school for art and urban design in Shenzhen.
Russia advisor: Eva Radionova – landscape architect and founder of Novascape, curator of Russian-Dutch exchange projects, guest lecturer at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Egypt advisor: Arthur Steiner – programme leader at HIVOS, art historian and Arabist with a practice at the interface of visual arts, design and technology. Steiner has set up various art spaces and exchange programmes in collaboration with local parties in the Middle East and is in Egypt several times a year for this purpose.
Morocco advisor: Saïd Belhaj – founder of Raphia, a line of shoes for which he collaborates with artisans in Southern Morocco on the design and natural techniques, including painting techniques. Belhaj is co-founder of PUHA, a boutique with work by more than 50 Dutch fashion designers who focus on sustainable materials and production techniques.
Digital Culture advisor: Janine Huizinga – Head of Interactive / Media / Design at the KABK in The Hague and co-founder of Creative Cooperative and the European Street Design Challenge. Huizinga has undertaken several projects in Russia and Egypt. Until 2009 she was artistic director at the Waag.
Design advisor: Yassine Salihine – industrial designer, lecturer in design research at the Industrial Design master at the KABK. In his practice Salihine develops concepts, designs and strategic design and forecasting for different sectors. Salihine has a background in investigative journalism.

Within the policy framework of the International Cultural Policy 2017-2020 (objective 2) and with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Creative Industries Fund NL implements a four-year programme entitled 'Inclusive Cities & Societies through Design'. Central to the programme is the role and commitment of design (and design thinking) in questioning and providing solutions for rapid urbanization and the associated social themes. Cross-disciplinary working with relevant stakeholders in Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco is encouraged, both within the design disciplines and elsewhere. The programme is aimed at offering opportunities for equal collaboration between these countries and the Netherlands, and strengthening trust and understanding.

Photo at the top: Murmansk Project – Stichting Sonic Acts and Friday Milk

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In the context of the WeMakeThe.City festival, Creative Industries Fund NL and Play the City are organizing 'CityLab: local action or international movement' in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. This session takes place during the Urban conference Common Ground on Wednesday 19 June 2019, from 14.30 – 16.30. Experts from the Netherlands and Turkey share their experiences of new forms of co-creation and the impact of CityLabs on the future development of our built environment.
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While CityLabs are maturing and developing new forms of co-creation processes, similar spaces for local action are developing worldwide. They are becoming an integral part of the official unilateral planning we know from last century.

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Photo above: Ekim Tan

New temporary Digital Heritage x Public grant programme

3 June 2019

The Netherlands is rich in digital heritage. The Cabinet is making extra funds available in 2019 and 2020 to stimulate the visibility and use of this heritage. The Creative Industries Fund NL, the Mondriaan Fund and the Cultural Participation Fund have joined forces and developed three complementary grant programmes. Makers and cultural institutions are being encouraged to work together to develop new uses and increase the visibility of digital heritage to a broad public.
Our history and culture are recorded in detail in the digital or digitized collections and archives of various museums, libraries and specialized institutions. These databases and archives are a rich source for new stories, but all too often they are unintentionally hidden from a large group of people.

additional resources
By now, the Digital Heritage Network (NDE) has laid the foundations for sustainable digital availability of heritage. The additional resources released by the government in 2019 and 2020 are specifically intended to increase the visibility and use of digital archives and collections. The common objective of the three funds' programmes is to give a broad public a new perspective on the value of our digital heritage. In this way, special and inspirational experiences are created, which tie in with current developments.

impulse from cultural funds
The Creative Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fund and Cultural Participation Fund are each designing a stimulus measure from their own perspective. In so doing, we are opting for a broad impulse to encourage the use and visibility of digital heritage. The Cultural Participation Fund focuses on the creative use of the collections by young people, the Mondriaan Fund contributes to making digitized heritage collections more accessible to the public and the Creative Industries Fund NL invests in new stories created by consortia of makers from the creative industry. The funds will share the proceeds of the grant programmes with the field in coordination with DEN (the knowledge institute for culture and digitization) and the NDE.

temporary digital heritage x public grant programme
As a designer, maker or design bureau, how do you make heritage visible to a broad public and which perspective, innovative application or intervention do you choose to shed new light on the heritage? With two selection rounds that focus on this question, the Fund aims to improve the visibility and utilization of digital collections in an innovative way, through the joint efforts of designers and heritage institutions. The first deadline is Thursday 5 September 2019.

Click here for more information about applying for the temporary Digital Heritage x Public grant programme.

Mondriaan Fund programme
Cultural Participation Fund programme

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has made € 3.5 million available for the period 2019-2020. These resources are divided equally between the three participating funds.

11 June: Get a Grant Architect

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When can you, as an architect, apply for a subsidy from the Creative Industries Fund NL, how does it work and what do you need to be aware of? On 11 June 2019, we are organizing an information session for architects who have already graduated or are close to graduation. Curious? Sign up and come along to Get a Grant Architect in POST Rotterdam.
During the Get a Grant Architect event, Architecture coordinator Maarten Tas will provide an overview of the grant possibilities that the Fund can offer young architects. Arna Mačkić (Studio L A) and Christopher de Vries (Rademacher de Vries) will then use their own work to explain what the support they received from the Fund has given them, and how they approached applying for subsidy. At the end, there is an opportunity to ask questions and for individual discussions. Marieke Berkers, architectural historian and former advisor to the Fund, is the moderator of the evening. The language is Dutch.

The Creative Industries Fund NL is the cultural fund for architecture, design, digital culture and all possible crossovers. In addition to providing project subsidies from the various grant programmes such as Architecture, Design and Digital culture, the Fund makes a working grant available annually within the Talent development grant programme to some 25 talented young designers/makers for their artistic and professional development.

Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019
Time: 19.30 - 21.30 (doors open 19.15)
Location: POST Rotterdam, Coolsingel 42, Rotterdam
Admission: free
Register: here

Speakers: Arna Mačkić (Studio L A) and Christopher de Vries (Rademacher de Vries)
Moderator: Chris Luth (architect and curator)
Language: Dutch

13 June: Get a Grant Arnhem

3 June 2019

When can you apply for a grant, how does it work and what do you need to be aware of? The Mondriaan Fund and the Creative Industries Fund NL are jointly organizing an information session on grant possibilities for artists and designers who have already graduated or are close to graduation. Come along to the Get a Grant Event at ArtEZ College of the Arts in Arnhem on Thursday 13 June 2019.
The Get a Grant Event gives an overview of what the Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL can offer young creative professionals. Are you looking for funding for your project or practice? Staff from the two funds will tell you about the subsidy possibilities: when can you apply for a grant, how does it work and what do you need to be aware of? In addition, a visual artist and a designer will talk about their experiences in submitting an application and answer questions from the public. Afterwards you can ask the speakers specific questions.

This meeting is the first in a series of three Get a Grant information sessions that the Mondriaan Fund and the Fund are organizing throughout the country this year.

Mondriaan Fund
The Mondriaan Fund is the public fund for visual arts and cultural heritage. The Fund offers, among other things, a range of contribution possibilities for artists and mediators (curators and critics) in the areas of talent development and deepening of the practice.

Creative Industries Fund
The Creative Industries Fund NL is the cultural fund for architecture, design, digital culture and every imaginable crossover. In addition to providing project subsidies from the various grant programmes such as Design and Digital Culture, the Fund makes a working grant available annually within the Talent Development grant programme to some 25 talented young designers/makers for their artistic and professional development.

Date: Thursday 13 June 2019
Time: 14.00 - 16.00 (doors open 13.30, after 15.30 possibility for individual questions to the speakers)
Location: ArtEZ College of the Arts, Onderlangs 9 (lecture hall M3.07) Arnhem
Admission: free
Registering: sign up here using the registration form

Spekers: designer Julia Janssen, artist Julius Thissen
Moderator: Peter van der West
Session language: English

Open Call Researching Remix

9 May 2019

Do you use 'remix' as a method to achieve innovative and experimental work? And within your practice, do you reflect on themes such as balance of power, ownership, appropriation and social inequality? For the Researching Remix Open Call, Metro54 and the Creative Industries Fund NL invite makers, collectives, organizers and thinkers to submit a project proposal. The deadline is Tuesday 2 July. The results of the selected works will be presented at the Dutch Design Week in October.
collaboration between the Fund and Metro54
As a platform, Metro54 follows experimental and innovative art, design, fashion, architecture, music and digital expressions very closely. In 2019, Metro54 is organizing the travelling annual programme Re-mix and Re-search: whose cultural appropriation is this?. This programme investigates the theme of cultural appropriation within contemporary urban arts & culture and is being realized in collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL.

open call
Remix as a methodology and research method has a significant influence in urban arts & culture. We are interested in projects that are able to relate critically to this influence and, in so doing, reflect on themes such as the balance of power, ownership and cultural appropriation.
For this open call we are looking for new, interdisciplinary and many-voiced remix work that contributes to innovation in the fields of (graphic) productions, graphic design, fashion, architecture, visual culture and digital culture. Themes such as agency, recognition and ownership play an important role in the intended projects. We are also particularly interested in how remix as a research method or methodology plays a role in your practice proposal.

group exhibition
The selected proposals for new work will be presented during the Dutch Design Week 2019 in Eindhoven as part of the exhibition and programme This is a Take-Over: Researching Remix. In this way, curator Metro54 wants to draw attention to design, reflection and research within urban arts & culture.

If you would like to present an idea or if you have any questions about the open call, come to the in-store meetup on Thursday 6 June from 19:00 to 21:00 at Daily Paper in Amsterdam. Metro54 and Fund staff will be present.

If you have any questions about the content of this open call, you can also contact Metro54. For questions about submitting your proposal, please contact Sean Gillis or Zineb Seghrouchni or by telephone at 010 436 16 00.

practical information about your application

Who can submit a proposal?
Individual makers, designers, thinkers, collectives and organizers of new, interdisciplinary and diverse work can submit a proposal.

When is the deadline?
you can submit your application here
the open call closes on 2 July 2019
the selection will be announced in the third week of July

What is the available budget?
maximum € 4,000 per proposal for making new work (including VAT, where applicable)
a minimum of four proposals will be supported

What do you need to provide?
project plan: in text and/or images; the inclusion of web links to online material, films, etc. is permitted
proof of the applying party's registration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK)

What is the evaluation of the proposal based on?
vision on remix as a research method and methodology
extent to which reflection on themes that influence urban arts & culture has been developed
boldness and inventiveness
feasibility of the proposal

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