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Selection Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #2 and #3

Selection Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #2 and #3

22 April 2018

Next to the selection of the parallelprogram of the Dutch pavilion five more projects were selected in the context of the Open Call Architecture Biennale Venice 2018 #2_development budget and the Open Call Architecture Biennale Venice 2018 #3_presentation budget, who provide a physical, spatial contribution to the exploration of the FREESPACE theme during the Architecture Biennale Venice 2018. With the title FREESPACE, general curators of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, address the relation between architecture and society.
selection Open Call Architecture Biennale Venice 2018 #2_development budget
Case Design (Anne Geenen & Samuel Barclay) and Crimson Architectural Historian were invited to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, to present an exhibition related to their work and in response to the theme FREESPACE. On request of the curators the content of the exhibition cannot be revealed before the preview of this edition of the Biennale on the 24th and 25th of May.

selection Open Call Architecture Biennale Venice #3_presentation budget:
Cosmogonia Mundi
Architecture in the Netherlands – Yearbook
nai010 uitgevers with Lara Schrijver, Kirsten Hannema, Robert-Jan de Kort, Reinier de Graaf
Free Market
Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E) with Jo Anne Butler (Superfolk), Miriam Delaney (DIT), Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction), Orla Murphy (Custom) & Laurence Lord (AP+E)

next Thursday Night Live!
The 16th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale will take place from 26 May to 25 November 2018. The Creative Industries Fund and Het Nieuwe Instituut will continue their series of joint events with a reflection on the various explorations of the FREESPACE theme during the Thursday Night Live! on Thursday 5 July 2018.

Photo above: Anne Geenen, Case Design

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24 Jan: Get a Grant Maastricht

21 December 2018

Want to know how to get your project or practice funded? The Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund will jointly organize meetings about grant possibilities, aimed at creative professionals and graduates. Join the next Get a Grant Event on Thursday 24 January 2019 at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design.
The Get a Grant Event gives you insight in what the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund as Dutch public funds have to offer. Learn the how to’s from a visual artist and a designer on how they got their grant. And join the informal get together with drinks afterwards where you can ask your specific questions at staff from the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund.

Creative Industries Fund NL
Creative Industries Fund NL is the cultural fund for architecture, design, digital culture and every imaginable crossover. In addition to project subsidies from the various grants such as Design and Digital culture, the fund also makes an annual scholarship available for around 25 talented young designers / creators for their artistic and professional development.

Mondriaan Fund
The Mondriaan Fund is the public fund for visual art and cultural heritage in the Netherlands. It enables plans, projects and programmes of artists, exhibition makers and critics, museums and other art and heritage institutions, and publishers and commissioners.

Date: Thursday 24 January 2019
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Location: Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Herdenkingsplein 12
Admission: free
RSVP: via this form

Speakers: t.b.a.
Moderator: Valentijn Byvanck (director Marres)
Main language: English

Meet-up Egypt, Turkey, Russia and Morocco - an overview

11 December 2018

In the context of the Open Call: Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2 that is currently underway, Creative Industries Fund NL organized a meet-up at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. During the meet-up, speakers from Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco shared their expertise about the political, cultural and social context in their countries and used a great diversity of projects to convey their experiences in the creative field.
This article provides an overview of the gathering and a link to the Frequently Asked Questions about this Open Call, which closes on 21 January 2019.

How can designers work with other disciplines to create cities and societies that are more inclusive, despite the difficult political climates in these countries? How do you invest in the next generation of creatives? How do you appropriate the public space and how do you shape identity? Four speakers talked about their projects in the context of these questions.

Haytham Nawar, founder and artistic director of Cairotronica and the New Media Arts Festival as well as a lecturer at the American University, kicked off the session by sketching out the various editions of Cairotronica. This festival for digital culture was established in collaboration with 50 countries. In the most recent edition the emphasis was on approaching new relations between human and technology via artistic applications. For Egypt this is a new step and at the same time a means to prompt young people to look differently at the world around them via the familiar technology that they use every day. Haytham explained how they pointedly search for locations in the city for their festival, in the public space and elsewhere, in order to involve groups of people who normally would not visit a museum or gallery.

Bahia Shebab, who is also linked to the American University, then told us about how she employs graphic design and street art to discuss socio-critical topics in the streets of Cairo. Bahia presented a huge diversity of projects that her ‘graphic design’ students have developed in their graduation year: from a socio-critical comic and a sexual education kit to a navigation app in which formal and informal city structures are made visible. For Bahia, her students and the ‘seeds’ that she is planting are the most important aspects of her work. This is not accompanied by a great deal of fuss or noise, but it does have an impact. Or in Bahia’s words: ‘You can hear a tree fall, but you can’t hear a forest grow.’
Haytham Nawar, founder and and artistic leader of the Cairotronica and New Media Arts Festival and teacher at the American University. Photo: Mohamed Najah
Bahia Shebab, American University. Photo: Mohamed Najah

Nagehan Kurali Alan is a co-founder of Design In Situ, a design studio in Istanbul with a passion for the creation of digital experiences with a narrative. Nagehan sketched out an image of Istanbul as an urban playground; a city with challenges and opportunities. Within that context the studio’s mission is to employ the public space for more interaction between people and to capitalize on social behaviour. When creating their statements, interactive technology is the servant of the message, as in the case of the politician who stated that women should not laugh out loud in public space. She placed this quote in ‘monumental script’ on a wall, and thanks to the use of interactive technology every passer-by gets to hear a giggle. With them being female designers, much of the studio’s work is related to the position of women, because the city’s development does not self-evidently provide space for women. Social media and new media are subsequently used to disperse the narrative beyond the public space.

Nagehan Kurali Alan and Selin Mörth of Design In Situ. Photo: Mohamed Najah

After Turkey we turned our attention to the cold north, to the independent collective Fridaymilk in Murmansk, which Zhanna Guzenko and Oleg Khadartsev told us about in greater detail. As a collective they explore the northern identity, and far away from Moscow they discover that they have more in common with their neighbours across the border (Finland, Norway, part of Sweden and the Arctic Circle) than the inhabitants of their own country. They investigate what it means to live in Murmansk in a post-Soviet Russia. This is about loving a place despite the discomfort, the struggle with nature and infrastructure, and that struggle is one of the factors that is shaping a new northern identity. Oleg uses the fridge as a metaphor, as you don’t just want to take something from it where you need it, but to add something as well. Zhanna and Oleg have achieved this with, among other things, their festival, which besides providing physical warmth also and primarily promotes the idea of the decentralization of cultural centres: a shift of the focus on major cities to rural regions. Regional identity and the perception of the region’s specific culture is being constructed and built on in conjunction with producers of digital culture, architects, designers and journalists.

Moderator Hassnae Bouazza, Zhanna Guzenko and Oleg Khadartsev of the collective Fridaymilk. Photo: Mohamed Najah

Lastly, Kenza Benchouchaïb, director of the Kulte centre for contemporary art and editions in Rabat, provided us with insight into her experiences. The guiding principle for the Kulte gallery is experimentation with various disciplines, analyses and reflections on social questions in Morocco and Africa in a broader context. The connecting thread is the questioning of the public space and the role that is played by diverse groups. As an example, Kenza mentioned ‘The Africans’ project, which tackles the discussion about race and black identity, a topic which in Kenza’s opinion deserves greater attention in Morocco. For the ‘Ghorfa’ project, artist Younes Rahmoun devised a travelling ghorfa – a room which can accommodate various functions – that started out from his village in the mountains and after a journey through various parts of the world returned to its roots in the Rif mountain range. His message is about the ability to adapt oneself to different circumstances and reconnect with the here and now based on a new situation. This resilience is a quality that is needed to cooperate and to make an impact in the Moroccan context.

open call
After this tour of all the projects and the wealth of presentations by the international guests, the discussion proceeded to the parallels in the projects and the challenges that are encountered when employing design for inclusive societies. These discussions encompassed elements such as gaining trust, the troublesome issue of mobility (visas) and the contextual sensitivity that is needed to establish meaningful collaborations and projects.

Moderator Hassnae Bouazza in conversation with Kenza Benchouchaïb, director of Kulte Center for contemporary art and editions. Photo: Mohamed Najah
Photo: Mohamed Najah
Photo: Mohamed Najah
After the presentations there was the possibility to make aquintance with each other and to ask the Fund’s staff any questions about the open call. Foto: Mohamed Najah

Text: Rachida Abdellaoui
Photos: Mohamed Najah


Selection Open Call Interior & Interdisciplinarity

29 November 2018

Expertise from various disciplines and the involvement of different users and participants in spatial design assignments will lead to designs that are accessible to a wide public. With this in mind, the Fund is supporting four projects for interiors. All four are based on an urgent issue and an interdisciplinary approach.
In response to our Open Call Interior & Interdisciplinarity, 23 applications were submitted. Advisers Aslı Çiçek, Lyndsey Housden and Theun Mosk selected proposals that all offer a different development of the inclusiveness theme by focusing on a specific spatial typology and that explore accessibility for specific target groups.

‘Ademruimte’ (Breathing space) by Beer van Geer is a research project in which designers, architects and healthcare workers would like to develop a public space for calm, contemplation and silence. In ‘Spaces of Otherness’, Afaina de Jong uses theory and practice to look for an alternative architectural language for public spaces that does justice to cultural diversity, different identities and history. Siba Sahabi applies a multicultural approach to researching waiting areas in hospitals and improving the waiting experience. Finally, under the name ‘De-Market’, FUNC researches the market as a place for the daily activities of socially vulnerable people, an environment where they can get to know different crafts and people.

The selection of these four research projects has yielded the breadth and depth that the Fund was aiming for. Various disciplines within the creative industry are represented and steps are being taken towards solutions for urgent issues, devised from the perspective of the interior.

The proposals submitted were assessed against the criteria set out in the text of the open call. Selection took place on the basis of the degree of relevance and urgency of the assignment, the quality of the planned approach, including the expertise involved, the degree of innovation and the artistic quality of the work of the designers involved. The advisers also assessed the consistency of the project plans.

reason for the open call
The interior as a subject lies at the interface between the disciplines and grant programmes of Architecture and Design. In order to do greater justice to this subject and to assess the proposals within their own framework, the Open Call Interior & Interdisciplinarity is making funding available for exemplary research projects originating from an integral design approach to the interior. The aim is to stop considering interior as the last link in the process, but instead to stimulate design from the inside out.

Inclusiveness is a central theme in this call. This aspect has therefore been taken into account in the selection of proposals. When issuing the call, particular attention was paid to the breadth of the term ‘accessibility’, whereby the applicants themselves could give substance to the theme of inclusiveness. The proposals submitted demonstrate the broad scope of the subject and underline the fact that the interior is the scale at which the user or participant directly identifies with their environment. A number of proposals are explicitly aimed at designing a more inclusive living environment or designing for other target groups, where different conditions apply when developing a good interior. The selected proposals also represent this diversity in their approach to the topic; room is additionally provided for research into inclusion at a social, cultural and societal level.

to be continued in 2019
In view of the great interest in the subject before, during and after the open call deadline, and considering the great potential the advisors noted in many proposals, the Fund would like to issue the call again in the coming year. In the new version of the call, the opportunity will also be given to starting designers to develop themselves in initiating a research plan. So in addition to a research grant, a variant of a starting grant will be available in the next call for proposals. The Fund can utilize this call to focus on the professionalization process and the development of the talent base working in interior and spatial design. Keep an eye on our newsletter and website for updates.

Photo above: Siba Sahabi by Annemarijne Bax


Open Call Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2

27 November 2018

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on designers, makers, curators and cultural organizations in the Netherlands to submit a plan for a project that deploys design for sustainable and inclusive societies. The open call invites cultural parties to join forces with a local partner to turn their minds to a topical issue, observation or development in Turkey, Russia, Egypt or Morocco. The project should entail an egalitarian collaboration between the parties.
The rapid growth of cities is a topic that is relevant in the four countries that the open call is focusing on, resulting in new relationships between street culture, identity and public space, as well as between the city and the countryside. The appropriation of the city by various parties – grassroots and top-down, public and private, established and emerging – takes a diversity of forms, in the physical as well as the virtual domain. Designers are being asked to put topical themes that relate to the city, its surroundings and users on the agenda, to question them or propose solutions. This calls for cross-disciplinary and context-sensitive collaborations at the interface of culture, new media, technology, craft, society and the new economy.

The project team (of Dutch and local partners) adopts a standpoint concerning sustainable and inclusive societies within the theme that the project focuses on. The plan provides insight into how and why various stakeholders will be involved with the project. Projects can take a diversity of forms, from artistic, speculative or design-based research to the implementation of a pilot, intervention or campaign. The perspective of Turkish, Russian, Egyptian or Moroccan parties is crucial and should be embedded in the project.

This is a follow-up to the first series of Open Calls focused on these four countries that the Fund issued previously. As a result of findings concerning the first series of open calls, the Fund is more emphatically seeking for projects that relate to disciplines in the fields of design and digital culture, as well as every possible crossover.

Projects can be submitted from 1 December 2018 to 21 January 2019 via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment.

informative meet-up
Come to our meet-up on Thursday, 6 December at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. International speakers from the four countries will talk about their design practices and about relationships between street culture, identity, appropriation of public space, and new relationships between city and countryside. There is also the opportunity to ask the Fund’s staff any questions you may have about the open call. Register here.

more information
Find more information about the Open Call here.


6 Dec: Meet-up Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco

25 November 2018

Are you interested in undertaking a collaborative project in Turkey, Russia, Egypt or Morocco? Come to our meet-up on Thursday, 6 December at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Within its Internationalization programme, Creative Industries Fund NL has issued a second open call for design projects to contribute to more inclusive cities and societies in these four countries. The purpose of the afternoon is to present information about the open call, gain insight into relevant themes, share experiences of working in these countries, and provide the opportunity to explore collaborative projects in these countries.
International speakers from the four countries will talk about their design practices and about relationships between street culture, identity, appropriation of public space, and new relationships between city and countryside. What do they think is needed for reciprocal cooperation in these contexts?

There is also the opportunity to ask the Fund’s staff any questions you may have about the open call.

Hassnae Bouazza will moderate a discussion with the following international guests:

Oleg Khadartsev and Zhanna Guzenko - Fridaymilk
Fridaymilk is an independent collective in Murmansk. Creative director Oleg and curator and journalist Zhanna are contributing to developments in culture and media around the Arctic Circle. They use media content, workshops and cultural events to generate attention for the concept of ‘cultural decentralization’. They bring together the experiences of culture in major cities and outlying areas. Fridaymilk showcases novel ideas, tells life stories and promotes the dialogue between artists, curators and young people about the current meaning of life in Russia’s far north.

Haytham Nawar and Bahia ShebabCairotronica Festival and teaching at American University, Cairo
Haytham is the founder of the Cairo Electronic and New Media Arts Festival, an international hub for digital culture in the Middle East. Bahia regards street art as a vehicle for discussing socially critical subjects in the streets of Cairo. She is researching the thousand ways that the word ‘no’ can be written in Arabic. Bahia is the first Arabic woman to receive the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture.

Nagehan Kurali Alan - Design In Situ and the Nerdworking collective
Nagehan is a co-founder of Design In Situ, a design studio in Istanbul that combines interaction, animation and visual design. The studio has a passion for the creation of digital experiences and environments to tell unknown stories. In her work Nagehan concentrates on projections and interaction design in urban spaces.

Kenza Benbouchaib - Kulte Center for contemporary art and editions
Kenza Benbouchaib is a cultural operator and deputy director of Kulte Center for contemporary art and editions in Rabat. Kulte is an alternative cultural platform, with the mission to promote contemporary art through exhibitions, publications and artistic events. Her current practice examines the modalities and potentialities of curating to institute otherwise and explore new languages of collectivity.

Moderator Hassnae Bouazza is a journalist, columnist, translator and programme producer. In 2015 she received the Arouwad Award in Beirut for her work about the Arab world.
practical information

date: Thursday, 6 December
time: doors open at 13:00; 13:30 – 18:00, incl. drinks. Programme starts at 1.30pm
venue: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
language: English

Registrations are closed.
Please e-mail any questions to Yasmin Kursun, the Fund’s Grants Officer for Internationalization.

open call
You can read more about the objectives, criteria and application procedure for the Open Call: Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco #2 (deadline 21 January 2019). This is a follow-up to the initial series of Open Calls focused on these four countries, which Creative Industries Fund NL issued in early 2018.

Photo above: Khalid Amakran


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