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Simone Trum selected for residency MMCA

Simone Trum selected for residency MMCA

16 January 2017

Simone Trum of graphic design agency Team Thursday has been selected for a residency at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, South Korea. From May through August 2017, she’ll be a resident at the MMCA and carry out a number of activities. Trum was one of the eight designers who submitted a proposal for the Open Call Residency MMCA, Seoul 2017. This open call was completed in collaboration with the Mondriaan Fund. They offered a place for one artist.
During her stay at the MMCA, Trum will work on a number of different projects. She also intends to give workshops and lectures at various schools in Seoul. In addition, she hopes to use the remainder of her time to take a course in Korean calligraphy and explore Korean culture through conversations and city walks. She’ll present her ideas, progress, inspiration and projects on a dynamic billboard placed in front of the MMCA. According to Trum, it’s a suitable medium for starting conversations with other residents, passers-by and her studio partner Loes van Esch, who will remain in the Netherlands. Finally, she’s planning repeat visits to existing contacts in Seoul during her stay. Team Thursday, the graphic design agency that she runs with Van Esch, first began building a network in Seoul in November 2015 as a result of their project for the international typography biennial Typojanchi 2015.

Selection process
All of the presentations were submitted to Nikki Gonnissen, advisory committee member of the Grant Programma for Internationalization. Based on the evaluation criteria, Gonnissen drew up a shortlist which was sent to the MMCA along with the submitted proposals. The MMCA formed selection committee and chose one designer from the shortlist. Trum is receiving a contribution of € 10,000 to offset her travel, material and accommodation costs.

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Open Call Residency in Arita, Japan 2019

14 June 2018

In 2019, Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund are once again jointly offering two residency periods in the Japanese ceramics region of Saga. The funds invite designers and artists to submit a proposal by 6 august 2018 at the latest.
The residency in Japan offers highly promising artists and designers the leeway to conduct artistic and technical research and to develop their personal work, which must also lead to intensive interaction with the relevant porcelain manufacturers in the region. An important guiding principle for this residency is to learn special techniques within Japan’s oldest ceramics industry and employ them in their own work.

The Dutch designer duo Scholten & Baijings and Japanese designer Teruhiro Yanagihara are involved with this celebration as artistic directors of the Arita 2016 project. They have established this residency in association with the Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL in order to stimulate crossovers and experimentation, as well as to initiate new collaborations between Dutch artists & designers and Japanese potteries.

Find more information about this Open Call here.

9 July: Get a Grant event The Hague

14 June 2018

Want to know how to get your project or practice funded? 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. Join the Get a Grant event at the KABK in The Hague on Monday 9th of July from 10.00 - 12.00 hrs.
Employees of both funds talk about the subsidy possibilities: when will you be able to apply for a subsidy, how does this work and where do you have to pay attention to? Next to that fashion designer David Laport and artist Marijn Ottenhof will talk about their experiences when submitting an application and answer questions from the audience. Afterwards you can join the informal get together with drinks, where you can ask your specific questions.

The Mondriaan Fund and the Creative Industries Fund NL jointly organize three meetings about grant possibilities this year, at different academies.

The Mondriaan Fund is a publicly financed fund in the Netherlands for visual arts and cultural heritage. It offers a wide range of grants for emerging visual artists and mediators (curators and critics) to encourage the development of their work and cultural entrepreneurship.

Creative Industries Fund NL (Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie) 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.

Date: Monday 9 juli 2018
Time: 10 a.m. - 12.00
Location: KABK, Prinsessegracht 4, in the courtyard
Entrance: free
Sign up: via this link
Moderator: Femke Dekker (freelance curator, director of students Sandberg Institute and ex-advisory commitee of the Stimuleringsfonds.
Speakers: fashion designer David Laport, Hugo van de Poel (grants officer Design & Talentdevelopment at Creative Industries Fund NL), artist Marijn Ottenhof, Carmen Muskee (communications at The Mondriaan Fund) and a grants officer of The Mondriaan Fund).

Main language: English

Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 on view now!

31 May 2018

Last week, Barbera Wolfensberger (Director-General for Culture and Media) and Afke van Rijn (Director Media and Creative Industry at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) visited the preview days and the opening of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. The Creative Industries Fund NL organized a guided tour together with Het Nieuwe Instituut, in which they received an impression of the Dutch contributions.
The fund launched three open calls this year for participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale, one in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut for the extended program of the Dutch pavilion. The twelve selected presentations, varying from architectural projects to installations, performances and publications all respond to the FREESPACE manifesto of biennale curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. Five more specifically on the theme WORK, BODY, LEISURE by curator Marina Otero Verzier (Head of Research & Development at Het Nieuwe Instituut).

The Venice Architecture Biennale can be visited until 25 November 2018.
‘A School in the Making’ in the Arsenale by Case Design (Anne Geenen & Samuel Barclay). Photo: Daria Scagliola
The exhibition 'A School in the Making' presents the ongoing experience of building the Avasara Academy in India. It shares the story of the formation of the school as a collaborative and experimental practice. Photo: Daria Scagliola
‘City of Comings and Goings’ in the Central Pavilion by Crimson Architectural Historians. Photo: Daria Scagliola
Director-General Culture and Media, Barbera Wolfensberger gets a tour through the Central Pavilion. Photo: Daria Scagliola
‘Free Market’ by Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E), Jo Anne Butler (Superfolk), Miriam Delaney (DIT), Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction), Orla Murphy (Custom) & Laurence LoLord. Photo: Matthew Thompson
Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E) in conversation with Director-General Culture and Media, Barbera Wolfensberger and Director Creative Industries, Ministry of Education Culture and Science, Afke van Rijn. Photo: Daria Scagliola
‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’ by Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, Filippo LaFleur). Photo: Daria Scagliola
Scenography in which an interaction arises between dance performance 'Cosmogonia Mundi' by MAKE MOVE THINK and installation ‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’ by Northscapes Collective. Photo: Daria Scagliola
‘Do You Hear The People Sing?’ by Crimson Architectural Historians in the Japanese Pavilion (Giardini). Photo: Daria Scagliola
Wouter van Stiphout (Crimson Architectural Historians) in conversation with Floris Alkemade and Berno Strootman (College van Rijksadviseurs). Photo: Maarten Tas
The installation Renderlands by Liam Young in the Dutch Pavilion. Photo: Daria Scagliola
The Port and the Fall of Icarus (Northscapes Collective), The Institute of Patent Infringement (Jane Chew & Matthew Stewart), Shore Leaves (Giuditta Vendrame, Paolo Patelli & Giulio Squillacciotti).
The Dutch Pavillion’ WORK, BODY, LEISURE curator Marina Otero Verzier and executive director Stimuleringsfonds Syb Groeneveld. Photo: Daria Scagliola
The physical installation 'Safety Measures' by Simone C. Niquille in the Dutch Pavilion with the digital expansion ‘Sisyphus' on screen. Photo: Daria Scagliola
After the tour the opening of the Dutch Pavilion took place outside with Guus Beumer, Director of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Photo: Daria Scagliola

Photo above: Director-general Culture and Media, Barbera Wolfensberger officially opens the Dutch Pavilion, by starting the music of 'Songs for hard Working People' by Noam Toran with Remco de Jong and Florentijn Boddendijk. Photo: Daria Scagliola


Architecture Biennale: from Freespace to Free haven | Column by Syb Groeneveld

31 May 2018

The role of architecture is to give shelter to our bodies and to lift our spirits’: so say the Irish curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of the 16th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, which opened last week. Twelve presentations supported by the Creative Industrie Fund NL give shape and substance to the curators’ FREESPACE manifesto, each in their own way.
In the Dutch pavilion in the Giardini, five of the twelve presentations are part of the titillating WORK, BODY, LEISURE presentation by curator Marina Otero Verzier, which is the formal Dutch contribution by Het Nieuwe Instituut regarding the future of physical labour. In partnership with the Creative Industries Fund NL, a number of open calls were issued for the Dutch entry to the Architecture Biennale, resulting in the selection of these five projects for the ‘extended programme’ with which the curator aims to transcend the walls of the Dutch pavilion.

Northscape Collective
This is most visible in the surprising installation ‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’, encountered as a massive, semi-submerged and rusty wall at the Riva dei Sette Martiri, between the Arsenale and the Giardini. A steel bunker positioned between the city and the sea, between the sun and the moon – upon closer inspection it turns out to offer a multi-dimensional perspective that is perfectly in keeping with the theme of this Biennale.

The Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, Filippo LaFleur) here displays the outcome of a long-term design research project (with partners including the Delft University of Technology) into the architectonic, social and political implications of logistics and of possible future scenarios for the ports of Rotterdam and Venice. The eight ‘rooms’ of the installation gradually reveal how it depicts the increasing insularity of the port with respect to the port city. Cold figures demonstrate how the port, as a ‘freespace’, is ever less interested in physical dock workers and appears to be drifting away from the age-old choreographic and architectonic interplay between people, city and port.
Installation 'The Port and the Fall of Icarus' by Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha K. Bacchin en Filippo laFleur) along the Riva dei Sette Martiri. Photo: Igreg Studio

With FREESPACE, the curators highlight the enriching role of architecture, of course physically but also spiritually. This requires a sense of wonder, which is exactly what makes the installation by Northscape Collective so successful and so relevant. As a result of robotisation, automation and digitisation, new sociological structures and life environments are emerging at a dizzying pace. This compels architecture to question the new relationships and to engage in new experimentation.

At a time where the size of available public space in the Netherlands is dwindling rapidly, it is worrying to note how this edition of the Architecture Biennale contains few to no interventions in the city’s public space (outside the pavilions and the Arsenale). In this respect, the city of Venice itself does not present or represent much FREESPACE, which is a pity.

other supported presentations
The Creative Industries Fund NL has compiled a publication presenting all twelve of the supported projects on display in Venice. For instance, ‘A City of Comings and Goings’ by Crimson Architectural Historians has been selected by the curators for the Central Pavilion in the Giardini, and ‘A School in the Making’ by Case Design (Anne Geenen & Samuel Barclay) has been included in the main exhibition in the Arsenale.

MAKE MOVE THINK (left) with director-general of Culture and Media, Barbera Wolfensberger and executive director, Syb Groeneveld. Photo: Michal Hancovsky

Photo above: On 24 May, a large delegation headed by the director-general of Culture and Media, Barbera Wolfensberger, visited the installation ‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’, where Northscape Collective offered an extensive explanation and MAKE MOVE THINK added an extra layer of significance with their shrewdly designed dance performance 'Cosmogonia Mundi'.


Selection Open Calls Internationalization: Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco #1

4 May 2018

Last December, the Fund issued four different open calls where Dutch designers and cultural organizations were invited to submit a project plan for a project, intervention or process that deploys design for sustainable and inclusive urbanization in Turkey, Morocco, Egypt or Russia. An interdisciplinary committee with expertise in the countries concerned made a selection from 56 proposals.
The 16 selected projects offer opportunities that include improving living conditions and social cohesion, working together with different target groups, utilizing technology for social innovation and exploring new meanings of cultural heritage. This selection provides an initial impulse for setting up and reinforcing collaborations between makers in the four countries and the Netherlands. Where knowledge is developed and shared for the challenges associated with urbanization.

The number of submissions for this first series of open calls was high and almost evenly distributed over the four countries, with Russia standing out with 20 applications. There were also 13 applications for Morocco, 12 for Egypt and 11 for Turkey. Per country, 4 projects were selected for the first phase, with the option for submitting a follow-up application for the second phase.

The following stood out in the submissions per country:

The submissions for Turkey related to both large and small cities, instead of a mono-focus on Istanbul. This distribution of projects over the country makes the proposals interesting and sometimes surprising. A total of 11 applications is a modest harvest of entries, considering the long-standing relationships between the Netherlands and Turkey in the cultural sphere, and the challenges associated with urbanization in Turkey. One possible explanation is that the aim is to achieve collaborations with the local authorities and that is particularly challenging. The composition of the teams and expertise turned out to match only in varying degrees the themes and objectives of the projects, on both the Dutch and Turkish sides. The balance in reciprocity, the relevance of the issue and the approach was good in the selected projects. How collaboration and reciprocity are to be safeguarded and organized in the subsequent course of the projects requires further development for the second phase. The partnerships were the deciding factor for the selection of projects in Turkey.

selected projects Turkey:
Lüleburgaz Bisiklette Biniyor, cycling for a better city
Artgineering/ Novusens/ Sustainable Solutions
Toroslar Interactive CityLab
Ekim Tan, Play the City
PALANGA, Turkish and Dutch Farming Practices Learn from each other
IND International
Izmir Metabolic Cycling Network (IMCN)

Izmir Metabolic Cycling Network (MCN), FABRICations and WRI Turkey

Geographically, the applications were very widespread, from Moscow to Siberia and even Svobodny, towards the borders with China and Japan. This is an interesting and positive yield. The level and quality of the applications varied significantly in the 20 submissions for the open call Russia. Several applications focused on ‘mono-towns’. This is the phenomenon of mono-functional cities that in their development – composition of services, economy and inhabitants – specifically focus on a particular industry. In terms of themes, these applications were similar to each other. The differences in approach and method therefore weighed more heavily. Many applications were focused on improving or developing the public space – a development that has recently been utilized in Russian cities. Only a few applications had a distinctive approach to this. One of the reasons for this could be that the same Russian partner, an important player in the development of public space, was often included in the project teams. On the whole, it was noticeable that 2 to 3 Russian partners were frequently mentioned in the applications. A few projects had an extremely good approach with regard to accessing local partners, particularly users, which is one of the greatest challenges in Russia in the area of spatial issues. In general, something that stood out in the budgets was that the hourly rates in Russia are lower in comparison with the rates in the Netherlands. This is a realistic representation and, according to the advisers, it is all the more important to be clear about how the reciprocity has been organized in the collaborative relationship. The approach chosen was decisive when selecting the projects in Russia.

selected projects Russia:
Prototyping Future Energy with HSE
Yin Aiwen
LL Tomsk One - Living Laboratory
LEVS Architecten
The 'Samarsky Yard' - Housing Heritage in the Post-Socialist City
Schiemann Weyers
New Urban Media Centre in Yekaterinburg
SVESMI Holding

New Urban Media Centre in Yekaterinburg, SVESMI HOLDING BV

The submissions for Egypt varied in their approach and the issue chosen. Many projects focused on Cairo, despite the fact that Egypt is a large country. It is, after all, the city where many things are centralized, including art and culture. Cairo is certainly the perfect place to start working in Egypt and to build up relationships from there. The strongest applications were to be found on the interface between art, culture and heritage. They are small in terms of set-up and implementation, but great in potential impact and for knowledge development and sharing. There are still opportunities and scope for small-scale projects in Egypt. Large-scale, urban design projects require collaboration with the authorities at national or local level and that is extremely difficult, perhaps even unrealistic, considering the time frame of the projects. However, the committee noted that heritage as a main theme was conspicuously absent in the applications. This is however a very relevant topic in the Egyptian context, for both material and immaterial heritage. A positive aspect is that a few projects made this connection and took up a position towards approaching heritage from a designer's perspective. It was noticeable that one particular local partner appeared several times in different applications. Building up relationships between various Dutch and Egyptian parties appears to be necessary. On the Dutch side, the main applicant or other parties involved appeared to be less well-matched with the theme or approach. From the applications, it emerged that the necessary cultural sensitivity (from the Dutch perspective) of the social context was not always present. This is crucial when working together on the basis of reciprocity. Deciding factors for the selection of projects in Egypt were the relevance of the themes and the partnerships entered into for the purpose.

selected projects Egypt:
Grounded Urban Practices
Non Fiction & Cluster
Darb el Labana Lab
Bureau LADA & LALA Studio
Hope for Embaba
Connecting Deltas
Shift Works

Darb el Labana Lab, Bureau LADA and LALA Studio

Inspiring approaches to themes and collaborations – ranging from establishment to grassroots – characterized the applications focused on Morocco. There was a good geographical spread: Meknes, Casablanca, Rabat, Tanger in the north and Tiznit in the south. Remarkably enough, no projects focused on Marrakech. In terms of themes, various projects differed significantly in their degree of development. A few projects resembled ‘classic’ architectural projects that lay close to project development. In addition, the social or cultural significance and aim of the project were not always very clear. A balanced distribution of the budgets between the Dutch and Moroccan parties was not the case in all of the applications. In many projects, the requested amount for the first phase was intended in its entirety for the Dutch party, without clear insight into the contribution from the Moroccan side. Either in kind or financially. How the reciprocity is organized in the collaboration was already described in some project proposals, but attention is required for further development. In a number of applications, a Dutch team member with Moroccan roots is involved. The Moroccan diaspora is a valuable connection in building relationships and understanding between the Netherlands and Morocco, but also in creating together and sharing knowledge. Deciding factors for the selection of projects in Morocco were the approach to the collaboration and the type of projects (study + pilot).

selected projects Morocco:
Affordable Housing Casablanca
Bureau SLA
Network of Research & Architecture BV and MB Paysage
Learning from Tiznit
Slow Research Lab
Sara Frikech

PLAYCITY, Network of Research and Architecture BV & MB Paysage
Composition of the committee

Every open call specifically focused on one of the four countries, but they are all part of a single programme. For this reason the choice was made to put together a special committee, which includes experts per country, who are working in one of the fields of the creative industry and are able to think in an interdisciplinary way. The members of the committee are:

Committee chair: Saskia Ruijsink – senior expert Urban Policy and Planning Institute for Housing and urban development studies (IHS).
Advisor Egypt: Nat Muller – curator, writer and art critic specialized in the Arab world.
Advisor Morocco: Hicham Khalidi – curator Rotterdam Triennale 2020, Lafayette Anticipations - Fondation d'entreprise Galerie Lafayette in Paris, former guest curator Marrakech Biennale.
Advisor Russia: Eva Radionova – landscape architect bureau Novascape, curator and project leader Russian-Dutch projects, guest lecturer at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam.
Advisor Turkey: Aslı Çiçek – architect and guest professor KU Leuven, works in Brussels and Istanbul.
Generalist advisor: Paula Zijp – project funding coordinator at Triodos Foundation, MSc Cultural Anthropology (Sociocultural Transformation).


The Creative Industries Fund NL is conducting a four-year programme within the policy framework of the International Culture Policy 2017-2020 (objective 2) with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, entitled ‘Sustainable and inclusive cities through design’. Central to the programme is the role and deployment of design and design thinking to question and provide solutions for rapid urbanization and the corresponding social themes. Cross-disciplinary working with relevant stakeholders in Turkey is encouraged, both within and beyond the design disciplines, where it revolves around providing opportunities for collaboration between Turkey and the Netherlands on an equal footing and strengthening the trust and understanding between the two countries.

Photo above: Grounded Urban Practices, Non Fiction and Cluster


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