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Six design teams selected for the Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

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.
On 4 March it was announced that the Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 2020 was postponed to 29 August to 29 November 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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.

selection development budget main locations
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)).

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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Fund takes measures due to the coronavirus

2 April 2020
Last update

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting and disrupting society as a whole, and its consequences will be felt worldwide for a long time to come. The aim of the Fund is to contribute to reducing the impact on the Dutch design sector. So, for the time being we will continue to process applications for all the grant programmes, except the Internationalization Grant Programme and the Vouchers procedure for Presentations Abroad. In addition, we are in constant consultation with the government, fellow cultural funds and the field so that we can take appropriate measures.

In the paragraphs below, the Fund has set out all the measures being taken by the Fund.

Accommodating approach: supporting measures for makers, institutions and festivals
With regard to projects currently being supported and that are having to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus, the Fund is taking an accommodating position. This means that any postponement, modification or relocation of the project will in principle be accepted. This also applies to the reimbursement of costs already incurred if the project can no longer be carried out.

The following is applicable:
• If your event or project has been definitively cancelled or rescheduled, please inform your contact person at the Fund by e-mail.
• If you receive an automatically generated message from the Fund about final accountability, but your event or project has been cancelled or rescheduled, please e-mail your contact person to let them know.
• You do not need to contact the Fund if there is any doubt about whether or not your event or project will go ahead. You should only e-mail your contact person in the event of a definitive cancellation or rescheduling.

The Fund cannot compensate the loss of income of freelancers in connection with hours still to be worked within a subsidized project that is no longer being carried out. For this, we refer you to the government's additional support for people who are self-employed. Read more here (Dutch).

The Fund is still operating and accessible by mail and telephone, despite the fact that Fund staff will be working from home as much as possible in the coming period. We are doing our utmost to ensure that all activities run as normally as possible.

• The secretariat can be reached by telephone and can put you through to your contact person at the Fund, but as a rule it is more convenient to mail your contact person directly.
• The closing dates are unchanged and can be found in the information on grants on the website.
• The committee meetings will continue as planned, but will not take place live at the Fund's offices, but in the form of a videoconference.
• All physical meetings of the Fund have been postponed until further notice.
• The processing time of an application remains unchanged. You will receive an e-mail informing you of the decision 10 weeks after the closing date of the grant programme. Please note that your project may not start before you have received the result.

International projects
The Internationalization Grant Programme and the Vouchers procedure for Presentations Abroad are suspended until further notice. No applications can be submitted for the time being. This measure is being taken by the Fund because of the travel restrictions imposed in connection with COVID-19, as a result of which very many projects and presentations cannot take place abroad. This measure also applies to the Internationalization Action Agenda Spatial Design Voucher procedure.

Policy going towards 2021
We will make every effort, with the limited possibilities we have, to keep the impact of this crisis on the sector as manageable as possible. This means that we will deploy additional initiatives to give the sector a boost in order to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. We will investigate these possibilities in the coming period and emphatically invite the sector to think along with us.

Also read the Frequently asked questions and answers about the consequences for the cultural and creative sector on the website of the National Government (Dutch).

Annual Report 2019: five times the power of design

26 March 2020

While COVID-19 has the world in its grip and has an enormous impact on our daily lives, it's almost impossible for us to imagine that a few weeks ago we were in a completely different position. The cultural sector has also been hit exceptionally hard. In these uncertain times, the Fund aims to remain a stable factor where designers can find support for their creativity. The fact that we're focusing, now more than ever, on what's to come makes it strange to look back.
Nonetheless, the Creative Industries Fund NL is today publishing the 2019 annual report, with five portraits of designers and makers on how they relate to an ever-changing world. Among other things, they examine the current social challenges facing cities, a move towards a more sustainable textile industry and the welfare of patients in hospitals. We hear from Michelle Provoost from the Independent School for the City, founder of Knitwear Lab Thijs Verhaar, musician and artist Chagall, artist Siba Sahabi and designer Sjoerd ter Borg.


Besides the portraits, the annual report contains animated infographics that provide insight into the distribution of the budget available for 2019 and the results achieved. With 1741 applications processed and 752 grants awarded, last year's percentage of applications receiving grants came to 43%. That is higher than the two previous years. In 2019, the Fund awarded a total of 16.1 million euro in grants to designers, cultural organizations and festivals. As a result, in 2019 the Fund once again made a substantial contribution to the quality of professional design practice. And although the circumstances are completely different at the moment, the Fund will continue to do so in 2020 and we will carry on processing applications for all the grant programmes (with the exception of the Internationalization Grant Programme and the Vouchers for Presentations Abroad, which have been suspended for the time being). We are committed to reducing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Dutch design sector.

We wish you a great deal of inspiration, creativity and good health. Together, we will put our shoulders to the wheel in the coming period.

Syb Groeneveld, executive director
Creative Industries Fund NL

New policy plan: Space for connection

17 March 2020

The Creative Industries Fund NL presents the policy plan for the period 2021–2024. The principles of the new policy respond to trends identified in recent years, and continue to focus on stimulating artistic quality, experiment/research and the process of making, in addition to promoting good commissioning. In doing so, the Fund is committed to connecting the unique talent of designers, makers and artists to sectors within and outside the cultural domain, nationally and internationally.
Executive director Syb Groeneveld explains:
'The Fund sees the period 2021–2024 as a challenge to work together with all partners on further development of a stronger, more resilient and more innovative design sector. The power of design can play a greater role than it does now and, as a result, mean more for people, society and technology. That is why we are giving room for connection and space for new perspectives on current challenges. We will, of course, continue to do what goes well, such as the Grant Programmes for Design, Architecture and Digital culture, and within talent development.'

In the coming policy period, the Creative Industries Fund NL will make a number of new support resources available.

experimentation grant programme
Responding to the need for a fast procedure for small grant applications in which experiment and concept development play a central role, the Fund is introducing an experimentation grant programme. This creates space for fresh alternative ways of thinking and interdisciplinary work.

4-year institutional grant programme
In recent years, many institutions within the creative industries have been professionalized. At the same time, we see that the cultural infrastructure been stagnant for years. The aim of the new Four-year Institutional Grant Programme 2021–2024 is to strengthen the cultural infrastructure and create opportunities for growth. The grant programme complements the Fund's existing programmes for cultural institutions, and represents a new apex to an ascending chain of 1, 2 or 4-year support possibilities for institutions within the creative industries.

festival grant programme
In order to ensure that interest and knowledge about the design disciplines in the region is stimulated and strengthened, new audiences are reached and other stories are told, the budget available for the festival grant programme is being made available per year across the five parts of the country, i.e. North, East, Central, South and West. In this way, the Fund is giving an impulse to the creative industries at local and regional levels.

new grant programme
A programmatic approach will be placed more firmly on the agenda. The aim is to embed and make more sustainable the use of design power in sectors outside the cultural domain, such as construction, energy and healthcare. In doing so, we are responding to developments in the field and the increasing number of designers and makers who want to bring about system change. In addition to participation within the Action Agenda for Architecture and Spatial Design, the Fund will therefore start a separate programme in 2021 to strengthen the position of design power within current social challenges. By means of, among other things, thematic open calls, we aim to stimulate intensive collaboration between designers and collaborating parties, which should lead to the anchoring of design results with the commissioning party or parties.

In 2021–2024, an extensive Programme for Internationalization of the Design Sector will be implemented within the international cultural policy (ICB) in which, in addition to the grant programme, there will be room for talent development, residencies and participation in international events.

Apart from the main innovations mentioned above, the Fund will continue implementing and refining existing grant programmes and other programmes in the 2021–2024 policy period in order to fulfil our stimulating role.

During the new policy period, the Fund will naturally also remain in dialogue with the field. In the period 2017 to 2019, the Fund held several meetings with makers and institutions in the creative industries to discuss what is going on in the field, what is happening abroad and what developments are visible within the various disciplines. The outcomes of these meetings have been included in the policy plan 2021–2024.

View the new policy plan: Space for connection here. (in Dutch only)

Interview Ricky van Broekhoven | Making music visible

5 March 2020

Natural occurrences and invisible phenomena, that's what drives spatial sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven's work. The products of his fascination include self-built machines that play with our sensory perception. To explore the musical potential of his most recent installation, Ricky van Broekhoven received support from the Fund via the Upstream: Music x Design grant programme. The next deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday 1 April.
Ricky van Broekhoven, in collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology, had been developing an instrument based on the phenomenon of standing waves, and had already made several prototypes for this purpose. He saw Upstream: Music x Design as an opportunity to take the project to another level and to team up with techno producer and musician Albert van Abbe.

extra dimension
'The aim of our collaboration is to develop an audiovisual musical instrument based on the physics experiment where standing waves are made visible by quickly rotating a flexible string', says Ricky van Broekhoven. 'Combined with stroboscopic light, a play of magical spatial shapes and patterns emerges. If you add music, you can tell a story and make music visible and tangible. Although I produce my own music and have been involved with music for a long time, I lack Albert's skills. Our areas of expertise complement each other well. The collaboration is also interesting for Albert and fellow musicians because it can provide innovation to performances. Usually these are supported by projections, but spatial, sculptural installations can create an entirely different experience and give the show an extra dimension, as well as bringing a musically different sound.'

joined forces
The challenge for Van Broekhoven and Van Abbe now lies in gaining maximum control over the sound produced by the installation itself and making the most of its potential. 'The movement of the string produces a science fiction-like rhythmic sound and is very expressive. We need to capture this and incorporate it into the interactive live performance we are developing. A second challenge is the light, which now comes from an external source. We would like to integrate that into the string. For this purpose, we are working together with specialist parties, including audio engineers from the Willem Twee pop-music venue and mechanical engineers from the Equipment & Prototype Centre (E.P.C.). That way we can all complement each other and transcend ourselves.'

Once the installation is fully operational, it will be shown at various festivals, among other places. 'But it's not reached that stage yet. We still have to make our debut,' says Ricky van Broekhoven. 'The installation must first work in an optimal way. We will only focus on the live performance and the story in the final phase of the project. What is the maximum we can get out of the installation in terms of effects in shape, colour and movement and how will this coincide with Albert's music? Those questions haven't been answered yet.'

Last year, the Creative Industries Fund NL launched the new Upstream: Music x Design grant programme, which focuses on innovative applications of design and technology in pop music. The next deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, 1 April 2020.

Photo: 'Mitosis', a prototype of the installation Ricky van Broekhoven made before he teamed up with Albert van Abbe. Photo: Mark Richter


POSTPONED: 23 Apr: Get a Grant Groningen

5 March 2020

Attention: the Get a Grant Event is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

When can you apply for a grant, how does it work and what do you need to be aware of? The Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund are jointly organizing an information session on grant possibilities for artists and designers who have already graduated or are close to graduation. Come along on Thursday 23 April 2020 to the Academie Minerva in Groningen.
The Get a Grant Event gives an overview of what the Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund 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. In addition the granted artist Maaike Knibbe and granted illustrator Kalle Wolters of Studio Knetterijs 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 four Get a Grant information sessions that the Mondriaan Fund and the Fund are organizing throughout the country.

In addition to fund employees, Bonnie Dumanaw will also be present, the contact on behalf of the six National Culture Funds. Questions that do not fall within one of the contributions from the Mondriaan Fund or Creative Industries Fund NL can go to Bonnie.
Video of Studio Knetterijs

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

Location: Academie Minerva, Praediniussingel 59 in Groningen
Session language: English
Registration: via this link
Speakers Mondriaan Fonds: granted artist Maaike Knibbe and Betty Man (communication)
Speakers Stimuleringsfonds: granted illustrator Kalle Wolters of Studio Knetterijs and Sharvin Ramjan (grants officer Talentdevelopment)
Moderator: Lieselot van Damme

During Get a Grant Amsterdam this January Teodora Stojković (TeYosh) told the audience more about applying for the Talentdevelopment grant.

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