In our talk with Harm Rensink and Niek Pulles (HEYNIEK) the scope of their collaborations was depicted. In their joint projects two attitudes and energies come together. Next to being an unorthodox visual researcher Niek is also the dynamic antenna, catching the signs of times. The more analytic Harm creates the scenographic context of these diverse elements and triggers. A perfect example of how two opposite powers together transform diversities into a universe that lifts ups participants as well as the public.
In this episode architect, designer and researcher Arna Mačkić gives an insight in her personal history, coming from Bosnia to the Netherlands as refugee, and how this ‘journey’ influenced her professional development. Architecture and city planning often ignore the history of a specific city or site, or only communicate a certain aspect of it. In her work she wants to raise awareness for the complete story. Therefore she researches hidden or forgotten facts and rituals, and other sociological conditions. By implementing them in her work the history of the specific location becomes a fruitful tool for the future.
Our guest Angelique Spaninks of MU and STRP Biennial tells about her path from being a journalist towards her curatorial profession. A change of perspective, but it is this combination that makes her stand out. Her plea is co–creation between different disciplines and its fringes. By doing so she matches with the tendencies of contemporary visual arts and culture. She is a strong example of somebody who thinks global and acts local, in which she links Eindhoven to the rest of the world.
Our guest Edwin van Gelder of Mainstudio is known as a graphic designer of books and publications. Yet in our conversation he also expresses his aim to work at a more spatial and monumental scale. He describes his personal trajectory, from graphic designer towards visual author, and how his projects are not formed by question–answer situations; they’re co–creatorships with commissioners. Like a scriptwriter, he develops a language/system, which only later he visually translates.
Featured in the Mono Japan catalogue.
MONO JAPAN, Japanese Craft & Design is a celebration of Japanese crafts, design and food culture. MONO JAPAN offers a stage to acclaimed masters of traditional practices and the new generation of ambitious and enthusiastic creators, who fly in from Japan to present their work to the Dutch audience. MONO JAPAN exhibitors will offer products ranging from pottery, washi (paper), textile, clothing and furniture to teas and sakes in show rooms set up for this occasion in the iconic rooms of Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy.
Event program of MONO JAPAN includes daily lectures by artists and experts, and various hands-on workshops led by the makers.
MONO JAPAN is an artistic and cultural experience and a meeting place for cultures all in one. MONO JAPAN is an initiative of Japan Cultural Exchange (JCE) and is produced in partnership with Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy.
What’s Up?, een maandelijkse talkshow waarin we het beste dat Amsterdam in huis heeft aan creatie en innovatie ontvangen. Van mode en industriële vormgeving tot film en fotografie; van reclame en muziek tot architectuur, grafisch ontwerp en gaming. Jonge honden en oude rotten uit de creatieve industrie vertellen over bijzondere projecten en showen hun actuele opdrachten.
Het vertellen van een verhaal kan grappig zijn, informatief, kort maar krachtig of juist groots en meeslepend. Deze maand hebben we weer vier toffe sprekers die allemaal op hun eigen manier verhalen delen en onderwerpen bespreekbaar maken. Benieuwd naar hun verhaal?
Gasten: Jochem van den Berg (De Speld), Belle Barbé en Marilyn Sonneveld (Wipsite), Sacha Schemkes (The Publisher).
Moderator: Woes van Haaften
Datum: Dinsdag 2 februari 2016
Adres: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam
During our talk with designer Arnout Meijer he explains the significance of perception. Inspired by for instance philosopher Merleau–Ponty he sharpens his ideas and thoughts about illusion as reality. Furthermore he gives an insight of his educational design background, the engineer focused Technical University Delft and the more artistic Design Academy Eindhoven. In his current more autonomous work he combines technology, science and arts on a rational as well as intuitive manner.
Het Joods Cultureel Kwartier heeft een nieuwe vriendenclub: de JCK Cultuurdragers. De club is opgericht voor kunst- en cultuurliefhebbers tot 45 jaar.
Op dinsdag 19 januari 2016 vindt het lanceringsevenement plaats. Onder leiding van Woes van Haaften wordt de laatste stand van zaken in de wereld van Dutch Design doorgenomen. Na een korte introductie over de pioniers van Dutch Design Benno Premsela en Max Heymans gaan we naar de actualiteit en vertellen designer Lex Pott en fashion designer David Laport over hun werk.
In the 2nd episode of New Window Radio our guest Ola Lanko explains her (non) position as a visual artist and photographer. She speaks about education, as a student herself and being a teacher now, her background in the Ukraine and her inspirations, mainly not from the creative world. With her work Ola would like to make us aware of the importance and danger of image–forming, especially in a moment of time where everybody (for instance with their cell phones) is a co–creator of a directed representation of the world, that is often presented as reality.
Heb het afgelopen jaar met veel plezier naar diverse OWRU podcasts geluisterd. Tof dat ik er gisteren zelf mocht aanschuiven.
Brian Elstak, HARTelijk dank voor het bijzondere gesprek!
Illustratie: Brian Elstak