Samen met DesignLab studenten van de Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam werken gastdocenten Woes van Haaften en Roosje van Donselaar naar een expositie toe op de What Design Can Do 2016 conferentie. Het project is een samenwerking tussen het DesignLab, What Design Can Do en het Openbaar Ministerie.
Black Rainbow Installation, Rop van Mierlo
By printing all 7 colours of the rainbow on top of each other in all possible different orders you end up with a black rainbow: the most colourful rainbow that’s out there, in print at least. The top row represents the 7 separate layers. The second row shows these layers printed on top of each other.
Day light, Morning light, Sacha van den Haak & Felix van Dam
A key step during the screen printing process is to treat the mesh with light sensitive emulsion and to expose it to UV light. Sacha van den Haak and Felix van Dam focused on the influence of light during this exposure process, for instance by testing with different light sources, distances and intervals. Each test was a recording of how the light source related to the sensitive emulsion during the exposure time. Eventually Sacha and Felix used the ultimate light source; the sun.
Diptych, Lex Pott
A series of objects in a variety of sizes, some functional, some more autonomous, but all deriving from the same principle: laying bare the annual rings of a tree by sand blasting the material, and thereby unveiling its hidden history.
You can see the life of the tree in the wood: good summers give a wide annual ring, harsh winters a thin one. By sandblasting you blow away the soft rings of summer, leaving a wide gap.
A Sequence of Operations, Rogier Arents
The character of the artworks is defined by three variable elements: the colour of the ink (cyan, magenta and yellow), the position of the paper in relation to the silk screen (turned 90 degrees repeatedly during the screen print process), and by continuously changing the pattern of the screen by the random removal of grid point stickers. Rogier Arents approached the silk screen printing process as a kind of computer program: A formula with variables, an input and an output. Each step leads to a new composition, resulting in 50 unique artworks.
Our guest Martijn van Strien tells about how he throughout the years shifted focus within the field of fashion. He started from a technical point of view by mainly developing new materials and textiles. He then dived into the state of fashion, questioning how our clothes are produced, presented and consumed. After this more analytical and contextual phase, he went back to making, researches forms, shapes and silhouettes. All these phases were needed to not only develop a relevant, both conceptual and technical, blueprint for himself as a designer, but also as a facilitator for others. His aim is to develop a new, improved, clean, efficient and inclusive fashion system.
Locatie: De Kring, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 7-9, 1017 RP Amsterdam
Under The Skin, Joost van Haaften (1952)
Al eeuwen lang worden er portretten gemaakt uitgaande van uiterlijke kenmerken. Beeldend kunstenaar Joost van Haaften daarentegen toont het menselijk portret in de vorm van onze verborgen identiteit; chromosomen. Hij kruipt als het ware onder de huid.
Door de technologische ontwikkelingen is er steeds meer kennis over hoe de mens is opgebouwd. Wij zijn in staat gebleken de basisprincipes van ons DNA in kaart te brengen en we kunnen het nu zelfs ook manipuleren, in positieve en negatieve zin. Denk aan medicatie, hormonen en voedselmanipulatie. Daarbij vinden er ook indirecte manipulaties plaats zoals bij nucleaire energie en milieuvervuiling. In elk van deze gevallen zijn de gevolgen niet te overzien.
In het tentoongestelde werk laat Van Haaften deze diversiteit zien door gebruik te maken van materiaalcombinaties waarvan de uitkomst onvoorspelbaar is. Hij kiest er bewust voor de controle deels uit handen te geven. Dit symboliseert zijn opvatting dat we onszelf nooit volledig in beeld kunnen krijgen, omdat het DNA waaruit we bestaan door allerlei ontwikkelingen beïnvloedbaar is.
Met de chromosomen heeft Van Haaften een nieuwe manier gevonden om de mens te portretteren.
Opening: Thursday April 28th 2016, from 18.00–21.00 (the artist is present)
Location: DAD Gallery, Oranienburgerstraße 32, Heckmann-Höfe, Berlin, Germany
On view until May 16th, 2016 (including Berlin Gallery Weekend).
The character of the different ‘A Sequence of Operations’ prints is defined by three variable elements: the colour of the ink (cyan, magenta and yellow), the position of the paper in relation to the silk screen (turned 90 degrees repeatedly during the screen print process), and by continuously changing the pattern of the screen by the random removal of grid point stickers.
Rogier Arents approached the silk screen printing process as a kind of computer program: A formula with variables, an input and an output. Each step leads to a new composition, resulting in 50 unique artworks.
Photo by Jos Arents
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.
Dutch Design Daily LIVE #6, donderdag 7 april 2016, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam.
Dutch Design Daily is een online platform met een tweemaandelijkse LIVE versie waar we je verrassen met de nieuwste en actuele items op het brede gebied van Dutch Design. Bekende ontwerpers presenteren hun werk, er zijn interviews en er is aandacht voor social design, duurzaamheid, innovatie, onderwijs en erfgoed.
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.