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    Research into urban planning and mangrove coast São Paulo concluded

    Metropolitan Ecolution, a project by Dutch architecture firm Volpi Urbane, recently concluded. The question that this initiative posed to Dutch and Brazilian architects and representatives was how urban transition and planning can go hand in hand with local ecosystems and biodiversity. The metropolitan area of Baixada Santista, located close to the city of São Paulo in Brazil, was taken as the case study on account of its complex economic, political, social and cultural relations.

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    news 16 april 2014

    Report Milan Design Week #2: SaloneSatellite, Centro & Garibaldi

    The international design fair Salone del Mobile is accomplished and most Dutch designers are back in the Netherlands to provide their newly made contacts a follow-up. The Creative Industries Fund NL supported twenty-two presentations of designers and collectives in Milan. Eight of them showed their work at the centre of the city, around Garibaldi station or at the SaloneSatellite, the satellite exhibition of the Salone. All of these projects were made possible by the Grant Programme for Internationalization or the Grant Programme for Design.

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    Report Milan Design Week #1: Zona Lambrate

    During the Salone del Mobile in Milan Dutch design is omnipresent in the Lambrate district. In the context of the One-Off Open Call: Participation in Milan, Cape Town and Austin events nineteen projects were honored for Milan. Nine of these supported projects gained the opportunity to organize presentations in this upcoming neighborhood of Lambrate. The designers and collectives showed their newest prototypes and objects to a young and enthusiastic audience.

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    news 15 april 2014

    Open Call: four grants for international talent development

    In the period 2014-2016, the Creative Industries Fund NL is supervising a programme called Talent Development in an International Context on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Designers, creators, makers, critics and/or curators from the creative industries (e-culture, design, architecture) can submit grant applications for up to € 25,000 within this programme.

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Research into urban planning and mangrove coast São Paulo concluded

23 april 2014
Metropolitan Ecolution, a project by Dutch architecture firm Volpi Urbane, recently concluded. The question that this initiative posed to Dutch and Brazilian architects and representatives was how urban transition and planning can go hand in hand with local ecosystems and biodiversity. The metropolitan area of Baixada Santista, located close to the city of São Paulo in Brazil, was taken as the case study on account of its complex economic, political, social and cultural relations.
Workshops and a symposium held in the period from October to December 2013 gave Dutch representatives an opportunity to share knowledge with Brazilian professionals and representatives of the Brazilian government, on topics such as water management, local ecosystems, and the tension between the coastal nature of mangroves and the growth of the port of Santos.

This project is supported in the context of the Grant Programme for Internationalization.

You will find their project plan here:
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Research into urban planning and mangrove coast São Paulo concluded

23 april 2014

Metropolitan Ecolution, a project by Dutch architecture firm Volpi Urbane, recently concluded. The question that this initiative posed to Dutch and Brazilian architects and representatives was how urban transition and planning can go hand in hand with local ecosystems and biodiversity. The metropolitan area of Baixada Santista, located close to the city of São Paulo in Brazil, was taken as the case study on account of its complex economic, political, social and cultural relations.

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Report Milan Design Week #2: SaloneSatellite, Centro & Garibaldi

16 april 2014
The international design fair Salone del Mobile is accomplished and most Dutch designers are back in the Netherlands to provide their newly made contacts a follow-up. The Creative Industries Fund NL supported twenty-two presentations of designers and collectives in Milan. Eight of them showed their work at the centre of the city, around Garibaldi station or at the SaloneSatellite, the satellite exhibition of the Salone. All of these projects were made possible by the Grant Programme for Internationalization or the Grant Programme for Design.
Formafantasma
De Natura Fossilium

Via Clerici 5
In Palazzo Clerici Studio Formafantasma presented their newest objects out of the project around Mount Etna. In De Natura Fossilium the designers investigated the cultures surrounding this particularly Sicilian mountain. Mount Etna they say 'is a mine without miners: it excavates itself to expose raw materials'. This project brings both the landscape and the forces of nature together as facilities for production.

Marjan van Aubel
Current Table

a.o. SaloneSatellite Paviljoen 13-15 Fiera
Current Table is a piece of furniture that functions as a source of energy. It gathers and harvests energy from daylight with dye-sensitized solar cells, charging your appliance while you use the table for reading a book or writing emails. This makes Current Table a piece of furniture that harvests energy indoors, combining utility and aesthetics in an everyday object.

Laura Lynn Jansen & Thomas Vailly
CaCO3 stoneware

Via Pastrengo 12
Together with scientists, geologists and craftsmen, Laura Lynn Jansen and Thomas Vailly studied the geological process of sedimentation in the Auvergne, a volcanic region in France. Inspired by how stalactites grow, they left 3D-printed structures to petrify for weeks in specially chosen thermo-mineral springs, thus giving birth to geologically engineered stoneware - fossils of a new kind.

LOW MOTION
Thomas Eurlings, Jesse Visser, Geke Lensink, Youasme Measyou

Corso Como 9
Low Motion fuses conviction, emotion and design. What unites this collective of designers is the aspiration to make products that transcend time and become part of your life. This requires quality in design, responsible choices of materials and production, and a clear and personal signature.

Bart Hess & MU
Work With Me People

Via Clerici 5
In this presentation in Palazzo Clerici, visitors are invited to take their place at an assembly line, where they work together on a collection of couture textiles designed by Bart Hess. This labour-intensive project would be impossible without the obliging hands of ‘volunteers', which is an aspect Hess brings up for discussion, cheerfully although not without irony.

Green Island
aMAZElab

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This project arose from the need to instil in citizens a sense of greater harmony between urban fabric and natural space. In the twelfth edition of LANDSCAPING: Dutch Design for a New City Garden, botanists, designers and landscape artists including Piet Oudolf, Floris Wubben and a group of Dutch beekeepers were invited to rethink a new concept for urban gardens.

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Interactive Lightforms

SaloneSatellite Paviljoen 13-15 Fiera
ledwork are highly tangible lights that respond to touch and movement. Connected together, they form a swarm of lights in which new patterns constantly emerge. ledwork’s dynamic presence challenges the concept of light.

Maarten Baas
BAAS IS IN TOWN

Via Zecca Vecchia 3
Maarten Baas, in partnership with Ventura Projects and 5VIE, showed various new designs, collections and collaborations. For this big presentation in Milan Baas, together with Theatre Group De Kwekerij, presented all of his objects in the context of a circus.
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Laura Lynn Jansen & Thomas Vailly - CaCO3 stoneware
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Bart Hess & MU - Work With Me People
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Report Milan Design Week #2: SaloneSatellite, Centro & Garibaldi

16 april 2014

The international design fair Salone del Mobile is accomplished and most Dutch designers are back in the Netherlands to provide their newly made contacts a follow-up. The Creative Industries Fund NL supported twenty-two presentations of designers and collectives in Milan. Eight of them showed their work at the centre of the city, around Garibaldi station or at the SaloneSatellite, the satellite exhibition of the Salone. All of these projects were made possible by the Grant Programme for Internationalization or the Grant Programme for Design.

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Report Milan Design Week #1: Zona Lambrate

12 april 2014
During the Salone del Mobile in Milan Dutch design is omnipresent in the Lambrate district. In the context of the One-Off Open Call: Participation in Milan, Cape Town and Austin events nineteen projects were honored for Milan. Nine of these supported projects gained the opportunity to organize presentations in this upcoming neighborhood of Lambrate. The designers and collectives showed their newest prototypes and objects to a young and enthusiastic audience.
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BERNOTAT&Co

Via G. Ventura 6
The focus of this installation in Lambrate is Radiolaria, a collection of lamps made from a 3D-knitted textile with a glow-in-the-dark effect inspired by microscopic organisms. Find yourself submerged in an underwater world where organisms keep appearing and disappearing.

Cloud Table
Marieke Kums / Studio MAKS

Via G. Ventura 6
Marieke Kums created especially for the big exhibition hall in Lambrate Cloud Table, a very large but light and elegantly crafted table. The table functions as a social experiment, due to the physical shape connections between the users are being made.

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Merel Bekking

In the search of perfect designs, Merel Bekking uses an MRI scanner to extract preferred shapes and materials from people’s imagination. Apparently we love shapes that are red, plastic, organic and closed. Bekking is showing the physical outcome of this research using this Brain_manufacturing design method.

REVIVE
By rENs en DESSO

Via Massimiano 23
Designer couple rENs (Renee Mennen and Stefanie van Keijsteren) presented a new collection of rugs called REVIVE, together with carpet manufacturer DESSO. Carpet collections that run out of date are recoloured manually in a huge paint-bath with the signal colour red. The interaction between the yarns and red dye results in endless colour gradations, giving each rug an identity of its own and a second life.

Folded Lampshade
Pepe Heykoop

Via dei Canzi 19
There is a community of 700 people living in a slum in Mumbai, India. They are uneducated, have limited skills, and earn on average 1 euro a day. Heykoop, together with the Tiny Miracles foundation, is working to break their poverty cycle by 2020. Folded Lampshade, presented at Lambrate, is one of the products he makes with them.

Nowruz Rituals
Hozan Zangana

Via dei Canzi 19
For the tradition surrounding the Persian New Year celebration on March 21, Hozan Zangana has created a contemporary Haft Sin table setting, bearing seven traditional items that start with the letter S. An ancient tradition is now expressed in a modern way, inspired by Nastaleeq calligraphy and reduced to its bare essentials. Each of the items has a symbolic meaning representing the arrival of spring.

WORKMATES
Atelier Rick Tegelaar, Studio Joris de Groot, Studio Casper Tolhuisen, Klaas Kuiken Design

Via G. Ventura 2
Workmates is an open presentation collective. During Milan, the collective is presented Depicted, an exhibition that shows the process behind the products as well as the products themselves.

SUPERMODELS
Concern

Via G. Ventura 5
This travelling exhibition presents 120 iconic works from a century of Dutch product design, architecture and interior architecture, in the form of 3D-printed scale models. In the context of dolls’ houses, the models reveal similarities of form, material and mentality in recent designs by Richard Hutten and Marcel Wanders, as well as by great predecessors like Rietveld and Berlage.

010-020
David Derksen, Earnest Studio, Jeroen van Leur, Lex Pott, Mae Engelgeer, Phil Procter, studio WM

Via G. Ventura 3
The well visited presentation of 010-020 shows this year work by seven young studios that, while differing in approach, all share common ground: they call the Netherlands home. Brand-new prototypes and recent products from each studio combine to offer refreshing insight into a new generation of designers.
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REVIVE By rENs en DESSO
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Folded Lampshade - Pepe Heykoop
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Nowruz Rituals - Hozan Zangana
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WORKMATES - Atelier Rick Tegelaar, Studio Joris de Groot, Studio Casper Tolhuisen, Klaas Kuiken Design
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010 - 020 - David Derksen, Earnest Studio, Jeroen van Leur, Lex Pott, Mae Engelgeer, Phil Procter, studio WM

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Report Milan Design Week #1: Zona Lambrate

12 april 2014

During the Salone del Mobile in Milan Dutch design is omnipresent in the Lambrate district. In the context of the One-Off Open Call: Participation in Milan, Cape Town and Austin events nineteen projects were honored for Milan. Nine of these supported projects gained the opportunity to organize presentations in this upcoming neighborhood of Lambrate. The designers and collectives showed their newest prototypes and objects to a young and enthusiastic audience.

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Open Call: four grants for international talent development

15 april 2014
In the period 2014-2016, the Creative Industries Fund NL is supervising a programme called Talent Development in an International Context on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Designers, creators, makers, critics and/or curators from the creative industries (e-culture, design, architecture) can submit grant applications for up to € 25,000 within this programme.
The programme Talent Development in an International Context is aimed at deepening the artistic and professional development of designers and makers at the forefront of their creative field. A prerequisite for participation is collaboration with an international institute, organization or company with an excellent reputation. Only one round of grants are issued each year.

The application consists of:
a letter of motivation
a portfolio.

Also requested are:
a clear, concise description of the international activities to be undertaken
a concise description of one or more foreign institutions, organizations and companies involved
a motivation for the choice of partner(s)
an explanation from the foreign institute, organization or company concerning the form of collaboration and the intended result
a concise overview of the estimated costs, income and planning.

The application consists of no more than 12 pages, A4 portrait format. The application must be submitted before 1 June 2014 to the Creative Industries Fund NL.


Assessment
A number of external advisors are consulted in assessing the applications. They assess:
the extent to which the designers, makers, critics and/or curators from the creative industries (e-culture, design, architecture) are among the international top and adopt a distinctive position
the extent to which the submitted proposal contributes to further artistic and professional development
the extent to which the proposal is consistent terms of aim, planning, expertise involved, and degree and method of co-funding.

Assessment takes the form of a tender process: within the available budget, a number of proposals will be chosen in preference to others. The Fund will communicate about selected proposals but will not enter into correspondence concerning the rejection of individual proposals.

The Open Call follows the procedure described in the General Grant Programme of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The selected proposals receive a grant on the basis of the Grant Programme for Talent Development, Articles 4 and 5 of which are not applicable to this procedure.

Available budget
For this Open Call, the Creative Industries Fund NL is making available a maximum sum of € 100,000. The maximum grant per application amounts to € 25,000.
The subsidy is expressly intended for international activities that contribute to the artistic and/or professional development of designers, makers, critics and/or curators from the creative industries.

Submission
For an orderly collection and assessment of proposals, you are requested:
to submit your proposal by e-mail only to the address: talentontwikkeling@stimuleringsfonds.nl with “Submission for International Talent Development” in the subject line
to submit your proposal as one PDF file of not more than 12 pages, A4 portrait format, maximum 5 MB in size
not to use services such as WeTransfer but to mail the proposal with attachments directly to the Fund.

Further information
You may not present a concept application to the Fund’s office.
You will receive confirmation of receipt of your proposal by email not later than one week after the closing date.
The selected proposals will be announced not later than 15 July 2014 by email and in the newsletter issued by the Creative Industries Fund NL. The project can only start after that date. The project must take place in 2014 and/or 2015 and should be completed before the end of 2015.
The Fund’s office will contact you if your proposal is selected. To receive the grant money, you must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce. Should that not be the case, it is possible for you to register after selection.

For questions about the Open Call and the procedure, please contact Anselm van Sintfiet, secretary Talent Development Grant Programme after 14 April 2014 at: a.vansintfiet@stimuleringsfonds.nl.

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Open Call: four grants for international talent development

15 april 2014

In the period 2014-2016, the Creative Industries Fund NL is supervising a programme called Talent Development in an International Context on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Designers, creators, makers, critics and/or curators from the creative industries (e-culture, design, architecture) can submit grant applications for up to € 25,000 within this programme.

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Networking reception celebrates Dutch design

9 april 2014
True to tradition, the start of Milan Design Week and the Salone del Mobile is marked by a reception in celebration of Dutch Design. This year’s networking event was organized by the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Dutch consulate in Milan and Het Nieuwe Instituut, and the evening’s special guest was the Minister for Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker.
The networking reception took place at Lambretto Art Project in the Lambrate district, a venue made available for the occasion by Design Academy Eindhoven, Het Nieuwe Instituut, the TextielMuseum, the Zuiderzee museum and CHP…? jewelry in context, all of whom are holding their presentations here throughout the week.

Milan Design Week offers an ideal opportunity to set the quality and diversity of Dutch design in an international context. Furniture and product design dominate all of Milan during the Salone del Mobile. Besides the main fair itself, there are hundreds of smaller events and presentations by furniture labels and designers. Producers, buyers, journalists and other design professionals from all over the world visit this major event every year, and all visitors are struck by the heavy presence of Dutch design.

Attending the event this year, Minister Bussemaker will be able to see for herself how Dutch designers and brands, both established and emerging names, are working on cultural initiatives and commercial successes on the international stage.

Well attended by Dutch and international guests, as well as by the minister herself, the event took place amidst the presentations by Design Academy Eindhoven, Het Nieuwe Instituut, the TextielMuseum, the Zuiderzeemuseum and CHP…?. The minister also spent time talking to designers representing the Dutch creative industries here.

The collaboration between all parties produced a well-attended and lively event that centred on design. The Creative Industries Fund NL would like to thank everybody who helped make it such a successful evening.

Author: Eva Roolker, secretary Design, Creative Industries Fund NL

Photography: Ilke Kemmere
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Networking reception celebrates Dutch design

9 april 2014

True to tradition, the start of Milan Design Week and the Salone del Mobile is marked by a reception in celebration of Dutch Design. This year’s networking event was organized by the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Dutch consulate in Milan and Het Nieuwe Instituut, and the evening’s special guest was the Minister for Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker.

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East - West Education explores Korea

25 maart 2014
As part of the Grant Programme for Internationalization run by the Creative Industries Fund NL, the East-West Education Center (EWEC) is organizing a study tour to South Korea during the period March 24-27 to explore business opportunities and collaboration with Korean partners.
Through a call placed by the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO), the EWEC chose the Dutch designers Ineke Hans and Frans Schrofer as ambassadors of Dutch Design. The mission started on March 24 with a matchmaking dinner, attended by key persons in the design field. The next day, the initiative welcomed over 200 Korean designers, studio's and members of the press during the seminar: Design Beyond Borders, hosted by the Korean Institute Design Promotion. On March 27 the ambassadors hold a lecture entitled Next Design Trend: Dutch Design at the Seoul Design Living Fair, covering subjects such as environmentally friendly and sustainable design. There is also great interest in design related to an 'ageing society'. Just like the Netherlands, South Korea is facing the effects of a rapidly ageing population, and this will be the theme of Seoul Design Fair later in the year. This fair has been in existence for 20 years and attracted over 150,000 visitors last year.

During a short but packed programme, East-West Education Center wants to acquire insight into South Korean trends and developments in the field of interior design. What are the opportunities for Dutch designers and what forms of collaboration with Korean designers and organizations will result in innovative products? With the input from Frans Schrofer and Ineke Hans, EWEC will draw up a report and share its findings with other Dutch designers. You can request a copy of the results by sending an email to epostma@east-westedu.com.

Find the grant awarded to this project here.
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East - West Education explores Korea

25 maart 2014

As part of the Grant Programme for Internationalization run by the Creative Industries Fund NL, the East-West Education Center (EWEC) is organizing a study tour to South Korea during the period March 24-27 to explore business opportunities and collaboration with Korean partners.

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Breakfast Talks

26 maart 2014
Over the last years, Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) developed the healthy tradition to start the busy Milan days with a solid breakfast talk. This year the Creative Industries Fund NL supports this nourishing event that will take place from Wednesday 9 till Saturday 12 April.
In three morning sessions and one tea talk, DAE will discuss how design education can stimulate a healthy ego, what role designers can play for societal issues and the creative economy and how we can create a flourishing culture for design critique. The talks are also a good moment to introduce the new directors of DAE, Thomas Widdershoven (creative director) and Tonny Holtrust (educational director) as well as the new master programme Design Curating and Writing that will start from September this year.
All talks will be moderated by Tracy Metz, journalist and author on urban and spatial issues. Radio channel, Radio Emma, will take care of designed intermezzo’s.

Admission: free
Including coffee and croissants
The sessions are in English

We welcome you to nurture your body and the mind!


BREAKFAST TALK 1:
EDUCATING THE SELF
Wednesday 9
10.00-11.30

FORUM
Tonny Holtrust, managing director education & research Design Academy Eindhoven
Jurgen Bey, managing director Sandberg institute in Amsterdam and design studio Makkink & Bey
Jan Pieter Kaptein, graduate Design Academy Eindhoven with project the Second Self Laboratory
Eugenie deLariviere, graduate Design Academy Eindhoven with project My Education Frustration


BREAKFAST TALK 2:
DESIGN FOR THE UNSELF
Thursday 10
10.00-11.30

FORUM
Thomas Widdershoven, creative director Design Academy Eindhoven & director studio Thonik
Alexandra Midal, freelance curator, head of Masters programme HEAD (Haute ecole d’art) in Geneva
Dave Hakkens, graduate Design Academy Eindhoven, graduation project PhoneBloks
Bora Hong, graduate Design Academy Eindhoven, gradation project Cosmetic Surgery

Introduction to the exhibition by Jan Konings, curator exhibition Self Unself (together with Thomas Widdershoven)


TEA TALK:
QUESTIONING & CURATING THE SELF & UNSELF
Friday 11
15.30-17.00

FORUM
Jan Boelen, Head of the master Social Design and one of the heads of the new master on Design Curating & Writing
Justin McGuirk, design writer, critic, curator, director of Strelka Press
Tamar Shafir, design critic, alumni Design Academy Eindhoven (masters)


BREAKFAST TALK 4:
RESEARCH OURSELVES
Saturday 12
10.00-11.30

FORUM
Bas Raijmakers, reader Strategic Creativity at Design Academy Eindhoven & creative director of STBY
Anne Meroni, researcher at Design and Innovation for Sustainability, of the Department INDACO (Industrial Design, Arts, Communication and Fashion) of Politecnico di Milano
Desiree Majoor, vice president of the board Utrecht School of the Arts and member of the Topteam Creative Industry

More information:
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Breakfast Talks

26 maart 2014

Over the last years, Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) developed the healthy tradition to start the busy Milan days with a solid breakfast talk. This year the Creative Industries Fund NL supports this nourishing event that will take place from Wednesday 9 till Saturday 12 April.

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SXSW Daily Report: Business or pleasure

12 maart 2014
Austin, 12 March. Yesterday was the final day of SXSW Interactive, and today the music festival starts. Geeks and start-ups are making way for the hipsters and Lady Gagas of this world, and panels are being replaced by performances. Despite the changes, the music festival is also mostly about business. For the one thing that typifies SXSW is its mixture of commerce and creativity. How do information designer Richard Vijgen and fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk view this aspect of the festival?
Richard Vijgen: "I’ve been to some twenty sessions in recent days, and I even took part in one on digital heritage. It’s my first time at SXSW, and I have to say it’s been a remarkable experience. We’re here under the flag of e-culture, but the festival is equally about e-commerce. There are a huge number of start-ups and small firms here who’d like nothing better than to be bought up by Google or Facebook. At the same time, there’s room here for critical voices. Where else but at SXSW could a hall full of people wearing Google Glasses watch a live link-up with Assange or Snowden while there’s a promotion for the latest e-cigarette at the exit? As a European I’m accustomed to festivals that express a moral or vision, but SXSW works differently. The programme is made up of thousands of proposals and panels about the most wide-ranging subjects. Many sessions deal with business models, but I got more enjoyment out of sessions where there was some scope for reflection. So I consciously went for subjects situated far from my practice, for example sessions about the future of farms or of health care. They threw up surprising insights.

Austin is my third stop in America. Before this I was in Los Angeles, where my installation The Deleted City is on show at the LACMA. After that I travelled to San Francisco, where I had an appointment at the Computer History Museum, which is very interested in The Deleted City. I spoke to them again here at SXSW about possibly buying the installation, so I’ve also worked on the business side of things."

While Richard Vijgen mostly saw the Austin Convention Center from inside, fashion designer Borre spent most of his time outside on the street. He drew everyone’s attention and comments with his eye-catching BB.Suit, made with the help of an innovative 3D knitting technique developed in collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology, CRISP, Daan Spangenberg Graphics and Want.nl. The BB.Suit is fitted with GPS, Bluetooth, NFC and WiFi. If you log in on the suit you find the special SXSW 22-track playlist. Bookers and musicians can add their own numbers.

Borre: "For me there's no business without pleasure. If I don't like it, I won't do it. And I think that is the key. But I also don't have to promote a product here. I'm just enthusiastic about my suit, and the people in the States like enthusiasm. Everybody approaches me here. From vagrants and gangster-like types up to CEOs. The whole festival is my stage. We decided on forehand that the suit had to draw attention, and thus the story of wearable technology and ByBorre could be told. But that it would draw so much attention, we had not foreseen. I notice a shift in subject-matter now that the music part of the festival has begun. The interactive audience was really interested in the technology and the story. Now it's all about aesthetics. The 22tracklist is by the way fantastic. If we go back to the Netherlands, we are going to make a mix of all SXSW tracks."

Author: Joris van Ballegooijen, secretary E-culture

Open Call
In September 2013 the Fund called on designers, makers, producers and clients from the creative industries to submit a proposal for SXSW. To see more of the proposals selected through this Open Call, click the South by Southwest page (Dutch text).

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SXSW Daily Report: Business or pleasure

12 maart 2014

Austin, 12 March. Yesterday was the final day of SXSW Interactive, and today the music festival starts. Geeks and start-ups are making way for the hipsters and Lady Gagas of this world, and panels are being replaced by performances. Despite the changes, the music festival is also mostly about business. For the one thing that typifies SXSW is its mixture of commerce and creativity. How do information designer Richard Vijgen and fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk view this aspect of the festival?

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SXSW Daily Report: Last Hijack & Empire

11 maart 2014
Austin, 11 March. Besides music and technology, film is the subject of plenty of attention at the SXSW festival. It’s the domain of Submarine Channel, which is screening its film Last Hijack, and of Jongsma & O’Neill who are presenting their Empire project.

Femke Wolting (director of Last Hijack): "The Last Hijack screening here at SXSW was its North American première. Mixing animation and documentary, the ninety-minute film is about the Somali pirate Mohamed and his family. Mohamed wants to do one last hijacking before settling down and becoming the father figure his family needs. The film, which I directed with Tommy Pallotta, tells the story of modern piracy from a Somali perspective."

In addition to the documentary, Submarine Channel has produced an interactive version for online environments in which viewers can alternate between Western and Somali perspectives. Today Femke Wolting is presenting the iDoc 'Last Hijack Interactive' in a panel at SXSW. "And we’ve some good news too. Today there’ll be an announcement here at SXSW that we’ve signed a distribution contract for the North American market with FilmBuff in New York."

www.lasthijack.com


Well-attended session for makers of transdisciplinary project Empire
A day earlier, Eline Jongsma and Kel O’Neill presented their transdisciplinary project Empire at a well-attended session in the Digital Domain section of the SXSW film conference. Empire examines the traces of Dutch colonialism. For this project Jongsma and O’Neill travelled 200,000 kilometres around the world in four years. Empire was filmed in ten countries and traces the routes of the Dutch East India Company and the Dutch West India Company.

O’Neill: "We literally lived inside the project. In 2010 we left everything behind us, organized a give-away party, cancelled our rent and headed off in search of stories with a human scale."

Jongsma: "Empire takes on various forms. It is in the first place a museum installation in which three stories are told at the same time in a spatial setting. The stories are linked in the same way that, for example, Ghana, Indonesia and Suriname are linked by history. In essence, viewers navigate with their feet and choose which stories to follow. We’ve also made an online adaptation of the installation in which viewers can choose which side of the story they want to follow by turning or rotating the image. An Empire book has also been published."

www.empireproject.eu

Author: Joris van Ballegooijen, secretary E-culture

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In September 2013 the Fund called on designers, makers, producers and clients from the creative industries to submit a proposal for SXSW. To see more of the proposals selected through this Open Call, click the South by Southwest page (Dutch text).

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SXSW Daily Report: Last Hijack & Empire

11 maart 2014

Austin, 11 March. Besides music and technology, film is the subject of plenty of attention at the SXSW festival. It’s the domain of Submarine Channel, which is screening its film Last Hijack, and of Jongsma & O’Neill who are presenting their Empire project.

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SXSW Daily Report: Chordify & Streamwatchr

10 maart 2014
Austin, 10 March. Day four of the interactive programme at the SXSW music, film and interactive festival in Texas. Today’s highlights are Chordify and Streamwatchr, two projects rooted in computer science but that focus on music. Chordify extracts chord schemes from songs and Streamwatchr monitors what people are listening to around the world on music streaming services.
Chordify is presenting itself at the SXSW Trade Show with a booth featuring a big screen that displays its online application. Interested visitors can select a number, the URL of the YouTube film is then inserted, and the chords roll out automatically. Co-founder Bas de Haas, a former conservatory student, plays along to all numbers on a guitar.
Bas de Haas: "I’m actually the personification of a crossover. Apart from my music experience I have a technical background. The algorithm for Chordify comes from my dissertation."

Dion ten Heggeler (co-founder of Chordify): "The public at SXSW is fantastic. The people who come here understand technology and are really open to new applications. Music is of course also a very good way of attracting attention, although we’re not allowed to go above 85 decibels here. This morning we officially announced our collaboration with Deezer, one of the biggest music-streaming services. Chordify is perfectly integrated with Deezer. As you listen to a track you’re just one click away from actually playing the number."

From Deezer it’s but a small step to Streamwatchr. On the Streamwatchr website, launched on the first day of SXSW, you can follow which numbers people are listening to around the world at any exact moment. The algorithm developed by Wouter Weerkamp, a researcher at the University of Amsterdam, takes information from Twitter and links it to existing numbers on YouTube. The elegant interface features a grid of squares that are album covers. If someone posts a Tweet about a number, the square turns around and the site is updated. Streamwatchr currently receives some half a million tweets a day.

Wouter Weerkamp: "The aim of Streamwatchr is to allow people to engage with new music in a very direct manner. You can choose from the categories ‘now’, ‘hot’ and ‘unexpected’. What’s more, Streamwatchr is interesting for the music industry too. In the future we want to connect Streamwatchr directly to Spotify or Deezer. We made contact with Spotify here at SXSW during a developers’ meeting. The programme for tomorrow includes a meeting with the head of music at Twitter. A link with Chordify is possibly on the cards too."

Author: Joris van Ballegooijen, secretary E-culture

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Open Call
In September 2013 the Fund called on designers, makers, producers and clients from the creative industries to submit a proposal for SXSW. To see more of the proposals selected through this Open Call, click the South by Southwest page (Dutch text).

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SXSW Daily Report: Chordify & Streamwatchr

10 maart 2014

Austin, 10 March. Day four of the interactive programme at the SXSW music, film and interactive festival in Texas. Today’s highlights are Chordify and Streamwatchr, two projects rooted in computer science but that focus on music. Chordify extracts chord schemes from songs and Streamwatchr monitors what people are listening to around the world on music streaming services.

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Deniz Terli wins MUUSE x VOGUE Award 2014

13 maart 2014
For "the futuristic lines, the sense of volumes and a different femininity” Creative Industries Fund NL Talent Deniz Terli has been rewarded for her DANGEROUS LIAISONS_Thrill Seeker collection with the MUUSE x VOGUE Talents - Young Vision Accessories Award 2014.
Terli is chosen from among more than 170 young talented shoe and accessory designers from over 50 countries. All graduates of top schools including Bunka, Central Saint Martins, Esmod Paris, London College of Fashion, and Parsons.

An impressive 55.000 votes were counted from January 26 - February 17 and more than 52.000 individuals showed their support by voting 50 designers through to the final round. From the 50 finalists chosen by the public, Senior Fashion Editor of Vogue Italia and Vogue Talents Sara Maino selected 1 winner.

As winning designer, Deniz Terli will join MUUSE and design a MUUSE Editions capsule collection to be produced and sold by MUUSE, supported with free production, sourcing, PR, marketing and sales. In addition, Terli will be given an online feature on VOGUE Talents.

Terli graduated from ArtEZ School of Arts Arnhem in 2012 and is inspired by feminity and seduction. She describes her collection as “graphically edgy, sexy and strong”. She is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL in the context of the Grant Programme for Talent Development.
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Deniz Terli wins MUUSE x VOGUE Award 2014

13 maart 2014

For "the futuristic lines, the sense of volumes and a different femininity” Creative Industries Fund NL Talent Deniz Terli has been rewarded for her DANGEROUS LIAISONS_Thrill Seeker collection with the MUUSE x VOGUE Talents - Young Vision Accessories Award 2014.

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SXSW Daily report: Digital Dreams – Gaming Expo

7 maart 2014
Austin, 7 March. The city is slowly filling with festival visitors and roads are being closed off. Stands are being built everywhere to the sound of music plays. The first barbecues are being lit. Just outside the centre lies the Palmer Events Center, the venue for the first big show of the SXSW Gaming Expo interactive programme.
With the doors due to open in half an hour, the boys from Digital Dreams are putting the finishing touches to their booth at this international music/film/interactive festival. They’re presenting Metrico, an innovative game in which players navigate through a landscape built up of infographics generated in real time on the basis of the movements of players. What are Digital Dreams expectations of SXSW?

Geert Nellen (game designer and art director at Digital Dreams): “We’re ready for it. Yesterday Sony delivered the three Vita Play stations for our presentation to a local game developer in Austin. It’s really fine to have local contacts. Game developers in Austin are self-made and self-organized. It’s a lively scene. Through them we were able to find a cheap place to stay, and they keep us posted about parties and special events in the evening.”

Thijmen Bink (technical director of Digital Dreams): “We want to offer expo visitors a relaxed gaming experience. The booth is open and contains three beanbags. You have to take a little time to play Metrico. The level of the developers walking around here is high. It’s hectic, but the mood is relaxed. What works well is SXSW social, a very easy way to get in touch with interesting people.”

Roy van de Mortel (level designer at Digital Dreams): “Indie and commercial games are all mixed together at this expo. The Gaming Expo is relatively new aspect of SXSW, so you can see that the organizers are still figuring things out. After Austin we’re heading to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, which is even bigger than SXSW in terms of games. But because we’re part of the Interactive programme here, SXSW has offered us a chance to show our stuff to a much wider audience and press. For us, SXSW will be a success if we manage to reach the mainstream American media with Metrico.”

On Monday 11 March, Digital Dreams is presenting at the Dutch Base within the framework of the Spotlight on Holland programme. The official worldwide release of Metrico by Sony is scheduled for 12 March.

Author: Joris van Ballegooijen, secretary E-culture

Open Call
In September 2013 the Fund called on designers, makers, producers and clients from the creative industries to submit a proposal for SXSW. To see more of the proposals selected through this Open Call, click the South by Southwest page (Dutch text).

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SXSW Daily report: Digital Dreams – Gaming Expo

7 maart 2014

Austin, 7 March. The city is slowly filling with festival visitors and roads are being closed off. Stands are being built everywhere to the sound of music plays. The first barbecues are being lit. Just outside the centre lies the Palmer Events Center, the venue for the first big show of the SXSW Gaming Expo interactive programme.

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