24 jul '14
This years’s selected proposals
- Gionata Gatto & LINV – Florence, Italy
Light designer Gionata Gatto (Italy, 1982) conducts research by design into the use of plants as sensors. The output of these sensors is used to control a luminous curtain. To this end, Gatto collaborates with the Laboratorio Internazionale di Neurobiologia Végétale (LINV), a laboratory that investigates the electrical signals that plants produce in response to changes in their environment.
- Claudy Jongstra & Hammer Museum – Los Angeles, USA
Claudy Jongstra (the Netherlands, 1963) is creating an enduring work of art, a wall hanging, for the Los Angeles Hammer Museum. With her work, the designer aims to restore a sense of softness and wonder about nature to the city of Los Angeles.
- Jorn Konijn & Centro Brasil Design – Florianopolis, Brasil
Jorn Konijn (the Netherlands, 1977) is co-curator of the 2015 Brazil Design Biennale. The grant will allow Konijn to improve himself in three ways, based on the commission of the Brazil Design Centre. The applicant sets up a research and the results are put into effect during the exhibition ‘Home Sweet Home’ (working title), which focuses on the encounter between design and everyday life. The exhibition shows how the use of the living room changes as a result of new technology, becoming increasingly hybrid.
- Ruben Pater & Isuma TV – Nunavut , Canada
Graphic designer Ruben Pater (the Netherlands) is designing a storytelling application that makes it possible to create a collective comic book. Together with the local population of the northern Canadian Nunavut, Pater is working on a graphic novel about traditional local imagery that allows the population to pass on their own stories to young Inuit. Collaboration with the local media company IsumaTV ensures access to ten settlements that are nearly impossible to reach. Applying a graphic filter on the input, Pater produces a graphic novel with a coherent style. Besides the comic, which will be distributed in the communities, the project will yield a mobile exhibition and an application that, with minimal adjustment, can also be used in other cultural contexts.
Reaction from the selection committee to the submitted proposals
The committee notes that the submitted proposals contain a lot of trendy work and are hardly geared towards personal cultural and artistic development. Many applicants focus on their professional careers and fail to communicate the intended artistic output and sustainability level of the proposed project. The committee also notes that only a few applicants reflect critically on their own method and the proposed development.
In addition, the committee attaches great importance to a strongly motivated choice of location and international partner. Though some proposals describe why the proposed project fits the international context in terms of location and sphere of action, the assessors in a number of proposals miss a genuine connection to the location, occasioning questions about the meaning of the results for that location and the profession.
In assessing the proposals, the external advisors considered the quality of the artistic vision of the applicant. The advisors preferred proposals that combined exceptional artistic vision, professional development, and interaction between the applicant and international partners to create a mutually reinforcing whole. The social and cultural relevance of the proposals was assessed as well, and the expertise of the partners and the nature and form of the collaboration considered. The advisors noted many proposals involving partners of an excellent reputation without, however, these collaborations being aimed at enhancing the professional and artistic development of the talent. A number of proposals failed to provide sufficient insight into the approach and design of the project, making it difficult to assess possible results.
The advisory board considers this selection representative of the scope of the creative industries in the fields of architecture, design and e-culture. The makers, designers and curator selected are in different stages of their development.