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Selection Open Call Space for Talent

30 january 2019

To enable designers to create an environment together with a partner, in which joint experimentation, the establishment of new relationships and the sharing of knowledge play a central role, the Creative Industries Fund NL issued an Open Call Space for Talent. We received 37 applications in response to the open call. Eight of these were selected for a contribution.

The Open Call Space for Talent is intended for designers who would like to take a new step in their development by entering into a special collaboration. This could be a collaboration with a workplace or lab, but could also be, for example, an occasional collaboration with a team of scientists or with a producer who is pursuing innovation. Together the partnership works on issues that transcend their day-to-day practice/design practice. For instance, the use of sensors within 3D textile structures or the structural quality of bamboo.

The open call resulted in a wide range of proposals, with partners from fields ranging from the cultural sector and business to science, knowledge institution or social organization. The various disciplines that the fund serves were also well represented. The entries were submitted to an independent committee consisting of Ista Boszhard (researcher and founder of the Waag Textiellab), Kianoosh Motallebi (creator/artist in the digital domain) and Martine Zoeteman (architect, chair of the Dutch Creative Residency Network and board member at De Besturing).

The proposals submitted by the following designers and design offices were selected:

Studio Adela with Genneper Hoeve
Benny Nilsen with SML (photo above)
Alissa + Nienke with EE Exclusives
Jasper van Loenen with RDM Makerspace
Next Architects with ShapeService
Samira Boon with Sensor Lab
Tivon Rice with TU Delft
Chris Kabel with Doornekamp & RHS

from 3D weaving to Machine Learning
The proposals submitted show that architects, designers and makers, from all domains and subdomains of the creative industry, have a high degree of ambition and are looking for collaborations that contribute to the deepening or artistic development of their design practice. Together the supported projects provide a diverse overview of the possibilities that a lab, workplace or practical environment can offer for developing and deepening a maker's practice. The makers are at different points in their careers and work in various disciplines, ranging from AI to food design. The form of the collaborations and the areas of expertise of the partners is also varied. There are collaborations with industrial partners, but also with cultural institutions and universities.

Two of the selected proposals focus on materials research. Design studio Alissa + Nienke would like to explore the possibilities of 3D weaving together with EE Exclusives. While designer Chris Kabel is experimenting with the constructive quality of bamboo, as an alternative to steel, aluminium and hardwood. Besides research into new sustainable materials, circularity is an important theme for many applicants. Studio Adela will work with Genneper Hoeve to investigate alternatives to the biodynamic meat industry, while Next Architects is focusing on developing a 3D-printed roof element using recycled plastic as raw material. Together with Sensor Lab, Studio Samira Boon wants to explore how they can integrate sensors into 3D textile structures. This would allow environmental conditions to be translated more efficiently. A more sustainable, adaptive and interactive architecture would also be possible. The fund also received several proposals in the area of artistic deepening within the digital field. Sound artist Bennie Nilsen, in collaboration with Spatial Media Laboratories (SML), will investigate how he can extend his current practice of sound art and field recording to the visual domain. Finally, there are several makers who want to explore Machine Learning and offer scenarios that represent the impact of this new technology. Tivon Rice is working together with TU Delft on the creative application of Machine Learning. Jasper van Loenen will build a small mechanical animal within RDM Makerspace that will be connected to a neural network via sensors.
  • Recomposed Bamboo, Chris Kabel met Doornekamp & RHS

  • committee's impression
    The committee is impressed with the quality and speaks of a strong round. It does note, however, that many designers need to be more aware of their position. The designers receiving support reflect on their practice and are aware of the context (including the social context) in which they operate. The committee also looked at the quality of the partner and whether the partner's facilities were in line with the objectives of the project. The committee mainly examined whether the collaboration transcends regular practice and whether there is an exchange of knowledge between the two parties. In some cases the committee noted that the partnership envisaged was a continuation of previous collaboration. If the applicant is able to make it clear that it concerns a new step, mindset or deepening, the committee does not take a negative view of this.

    For the selected proposals, the collaboration with the partner is in line with the purpose and set-up of the project. They are contributing to a new step in the maker's practice, but also to new ways of thinking for the partner. All the selected proposals included a form of knowledge-sharing in the process. The committee ensured that the form of this is consistent with the set-up and nature of the project and the intended audience. It also examined whether the intended results are relevant for a wider audience. The committee is curious to see the results of the selected proposals and expects them to lead to inspiring examples.

    The next closing date for the Open Call Space for Talent will be in May 2019. In mid-February, this open call and the associated conditions will be published on the website and in the newsletter of the Creative Industries Fund NL.