Selection Open Call Talent Development in International Context
04 december 2019Giuditta Vendrame, Studio Legrand Jäger, Studio Agne and Sophie Hardeman will be collaborating with international partners in the coming period. These four designers were selected from 16 proposals from Dutch designers and makers who responded to the Open Call for Talent Development in International Context. By means of this open call, the Fund is giving designers and makers the opportunity to deepen their practice internationally and to develop it artistically and professionally by collaborating with a foreign partner. The selected projects fulfil an exemplary function for the Dutch creative industry and at the same time enrich our sector with new knowledge.
In her project 'Humid World', Giuditta Vendrame is investigating the notion of borders in water as a designer in residency within the 'At the Border' research programme at A/D/O in New York, USA. Studio Legrand Jäger (photo above) is developing new performative work in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in the project 'Internet of Ears: AI-Generated Policy Play'. Sophie Hardeman - Love Harder is researching group behaviour, tolerance, prejudices and stereotypes and brings politically and/or socially ignored topics to the attention during a residency at NAVEL.LA in Los Angeles. Studio Agne is carrying out theoretical and material research into amber waste during a residency at Neuni in Shanghai.
The committee's response to the quality of the proposals submitted was predominantly positive. The proposals in which the exceptional artistic vision, professional development and interaction with the international partner strengthened each other were preferred by the advisers. The social and cultural relevance of the proposals was also taken into account. This open call must involve the exchange of knowledge and the collaboration must not be a commissioned project. All the proposals were evaluated by representatives from digital culture, design and architecture. The committee consisted of maker and KABK teacher Pawel Pokutycki, freelance art and design historian Victoria Anastasyadis and AMO associate Stephan Petermann.
The committee evaluated the proposals on the basis of six criteria:
the extent to which the designers, makers, critics and/or curators from the creative industry (digital culture, design, architecture) occupy an exemplary and/or distinctive position;
the extent to which the proposed plan contributes to the further artistic and professional development of the maker concerned;
the quality and form of the collaboration;
the extent to which the foreign institution, organization or company concerned has an excellent reputation;
the degree and manner of co-financing by the foreign partner concerned;
the consistency of the proposal in terms of purpose, structure, relevant expertise and audience reach;
the extent to which there are Dutch interests.
The proposals were of varying, but generally good quality, and some were particularly good. The supported designers show that they are aware of the local (international) context in which they are operating. For the selected proposals, there is a good match between the project, the objective and the partner involved. The selection as a whole provides a diverse picture of the possibilities of talent development in an international context.
The proposals that were not selected fell short on one or more of the criteria. In a number of proposals, the advisers saw that the partners had an excellent reputation, but that the collaboration was not aimed at reciprocity and/or did not contribute to the professional and artistic development of the talent. In some proposals, the makers did not provide sufficient insight, in the details of the plan, into the approach and structure of the project. In a number of cases, the relevance to the discipline within the Dutch creative industry was insufficiently demonstrated or there was sometimes a lack of insight into how knowledge flows back to the Netherlands. In a few cases, the committee assessed the degree of critical reflection or awareness of the local context to be insufficient.