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It’ll be right on the nights It’ll be right on the nights
October 21st, 2010

I love how the DDW program publicises this event about the use of so many design events and fairs in every large city, asking: “Does one need a new appraoch [sic] regarding expectations since the communication value declines?” The question is not a rhetorical one; it’s both daring and ironic because it questions the very relevance of the event at which the debate is being held! Moderator Lucas Verweij debating with Arjo Klamer, Peter van Kester, Elies Lemkes, Miriam van der Lubbe, Tracy Metz and Marcel Vroom will mull this one over. Should be a good one, and most beneficial if you speak Dutch!
Location: Machinekamer (Strijp-S)
When: Mon 25 October, 18:00 – 22:00
Language: Dutch


Feel like smiling for 2 minutes? Feel like smiling for 2 minutes?
October 20th, 2010

This beautiful, whimsical and yet powerful animation by Paul Postma, Christian Borstlap and Jasper Boeke was commissioned by Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland (Foundation Childrenstamps Netherlands). It’s all about letting kids learn. And by golly, it’s inspiring.


Powerful photography – Resilience Powerful photography – Resilience
September 25th, 2010

The opening of Resilience exhibition and book tells of a photographic and anthropological journey with the Roma – individuals with all the dramas and challenges in life that we all face, and the added obstacle of being stigmatised the world over.
“See the Roma as people – not as Roma, but as people.” – Marin Farcasiu, Roma and Roma translator for Resilience.


Finding strength in hidden places Finding strength in hidden places
September 17th, 2010

When I was a little girl, playing dress ups and choosing to be a “gypsy” meant wearing a head scarf, big loop-y earrings and piles of other costume jewellery; maybe there’d be an eye patch too, but there would definitely be a bright, full skirt and flowing blouse with a peasant neck. Finally, a crystal ball could complete ‘the look’. Generally, being a “gypsy” meant you had licence to be creative, colourful, wise and mysterious. But we grow up and see how things really are. What does it mean to be a Roma today? How do they cope with their situation? The upcoming book and exhibition by Mike Roelofs and Fanny Jol let us see into where resilience resides.


Flux-s photo documentary Part II Flux-s photo documentary Part II
September 12th, 2010

Some more stuff that filled The Dossier files these last 3 days: check out the second part of the Flux-s photo documentary.


Two places, same time Two places, same time
September 8th, 2010

It’s amazing what you can do these days, short of cloning yourself. You can be in two places at the same time. Okay, perhaps not physically, but your work can be. That’s what Lucas Maassen is doing, starting on Friday. He’ll be both launching a book and showing his work simultaneously in New York and Eindhoven. I think that’s impressive. I am not yet 100% sure which city he’ll be in, in person. Only time will tell. Perhaps you can turn up to one of the venues and let me know which one he’ll be at – you see I have to be somewhere else that evening, and you can’t be in two places at the same time. Well, I can’t.


The cardboard shop doesn’t take plastic The cardboard shop doesn’t take plastic
August 26th, 2010

Mark van den Heuvel is a self-professed entrepreneur. With qualifications in commerce/sport/communication and a background in selling mobile billboards, Mark could do just about anything. He is the owner of Eindhoven’s Kartonwinkel – literally, the Cardboard shop. It’s full to the brim with decorations, puzzles, photo frames and furniture, all made of that one everyday, garden-variety material. So. Cardboard. Why cardboard?


In the eye – Berlin In the eye – Berlin
August 19th, 2010

Eindhoven needs a photography gallery. One cannot help but be inspired by the industry and entrepreneurship of Berliners. Eindhoven (inadvertently or intentionally, who knows?) models itself on patterns to be found everywhere in Berlin – we too have the abandoned buildings (see the brilliant Berlin blog Adaptive Reuse) and designer hairstyles. Of course Eindhoven is small fry compared to the intense cold and dark heritage of Berlin, but yeah, the concept of hergebruik (adaptative reuse) is no stranger to the Dutch artists … and my hairdresser’s staff (Faces) frequently pop eastwards to Berlin for hair cut and colour refresher courses. That’s a start.


Friends make the world go round, not oil Friends make the world go round, not oil
July 29th, 2010

It was practically a relief to learn more about Rocco Verdult – because when you watch this film you’ll see how Rocco works and what he believes in. Thank god for people like him, I say. He’s a social designer whose philosophy is tied to his conviction in the richness of human encounters; he says their currency should not be overshadowed in a world that revolves around the trading of oil. So, through the clever designing of gatherings, he wants to change the world; well, bit by bit. Rocco is energetic, inspiring and hard to pin down.


And then, there was light And then, there was light
July 22nd, 2010

An expert meeting took place yesterday at Philips Design, with 12 thinkers in the area of social sciences, interaction design, architecture, creativity and technology. They all had a common interest that was a mash of the internet of things, design driven innovation, “wisdom of crowds”, new platforms for centralised technology, public spaces and large scale urban projects. And me. I was there in the capacity of communication and community “expert”. I put my title in inverted commas, because the company was indeed formidable; but not threateningly so, for they were also passionate, friendly, curious, fierce, intelligent, observant, reflective and interactive. It was a day of conceptualization and sharing, and one that would hopefully result in a pragmatic denouement of the question: how can public spaces be made more meaningful through lighting, in 2025?


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