Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

Brainfood or Dreamfood? Brainfood or Dreamfood?
May 19th, 2011

I couldn’t make it to the TedxBrainport event last Friday as I decided to leave the lowlands for some higher ground (read: a long weekend in Switzerland to feed my creative soul). But my friend Walter van Hulst, journalist, was covering the event. Let’s just say he thinks there is plenty of room for improvement for next time. He wrote about it on the webmagazine (Dutch language), Hallo040.

Contagious thinking Contagious thinking
November 30th, 2010

Who is TED? I remember discovering TED talks a few years ago when they launched a website some 23 years after it began, back in 1984. I still think the concept is brilliant, because the currency of our world runs on sharing ideas, not patenting or copyrighting them. TED – originally standing for technology, entertainment […]

STRP Festival impressions STRP Festival impressions
November 28th, 2010

Well, if you want to contemplate life, the pace of modern life, your youthful imagination, play, connect with ideas and other people, and take time to just slow down and smell the flowers, then STRP Festival was the best place to do it this weekend. As well as looking forward to another conference and more great international acts, like those put on over the last ten days, next year you must reserve one or two days out of next year’s festival to check out the EXPO good and proper. I know I will. Some great footage was captured, but I couldn’t do it justice (maybe later, though). STRP is an experience and one that must be done with all 5 senses. See you next year.

Esphere – what is the world coming to? Esphere – what is the world coming to?
November 26th, 2010

I’m sitting in the Klokgebouw at the STRPFestival Esphere Conference and am a bit overwhelmed about the world as we imagine it, at least, how the folks on the stage are envisioning it. Geert Lovink is on the podium now, saying that many people have different ideas about what the Internet of Things is as a concept, and that we will also shape it for the future. “Our influence, no matter small, even as artists in this obscure building in Eindhoven, should not be downplayed.” Even my being here today is part of the process, I guess. In my small way, while watching where the world may be going in art/technology I’m a co-creator of it. (Even though I’ve been sitting on my hands and being an observer/twitterer/blogger).

Big ideas during a big night in Big ideas during a big night in
November 7th, 2010

Tomorrow, on Monday night and we won’t have a television hooked up at home. Truth be told, I don’t spend that much time in front of the box, but if I did, I’ve nothing to fear, for Baltan Laboratories is having an Exciting Evening at Home!

Three speakers, a beamer, two record players, and party food will help us feel a bit more at home – as do current developments in media technology when we’re not at home. Tomorrow night, Baltan Laboratories is opening up its hearth to you and Oliver Schürer, Tatjana Djordjevic and Marc Maurer. They will tell you what their take is on the link between media and architecture.
I really hope to make it. If I can’t, why don’t you pop over and make yourself at home?

“The future is black” “The future is black”
June 30th, 2010

When people are passionate, you can’t help but feel passionate for them, or try to see what it is they are passionate about. Today I went to see a Baltan Laboratories presentation by three such passionate guest speakers. Director of Baltan Laboratories, Angela Plohman, opened by explaining the nature of the organisation: a 2 year pilot program of an art and media lab whose activities include residences and workshops, exploring what the lab of the future might be. Today’s session would be on “copylefting” and the results of the EMF Orchestra workshop which was run earlier today by Wendy Van Wynsberghe and Peter Westenberg from Constant in Brussels. But first we listened to how Julien Ottavi, from APO33 in Nantes, listens to the world around us, and about his electromagnetic spectrum research.

You ever seen a unicorn up close? You ever seen a unicorn up close?
June 23rd, 2010

Back on 8 April 2010 Philips, Ridley Scott and a range of cutting edge directors released 5 short films as part of the launch of the Philips Cinema 21:9: the first ever cinema sized home television by the electronics giant. It’s no secret that the teevee industry is in the doldrums, with ever sinking sales and the commoditisation of what was once razor-sharp top-notch technology. So these days, a model’s success all boils down to marketing and in this instance, Philips has done a very nice job of it indeed. Watch the Parallel Lines 5-film campaign and think about entering the competition as your response to an intriguing script. Just think – no guts, no glory!

Manufactured beauty Manufactured beauty
March 3rd, 2010

There is a little (perhaps not so little) company called Innofaith which designs and produces tools of the beauty trade. It started up 14 years ago and it’s based in Eindhoven. Of course that’s the homeground of electronics giant Philips, who produces men’s and ladies’ shavers, even intimate massagers (I ask you), skin analysers and […]