Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

Much ado about music Much ado about music
January 16th, 2011

I need to take another Sunday afternoon to write a piece about why it’s important to make music.

But in the meantime, watch the video to see why it’s important it’s made in Eindhoven.

Great concert this afternoon, Lunapark – sorry I had to run away so quickly at the end, but want you guys to know it was a thoroughly enjoyable arvo!

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 […]

Take a deep breath, and … Take a deep breath, and …
November 19th, 2010

Scream for culture along with the rest of the Netherlands. Tomorrow, practically every cultural institution in the Netherlands will be rallying together to demonstrate against financial measures being taken by the government in the area of arts and culture. Read more about this in the new weekly column, in English, at – it’s called Eindhoven Culture Files, and it’s written by me. Anyway, see you tomorrow at the 18 Septemberplein, and don’t forget to bring your best screaming voice (plus lots of water!)

Emptying a home to fill it with talent Emptying a home to fill it with talent
October 31st, 2010

What I like about the idea of the House of Talent is that many of the designs to be seen during a week like this can be somewhat obtuse, hardly practical – bordering on art. There’s nothing wrong with that. On the other hand, sometimes you feel like you’re walking through a trade show or some sort of “home and interiors fair” which is a little bit uninspiring in terms of “design” in an important sense (mind you, beautiful stuff). What this House of Talent is, is three-fold. It creates a podium for a range of designers and it puts an interesting range of products in context. Then there’s the third bit. You need the talent of curators Nanning and Mischa to put the right pieces together, from the right curtain color to the complementary artwork (not part of the exhibition, but fitting nonetheless).

No artificial flavourings: Nanine Linning’s Synthetic Twin No artificial flavourings: Nanine Linning’s Synthetic Twin
October 27th, 2010

Earlier today while numbly wandering through the Klokgebouw I started to worry about the stagnation of innovation, as I saw the tendency to re-hash design ideas and to the point we start to believe that those same old things are actually new. But tonight, my faith was restored. What I saw was a renewal of expression, the richness that a creative mind can give to telling an old story in a new way, or of finding a weird analogy that speaks for our times. Real, honest and anything but synthetic. This performance and this piece will stay with me for a while yet. Keep a close eye on this spot, for modern dance has won the attention of The Dossier … we may have to find a new category title for it. For now, it will go under music.

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

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.

A question of time A question of time
September 7th, 2010

Can’t write long, no time. Came back from holidays a week ago, dashed over to Paris at the weekend, everyone’s flooded me with assignments / interviews / podiatrist appointments and the like. Hardly a moment to remember to eat / drink / shower. Have arranged to get rid of my other half this evening so I can find a spare minute to write down everything I need to do in the next 2 weeks, and scratch myself. Argh! Maybe the “Questioning Time” symposium at the Design Academy holds the answer/s?

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.

How to … visit a museum How to … visit a museum
July 6th, 2010

At The Dossier we’re as interested in what there is to do, culturally speaking, as well as how. How do you get engaged in this kind of stuff, how do you do it without wondering whether you’re doing it right? Ah, that’s the catch. There’s no right or wrong way to “consume” culture. The fact that you are interested in the world around you is enough. So, here’s a very liberating guide, thanks to Danny Gregory soulless ad-man turned soulful illustrator, to how to visit a museum and eliminate any more “obligatory” visits where all you come away with is a back ache and brain overload.

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