Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

Twisting words and music Twisting words and music
May 26th, 2011

The crowd prefers to dawdle outside on this unseasonably warm May evening, rather than come in and listen to the billed entertainment. This doesn’t dint the enthusiasm of Eindhoven band, Ape Not Mice, hired for corporate gig, Made. After the first set Mark Vrolings (31), drummer, looms so very tall over me, yet speaks softly and attentively about the band he started in 2008. The pretty lead singer, Diede Claesen (20), sweetly barges in on the rushed interview and says to him: “Just checking up on you! I want to hear your English!” she laughs teasingly. Language is a cornerstone for this group, which I’m about to find out. But first, the music.

FLIM makes a solid debut FLIM makes a solid debut
May 23rd, 2011

When you experience a new CD (remember those?), you need to internalise it, deep deep down. Like, let it seep into your skin, and right into your muscles, heart and bones – into your very nature and the roots of you. I’ve only listened to Flim, by Lunapark, three or four times. And right now I’m listening to it to double check how my music-receptors are going. Yep, they’re workin’ okay.

Food visionary Food visionary
January 18th, 2011

I just spoke to Franke Elshout for an hour, but it felt like 15 minutes. We talked about food, local produce, crockery, (as well as the bio-industry, stress management, beer). Franke (28) is one half of Keukenconfessies (Kitchen Confessions) with Maarten Lockefeer, a food design studio and catering company. She is a foodie, a teacher of food design at HASkennistransfer in Den Bosch, is a mother-to-be (at the time of writing, 10 weeks to go!) and I think of her as a philosopher. Her connection to food is creative, intuitive, and it’s also larger than life.

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.

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.

Pushing the boundaries of Brabant-based music Pushing the boundaries of Brabant-based music
September 12th, 2010

These last four years in Eindhoven, I have really missed being challenged and delighted by the industry and creativity of contemporary music ensembles. The inertia is over now, and I can help in the movement to push locals to partake in the fruits of Lunapark ensemble’s labours. I say hallelujah, a sentiment befitting a Sunday.

Let a flux-s of creativity flood you Let a flux-s of creativity flood you
September 9th, 2010

The second edition of Flux-S is opening as I type, an event I unfortunately cannot attend due to a very much anticipated international visit from a dear friend.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t go to each of the next days of this 4-day international arts festival at Strijp-S in Eindhoven. The theme is Flux/S – Drafts Establishing Future. To illustrate a future cultural heart in Eindhoven, a large number of artists will inspire people with visual arts, music, performance, dance, film, video, poetry and literature.

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?

“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.

The end of indie film & theatre in Ehv? The end of indie film & theatre in Ehv?
June 15th, 2010

One of the most comforting aspects of my move to Eindhoven was discovering Plaza Futura 3 1/2 years ago. Akin to much loved Melbourne cinema houses (which also seem to be dying out) such as Lygon Street’s Nova (before it became huge!) and with progamming similar to the Astor Theatre and the former Carlton Moviehouse, Plaza Futura is a beloved venue with a sphere that makes you feel like you’re pulsing in sync with the sometimes elusive Eindhoven cultural hearbeat.
This beloved institution is threatening to close down, or be evicted – but a solution may lie in the cultural terrain that is in the making, Strijp-S.

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