Former West – Other Survivalisms

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Under the title Other Survivalisms, on 16 and 17 May 2014 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts the second installment of its public editorial meetings geared towards the realization of the forthcoming FORMER WEST publication. It is the second in an ongoing series of public editorial meetings, which form the trajectory of the culminating phase of BAK’s flagship collaborative research program FORMER WEST (2008–2016).

On Demand Video’s – Other Survivalisms

These small-scale gatherings take the editorial meeting as their model for informal (re)negotiations of the living knowledge brought together through the course of the project. The public exchanges take place in cultural and geopolitical contexts both within and outside of the so-called “former West” and bring together a great number of collaborators from the project’s past and current investigations, including artists, writers, theorists, curators, activists, students, as well as our various publics. The series is developed and curated by writer, cultural critic, and translator Boris Buden, curator, organizer, and artistic director of BAK, Maria Hlavajova, and curator and writer Simon Sheikh.

Other Survivalisms consists of a number of moderated meetings with artists, theorists, and activists on Friday, 16 May, 13.30–20.00 hrs, and on Saturday, 17 May, 09.30–20.00 hrs, at Het Utrechts Archief, located opposite from BAK on Hamburgerstraat 28, Utrecht.

Contributors to the project include: Boris Buden, writer, cultural critic, and translator, Berlin; T.J. Demos, art historian and critic, London; Mark Fisher, theorist, writer, and editor, London; Maja & Reuben Fowkes, art historians and curators, Budapest and London; Katherine Gibson, theorist and writer, Sydney; Maria Hlavajova, curator and cultural organizer, artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht; Brigitta Kuster, artist and writer, Berlin; Massimiliano Mollona, theorist and writer, London; Alexei Penzin, philosopher and writer, London and Moscow; Andrea Phillips, theorist and writer, London; Poka-Yio, artist and curator, Athens; Simon Sheikh, curator and theorist, Berlin and London; and Marina Vishmidt, writer, editor, and critic, London.

Location: Het Utrechts Archief
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FRIDAY AFTERNOON LECTURE #3 – Sara Diamond, President of the University of the imagination

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Data, data everywhere – how can we make it speak? 

We could describe data as the resource of the twenty-first century – gushing in plenitude; it must be harvested and refined to be of value. Visual analytics bears relevance to open government records, self-produced data, and health and industry data sets alike. In a data-based economy designers and artists must be integral to the creation of tools which convert data to manageable, meaningful and beautiful communication.

And a special performance by experimental guitar virtuoso Aart Strootman.

The talk will suggest a series of going concerns in the field of visual analytics, such as aesthetics, design methodologies, the use of metaphors. It will provide examples drawn from the work of OCAD University’s Visual Analytics Laboratory, research at the Centre for Information Visualization and Data Driven Design and the work of artists and designers. What skills sets are needed for the visual analytics researchers of the future?

About Dr. Sara Diamond

Dr. Sara Diamond is the President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”. She holds a PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering, a Masters in Digital Media theory and Honours Bachelors of Arts in History and Communications from Simon Fraser University. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Society of Artists and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada and the winner of the 2013 GRAND NCE Digital Media Pioneer Award.  She founded and led the Banff New Media Institute from 1995-2005. Diamond is a data visualization, wearable technology and mobile media researcher, artist and designer. She is co-principal investigator on the Centre for Information Visualization/Data Driven Design, leads OCAD University’s Visual Analytics Laboratory and holds significant funding from Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council. Her book (with Sarah Cook) Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Dialogues, a history of the boom, bust and reset years of the first wave of digital media is currently available; published by Banff Centre Press and Riverdale Architectural Press, University of Waterloo.

About Friday afternoon lectures

Gilles Holst, first Director of the famous Philips Natlab, already proclaimed in one of his official research reports, researchers with sufficient freedom and an open mind are most likely to be successfl. We – Baltan Laboratories, Holst Centre, TU Eindhoven, EIT ICT Labs and High Tech Campus Eindhoven believe this original vision for the Natlab could easily be forgotten in these times of increased specialization. Proactively addressing this issue, we committed ourselves to setting up a series of lectures that revive the original Natlab spirit. Are you a researcher, artist, designer or any other creative and inspired enthusiast? Then you should not miss out on this unique occasion to become inspired by top-notch speakers and to meet with like-minded souls.

Location: Gaslab, TU/e
More info: Baltan Website

Baltan Laboratories – Age of Wonder

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The beauty and terror of progress

28, 29 & 30 March 2014

Age of wonder is a festival of our times: difficult to capture in one sentence. It is probably best described as a string of longer TED-talks about big ideas, artistic experiments and mythic stories. The international programme takes from art, science and technology and consists of lectures, films and documentaries, installations, performances and more.

We live in interesting times. Our rapidly changing world makes us dream uncertainly of both utopian societies and nightmarish scenarios. We want to reinvent the world, society and our lives. For that, we need to look beyond our own frames of reference and specialisations.

During the festival Age of Wonder, we will zoom out at our spot on the timeline and look to the past and the future. With a distinctive programme focussing on bold visions and big ideas. In so doing, Age of Wonder takes the essence and the existence of the 100-year-old NatLab as a starting point: a space where, detached from the outside world and the issues of the day, you can open your mind full of wonder to insights old and new.

Location: Natlab, Eindhoven
More info: Age of Wonder site

Cast: Buitenkunst met Daan Roosegaarde

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Tilburg is een stad van samenwerken en samendoen. Bouwen aan de stad, is steeds opnieuw verbindingen leggen tussen gebouwen, straten, pleinen, parken, kunst, cultuur en de samenleving. Na een decennium van KORT (Kunstplan Openbare Ruimte Tilburg), wordt nu nagedacht over de toekomst. Tilburg wil dit niet volgens een papieren beleidsplan vormgeven, maar droomt over een bijzonder eigentijdse stadslab. Bij dit nieuwe stadslab gaat het om kennis ophalen, dwarsverbanden leggen en de resultaten laten zien in de stad. Kunst wordt opnieuw verbonden met de leefomgeving van iedere Tilburger, met als doel de stad te versterken. Tijdens de avond wordt aan alle deelnemers gevraagd mee te denken, te spreken en te schrijven.

Gastspreker Daan Roosegaarde

Bijzondere gast en spreker tijdens de discussieavond is Daan Roosegaarde. Zijn werk kenmerkt zich door interactie tussen kunst, mens en techniek. Met projecten variërend van mode tot architectuur, creëert hij slimme en sociale ontwerpen met een instinctieve interactie van geluid en beweging.


More info: Cast website
: Sportcomplex Drieburcht, Wagnerplein 1, 5011 LP Tilburg

2013 VISIBLE AWARD – The jury as a public event

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On 14 December the Van Abbemuseum will host the second edition of the Visible Award. The attendees of this event will be part of the prestigious jury, as they decide together who will win the 2013 Visible Award.

Visible. where art leaves its own field and becomes visible as part of something else

A project by CittadellarteFondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna, curated by Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander

On occasion of its second edition, the Visible Award evolves it project and seeks an innovative approach that passes through a more transparent methodology around its jury session which takes form during a public event at the museum. The jury session will not only be a confrontation between experts, in order to select an exemplary socially engaged art project, but rather a moment for sharing knowledge and collective learning, that in the process of assessing the winning project will hopefully create an opportunity to put at work the vast network of professionals existing around the Visible project.


On 14 December the prestigious, interdisciplinary jury, chaired by Charles Esche, will gather a together in order to assess the merits of the 10 shortlisted projects and select the winner of the 2013 Visible Award. Next to the five invited jury members, the audience of the event represents the sixth member of the jury and will be able to put in a public vote.

The ten projects that will be assessed, have been shortlisted among a list of 34 art projects nominated by the 2013 Visible advisory board and the 48 projects received, for the first time, through an open call. The ten shortlisted projects are: Sammy Baloji, Kumbuka (Congo); Beta Local, From-Tool-to-Tool! (Puerto Rico); Mabe Bethonico, Museum of Public Concerns (Brazil); Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, One Dollar (Cambodia); Beatrice Catanzaro, Bait Al Karama, (Palestina); Fernando García-Dory, Paese Nuovo / New Country – Borgate (Italy); Inkanyiso (Zanele Muholi), Oui Twenty/20 (South Africa); Ahmet Ögüt, The Silent University (Turkey); The Propeller Group, Christ the King of Bling (Vietnam); Ruangrupa, The Gerobak Bioskop  (Cinema Cart) Network (Indonesia).

The invited members of the jury are: Tania Bruguera (artist, New York), Joseph Grima (architect, writer, former editor of Domus, Milan), Jeanne Van Heeswijk (artist, Rotterdam), Koyo Kouho (curator, artistic Director of Raw Material Company, Dakar), Nikos Papastergiadis (contemporary social-cultural studies professor, Sydney), and Michelangelo Pistoletto (artist, artistic director of Cittadellarte, Biella).


10.00 – Welcome by Charles Esche
Introduction of the jury and voting system
10.30 – Introduction of the 10 shortlisted projects by Visible curators Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander
13.30 – Lunch break
15.00 – Statements from the jurors about socially engaged artistic practices, moderated by Charles Esche
16.30 – Summary of the 10 shortlisted project by Charles Esche
17.00 – Jurors speak about the reasons why to vote for their chosen projects
18.00 – Coffee break
18.45 – Announcement of the Top 3, compiled by jurors / Q&A between the jurors and audience
19.30 – Public vote
20.30 – Drinks and announcement of the winner of 2013 Visible Award

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BKKC symposium: De waarde van cultuur | een nieuwe toekomst!

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Op donderdag 14 november 2013 organiseert bkkc voor de tweede keer het symposium over de waarde van cultuur. Het thema van 2013 is ‘Een nieuwe toekomst’. Het symposium vindt plaats in het klokgebouw in Eindhoven.

Durven wij als professionals uit de kunst- en cultuurwereld, innovatie, creatieve industrie, filosofie, journalistiek, als beleidsmakers of als ondernemers uit alle sectoren van het bedrijfsleven in deze tijd op zoek te gaan naar nieuwe wegen en grenzen te verleggen? Wat zijn die wegen dan? En waar liggen de nieuwe grenzen? Zitten we in een crisis of is er ruimte voor nieuwe kansen? Welke waarde hebben kunst en cultuur hierin? En hoe zorgen we ervoor dat we niet afwachten maar gewoon doen? Dit zijn vragen die aan bod komen aan de hand van de thema’s samenwerking, serendipiteit, internationalisering, innovatie, transitie en cultureel burgerschap.

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Dagvoorzitter is Andrea van Pol. Verder: keynotes van Erik Mandersloot, Anna Kirah en John-Paul Flintoff, korte verrassende lezingen, interactieve cultuursessies en prikkelende interventies. Andere sprekers en deelnemende oprganisaties: Jeroen Everaert, Dany Jacobs, Anne Mieke Eggenkamp, Platfom31, DiederenDirrix, Rozenbrood, DutchCulture, Lucas de Man, Strijbos&Van Rijswijk, Boef en de Gelogeerde Aap, Jalila Essaïdi, Hans Mommaas en Peter Giesen. Samen proberen we antwoorden te formuleren die richting geven aan onze nieuwe toekomst.


Het programma bestaat uit een plenair gedeelte met langere en kortere lezingen. Daarnaast is er een niet-plenair deel met deelsessies. Naast dit centrale programma zijn er gedurende de dag inspirerende ontmoetingsplekken en verrassende intermezzo’s.

9.00-10.00 inloop
bruisende opening met Boef en de Gelogeerde Aap & Chris van Koppen
10.15-10.45 KEYNOTE | Erik Mandersloot
10.45-11.00 de korte verrassende lezing van… Dany Jacobs
11.00-11.30 korte pauze
11.30-11.45   de korte verrassende lezing van… Hans Mommaas
11.45-12.00 presentatie ‘Culturele Atlas, Monitor professionele kunsten Noord-Brabant’
12.00-12.30    KEYNOTE | Anna Kirah
12.30-13.30 lunch – met muziek van Chelsea Foreman
13.30-14.30 cultuursessie 1
14.30-15.30 cultuursessie 2
15.30-16.00 korte pauze
bruisende opening slotsessie met Boef en de Gelogeerde Aap
16.15-16.30 de korte verrassende lezing van… Rozenbrood
16.30-17.00 KEYNOTE | John Paul Flintoff
17.00-17.15 slot met Boef en de Gelogeerde Aap
17.15 borrel – met muziek van Chelsea Foreman

Locatie: Klokgebouw 50, Strijp-S, Eindhoven
More info: Website BKKC

Baltan sessions #4: On the threshold of beauty

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Kees Tazelaar, expert on electronic music will give a lecture presentation about his forthcoming book On the Threshold of Beauty in which he explains the early history of electronic music in the Netherlands.

If you think it all started with disco in the 1970s and house in the 1980s, you’re a few decades off the track. Tazelaar’s book, which will be published by V2_ later in 2013, shows how since 1925 pioneers at the Philips studio’s already were laying the foundations for what was to come.

Kees Tazelaar (The Hague, 27-7-1962) came in touch with the world of electronic music when in 1981 he followed a course at the Institute of Sonology at the University of Utrecht. In 1987 he continued his studies in The Hague at the Royal Conservatory: two more years in sonology, to be followed by four years in composition with Jan Boerman, with whom he graduated in 1993. In 2013, Kees Tazelaar filled the Edgard Varèse guest professorship at the Technical University of Berlin. Since June 2010 he is the head of the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In May 2013, Kees Tazelaar received a PhD from the Technical University for his dissertation On the Threshold of Beauty: Philips and the Origins of Electronic Music in the Netherlands 1925–1965.

Location: Baltan @ Natlab, Eindhoven
More info: Baltan Laboratories


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Lecture by Ivan Sutherland, “Inventor of the first graphical user interface”

Invited speaker of the second series of the Friday Afternoon Lectures is Ivan Sutherland (USA). In his talk Computers Yet to Come, Sutherland shares his vision on the essence of computing and computer programming, showing us that our current mode of operation is based on outdated paradigms that originate from the time that computers just started to emerge.

Computers Yet to Come

When computers were new, vacuum tube logic was very expensive relative to the wires used to communicate between logic units. The intervening 65 years have completely reversed that cost structure. Today, transistor logic is essentially free and communication is the major cost of computing. Wires for communication occupy nearly all chip area, cost most of the delay and, worst of all, charging and discharging wires costs most of the energy computers use. In spite of this complete reversal in the relative cost of logic and communication, there has been little change in how we compute. Programming languages still focus on operations and fail to provide control over communication. Ivan Sutherland will elaborate on possible angles to tackle this ‘mismatch’, for example by moving algorithms from software to hardware. We’re long overdue for a fresh look at the architecture of computing systems. ‘Computers yet to come’ will be very different from those of today.

Ivan Sutherland received his PhD from MIT in 1963. With a well-known thesis, called Sketchpad, he was involved in what was the first graphical computer interface. He holds ACMʼs Turing Award (the ‘Nobel prize of computing’) and the Kyoto Prize. Ivan is a full time Visiting Scientist in the Asynchronous Research Center at Portland State University, and holds more than 60 patents. Dr. Sutherland is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences.

About ‘Friday afternoon lectures’

Gilles Holst, first Director of the famous Philips Natlab, already proclaimed in one of his official research reports, ‘researchers with sufficient freedom and an open mind are most likely to be successful’. We – Baltan Laboratories, Holst Centre, TU Eindhoven, EIT ICT Labs and High Tech Campus Eindhoven believe this original vision for the Natlab could easily be forgotten in these times of increased specialization. Proactively addressing this issue, we committed ourselves to setting up a series of lectures that revive the original Natlab spirit. Are you a researcher, artist, designer or any other creative and inspired enthusiast? Then you should not miss out on this unique occasion to become inspired by top-notch speakers and to meet with like-minded souls.

Location: Auditorium Natlab, Kastanjelaan 500, Strijp-S, Eindhoven
More info: Baltan Website

IQ: Sexy Urbanism -10th of June 2013

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What’s the added value to the urban culture if a city has a scene of creatives and young professionals?
They have great ideas and work without the strange ideas from the past. But, to have maximum profit, the city itself has to make a certain change as well.

ISOCARP is a worldwide network of urban planners and architects, founded in 1965 by van den Emden, designer of the TU/e complex in Eindhoven.
The 50st anniversary will be held in Eindhoven in 2015, according to the intentions of IQ. IQ3 will be a prelude to present a brand new generation with fresh ideas in a 2.0 society.
In 1968 there was a cultural revolution in Europe showing new music, lyrics, protest, new education system, based on actual society questions, made by students.
In 2013 there is also a new (R)EVOLUTION going on. A new generation has to face (again) unemployement, crisis, but also new challenges and bottom up creativity in a RE-USE society and environment.
We would like to present and discuss this theme by representatives of those generations.

Location: De Oude Rechtbank
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TextielMuseum: Expert Meeting – David Shah & WOOL DIARIES

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TextielMuseum and The New Institute are pleased to invite you to the first EXPERT MEETING in 2013: an inspiring and triggering evening for professionals in the field of textiles, design, interior design, architecture, fashion and art. Keynote speaker David Shah (trend forecaster, owner View Publications and consultant) explains his vision on trends in the field of textiles and the importance of linking heritage and nostalgia with innovation, sustainability and technology. Furthermore, Shah will introduce and interview the designers that participated in the project Wool Diaries. The project is a collaboration between the TextielMuseum and The New Institute and is made possible by The Woolmark Company. Meet your colleagues in the field!


6 – 7.30 pm Arrivals
Visit presentation ‘Wool Diaries’, 1st floor
Visit exhibition ‘Turkish red & more’, ground floor
6.15 – 7.15 Buffet in museum cafe ‘Bij Mommers’

7.45  Welcome by Hebe Verstappen, Head of TextielLab and Christine Vroom, programme coordinator of The New Institute.
8.00 ‘From handcraft to digital craft’, a lecture by David Shah, trendforecaster and consultant.
8.30 ‘The making of Wool Diaries’, a movie by Robert Andriessen.
8.45 Introduction Wool Diaries designers, an interview by David Shah.
9.00 Discussion round

Locatie: TextielMuseum, Tilburg
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