In June, Creative Industries Fund NL and the Jan van Eyck Academie invited designers and creatives to apply for a residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie and to submit proposals for the development of a new, investigative work.
The open call produced 78 proposals in all, which were submitted to a selection committee consisting of Chairwoman Saskia van Stein, Director of Bureau Europa, and advisors Huib Haye van der Werf, Head of Artistic Programmes for the Jan van Eyck Academy, and graphic designer Michaël Snitker.
In its final decision the Committee selected the following proposals:
Henrik van Leeuwen – project Research / Werner Mantz Lab
Alessandra Covini – Landscape of Furniture
Albergo Rosa (Annee Grøtte Viken en Maximiliaan Royakkers) – Table Tableaux or the Act of Letting a Person into Your Home
Anna Reutinger – How U survive This Life Everyday, Resourcefully.
When assessing the proposals the advisors focused particularly on the substantive plan, the participation of one or more of the Van Eyck Academy’s Labs, the designer’s expertise and the correlation between these elements.
The Committee noted that there were many submissions from graphic designers and fewer from architects or product designers. The proposals focused both on extending the technical scope and on experiment and exploration of the boundaries of the medium itself. Several of the proposals interwove a variety of disciplines, an aspect that the Committee commended. In addition it responded positively to the deployment of the different lab functions and the research-based working method of the various designers. However, the Committee also noted that a number of makers failed to present a clear concept of how the labs were to be used for their project, with the result that the working period lacked relevance or was too summarily described.
Alessandra Covini - Landscape of furniture
The project studies the relation between domestic space, furniture and rituals and transposes them into a new landscape of sculptural objects.
The project brings back the domestic space to its essential components – a place for shelter, a place to eat,
a place to bathe. It aims to study the places of the domestic environment, and how these are today shaped by specific objects – the bed, the kitchen, the shower. The project will study their origins, tracing back their rituals and uses, and to transpose them - once again- into objects. The result will be a new domestic space shaped by a landscape of furniture, a series of inhabitable sculptures that freeze and crystallize rituals, which will create extraordinary objects for domestic spaces. This tailor-made furniture for the house will transform the private domain into an artificial landscape, a collection of objects in between architecture, architecture modelling and design. Alongside the research, the project will take form in the materialization of the objects, which will be realized with a range of different materials and techniques -wood, metal, glass, concrete and resins. The choice for the materialization of each object will be a transposition of the research, and it will evoke, through textures and materiality, the relation with its origin.
During the Jan Van Eyck Academie residency, will be used the expertise of workshops in the different phases of the project: the Pierre Kemp Lab for developing the research, the Heimo Lab the materialization of the objects, the Charles Nypels Lab for the graphic and publication of the project and the Werner Mantz Lab for a photographic reportage of the objects.
During the different phases will be invited a range of different professionals, among architects, designers, writers and artists, photographer to collaborate on specific aspects of the project in interdisciplinary workshops.
Anna Reutinger - How U Survive This Life Everyday, Resourcefully
Shoes made from truck tires in Ethiopia, tortilla chips made from misshapen old tortillas in Los Angeles, baskets made from waste telephone wires in South Africa, small figurines made from drinking straws in Taiwan, the iconic stroopwafel originally made from leftover stale breadcrumbs in Gouda—all are examples of novelty items created through a combination of craftsmanship, material on-hand, and entrepreneurial spirit. How U Survive This Life Everyday, Resourcefully is a research into the novelty item as cultural phenomena—dissecting what it means to create novelty from something discarded, to create value from something valueless, and to work with what you have in a given context.
Annee Grøtte Viken and Maximiliaan Royakkers
‘TABLE TABLEAUX or The Act of Letting a Person Into Your Home ‘ by ALBERGO ROSA ()
– objects representing critical positions towards the construction of reality in architecture.
The project ‘TABLE TABLEAUX or The Act of Letting a Person Into Your Home ‘ is a research-by-making, in which material experimentation and spatial speculation will be combined with research into forms of representation, the use of visual media and narrative to produce and experience new and existing realities.
The project will further investigate production techniques and materials in relation to albergo rosa, a self-invented material composed of plaster and red-pigmented concrete mixed by an act of violently throwing them together. After uncovering, the mixing and subsequent hardening process forms marvelous patterns of red and white reminiscent of the intricate patterns of natural stone after millions of years of metamorphic formation.
Material investigations will be intertwined with experiments on visual techniques, modes of representation and storytelling within the medium of film. The project will explore cinematographic techniques relating to space and will experiment with various modes of representation as means to shape and frame an object, working towards the production of a series of domestic objects; a typology of tables.
Making will be influenced by the way visual experiments imagine the next step of the process and serve as reflections on previous steps, investigating how cinematographic techniques are used to construct and distort realities and how this can be used to give spaces new possible contexts, past and futures.
Henrik van Leeuwen
Henrik van Leeuwen will continue his research into the significance and visualization of large-scale (wireless) communications infrastructures in relation to geopolitical relationships between the multinationals that largely own and control these communications, nation states and communities. In addition he will experiment with ways of applying the actual protocols in order to insert his research into audiovisual models; thus translating the contextual relevance of the most valuable radio spectrum by means of the spectrum itself. This could be interactive (audiovisual) installations, but also performances or lectures in which the immediate licensed environment (or a different environment in a similar time spectrum) has an impact on the development of the projects. Part of the research will be to visit places that have played an important role in the development of the global communications infrastructure, such as former colonies and present/future communications centres.
In the Werner Mantz Lab, Van Leeuwen will work on futuristic models of these developments, with the aim of realizing audiovisual translations of the present and future power structures in relation to our perception and experience of the world dominated by (wireless, instant) communications and technological dependence.