With our eye on the Global Game Jam happening at the end of the month, we invited a few young, experimental game designers to share their latest projects. Furthermore, we're diving into (Dutch) design and, of course, fungi. Drop by for your monthly dose of bite-sized enlightenment. Please RSVP on this page.
Ignite is run by locals, for locals. Fast-paced and merciless, Ignite evenings are fun, thought-provoking nights, full of fresh ideas and clever insights. Speakers get five minutes to present their idea. They make use of twenty slides that auto-advance every fifteen seconds. Ignite serves as a platform for locals to connect offline and have a drink together. All presentations will be given in English.
Roel Roscam Abbing / Micha Prinsen
A few months ago two designers uploaded parts of a rifle to Thingiverse, a site founded by Makerbot to share 3D projects. Bypassing their no-weapons policy, one of the parts they uploaded is the only part you need to have a license to buy (in the US). Enticed by the questions this raised, Roel and Micha started their own research into the limits of open source. What about open source drugs?
Rami Ismail and Laurens de Gier
Rami and Laurens will present Glitchhiker, winner of the 2011 Global Game Jam Nederland (jury + audience award). In Glitchhiker the player wasn't the only one who had lives: the game did too. Every time a player died, the game lost a life. The more lost lives (the game started off with 100), the more distorted the game became, until it finally died. It cannot be played anymore. But it's still nice to look at.
Anne van Diepeningen
Before Anne started working for the CBS (Fungal Biodiversity Centre), she did research into the Podospora anserina, a fungus that ages. She found that there are certain conditions that can be altered so that the fungus' lifespan can be stretched from 3 weeks to 3 years. With one disadvantaged: it can no longer reproduce.
Light plays a big role in Jeroen's work, unsettling the relation between analogue and digital, simultaneously creating and disrupting illusions. Here to tell us more about his recent projects.
Niels playfully inserts illustration and typography into public space, brightening up streets, signs, and billboards. Based in Eindhoven, he's made the trip out west to show you some of his favorite work.
Joana Ozorio de Almeida Meroz
Joana just started her PhD research into the construction of the contemporary Dutch design canon. Where does this label come from? What criteria does a product have to have, for it to be labeled Dutch Design, and what are the consequences of doing so?
Amsterdam-based art collective Champagne Valentine has reinvented the digital, proclaiming there can be love in zeros and ones. Blurring the boundaries between art and advertising, they've worked with the likes of Wieden+Kennedy, Tate Modern, Bernard Wilhelm, and Tim Burton, creating (among others) websites, music videos, and interactive installations.
Adriaan de Jongh
Adriaan and Bojan Endrovski recently started up a game studio called Game Oven. Their first game, Fingle (iPad-twister for your fingers), is set to be released on January 12. Here to share their plans for the future.
Bonno van Doorn
While Bonno tries to free himself of limiting thoughts when creating new work, his mother has trouble naming and remembering things due to dementia. The most important things are not things is the result of spending two weeks together, making and looking and art, trying to connect despite Bonno's mom's illness.
Marianthi is an architect at UNstudio, a buro based in Amsterdam, Shanghai and Hong Kong. She's here to give a presentation on the Ultra High Performance observation tower, the result of a study into the optimal application of Ultra High Performance Concrete.
Jan Willem Bosman Jansen
TerraBites: vegetarian croquettes made from oyster mushrooms that grow on the remains of coffee leftovers. This concept by Jan Willem, owner of GRO Green Recycled Organics, has been nominated for the Horecava Innovation Award 2012. GRO collects the coffee grinds from Dutch restaurant chain Le Place and then sells the oyster mushrooms and the croquettes back to the restaurant, creating a sustainable food cycle.
Qlvr creates educational apps for children. Creative director Jaap Gerretsen is here to explain how you get from concept to app, and what it takes to make something interesting.
Doors open at 8pm, the first speaker kicks off at 8.30pm. Location: Mediamatic Bank, Vijzelstraat 68 Amsterdam. Tickets €2,- for members, €7,- for non-members. If you don't have a membership card, you can buy one at the door for €5,-. It's valid for a month.