15 short, smart and clever talks, joined and bound by one simple rule: twenty slides, five minutes. We selected fifteen artists, designers and a lost theorist who build, design and construct. Ignite Amsterdam 6 was part of Global Ignite Week.
Ignite is run by locals, for locals, all around the world. The events are fast-paced and merciless, but most of all they're fun, thought-provoking nights, full of fresh ideas and clever insights. Speakers get five minutes to present their idea or project. 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.
Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson
Styrmir makes wonderfully detailed, poignant drawings full of humor. Join us for a reading of The Criminal Alphabet, a collaboration with Baldvin Þór Magnússon.
Jeroen designed the Shelter Box, a sustainable construction kit you can use to build your own home.
A young Rietveld Academy graduate (2009), Floris has exhibited his work in Leeds, Amsterdam and Istanbul. He will talk with us about stretching and contracting cubes.
The National Ecological High-Voltage Network is Lucas' innovative solution for the soon to be disastrous government project Ecologische Hoofd Structuur (National Ecological Network). A network that combines high-voltage lines in the air with animal migration on the ground.
Jesse van Winden
Jesse co-curated the exhibition Abstract USA at Rijksmuseum Twente, and is a frequent contributor to Kunstlicht. Tonight he'll share his thoughts on how street art reacts to and interacts with its surroundings.
Helmut is a multidisciplinary visual artist. His solo exhibitions include Rechtsachter, CBK Rotterdam, and more recently A retrospective and one or two new works, KK Outlet London. He will talk to us about his incredibly varied, but also witty work.
Michelle will present Precious Waste. This Design Academy Eindhoven graduate found a way to recycle plastic bags in a sustainable manner, and has turned cheap plastic bags into a strong, elegant material.
Ref is an interactive wearable pet that reacts to your state of being. If you're feeling particularly stressed out, the creature will raise its tail like a cat, coaxing you to regain your cool.
Bart designed a do-it-yourself kit for a rowing boat. The kit is easy to construct and doesn't require any tools.
Bart will present the four principles of what he considers the future of design: functional, efficient, affordable, and no negative ecological impact.
Sundays are unlike any other day. Brigitt did research into how the Dutch fill the time between 2pm and 3pm. Tonight she'll present this remarkable national choreography.
Kasper van Hoek
Kasper designs string instruments that are at once noisy and delicate.
As a graphic designer, Jarrik felt the need to allow other people to experience the joy of creating fonts. He developed a 3D typography you put together yourself.
Agata Jaworska (Droog)
Agata is a content and project manager at Droog Lab, and is currently working on the project Fantastical Investments, an exploration into Russian (consumer) culture.
Ready-Made is a collection of ready-to-sew sleeves, trouser legs et cetera you can easily stitch together, creating billowing garments.
Doors open at 8pm. First speaker at 8.30pm. € 7,-. Location: Mediamatic Bank, Vijzelstraat 68 Amsterdam.
The Arcade exhibition, featuring interactive installations, video arcade machines and consoles, was open before and after the talks, as well as during the breaks. Perfect for stretching those thumb muscles!