We present our guest speakers for the coming edition of Ignite.
Ugly Belgian Houses
"Because most Belgian houses are ugly. Even mine" says Ugly-Belgian-Houses blogger Hannes Coudenys. The ugliness he found in the Belgian streets inspired him to start a blog collecting the weirdest, unpractical, awkward architectural designs. The best examples are now published in Hannes' first book.
Designer Jinhyun Jeon holds an interest in joint perception, which happens when one of our senses carries the ability of other senses. How do we see things and how can design practice change our habits? For her graduation project 'Synesthetic Sensorial Stimuli' Jeon experiments with different kinds of table ware. What if utensils not only bring food to our mouth, but form an extension of the body which stimulate our senses?
Through his work as an artist Seán Hannan interrogates contemporary (internet) tales and looks for their potential in storytelling and mythology. Was 9/11 an inside job? Did aliens from the Zeta Reticuli star system genetically manipulated our DNA? With alternate realities that Seán fuses with common-beliefs he creates a playing field for the many faces of truth.
Chloé Rutzerveld is raised in the Burgundian Limburg, which might be the reason of her passion for food. As a student at the Technical University of Eindhoven, she developed as a designer who combines aspects of food, the human body, life sciences, culture and ethics within a form of critical design.
New Sculpture Department
The New Sculpture Department was founded by Kees Boevé and Lorenzo Quintanilla, both studied at the ceramics department of de Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Not because of their love of the medium, but because of the lack of a sculpture department. After a while they decided to start their own department, which would combine craftsmanship, concept, the love for materials and sculpture. After graduating, the New Sculpture Department changed into a sculpture collective.
Geert van Kerckhove
A few years ago, Geert van Kerckhove decided to quit his well paid job as an art director to figure out his motive in life. After watching a documentary about the bee crisis, he became fascinated with bees. As the beekeeper of Amsterdam, a job he created himself, Geert wants to change Amsterdam in the most bee-friendly city of the world.
Vowel is an ongoing collaboration between graphic designer Beau Bertens and textile designer Eline Ceelen. They create semi-functional objects with a sense of vagueness and fuzzy reality. AEIOUY is a research project to material aesthetics, which resulted in jewellery-like objects. Their current project Octa is a wearable jewellery line, inspired by materials found on construction sites.
There are many ways to see and hear your loved ones through the power of the internet, but often the tactile element is missing. Frebble is going to change that. This accessory allows you to hold hands with someone at a distance: when you squeeze it, the other person feels your squeeze.
After writing her thesis on the impact of technology on social behavior, Sanja Najdovska continued her research with the interior design project In Dependence. In Dependence is a collection of three classic Thonet chairs that provoke us to start a dialog about our relationship with smart phones and how they have affected our environment. It showcases the absurdity and at the same time how we got accustomed to this social habit.
Dilemma op Dinsdag
Dilemma op Dinsdag, or in English Dilemma on Tuesday, is a website and Facebook page where every Tuesday a new dilemma is posted. You can participate via social media and there's only one rule: you have to choose. For example: Every day wet socks or every day a frikandel for breakfast? You have a robot butler of you remember everything you read.
Simeon Henry Goodwin
In his work, British designer Simeon Henry Goodwin combines themes of material, culture and usage. The result is not sustainable by aim, but by it's nature. Tonight he will talk about his sustainable fast food packaging made out of seaweed.
While travelling through the Australian outback, Monie Jagroe decided to stop eating meat and avoid animal products in clothes and personal hygiene as much as possible. By curiosity and a desire to change the way we treat both animals and our own bodies, she start experimenting with making beauty products as natural and pure as possible. One result: her own lip balm Fra Lippo Lippie.
Come early and have a meal served by Adams Appels, slow Mediterranean food.
From 19.00, price per meal €7,50 (also vegetarian)
First speaker at 20:00. Mediamatic, VOC-kade 10, Oostenburg Amsterdam. Pre-sale tickets are €6,- until 14:00 on the day of the event, then they go up to €8,- (includes a 9-week Club Mediamatic membership). Tickets don't include food.