Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Recap 13th edition FASHIONCLASH Festival

ARIAH LESTER, Open Mic Night host
In the weekend of 26 to 28 November, the city of Maastricht was dominated by the 13th edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival. As planned, it was a hybrid edition with an online and offline program in Maastricht. Not only was the program of a hybrid design, the work presented shows the polyphony of a current generation of designers and artists who move with their own practice in the hybrid domain of presentation forms, social engagement and who use fashion to empower. 

This time you could follow FASHIONCLASH Festival completely online from your own location. Audience could watch live streams of shows, performances and table discussions online. The physical program was connected with the online program with the Digital Dive reports. Designer Helène Klein went out with De ZAAK (collective of Lore Mechelaere and Nanine Maria Kok)in the city and made daily reports and interviews of exhibitions and pop-up shops in the city. 

Fashion and culture lovers could discover work by a new generation of designers and artists from all over the world. The program with fashion presentations, exhibitions, theater and dance performances, short fashion films and conversations, showed projects that explore, contextualize and celebrate contemporary (fashion) culture.

What is special about the FASHIONCLASH program is that projects are presented that are initiated by FASHIONCLASH itself in co-production with other organizations. Much attention was paid to inclusion, participation, social design and talent development.

Carlijn Veurink

PROGRAM 

The Clash House

The Clash House, one of FASHIONCLASH's core projects, is a development program and showcase for innovative designers, focused on crossovers between fashion and other art disciplines. Participants are challenged to experiment with presentation forms in which storytelling and interaction are central. On Sunday evening, The Clash House was presented through performances, installations, film and discussion with the participants.

Participants of The Clash House 2021 edition are: Bobbine Berden Design, Carlijn Veurink, TEUN, The Nightmare Disorder and TheNEWtribe. 

TEUN


New Fashion Narratives

For New Fashion Narratives, FASHIONCLASH entered into a collaboration with the Theatre Academy Maastricht and filmmaker Daniel van Hauten/Wedovoodoo.tv.
Designers were paired with directing students from the Maastricht Theater Academy with the aim of developing and recording concepts for films and performances. The result is a surprising mix of approaches and stories from designers and a generation of designers who explore the boundaries of their discipline and question the system and the fashion industry. Designers who are central to New Fashion Narratives see fashion as a mission. Their works move between the transdisciplinary domains of fashion, social design, visual arts and in their work, they look at the relationship with the ultimate user/consumer. In this way they introduce contemporary themes such as sustainability, gender, consumption and thus new narratives for fashion.

Participants are: BEA BRÜCKER, Boris Kollar, Dominika Kasova, EllenBloo, Katharina Achterkamp, LOST WITH THE NEW, Mariana Malta, Rena Jansen x Michelle Vossen, Studio Adaptive Skins, Vogel Vete, Ploen Mevis.

Maximilian Rittler
Open Mic Night

The committed and hybrid mentality of the current generation of designers and artists could be felt at the Open Mic Night, a new festival program in which the participants literally took the free stage. This unique comedy club-inspired event aligns with the hybrid festival format. During the Open Mic Night, ten different designers and (performing) artists presented their work in the form of a fashion presentation or performance. Open Mic Night was directed by Giovanni Brand and presented by the multidisciplinary performer and artist ARIAH LESTER.

Participants are:
Maximilian Rittler, Davidpaulusstudio, Elliot Collective, Rachel Klok, Jolieke Kessels, МАША, Maja Simišić, Leap Concept, DE ZAAK and Who cares what you wear? (theatre project by FASHIONCLASH, Mayke Roels and Nina Willems).


Fashion Makes Sense


Fashion Makes Sense is FASHIONCLASH's inclusive audience participation program from which two projects have been developed. 'Off the top of my head' is a short film by Luca Tichelman and Rens de Waal made with young people from Tilburg Noord as part of the Second Skin project. ‘STAND-IN’ is a project by fashion designer Antoine Peters and theater maker Lieke Benders (Hogefronten), developed in collaboration with The Masters and workshop participants.

STAND-IN, Antoine Peters & Lieke Benders


Individual Events


Individual Events is a collection of self-initiated activities by various designers and artists. These are physical activities that take place in Maastricht, Aachen (Germany) and The Hague. Visitors could go out during the day and visit the impressive installation by Antoine Peters in the Bonnefanten museum, the installation by Christa van der Meer in the garden of Marres or the work of various designers at the Brandweerkantine or Blanche Dael.

SKHSS (She Keeps Her Shears Sharp)

Fashion Film & Video

During this edition, there of plenty of attention was paid to fashion film. On Friday evening, two FASHIONCLASH productions premiered. In addition, at Lumière Cinema you could watch a selection of fashion films from designers and makers from all over the world. A number of films were shown here for the first time, such as the premiere of STUDIO PASARELLA's film (UN)CENSORED. In this digital age, fashion film (fashion short film) is an effective way to capture a layered story and reach a wide audience through online platforms and media. In addition to short fashion films and many fashion film festivals, there has also been an emergence of digital fashion and virtual presentations in recent years.

Participants are amongst others:
Flora Miranda, Custom Territory, DAWID TOMASZEWSKI, Sarah Frede, fRASER bRUCE mILLER, NING ZHOU x Lamp Lee, Lam Bui Thanh, Oscar Keene, and many more.

The Future of Fashion is Phygital

Fashion Talks


The program consisted of a number of table discussions that could only be followed online. Stephanie Afrifa, who hosted the entire online program, moderated the Fashion Talks with several speakers. Speakers at 'The Future of Fashion is Phygital' included Esther Hammelburg (Expert on live experiences in hybrid events and senior lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), Shayli Harrison (Speculative Fashion Designer & Mutani CEO) and Frank Verkade (Current Obsession). In addition, Iris Ruisch (Managing director M-ODE Foundation) and Sebastiaan Kramer (Managing director / co-owner Hul le Kes and Studio Ryn) talked about www.Culture.Fashion , a new open and values-driven fashion and textile network in the Netherlands.

https://fashionclash.nl

All images are by Laura Knipsael

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Follow Online - 13th edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival

image and conceptLuca Tichelman
gold suit Leo van den Boorn

Follow Front row online FASHIONCLASH Festival!


This time you can also follow FASHIONCLASH Festival almost entirely online from your own location.

Attend online, live fashion presentations, performances and conversations, watch reports about the physical program and be inspired by short fashion films. There are also talks and table discussions with various speakers and designers that can be followed exclusively online.


For only 15 euros you have access to the three-day online program, which you can follow in the evenings via fashionclash.nl

 

The festival is open to everyone via ticket sales and there are also many free activities. For tickets and information about the program, please visit www.fashionclash.nl




 

Budapest Fashion & Tech Summit 2021

This year marks the fourth time the Hungarian Fashion & Design Agency is organising the Budapest Fashion & Tech Summit, a free conference revolving around the fashion industry. The event approaches and presents the future of the fashion industry from the perspectives of sustainability, exchange of knowledge, cultural heritage, e-commerce and the changing consumer behaviour trends.

On behalf of FASHIONCLASH Foundation and Culture.Fashion, I will be taking part in the panel concerned about knowledge sharing education and culture.

After the great success of the 2020 digital event, the professional conference will be held online once again this year. The programs of the two-day international event will be available on the official Facebook page of the BFTS, where domestic and international speakers will hold online professional video discussions. This year's edition of the Budapest Fashion & Tech Summit will feature fashion industry players from the V4 countries - as Hungary took over the V4 Presidency from Poland on the 30th of June. The event will therefore pay special attention to the inclusion of neighbouring countries in the programme, with the aim of giving fashion industry players in the region - from designers to large corporations and industry press - the opportunity to introduce themselves and participate in networking thanks to the event's roundtable discussions and presentations. This will also help to increase and strengthen the presence of professionals from the region and V4 countries on the international stage.

Date: December 1st and 2nd, 2021

You will be able to listen to roundtable discussions and dialogues about the following topics:

• Challenges of Sustainabilty
• E-commerce and digitalization within the fashion industry
• Knowledge sharing-education, culture
• Digital solutions in fashion education
• Fashion Business

You can follow the event for free through official BFTS facebook page.

More information: here

Saturday, 13 November 2021

Monument Magazine - Oscar Suleyman

MONUMENT MAGAZINE No. 3 - OSCAR SULEYMAN

Monument is the first publication entirely devoted to the 'Dutch Wave', a group of Dutch designers who created a national and international furore around the turn of the century. The third issue is all about Oscar Suleyman. Between 1998 and 2007 the label, formed by designers Oscar Raaijmakers and Süleyman Demir, presented quirky and above all refined collections. Their preference for all things chic plays an important role in this.

This third issue of Monument focuses on the biography of Oscar Suleyman. The label's eleven collections and their many collaborations (with Bugaboo and Christian Louboutin, among others) are highlighted and put into perspective.

Monument is more than a reference book. Reflections by researcher Aïcha Abbadi show a contemporary view of Oscar Suleyman's work. From now on, the use of fur and the effects of the imagination of fashion are re-examined. Writer Tatjana Almuli talks about her personal relationship with the fashion industry and how it has influenced her.

In addition to original images from the archive, Monument also contains new photography. This issue pays particular attention to the designers' imaginary, historical and real-life muses. For the photo series (shot by Woody Bos and Abel Minnée), a selection of classic Oscar Suleyman looks were reimagined in close collaboration with the designers. These special silver-colored replicas were custom-made for today's muses: writer Tatjana Almuli, 'social phenomenon' Gia Bab and actress Nazmiye Oral.

Monument is a series of fanzines dedicated to the 'Dutch Wave', a group of Dutch designers who caused an international furore around the turn of the century. Each issue is dedicated to one designer or designer duo. Previously published publications devoted to Rozema/Teunissen and Keupr/van Bentm. Monument is a project by Mary-Lou Berkulin and graphic designer Karen van de Kraats.

Monument is available online via monumentmagazine.nl.
The magazine is also sold at, among others, Athenaeum Boekhandel, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, San Serriffe Amsterdam, Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam, Centraal Museum Utrecht. Internationally, the magazine is for sale at, among others, Ofr. Paris and Seoul, MagCulture and Stack in London, World Food Books in Melbourne, Reading Room in Milan, Play the Tambourine in Madrid, Papercut in Stockholm and Do You Read Me in Berlin.

monumentmagazine.nl
instagram.com/monument_magazine

Photography: Woody Bos & Abel Minnée

Thursday, 11 November 2021

voddenmannen - Pop-up shop at Ted.amsterdam

Fashion designer Rens de Waal introduces exclusive collection voddenmannen in Amsterdam.

With Leger des Heils ReShare as a collaborator and supplier of damaged vintage, voddenmannen taps into a waste stream that otherwise would be reduced to the fiber prematurely. voddenmannen2 is the second batch of affordable design items and will be available via a pop-up shop, the 13th and 14th of Nov at ted.amsterdam. This time teaming up with scent designer Liza Witte who worked on a voddenmannen textile scent.

The voddenmannen "textile scent" is a development to give the remodeled items a new layer of shine, or newness so to say. But also has a practical reason behind it, vintage clothing often has a particular scent that you would rather leave behind. The items are first washed with a detergent of Liza Witte and are then ready to get a fragrance layer of “Shine” on top. It is a product in development, and will have its intro at the pop-up days. 

voddenmannen is an initiative of fashion designer Rens de Waal in which he investigates his role as a ‘Fashion Remodelist’, an introduction of a mentality in which we look at the value of clothing in a different way.

Sunday, 7 November 2021

Program - 13th edition FASHIONCLASH Festival

The entire on & offline program, information about the participants and link for ticket sales is now online at fashionclash.nl

photo and concept Luca Tichelman, gold outfit Leo van den Boorn

13th edition of the international and interdisciplinary FASHIONCLASH Festival in Maastricht will take place from 26 - 28 November 2021 in Maastricht.


Experience FASHIONCLASH Festival On- and Offline!

During the festival you can discover the work of a new generation of designers and artists from all over the world. The program with fashion presentations, exhibitions, theater and dance performances, short fashion films and conversations, shows projects that explore, contextualize and celebrate contemporary (fashion) culture.
Participants of the festival belong to a generation of designers and artists who explore and question the boundaries of their discipline. With their works they move between the transdisciplinary domains of fashion, social design and visual arts.

The program consists of a selection from the submitted proposals and from the projects initiated by FASHIONCLASH itself that are being developed in co-production with other organizations.

 

The festival is open to everyone via ticket sales and there are also many free activities. For tickets and information about the program, please visit www.fashionclash.nl

PROGRAM

TheNEWtribe
The Clash House

The Clash House is a development program and showcase for innovative designers, focused on crossovers between fashion and other art disciplines. Participants are challenged to experiment with presentation forms in which storytelling and interaction are central. The presentations consist of installations, performances, film and discussion with the participants.

Participants of The Clash House are: Bobbine Berden Design, Carlijn Veurink, TEUN, The Nightmare Disorder en TheNEWtribe.


New Fashion Narratives

Designers who are central to New Fashion Narratives see fashion as a mission. They belong to a generation of designers who explore the boundaries of their discipline and question the system and the fashion industry. Their works move between the transdisciplinary domains of fashion, social design, visual arts and in their work, they look at the relationship with the ultimate user/consumer. In this way they introduce contemporary themes such as sustainability, gender, consumption and thus new narratives for fashion.
NFN is a collaboration with the Maastricht Theater Academy and filmmaker Daniel van Hauten/ Wedovoodoo.Tv.

 
Participants are: BEA BRÜCKER, Boris Kollar, Dominika Kasova, EllenBloo, Katharina Achterkamp, 
LOST WITH THE NEW, Mariana Malta, Rena Jansen x Michelle Vossen, Studio Adaptive Skins,
Vogel Vete and Ploen Mevis.
Fashion Film & Video
In this digital age, fashion film (fashion short film) is an effective way to capture a layered story and reach a wide audience
through online platforms and media. In addition to short fashion films and many fashion film festivals, there has also been an
emergence of digital fashion and virtual presentations in recent years. A number of films are premieres!
Participants are amongst others: Flora Miranda, Custom Territory, DAWID TOMASZEWSKI, Sarah Frede,
fRASER bRUCE mILLER, NING ZHOU x Lamp Lee, Lam Bui Thanh, Oscar Keene, STUDIO PASARELLA
and many more.
Flora Miranda - Time To Tech Up - Laetitia Bica

Open Mic Night
This unique comedy club-inspired event aligns with the hybrid festival format. Open Mic Night is an eclectic clash of disciplines,
visions and styles of an outspoken and progressive generation. During the Open Mic Night, ten different designers and (performing)artists
present their work in the form of a fashion presentation or performance.
Open Mic Night is directed by Giovanni Brand and presented by the multidisciplinary performer and artist ARIAH LESTER.
Participants are amongst others: Maximilian Rittler, Davidpaulusstudio, Elliot Collective en Rachel Klok.


SKHSS - She Keeps Her Shears Sharp
Individual Events

Individual Events is a collection of self-initiated activities by various designers and artists. These are physical activities that take place in Maastricht, Aachen (Germany) and The Hague. Wander around in the city of Maastricht during the day and discover the special installation of Antoine Peters in the Bonnefanten museum, the installation by Christa van der Meer in the garden of Marres and the work of various designers at the Brandweerkantine or Blanche Dael. Most of these activities are free!

 
Fashion Makes Sense

Fashion Makes Sense is FASHIONCLASH's inclusive audience participation program from which two projects have been developed.

'Off the top of my head' is a short film by Luca Tichelman and Rens de Waal made with young people from Tilburg Noord as part of the Second Skin project.‘STAND-IN’ is a project by fashion designer Antoine Peters and theater maker Lieke Benders (Hogefronten), developed in collaboration with The Masters and workshop participants.

 

Fashion Talks

The online program consists of a number of table talks with various speakers and festival participants, moderated by Stephanie Afrifa. These can be followed exclusively online.

Speakers at 'The Future of Fashion is Phygital' include Esther Hammelburg (Expert on live experiences in hybrid events and senior lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and Shayli Harrison (Speculative Fashion Designer & Mutani CEO).

In addition, Iris Ruisch (Managing director M-ODE Foundation) and Sebastiaan Kramer (Managing director / co-owner Hul le Kes and Studio Ryn) will talk about Culture.Fashion, a new open and values-driven fashion and textile network in the Netherlands.

 

Follow Front row online FASHIONCLASH Festival!

This time you can also follow FASHIONCLASH Festival almost entirely online from your own location.

Attend online, live fashion shows, performances and conversations, watch reports about the physical program and be inspired by short fashion films. There are also table discussions with various speakers and designers that can be followed exclusively online.

For only 15 euros you have access to the three-day online program, which you can follow in the evenings via fashionclash.nl

 

photo Laura Knipsael


 

Saturday, 6 November 2021

Ndaku Ya La Vie Est Belle turns trash into wearble art

Kris Pannecoucke portrayed the street artists of the Ndaku Ya La Vie Est Belle collective in Kinshasa, Congo. These artists work with the material they find in the mountains of garbage that fill the streets of Kinshasa. 

They respond to current events with their artworks. Shaka Fumu Kabaka crafted his best-known work, Six Days of Tears, from remains of plastic dolls he found on the street, in memory of the June 2000 massacre in his hometown of Kisangani, where Ugandan and Rwandan militias had clashed. “Every time I saw a broken doll, I was reminded of what happened on the streets of Kisangani.”
They sell their work themselves in the most literal sense of the word, by dressing themselves with it. Their art is interactive: the makers get help from their audience when putting it on and taking it off.

The artist collective Ndaku Ya La Vie Est Belle consists of about twenty artists, which is active in the streets of Kinshasa, capital of Congo, formerly Zaire. Dozens of spectacular walking artworks from the collective were captured by Belgian photographer Kris Pannecoucke.

All of Ndaku Ya La Vie Est Belle's costumes can be seen annually in KinAct, a street festival that moves through various neighborhoods of Kinshasa in August. 

Check out the article in The Guardian

www.krispannecoucke.com

Friday, 5 November 2021

State of Fashion 2022 | Ways of Caring


Ways of Caring: State of Fashion unveils theme for the 2022 edition and announces new open call


With Ways of Caring as the central theme of its next biennial, State of Fashion once again calls our attention to the challenges that fashion is facing today. For this second edition in 2022, the focus is on the need to restore broken threads and disrupted relationships in the fashion world. Traditionally, fashion is a networked system of relationships through which we communicate about who we are, how we feel, and how we relate to each other, to other animal species and to nature. Over time, the industrial fashion system, with growth and profit as its main objectives, has gained a dominant position and resulted in an industry that is caught up in a cycle of overproduction, feeding a culture of over consumption. To keep this system alive, people and animals are being exploited and suppressed, and nature is being poisoned.

Design Academy Eindhoven - Graduation Show 2021

Hsin Min Chan
Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) presented the Graduation Show 2021 during the Dutch Design Week from 16-24 October.
After a year of restrictions, it was again possible to physically admire DAE's graduation projects. The exhibition includes many valuable projects that convince in research, agenda-setting narratives and above all hope that the current generation of young talents are exploring solutions for the future of our world.

The show was held at the Beursgebouw, in the centre of Eindhoven. Rather than an overarching narrative, the Graduation Show 2021 presented a navigational index as an invitation to explore the themes, keywords, materials and methodologies of the 163 graduation projects. The index topics reflect the expansive nature of the graduation projects, ranging from ‘Afrofuturism’ to ‘archaeology’; 'sculpture’ to 'silence’; 'theatre' to 'truth’, and many more!

Within these works, such as Leo Maher’s 'Glimpses into Unfamiliar Passions', we see that past realities allow us to contextualise the present through design. Maher has created a series of objects representative of the history of homosexuality in Western civilisation through identifiers, legends and euphemisms. Conversely, current realities may allow for the prediction or forecasting of future possibilities, as seen in Ginevra Petrozzi’s 'Digital Esoterism', which explores Tarot and other witchcraft rituals to interpret the content of smartphones, reclaiming agency from algorithmic prediction systems.

Iris van Hagen
Hsin Min Chan created a striking large dress installation as a response to an experience of 24-hour surveillance. She developed the design, called To-be-looked-at-ness, after being detained by Taiwanese authorities and placed under constant surveillance. The dress is designed to empower its wearer by making them both highly visible but also unapproachable.
Croatian Ines Borovac presented Collo, a project based on re-choreographed Croatian folk dances to challenge gender norms and the often coservative and patriotic fields of heritage.

Eun Gyun Kim's project Dis-ease deals with the idea that many people must live with a disease of some sort but much of the resulting suffering is caused by factors beyond the body, such as prejudice and racism. "The word ‘disease’ consists of ‘ease’ preceded by the prefix ‘dis’, indicating a negation. I wanted to stress that sickness is nothing more than a physical ‘discomfort’ that has no bearing on a person’s self-worth. By basing the forms and colours of fashion collection on medical conditions, I wanted to say that a disease, like clothing that can be put on and taken off, does not inherently affect human dignity."

Ida Blichfeld presented Color Dialogue, multidisciplinary work that contains video, performance and knitted and handwoven wearable and non-wearable armours to show the vulnerability and strength in creating non-language in colours and materiality. Living in a world in which language abilities denote power and words are wielded as weapons, it is in materiality that Ida Blichfeld found refuge and expression for her dyslexia.
Aurélie Defez's project Eat the Rich shows a collection of garments that satirise how luxury brands appropriate aesthetics that emerge from working class clothing.
Laura Deschl explores the therapeutic potential of combining knitted acupressure garments and yoga-based embodied movement practice for emotional healing. The Healing Imprint contains custum-knit garments and textiles that have a grid throughwhoch small massage balls can be moved to reach specific acupressure points.
Fittererr
created a male alter ego Horst in search for a figure that could guide even the most passionate meat eaters into a more environmentally friendly eating behaviour. "Horst and I went on a journey together exploring our reasons for loving meat so much and our identity attached to it. Our research led us to investigate the influence of mandatory military service onto German society and hegemonic masculine identity. We made a sculpture expressing our love for chicks and meat, a corset to discipline our insecurities and a video reflecting on narratives that shape our world view and acceptance of violence."

With La (Re)Constitución de los Andes, Carlos Sfeir reflected on the ancestral values of his home country of Chile, field research among scientists in the last remaining wilderness - the Atacama Desert - and a desire to delink from the self-fullfilling binaries of coloniality/modernity. On behalf of the Andes Mountains, the copper from the Euro cent coins os contra-extracted and returned to its mineral beauty.

There were also a remarkable number of projects that are concerned with sustainability of the fashion and textile industry. As in the work of Alice Watel, Elena Naumann, Laurianne de Rocha, Seok Park, Anabel Poh and Ruben Warnshuis.

Wendy Owusu - documentary Hidden Heritages


To accommodate the expanding definitions of design developed by graduates, a new hybrid platform The Stage was placed in the core of the exhibition. The Stage offered a digitally-mediated setting next to the physical exhibition. Led by Dr Ian Biscoe, twenty-five of the 163 graduates presented their projects via custom environments in a real-time visual world.

Take a look at all the Graduation projects here

Here is a visual report of some of projects.

Sunday, 31 October 2021

GROW: the future of fashion - exhibition at Fashion for Good

Iris van Herpen x ECCO Leather
Dutch design talents show the future of fashion made from unique - never seen before - materials in fashion expo.

As of October28th, the new exhibition “GROW: the future of fashion” opens its doors at the Fashion for Good Museum in Amsterdam.

The exhibitition shows the work of Dutch fashion talent who created designs with innovative materials from the nature such as banana plant clothes, an orange peel silk dress, coconut leather and cork powder.

Commissioned by the museum, young Dutch design talent has transformed these brand new, sustainable natural materials - that have never been shown in museums before - into unique fashion statements. Established names Karim Adduchi and Iris van Herpen are also part of the exhibition and show their own creations made from biomaterials. The exhibition was festively opened by deputy mayor and alderman for Arts and Culture of Amsterdam Touria Meliani.

Frederieke Broekgaarden x Spinnova

How can fashion be sustainable, look good and be good for people and our planet? Dutch designers show the future of fashion in this nature-couture exhibition. Brand new sustainable natural fabrics are shown in the new expo "GROW: the future of fashion". For example, orange peel silk, circular vegan leather from cork powder and coconuts and fibres from a banana plant were used. These biomaterials have been transformed into fantastic fashion items designed by young Dutch talent Huong Nguyen, Frederieke Broekgaarden, Eva Sonneveld and Charlotte Bakkenes. The exhibition is supported by a campaign photographed by Christian Mpamo and copy wise Zainab Goelaman has set to work.

Zainab Goelaman about the Grow Talent project: “The combination of these six super talented and ambitious creatives has resulted in an end result that I as a writer cannot put words to. ‘Grow: the future of fashion’ is an exhibition that you should not read about, but you should come in and see, feel and experience it in the museum itself. Then you really feel what I was allowed to feel during this entire process: connecting with each other, and hope for the future.”

In addition to work by the young talents, you can also admire items by Dutch couturier Iris van Herpen and fashion designer and illustrator Karim Adduchi in the museum, who have also started working with new sustainable, natural materials.

Nature is often the source of inspiration in the fashion world, but is unfortunately also looted for the current fashion climate. The system behind the fashion industry has to change, a circular industry is the answer and new materials that are more sustainable than the current conventional fabrics are important for this change. New, natural materials are in full development, but are often unknown to the general public or not yet available in the shops. To stimulate this development, Fashion for Good initiated the “GROW talent” project, resulting in this new exhibition. The project brings together young design talent with innovative technologies in the field of textiles. The innovators and designers make the future of fashion tangible for visitors and want to inspire the public with their garments to experience new sustainable materials up close.

In this exhibition you can discover the future of fashion and see and feel materials that have never been shown in a museum before.

The exhibition can be seen from October 29, 2021 to April 2022 at the Fashion for Good Museum at Rokin 102, in Amsterdam.

www.fashionforgood.com

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Sweetmeat - Bart Hess

Welcome to my arena. A place of sweat, dripping with testosterone. Veins visibly pulsating on the skin. Will this be a sweet victory, or will we fail and fall? Eat or be eaten.



Survival of the fittest

Are we witnessing a fight, or is this actually a mating dance to the bitter end. The power of your touch will provide you with the tools to be victorious. Will you be able to steal the energy of your opponent? Strip him of his strength, or maybe even eat him alive? For thousands of years we have been glorifying the fighting man. From esthetical images from the time of the ancient Greeks to the series and games of our modern day. We have collectively embraced the fighting man and promoted him to being the icon he is. A celebration of the male physique but at the same time an ode to violence. In this duality lies a personal fascination for me.

Game Rules
We follow two fighters in a ring of plexiglass and aluminum in a fictitious battle on life and death. Two bodies going to extremes in order to win the fight. Each fighter will have 250 pieces of candy attached to his body. The goal of this sport is to rob the other fighter of all his candy by eating them of his body while wrestling. The number of candies attached to both bodies will be visible via a digital scoreboard. The first fighter to eat all the candy off of his opponent is the winner of the fight.



About Bart Hess
Over the past ten years, Hess has developed an impressive roster of work. He has pinned, stretched, slimed and scraped materials in relation to the human body. Hess feels that our bodies are increasingly becoming a platform for sensitive and interactive technology, and has constantly exposed the intimate relationship materials have upon our skin.
 

Geo-Design: Budget Airlines


Geo-Design: Budget Airlines, We Are All The Jet Set* 
9 October—14 November 2021, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

During the Dutch Design Week the fifth edition of Geo-Design takes place at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. Geo Design is an exhibition by DAE alumni that explores the social, economic, territorial, and geopolitical forces shaping design today.

GEO—DESIGN: Budget Airlines, We Are All The Jet Set* is an exploration of low-fare airlines as a cultural and economic phenomenon. Operating on a business model that minimises operational costs, unbundles fares, reduces customer services, and decentralises routes, low-fare airlines have in the past 30 years shaped the worldwide aviation industry as we know it.

Nine design research projects explore how budget airlines impact our everyday life at many scales of observation — from corporate sovereignty to international boundaries, from small airports to global carbon credit market, from material commodities to digital services, from environmental impact to unsolved trials. Through data analysis, image research, performance, oral histories, speculation, personification and sound modelling, it is demonstrated how ‘cheap’ is not just a price but a way of looking at the world.

This exhibition is the latest installment in a series created out of the DAE Geo—Design platform, which generates original research into complex contemporary systems in the form of design explorations and investigations.

As in previous editions, an open call went out to DAE alumni to explore an aspect of this issue and submit a research proposal on that topic. The chosen entrants have three months during which to carry out their research, design and present their conclusions.
Find out more about the platform and previous exhibitions here.

The exhibition is curated by Martina Muzi, and features graphic design and identity by Cinzia Bongino

www.designacademy.nl

Objects for a new kind of society

photo: Anke Sondi
Invertuals and The Future Laboratory present Objects for a New Kind of Society, a new exhibition based on The Future Laboratory’s research into Equilibrium Cities. Together, they explore how design can foster future cities, where collective ownership, fluid identities and nature will thrive. 

“We need to rethink our relationship with objects and our role as designers within our society.” – Wendy Plomp, Design Director of Dutch Invertuals

The world’s cities are outgrowing the limits of our comprehension. This constant expansion is converting vast plains into urbanised areas, consuming land needed to feed their growing population. This puts the concept of the city out of balance. The outbreak of a global pandemic has clearly shown us how fragile our current model of society can be. 

We can no longer ignore the downsides of living in urban areas. Climate change, air pollution, waste, social unrest and inequality will continue to challenge the way we exist within them. At the same time, new technologies and innovations are emerging that will radically change urban society and place cities in balance again. Our environment will shift towards degrowth and deceleration, leading to a more resilient and liveable future.

“The world’s Equilibrium Cities will be built on a foundation of nature, but they will evolve through intersectional architecture, new economic models and responsive healthcare – some will even establish new populations in the virtual realm” – Britt Berden, Art Director of The Future Laboratory.

Objects for a New Kind of Society presents eleven works from designers, who translated their vision into tangible design manifestations, giving shape to the world of tomorrow. The exhibition features works from Johanna Seelemann, Sander Hagelaar, Christoph Dichmann, Dae Uk Kim, Delphine Lejeune, Edhv, Moonseop Seo, Elly Feldstein, Steeven Macal, Anna Resei and Sorrel Madley.

www.dutchinvertuals.nl

Saturday, 23 October 2021

HOW&WOW BASK IT! - Dutch Design Week 2021

HOW&WOW BASK IT! is an initiative of Crafts Council Nederland in collaboration with Adrianus Kundert, designer and co-founder of Basketclub. 

HOW&WOW BASK IT! - or ‘treasure it’ - will transport you into the world of basketry and reveal the numerous aspects of three dimensional weaving: the specific characteristics, creative techniques, new implementations, cultural exchange and nature conservation. Basket weaving is a 3D-construction technique allowing the maker to create a three dimensional shape using their own hands and just a few tools. The craft, and also its importance, have undergone changes through time. Few people realise that all woven baskets, furniture and accessories are still made by hand, including those sold by the well-known retail chains. Lack of appreciation for this time consuming technique has resulted in it now rarely being practiced in the western world.


Basketclub

It is particularly important to focus on the unique characteristics of hand made products in the current era of globalisation, digitalisation and robotics. Craftmanship is satisfying work, makers are in control of what they produce and are able to express their individuality. It is no surprise that the online community Basketclub arose during the pandemic. Adrianus Kundert (Netherlands) and Jamie Wolford (Canada) met through Instagram and initiated the formation of a digital community completely dedicated to the creation of baskets. HOW&WOW BASK IT! showcases the versatility of the craft of basket making.



Participants:

Adrianus Kundert, Amandine David, Anaïs Godefroy, Bertjan Pot, Carole Baijings , Chris Kabel, Christopher Specce, Clara von Zweigbergk, dach&zephir, Emma Cogné, Esmé Hofman, Esther van Schuylenbergh, Evey Kwong, Francisco Jaramillo, Garth Roberts, GREATMINOR, Hella Jongerius, Hsiao Fong, Ief Spincemaille, Ineke van der Sommen, Jamie Wolfond, Joris van Tubergen, Koos Rauws, Léa Mazy, Lenny Stöpp, Lois Walpole, Lou Cruard, Mae Engelgeer & Ames, Mandenmakerij de Mythe, Michael Schoner, Nathalie Miebach, Nationaal Vlechtmuseum Noordwolde,Rebecca Collins, Rein Reitsma, Renaud Defrancesco & Anne Bertoncini, Rik van Veen, Rob van Hernen, Samy Rio, SCMP DESIGN OFFICE, Sebastian Herkner, Shigeki Fujishiro, Simone Post, Studio Satël, Tamara Orjola, Thomas van der Sman and Yuki Hidano. 

https://craftscouncil.nl

Labyrinth: The Art of Changing Direction

Folkert de Jong
At Dutch Design Week 2021, architect and former chief government architect Floris Alkemade will present an exhibition in the form of a labyrinth on behalf of the Board of Government Advisors and together with World Design Embassies.

The exhibition features work by Folkert de Jong, Metahaven, Atelier van Lieshout, Anouk de Clercq, Justyna Neryng, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Rainbow Soulclub, XiaoXiao Xu, Constant Nieuwenhuys

 "The path to the future is not a straight line, but an ongoing search and change of course."

The Art of Changing Direction


The exhibition is a translation of his essay 'The Future of the Netherlands. The Art of Changing Direction'. In this essay, he describes the major challenges we face as a country and how we can provide answers to complex issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, but also housing shortage, inequality, an ageing population and loneliness.

The labyrinth represents 'the art of changing direction'. It is about exploring new ways of observing, thinking and acting. The labyrinth consists of three parts. The first part is about social changes and the search for solidarity. The second part is about our desire for control in uncertain times - for better or for worse. And the third part is about our ability to dream and imagine brighter futures, and a call for joint action based on solidarity.

World Design Embassies
is a programme organised by Dutch Design Foundation and partners about societal challenges and the role that design plays in developing new perspectives and offering tangible, workable solutions.

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