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Me Craft/You Industry 27.01.12

Premsela’s Me Craft/You Industry symposium, taking place on Friday 27 January at the Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen, will look at how we can shape the future of industry. The English-language symposium will examine past and present design processes and look toward tomorrow's work landscape – a central concept in the thinking of Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey (Studio Makkink & Bey). The design duo curated the exhibition Industrious|Artefacts: The Evolution of Crafts, on view in the museum through Sunday 12 February. Tickets are now on sale via Ticketservice.nl.

Makkink & Bey argue that we can use industry to enhance the design of the industrial landscape and foster small-scale, local business and innovation. Symposium participants will take an in-depth look at the relationship between industry and craft and the significance of past and present production processes.

“We should be thinking about innovative and exciting ways of thinking beyond craft as artistic refuge and towards craft as a production of the new tomorrow,” argues symposium speaker Iftikhar Dadi, an art historian, artist and curator affiliated with Cornell University in the USA.

Programme and speakers

The symposium is a coproduction of Premsela and the Zuiderzee Museum and Jurgen Bey and has been planned by the designer and researcher Sophie Krier. Besides Dadi, confirmed speakers are the philosopher Henk Oosterling, a professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam and initiator of the Rotterdam Vakmanstad project; the architect, designer and researcher Fiona Raby, partner at Dunne & Raby; Christiaan Bolck, programme coordinator and researcher in the Bio-Based Products department at Wageningen University and Research Centre; the Icelandic software developer, writer and hacker Smári McCarthy; and the designer and Sandberg Institute director Jurgen Bey. Also participating in the discussion will be the designers Sonja Bäumel, Unfold, Trikoton, Studio Glithero and Forma Fantasma, all of whom are showing work in the exhibition. The journalist Hans Kennepohl will act as moderator.


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