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De Dutch Design Week 2021 is in volle gang! Je hebt nog t/m zondag de tijd om Manifestations te bezoeken. Daarna is het weer een jaar wachten. De weekenden zijn het drukst.
Bekijk hieronder de trailer van Manifestations, deel en bezoek de expositie in de Melkfabriek @ De Caai, Kanaaldijk-Zuid 1-01, Eindhoven.

De winnaar van de Manifestations Young Talent Award 🎉

Dae uk Kim – MUTANT

Dromen en verlangens worden getorpedeerd door maatschappelijke verwachtingen rond gender en heersende (hetero)normen. Mutanten en minderheden worden zelden geaccepteerd. Alsof ze aliens zijn op hoge hakken. Graduate Design Academy Eindhoven 2020.

De winnaar van de Manifestations Young Talent Award 2021 is Dae uk Kim. Zijn werk Mutant is ontworpen vanuit een innerlijke noodzaak en manifesteert zich op toegankelijke wijze aan een breder publiek. De ontwerper blijft niet buiten schot: het gaat over gender en seksualiteit en behandelt de kwetsbaarheid binnen een cultuur waarin hier niet openlijk over gecommuniceerd wordt. Daarom spreekt Dae uk Kim via uitbundige kunstobjecten in drag, waarvoor hij bestaand ‘inferieur’ materiaal tot verheffend poëtisch werk heeft gemuteerd. De jury bewondert hoe hij het esthetische heeft ingezet om empathie voor gemarginaliseerde groepen te vergroten. Het werk heeft een sterk narratief, valt op, heeft kracht en is kwetsbaar.

 

De tweede prijs is voor Tom Haakman. Zijn werk, | 404: Religion not found/Religion versus technology, is gebaseerd op zijn christelijke achtergrond. Het is een museaal werk dat kritiek uitoefent op hoe religieuze gedachten onze maatschappelijke wetten voorschrijven. Het bevraagt in plaats van dat het beantwoordt. Haakman heeft in duidelijke vormen gethematiseerd en is consequent in zijn omgeving. In een tijd waarin gepolariseerd en gekwetst wordt, is de jury onder de indruk van zijn ‘respectvolle religiekritiek’. Graduate HKU Utrecht 2021.

Naast Dae uk Kim waren er nog vele andere jonge talenten genomineerd voor de Manifestations Young Talent Award. De ontknoping vond woensdag 20 oktober plaats: de finalisten kregen de kans hun project te pitchen voor de jury.

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Ook dit jaar bestaat de expositie voor 80% uit projecten van jonge talenten. Primeurs. Ontdek ze voordat ze opgenomen worden in collecties van grote musea over de hele wereld. Met hun objecten en beelden dagen ze je uit met een scherp randje, maar blijven innovatief en speels. Ze hebben aandacht, of beter gezegd, spelen met je privacy of laten je afvragen wat ons online leven voor gevolgen heeft.

De nieuwe generatie kunstenaars stelt duidelijke vraagtekens bij de impact van technologie op ons bestaan. Vragen die relevanter zijn dan ooit.

Het is het de hoogste tijd om goed na te denken over de invloed van technologische en economische ontwikkelingen op ons leven. Ook de vervuiling en gevolgen voor onze gezondheid verdienen aandacht. Het is tijd voor zelfreflectie en om te bepalen wat we wel en niet langer accepteren! BrabantC interviewde onze creatief directeur hier recentelijk over, dat lees je hier.

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This year, self-reflection is the central theme: since it’s time to really look at ourselves: at our own behavior and the unethical systems we have built. With self-reflection and self-mockery, we see that much of what we consider normal, is not normal at all and that it is important to find a new balance between people, nature and technology.

So, what do we see when we look in the (virtual) mirror? Do we see ourselves in all our vulnerability with big and small questions about life, and uncomfortable problems such as climate change, the great inequality in the world, and the big tech that very loosely handles our privacy? Or do we see ourselves wearing a mask, someone who prefers to look away because of the discomfort? Who separates waste, but in the meantime continues to buy cheap clothes and participates in the rat race of the achievement society and more, more, more? We reward people who enrich themselves at the expense of the health of others and the planet. We look up to people who perform well financially, regardless of the consequences of that behavior.

Now it’s the time for us to stop seeing this as normal. It is not necessary for the economy. We think we’re civilized, but let’s be less monstrous. Everyone can do something. For example, only buy in thrift stores and let yourself be heard. And not just on Facebook in messages to each other: we live in a time when we can just send the Prime Minister or the municipality an email, for example to gemeente@eindhoven.nl. A government is always seeking support from the majority of the people, so make your voice heard. So it’s time for self-reflection, rethinking our behavior and making some noise!


Manifestations festival, Art, Tech & Fun! For the sixth year in a row, Manifestations shows artists who, in a funny, spectacular or controversial way, examine the (mis)matches between people and technology and ask how technology can contribute to a sweeter, more humane world.

The festival takes place 16 – 24 October, of course free and in a corona-proof location at the hotspot Milkfactory @ Campina / De Caai and is expanding with an online part. The theme of this year’s edition: Selfreflection!

Over 50 works by mostly young, recently graduated artists will be shown, putting the exciting interaction between people and technology in a different light. Manifestations is the largest Art & Tech event during Dutch Design Week. Visit our website for the full range and program of kids workshops, lectures and meet-ups. We offer tours and VIP tours in English, Dutch, French and Arabic; contact us for more info!

Self-reflection puts the interaction between people and technology in a new light in four steps, and gives insight into the various dilemmas that technical developments entail. Are we what we look like, do we wear masks? What do we really want (or did we forget)? Do we only discover this when we quieten and slow down? Do we feel uncomfortable in the climate crisis, do we over-consume and make excuses to feel better? What does the future look like, what will the new balance be and do we need a new relationship with technology, ourselves and the world around us?

What can you expect? Robots, E-fashion, kids program, algae coat, technology & religion, clock with colors of the day instead of numbers, lonely pool people, privacy, body enhancements, mutants to deviate from the norm, what does your soul look like? Discover the future homo sapiens who can live under water. Generate your own energy, watch post apocalyptic videos, discover Eindhoven as arms trade city, enjoy e-Girls and Gaming Girls. Discover the most beautiful and coolest Instagram filters you can try out live. Check the large virtual worlds of Sansar and Second Life. Play with VR and Haute Couture … And discover more about yourself, the other and more.

In 2021 Manifestations will again consist of Art, Technology and Fun, explained by ‘Selfreflection’… We need self-humor and to realize what we really deep down want, in a world where misunderstanding and fear dominate.

Self-reflection puts the interaction between people and technology in surprising light.

  • Avatar & Personification (are we what we look like, do we wear masks? Are we who we represent online?)
  • Intimacy & slowing down (what do we really want and only discover it when we are quiet for a second and slow down?)
  • Discomfort & Mass Extinction (do we feel uncomfortable in the climate crisis, do we over-consume and make excuses to feel better?)
  • New Balance (what does the future look like, what will the new balance be?)

Do we need the above steps and a new relationship with technology, ourselves and the world around us?

Avatar & Personification

An avatar is your alter ego, an online self representation. Does that match with who you are? Are we conforming ourselves to the perfect norm on platforms like LinkedIn or Instagram?

#avatar #personification #online-display #body extension #selfrealisation #self-mockery #striving vs being #me vs body #transhuman

Intimacy and slowing down

What do we really want or did we forget that? Slowing down and being quiet (for a while) might help getting back these answers.

#intimacy #inside #what do we really want or did we forget #quiet #slowing down #not going for jobs but setting priorities in the intention behind a decision #real priorities

Discomfort & Mass Extinction

We feel uncomfortable in the climate crisis, we over-consume and make excuses to feel better. Advertising slogans are: ” because you are worth it”. In 2021, we live in a world where you can send an email to the president, stop excuses and get active!
Try to buy 99% second hand, and stop rewarding people who make money at expense of other people’s health.

#discomfort #climate #apocalypse #mass-extinction #XR #fake safety excuse #consuming less #excuses #overload

New Balance

In a time when Elon Musk is seen as the new pope, we have to keep asking our questions which role we want technology to have. Which insights and self reflections do we need? How do we keep focus on a more human development of technology and digital civil rights?

#balancing #more human role of technology #digital civil rights #privacy #healthy development of technology

Be sure to follow Manifestations on Facebook or Instagram to be the first to know when the registrations are open for the physical event, and how to join at the online forl ivestreams and a trip in the virtual world. Note, you can also add Manifestations to your favorites at the program on DDW.nl.

(September 2021)

Manifestations festival, Art, Tech & Fun! For the sixth year in a row, Manifestations shows artists who, in a funny, spectacular or controversial way, examine the (mis)matches between people and technology and ask how technology can contribute to a sweeter, more humane world.

The festival takes place 16 – 24 October, of course corona-proof in a new, safe location at the hotspot Melkfabriek @ Campina / De Caai and is expanding with an online part. The theme of this year’s edition: Self reflection!

Over 50 works by mostly young, recently graduated artists will be shown, putting the exciting interaction between people and technology in a different light. Manifestations is the largest Art & Tech event during Dutch Design Week. Visit our website for the full range and program of kids workshops, lectures and meet-ups. We offer tours and VIP tours in English, Dutch, French and Arabic; contact us for more info!
Visit Manifestations.nl

What can you expect? ROBOTS, e-Fashion, het Kids programma, algae coat, arm caressing machine, technology & religion, clock with colours of the day instead of numbers, lonely pool people, privacy, body enhancements, discover the future homo sapiens who can live under water, independent energy, post apocalyptische videos, Eindhoven as a city in the arms trade, e-Girls and Gaming Girls, the most beautiful and coolest Instagram filters you can try out live, Sansar and Second Life, Drones and Haute Couture … And discover more about yourself, solutions for security & connectedness in the public space … and more.

In 2021 Manifestations will again consist of Art, Technology and Fun, explained by ‘monsters’… We need Fun and self-humor in a world where misunderstanding and fear dominates.

Be sure to follow Manifestations on Facebook or Instagram to be the first to know when the registrations are open for the physical event, and how to join at the online for livestreams and a trip in the virtual world. Note, you can also add Manifestations to your favorites at the program on DDW.nl.

 

Location: Melkfabriek @ Campina / De Caai
14 t/m 26 October, daily from 11:00 to 18:30
Accessible for wheelchairs: ground floor. Kids program.

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Ultrashort:
The Manifestations festival at DDW 14-26 Oct in Eindhoven, is dedicated to showing the more human side of technology.
Curator Viola van Alphen has selected works by over fifty young artists and recent graduates that aim to shine a powerful light on the exciting interaction between human beings and technology.
The festival will touch on themes as wide-ranging and current as geopolitical superpowers, body enhancements, robots, fear, hope, mass media, e-Fashion and the Macho versus the feminine. Participants include ines.alpha, Maartje Dijkstra, Sensoree and many young talents of Dutch art academies 2021.  https://mailchi.mp/eea2430569af/manifestations-2020monsters-6519436

https://mailchi.mp/5f6ad14a8759/uitnodiginginvitation-opening-digitale-rondleiding-manifestationsddw21-6522188

Hi-res photo’s: http://bit.ly/Manifestations2021hires  
 

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