SEPTEMBER
16 –––– 19
AMSTERDAM
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CRITICAL MAKERS

GLUE Amsterdam connected by design” offers the city a four-day designroute. From Thursday, September 16th through Sunday, September 19th, 2021, GLUE will literally bind parties from the flourishing Amsterdam creative scene.  

Contact – House of Creators – bridges the gap when it comes to conceptualizing, designing and concrete development. Not by adding more stuff to the pile, but according to our recently developed critical making framework.

More than 25 members of the Contact community present their work, using this recently developed framework, as part of a large group exhibition in our central hallway. There will be interesting speakers by leading ‘critical making’ authorities, workshops, and the opportunity to meet your favorite artist or designer in their studio.

CRITICAL MAKERS

GLUE Amsterdam connected by design” offers the city a four-day designroute. From Thursday, September 16th through Sunday, September 19th, 2021, GLUE will literally bind parties from the flourishing Amsterdam creative scene.  

Contact – House of Creators – bridges the gap when it comes to conceptualizing, designing and concrete development. Not by adding more stuff to the pile, but according to our recently developed critical making framework.

More than 25 members of the Contact community present their work, using this recently developed framework, as part of a large group exhibition in our central hallway. There will be interesting speakers by leading ‘critical making’ authorities, workshops, and the opportunity to meet your favorite artist or designer in their studio.

12:00-19:00 EXHIBITION / TALKS / WORKSHOPS / OPEN STUDIOS

CONTACT BUILDING 

BITES BY LFTVR

12:00-19:00 THEATER: SHORT FILMS 
by Chaja Hertog & Nir Nadler

Chaja Hertog (Amsterdam 1978) & Nir Nadler (Haifa1977) are an Amsterdam based artist duo, operating across disciplines of visual arts, performance, and film. In between the  theater programming they will be screening the following (short) films.

Harvest - Short film, 11:09 min.
An abnormal phenomenon in an olive grove draws riot police to suppress the uprising. Inspired by the ancient olive harvesting method in which aggression and cultivation come together, the film portrays the absurdity of enforced ideologies.

Nation for Two - Short film, 15:16min. 
A man and a woman dig their way towards each other from two remote locations. Their subterranean journeys pass through a wide collage of natural and urban landscapes and address the absurdity of land borders. 

The Four Riders - 4-channel video installation, 07:52 min. 
Inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s photography series of animals in motion (ca.1866), The Four Riders is a video installation that deconstructs horses’ anatomy into massive landscapes of moving flesh.


15:00-16:00 THEATER TALK: CRITICAL MAKING APPROACH
by THEUN KARELSE

We live in increasingly disrupted places. We’re pretty much entering unknown territory, it is therefor vital to inform oneself by close contact to the living world and the complexities and dynamics of environments. So most of my activities are in the outdoors, the environments we share with other beings. I make research-programs for radical exposure of our bodies, our ideas and our acts to the diversity of the living world. Specific research questions, or prototypes are tested, not in a controlled lab, but in the wild, where no control is assumed. Because we think and act differently in the presence of other beings, and it makes solidarity with the living world so much more acute. We simply cannot afford to continue making and designing within a strictly human context. It is as destructive as it is boring.

I’ll present some of the experiments from programs like Machine Wilderness, Random Forests and more recent stuff, by myself and others, including robots that try to communicate with wild animals or machines that try to build their own taxonomy for nature. I’ll present a view of critical making that includes radical exposure to the vast diversity of non-human communities and natural processes.


16:00-16:45 WORKSHOP & INTRODUCTION TALK: FOREST5X5

by ELZA BERZINA

The FOREST5X5 project is an embodiment experience that aims to redefine and question the understanding of a forest as an entity. We are facing an undeniable climate crisis. Our perception of nature has become a crafted and segmented area of governance. We cannot escape our human bodies, but we might be able to expand the capabilities of the mind by facilitation bodily sensations and gaining physical empathy towards a forest. Shifting the ‘ego’ towards ‘eco’ and bridging the gaps between humans and non-humans. 



11:00-21:00 EXHIBITION / TALKS / WORKSHOPS / OPEN STUDIOS

CONTACT BUILDING 

BITES BY LFTVR

11:00-21:00 THEATER: SHORT FILMS 
by Chaja Hertog & Nir Nadler

Chaja Hertog (Amsterdam 1978) & Nir Nadler (Haifa1977) are an Amsterdam based artist duo, operating across disciplines of visual arts, performance, and film. In between the  theater programming they will be screening the following (short) films.

Harvest - Short film, 11:09 min.
An abnormal phenomenon in an olive grove draws riot police to suppress the uprising. Inspired by the ancient olive harvesting method in which aggression and cultivation come together, the film portrays the absurdity of enforced ideologies.

Nation for Two - Short film, 15:16min. 
A man and a woman dig their way towards each other from two remote locations. Their subterranean journeys pass through a wide collage of natural and urban landscapes and address the absurdity of land borders. 

The Four Riders - 4-channel video installation, 07:52 min. 
Inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s photography series of animals in motion (ca.1866), The Four Riders is a video installation that deconstructs horses’ anatomy into massive landscapes of moving flesh.

15:00-16:00 THEATER TALK: CRITICAL MAKERS NOW: a Conversation

by GEERT LOVINK and LOES BOGERS

Een gesprek tussen Loes Bogers  (hoofddocent Critical Making, Hogeschool van Amsterdam) en Geert Lovink (lector, Instituut voor Netwerkcultuur, Hogeschool van Amsterdam)

Het dialoog gaat het om de laatste ontwikkelingen op het gebied van maken. In 2019 kwam de Critical Makers Reader: (Un)learning Technology uit, samengesteld door Loes Bogers en Letizia Chiappini. Ondanks Covid blijft het maken een dynamisch veld. in dit gesprek maken we de stand van zaken op en stellen kritische vragen. Waar staan we met de integratie van het virtuele en de weerbarstige materie? Welke rol speelt de circulaire economie en klimaatverandering in recente projecten? We klagen over de blockchain die veel energie slurpt maar hoe zit dat met de makerlabs zelf? Welke stappen zijn er gemaakt bij het uitrollen van reparatie plekken? Welke rol speelt onderwijs hierin? Bespreek met ons hoe het staat met kritisch maken anno 2021.


16:00-21:00 GLUE WEEKEND PARTY

RESTAURANT AREA

MUSIC by DJ JIM and BORIS

BITES BY LFTVR


16:00-17:00 WORKSHOP & INTRODUCTION TALK: THE SLOOT MOTOR

by GIJS SCHALKX

The Sloot Motor is the one vehicle that truly delivers an alternative. Not relying on high technology, incomprehensible devices, and resources from all over the world, it is powered by local, sustainable, and environmentally cooling resources.


19:00-20:00 WORKSHOP & INTRODUCTION TALK: FOREST5X5

by ELZA BERZINA

The FOREST5X5 project is an embodiment experience that aims to redefine and question the understanding of a forest as an entity. We are facing an undeniable climate crisis. Our perception of nature has become a crafted and segmented area of governance. We cannot escape our human bodies, but we might be able to expand the capabilities of the mind by facilitation bodily sensations and gaining physical empathy towards a forest. Shifting the ‘ego’ towards ‘eco’ and bridging the gaps between humans and non-humans. 

10:00-17:00 EXHIBITION / TALKS / WORKSHOPS / OPEN STUDIOS

CONTACT BUILDING 

BITES BY LFTVR

10:00-17:00 THEATER: SHORT FILMS 
by Chaja Hertog & Nir Nadler

Chaja Hertog (Amsterdam 1978) & Nir Nadler (Haifa1977) are an Amsterdam based artist duo, operating across disciplines of visual arts, performance, and film. In between the  theater programming they will be screening the following (short) films.

Harvest - Short film, 11:09 min.
An abnormal phenomenon in an olive grove draws riot police to suppress the uprising. Inspired by the ancient olive harvesting method in which aggression and cultivation come together, the film portrays the absurdity of enforced ideologies.

Nation for Two - Short film, 15:16min. 
A man and a woman dig their way towards each other from two remote locations. Their subterranean journeys pass through a wide collage of natural and urban landscapes and address the absurdity of land borders. 

The Four Riders - 4-channel video installation, 07:52 min. 
Inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s photography series of animals in motion (ca.1866), The Four Riders is a video installation that deconstructs horses’ anatomy into massive landscapes of moving flesh.


13:00-13:45 WORKSHOP & INTRODUCTION TALK: THE SLOOT MOTOR

by GIJS SCHALKX

The Sloot Motor is the one vehicle that truly delivers an alternative. Not relying on high technology, incomprehensible devices, and resources from all over the world, it is powered by local, sustainable, and environmentally cooling resources.


14:00-15:00 THEATER TALK: CRITICAL MAKING & SUSTAINABLE SHAKING
by PROF. INEKE HANS (via Circuform)

Ineke Hans – a leading Dutch Designer – designs for international clients and explores new design strategies and product typologies for our future. She is professor Design & Social Context at the University of the Arts in Berlin. At GLUE a multi-awarded chair designed by Ineke Hans gets a second life by Circuform, a new brand that gives industrially designed furniture a circular life. The result is REX.


15:00-15:45 WORKSHOP & INTRODUCTION TALK: FOREST5X5

by ELZA BERZINA

The FOREST5X5 project is an embodiment experience that aims to redefine and question the understanding of a forest as an entity. We are facing an undeniable climate crisis. Our perception of nature has become a crafted and segmented area of governance. We cannot escape our human bodies, but we might be able to expand the capabilities of the mind by facilitation bodily sensations and gaining physical empathy towards a forest. Shifting the ‘ego’ towards ‘eco’ and bridging the gaps between humans and non-humans. 


16:00-17:00 WORKSHOP & INTRODUCTIONTALK: BOWS AND ARROWS

by THOMAS VAN RAVESTEIN

Inspired by the ingenuity of the many cultures around the world Thomas Ravestein makes traditional bows and arrows with efficient use of local natural materials that are nowadays often overlooked and seen as waste such as firewood, garden clippings, weeds, rubble and empty bottles. In this talk Thomas Ravestein demonstrates through the example of bows and arrows from different cultures and time periods how environmental factors determine a certain design and how in modern times a self-imposed dogma can help to make a product more authentic.

While now primarily reduced to one of many sports disciplines, archery plays a role in the history of almost any culture. Thomas Ravestein aims to let people experience archery in its historical and anthropological context. With professional guidance from Thomas Ravestein participants in this workshop can practice shooting a historically authentic bow and arrow.

10:00-17:00 EXHIBITION / TALKS / WORKSHOPS / OPEN STUDIOS

CONTACT BUILDING 

BITES BY LFTVR

10:00-19:00 THEATER: SHORT FILMS 
by Chaja Hertog & Nir Nadler

Chaja Hertog (Amsterdam 1978) & Nir Nadler (Haifa1977) are an Amsterdam based artist duo, operating across disciplines of visual arts, performance, and film. In between the  theater programming they will be screening the following (short) films.

Harvest - Short film, 11:09 min.
An abnormal phenomenon in an olive grove draws riot police to suppress the uprising. Inspired by the ancient olive harvesting method in which aggression and cultivation come together, the film portrays the absurdity of enforced ideologies.

Nation for Two - Short film, 15:16min. 
A man and a woman dig their way towards each other from two remote locations. Their subterranean journeys pass through a wide collage of natural and urban landscapes and address the absurdity of land borders. 

The Four Riders - 4-channel video installation, 07:52 min. 
Inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s photography series of animals in motion (ca.1866), The Four Riders is a video installation that deconstructs horses’ anatomy into massive landscapes of moving flesh.


13:00-13:45 WORKSHOP & INTRODUCTION TALK: THE SLOOT MOTOR

by GIJS SCHALKX

The Sloot Motor is the one vehicle that truly delivers an alternative. Not relying on high technology, incomprehensible devices, and resources from all over the world, it is powered by local, sustainable, and environmentally cooling resources.


14:00-15:00 THEATER TALK: SOCIAL AT THE CORE, SUSTAINABLE ON THE OUTSIDE
by MIREILLE GEIJSEN (via I-DID)

During Glue i-did will introduce three brand new collections of (acoustic) interior products which we make with our sustainable felt. i-did recycles discarded clothing into design felt, in which the character of the original clothing can be seen.

i-did believes in a social and circular society. A society where everyone contributes and no one is excluded. That is why i-did guides people, who have not worked for a very long time, to a job by making (acoustic) design products in their studios.

The founder of i-did, Mireille Geijsen, will tell the inspirational story of i-did on Sunday at 2 p.m. How i-did came to be and why we use discarded clothing to make new design products.


15:00-15:45 WORKSHOP & INTRODUCTION TALK: FOREST5X5

by ELZA BERZINA

The FOREST5X5 project is an embodiment experience that aims to redefine and question the understanding of a forest as an entity. We are facing an undeniable climate crisis. Our perception of nature has become a crafted and segmented area of governance. We cannot escape our human bodies, but we might be able to expand the capabilities of the mind by facilitation bodily sensations and gaining physical empathy towards a forest. Shifting the ‘ego’ towards ‘eco’ and bridging the gaps between humans and non-humans. 

15:30-16:00 PERFORMANCE: COME TOGETHER, THE LIVING ART COLLECTION

by JOLANTA IZABELA PAWLAK

Perry Dossett performs an original written song, 'Come together', wearing THE LIVING ART Collection created by Jolanta Izabela Pawlak. The collection is made of recycled fabrics adorned with her hand paintings, representing the four elements, Earth, Fire, Water and Air. Inspired by the unique textures and colors of underwater life, Jolanta embraces the beauty of nature in her sculptures, paintings, jewelry and art wear, and hopes to raise awareness about protecting the coral reefs and life on this planet.


16:00-17:00 WORKSHOP & INTRODUCTIONTALK: BOWS AND ARROWS

by THOMAS VAN RAVESTEIN

Inspired by the ingenuity of the many cultures around the world Thomas Ravestein makes traditional bows and arrows with efficient use of local natural materials that are nowadays often overlooked and seen as waste such as firewood, garden clippings, weeds, rubble and empty bottles. In this talk Thomas Ravestein demonstrates through the example of bows and arrows from different cultures and time periods how environmental factors determine a certain design and how in modern times a self-imposed dogma can help to make a product more authentic.

While now primarily reduced to one of many sports disciplines, archery plays a role in the history of almost any culture. Thomas Ravestein aims to let people experience archery in its historical and anthropological context. With professional guidance from Thomas Ravestein participants in this workshop can practice shooting a historically authentic bow and arrow.

STOEPKRIJT ONTWERP
1
WHY WE MAKE IT

We start with why we want to make it, rather than how and what we want to make. Before we develop a new product, we must research if it already exists, and if it does, how we can make it better.

2
SUSTAINABILITY

We care for people and planet, always checking the source of resources. A product journey is often complex. That’s why we care about where to buy our raw materials. Whenever possible we source everything from the EU market. Making sure that the people who are producing our materials have a fair wage.

3
COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE

We believe in the power of collective knowledge. As we all know, two brains are better than one. And that’s where design sharing and prototyping comes in. We believe that collective knowledge help to make products that suits the end user better.

4
LOCALLY MADE

We are practicing local making with local material as much as possible. Whenever possible, we built our products in-house. We try to keep production within the borders of the Netherlands, and if not within the EU.

5
QUALITY BY ITERATION

After an idea has been doctored out, a prototype or proof of concept is done at Contact. Then extensive testing with the end user is carried out, and through iteration we bring the product to the highest possible standard.

6
WASTE MINIMIZATION

We focus on establishing zero environmental impact. Figuring out the right production or processing method for materials is key. How can you design your product while using a minimum of recourses?

7
OPEN SOURCE

We may go open source, and document our work on a version-controlled system (Github). For the hardcore open-source believers. One can create an account on a version-controlled system and open-source the project, covered by a creative commons license. This can create a chain reaction and contributing community. Remember the story of the Linux operating system?

Alison Saren
Annebregje Snijders
Atelier Krouwel
Atelier Sherif Azmi
Atelier Wolfson
Barbara van den Berg
Beeldreiziger
BureauAat
Circuform
Dutch Globe
Elza Berzina
François Dumas
Gijs Schalkx
Hans Arets
Hertog Nadler
I-DID
Ilias Ernst
Inkside Out Apparel
Jolanta Izabela Pawlak
Josse Pyl
MCXMC
Mokkō by Aad Bos
Osso / Florian Hollander
Sara Winter
Snippers
Studio Ching-Hui Yang
Studio Dmau
Studio Vondst
Studio Wild
Susan van Hengstum
Thomas Ravestein
True Tone
Victimo Studio