BIO
Baltan Laboratories, based in Eindhoven (NL), initiates, mediates and shares innovative research and development at the intersection of art, design and technological culture. Baltan sees the laboratory as a way of working. It is both a network and a methodology for creating and sharing new concepts, tools and knowledge. Baltan is a flexible, collaborative platform for future thinking that places art and design research at the core of its activities.
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OPPORTUNITY

What is the nature of a 21st century human?


Deadline:
Fri Mar 14, 2014 00:00

Location:
Eindhoven, Netherlands

This masterclass by Rachel Armstrong and Arne Hendriks raises questions that challenge our preconceptions about the nature of humanity in the 21st century. It investigates what a culture based on humans-as-ecology might be, in contrast to the idea of humans-as-machines that shapes our modern world.

Four fundamental pillars of existence are explored during the masterclass namely: the body, technology, environment and community. Participants will be recruited from across the sciences and the humanities and work in groups to produce an alpha prototype of what it means to be an ‘ecological’ human. Fundamental philosophical assumptions about the nature of reality will be raised as well as the nature of the human body, how this may be extended through assemblage-based technology and what kinds of practices constitute a meaningful ecological existence with our environment.

Biographies
Rachel Armstrong is a Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) specializing in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London. Rachel is a sustainability innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture,’ which suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She has recently been added to the 2014 Citizens of the Next Century List, by Future-ish, listed as one of the Wired 2013 Smart List, as one of the 2013 ICON 50 and one of the ten people in the UK that may shape the UK’s recovery by Director Magazine in 2012.

Arne Hendriks is an artist, art historian and exhibition maker with a primary interest in defining and redefining the paradigms of human existence on Earth. His work explores the transformative power of the creative impulse and the importance of fundamental free scientific research. In his speculative design research, the strange and the familiar continuously swap places to provoke conflicting perspectives which speak about the radicality of everyday experience and the familiarity of radical intervention. Arne is also the director of the Dept. of WHAT IF, a recent start-up that investigates, formulates and disseminates alternative near-future scenarios as yardsticks to understand where we are and where we could be going. Hendriks is a coach at Next Nature within the department of Industrial Design of the Technical University in Eindhoven.

How to apply?
This masterclass is taking place on 28, 29, 30 March, 2014 during the Age of Wonder festival. Professional artists, designers, writers, researchers and thinkers are encouraged to apply. Please, send your motivation why you want to join (max. 500 words) with a short CV/biography before March 14, via email to info[at]baltanlaboratories[dot]org. The fee for participants is 50,- Euros, including drinks and Age of Wonder festival passe-partout.


OPPORTUNITY

GLOW NEXT OPEN CALL


Deadline:
Thu Aug 01, 2013 00:00

Location:
Eindhoven, Netherlands

GLOW NEXT presents:
first OPEN CALL FOR PROJECTS

For the first time, GLOW NEXT (formerly known as GLOW-S), is writing out an Open Call for Projects this year. To lift the innovative spirit of the leading European light art festival GLOW to a higher level, international designers, light professionals, artists, developers and researchers are invited to participate. They are asked to submit a project proposal for a new and innovative light art work, relating to (the phenomenon of) light and interaction. The winning project will premier during GLOW NEXT, from 9 November until 16 November at Strijp-S in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Jury
An expert jury, chaired by former Philips Electronics The Netherlands president Jan Post and consisting of GLOW-director Robbert ten Caten, light artist Daan Roosegaarde, creative entrepreneur Ted Langenbach and GLOW NEXT-curator Olga Mink will be judging all proposals.

Winner
A winner will be chosen by mid-August. The winner will be given the opportunity to execute their proposal. The budget for the project is 12,000 euro. Baltan Laboratories at the Natlab on Strijp-S (in Eindhoven, The Netherlands) will provide with a working space (free of charge) if the winning artist requires one. The winning work will premier during GLOW NEXT, at Strijp-S, from 9 November until 16 November.

Those who are interested are welcome to submit their proposal not later than 1 August 2013, by sending a Vimeo video presentation to glownext@gloweindhoven.nl.

GLOW NEXT 2013
Like any playground, GLOW NEXT is a place to encounter and challenge new ideas, stories and experiences. Merging lighting technology, light and art, GLOW NEXT is building a community in which scientists, artists and industrialists inspire, interact and benefit from mutual expertise and experience. A place where experimentation and collaboration results in exceeding the borders of imagination. Capturing both the essence of light, now and in the near future.

At GLOW NEXT, light installations are not only being exhibited, they challenge you to interact and co-create. Whether you are a technology professional or lighting enthusiast. GLOW NEXT strives to be an open playground for every innovative lighting initiative that strengthens the GLOW NEXT eco-system. Therefore, it also programs (in collaboration with its partners) several workshops, seminars and contextual conferences, to spark up imagination.

Further more, GLOW NEXT aims to connect the lighting industry to societal challenges like future lack of resources, healthcare issues, environmental problems and questions concerning ethics, safety and mobility. This mentality makes GLOW NEXT the international precursor of lighting solutions of the future.


OPPORTUNITY

GLOW NEXT OPEN CALL FOR PROJECTS!


Deadline:
Thu Aug 01, 2013 00:00

For the first time, GLOW NEXT announces the Open Call for art projects. The winning project will premier during GLOW NEXT, from 9 November until 16 November in Eindhoven. Glow-Next is looking for submissions of new light art works that address the phenomenon of light, use light in a unique and/or innovative way and fit within the theme ‘PLAYGROUND’. This new to-be-developed artwork needs to be suitable for outdoors (in all weather conditions) and - obviously - in the dark.

An expert jury, chaired by former Philips Electronics The Netherlands president Jan Post and consisting of GLOW-director Robbert ten Caten, light artist Daan Roosegaarde, creative entrepreneur Ted Langenbach and GLOW NEXT-curator Olga Mink will be judging all proposals. The winner will be selected by mid-August. We warmly invite makers, artists, engineers and designers to submit light work proposals for the before 1 August 2013.

For full details download the GLOW NEXT Open Call press release and application.

ABOUT GLOW NEXT 2013:

Like any playground, GLOW NEXT is a place to encounter and challenge new ideas, stories and experiences. Merging lighting technology, light and art, GLOW NEXT is building a community in which scientists, artists and industrialists inspire, interact and benefit from mutual expertise and experience. A place where experimentation and collaboration results in exceeding the borders of imagination. Capturing both the essence of light, now and in the near future.

At GLOW NEXT, light installations are not only being exhibited, they challenge you to interact and cocreate. Whether you are a technology professional or lighting enthusiast. GLOW NEXT strives to be an open playground for every innovative lighting initiative that strengthens the GLOW NEXT eco-system. Therefore, it also programs (in collaboration with its partners) several workshops, seminars and contextual conferences, to spark up imagination.