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Below are archived notes up to 2015. From 2016 on, you can follow Atelier Sophie Krier via: twitter fb linkedin  
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Field Essays workshop at Musashino Art University

Musashino Art University, Tokyo, has invited me as a Visiting Professor this September. I will be conducting a workshop, a lecture and individual critique. The workshop explores the legacy of ROJO (Roadway Observation Society), and connects this to the notion of a contemporary “mono activity” house.      
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Au revoir la cité

Leaving CITE DES ARTS after a full year in Paris. Looking back, my time there was well spent, crowdfunding the printing budget for Field Essays, getting to know how things work (and don’t work) in France, rediscovering French (my native language!) in relation to art & design research, and getting interesting work done with Ecole des Arts Déco, Ensci-Les-Ateliers and graphic designers EricandMarie. It’
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Art & Design Practice

Currently developing a new bachelor program in the spirit of Liberal Arts & Science at University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, The Netherlands. The “Art & Design Practice” program will conduct practice-based artistic research, with an emphasis on thinking through making. More in the fall.
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Learning new languages

Notes concerning Field Essays are posted via t and fb from now on. See also www.fieldessays.net                    
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Start conference Cycle Façonner l’Avenir (forging the future)

Together with textile researcher Aurélie Mossé and design historian Anna Bernagozzi I curated the conference cycle Façonner l’Avenir in winter / spring 2015, on how design and sciences can work together towards an ecologically minded urbanity. You can view all the conferences, papers and abstracts online.  
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Furtherance

“Furtherance”, a beautiful enigmatic 8 min loop directed by Leonora Hamill, is screening till tomorrow, Sunday January 18, at Eglise Saint-Eustache, rue Rambuteau 75001 Paris. Daily projection hours 16 – 19 h 30.The work consists of split screens in which architectural details of the church, human rituals, and a live deer co-exist, and respond to each other – making tangible the interconnectedness o
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Field Essays campaign launch

Field Essays just launched its brand new crowdfunding campaign on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank. Support us and join the campaign now!  
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Material Night: New Materials, New Values?

Last night I had the pleasure to moderate Material Night: New Materials / New Values? in Het Nieuwe Instituut, in Rotterdam. The idea with these evenings is to build a context that allows for collective reflection on current material research and experiments. The exact setting and format are different every time, in order to keep things exiting… The last Material Night that I moderated was The Workings of Wood,
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La culture c’est d’abord la terre.

Yesterday night in the Grande Halle of La Villette two beautiful disobedient minds met: Indian quantum physician, environmental activist, alter mondialist & eco feminist Vandana Shiva, and Algerian thinker, author and agro ecologist Pierre Rabhi. With his words “La Culture c’est d’abord la terre” (Culture – i.e. cultivating – is primarily about the earth), Pierre Rhabi cancels the nature-c
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Reading about | what animates things

Currently reading Semeurs d’Espoirs, (Actes Sud), in which Algerian agro ecologist and writer Pierre Rabhi touches on the course of his life, his gradual understanding of agro ecology, and the need for an insurrection of consciences (which was also the core message of his political programme in 2002, when he shortly ran for president in France). To Rabhi, we are, ourselves, the only vectors of a possible, posit
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Note on: the world, the work and we

Long dark winter nights are the best times to read, write and draw. Maybe because they let us withdraw inside, and inside ourselves. I made a nice low drawing table today – experimenting with wetting and stretching paper for water ink drawings – it’s been ages since I did that. It’s nice, to wait and see the paper curl, extend, and set itself. Taking the time to prepare for a drawing works: it’
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Note on: how we think, speak and write about ecology

This morning I went to Sciences-Po in Lille to assist to a lecture of philosopher Stéphane-Hicham Afeissa, entitled La fin de l’humanité. Essai de généalogie du discours écologique, which is also the title of his last book. It was a revelation to see the assiduity, with which these French students copied down the entire one and half hour (!)  lecture, by hand (!!), on the classic, blue and red millimeter checke
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Reading about | La Montagne Dorée

Very happy to have bought a copy of La Montagne Dorée, by Myriam Ziehli, in which she edited, and adapted, found footage from a field trip in Switzerland into a fictive script for a play. The trigger for the book was a fait divers, a newspaper notice about an Egyptian real estate developer intending to build “a series of hotels, a number of cottages, some retail spaces and a golf course for about 1.8 billion Sw
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Every Object Contains An Object goes Korea

Offprint is closing after three very successful days. Freek Lomme, my publisher, told me two copies of Every Object Contains An Object (2012) were sold to Korean curators. I would love to know what their thoughts on the book are. Image: EricandMarie, my favorite graphic designers in Paris  
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In the darkness you start to imagine: Dirk Braeckman in Le Bal

Offprint brought many photographers and book lovers to Paris this weekend, it’s nice. Photographer Dieuwertje Komen took me to see the exhibition of Dirk Braeckman in Le Bal, “the place for photographers in Paris”. The very well furnished bookshop and tasteful café are especially praised. Discovering Braeckman’s work for the first time, I had to think of a sentence, which designer Brynjar Sigu
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(Have to) read about: passing on history

Another book I need to have and read…! Passing on History, B 42 Editions Why do so many books give me that feeling… At Offprint there was also Manuella Editions that has many other book I have on my wish-and-need-to-read-list: Conversations by Hans Ulrich Obrist, of course… Quelques bons moments de bricolage by artist Laurent Toxidor, who uses walking & field work as the base of his practice. Ec
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a Field Essays coffee

Today I had the pleasure to have a coffee with my Field Essays team – from left to right: publisher Freek Lomme, graphic designers EricandMarie, and film maker Roel van Tour. And I tested my panorama function on my phone-camera…
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Working on a new Field Essays video

The coming month, I’ll be working with my favorite camera man, Roel van Tour, on a teaser video for the upcoming issue of Field Essays, which we will use for a crowd funding campaign on the French platform kisskissbankbank. It’s a real pleasure looking at the world through Roel’s eyes!  
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Thinking about Temporalités / Temporalities

Today I assisted to an Ensadlab seminar entitled Temporalités (Temporalities) here in Paris. The intention of coordinator Lucile Haute triggered me: the afternoon was meant to experience research projects directly, as opposed to “just talking about them.” With Field Essays, I too try to show a process in a direct way, offering a generous experience. Performances somehow always trigger some kind of uneasin
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Note on: drawing the Chinese way

Tonight I had the pleasure to meet classical Chinese painter Du Xin, who had an Open Studio with two fellow artists here at the Cité. He told me about the signification of the red stamps one often sees in Chinese paintings. The word can be his name, or a word that is important for the work, that represents it. But the most beautiful thing is, that the red stamp-word is also just a red accent, which Du Xin applies 
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Field Essays present at OFFPRINT 2014

Field Essays: Pick of Sticks Embodied (2010) and Field Essays: Every Object Contains An Image (2012) will be present at  OFFPRINT 2014 (Nov 14-Nov 16) via independent art publisher Onomatopee. Welcome!
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Cité des Arts, day 126

Autumn has come, says my studio view… Long live heart-warming autumn in Paris!
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Field Essays welcomes Eugénie delaRivière

Designer and researcher Eugénie delaRivière has officially teamed up with Field Essays, for the social media part of the upcoming issue. Welcome Eugénie! Image: Eugénie viewing one of the works of the exhibition “Possibles d’un monde fragmenté” at Palais des Beaux Arts, curated by Enrico Lunghi. To him, interiority and analysis were the elements with most presence in this year’s fine arts grad
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Field Essays interview on Uncube

Field Essays is featured on the Uncube magazine blog. Editor Elvia Wik writes about how this ongoing research functions as a form of informal education both for me and the participants of every issue. Uncube Interview Related: Uncube No 26,  Education issue, interview of  designer and researcher Eugénie delaRivière, who takes care of the social media part of Field Essays.    
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Note on: building context

The Critics’ Lab of yesterday produced a couple of valuable memo’s about the conditions that design criticism operates within today. Here’s an incomplete list, freely drafted down: – We need new forms of authorship and readership. Long reading is something you have to design. (Floor van Spanendonck) – Writing in a language that is not your mother tongue can allow to be like an outsider of your own  
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Open Studio Field Essays

Field Essays holds a joint Open Studio this Friday, Oct 23rd, at: Cité Internationale des Arts, 18 rue de l’hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris Welcome!
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Hunnie featured in Vers Beton

8 more nights before the Dutch Design Awards on Oct 18th… Today Rotterdam based magazine Vers Beton published an article about my practice, and in its extension, the nomination for Hunnie, a collaborative field research with Henriëtte Waal. Image: Hunnie Lakenvelder  
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nouvelle lune

Après les thèmes du minéral et du végétal, séance d’images mouvementées sur la relation souvent contradictoire de l’homme à l’animal, hier soir sur les hauteurs de Montmartre, pendant la 3e et dernière édition de Cinéma de la Nouvelle Lune 2014. “Chasseurs sachant Chasser” (Hunters able to hunt) de Salma Cheddadi surprends par le dynamisme de ses jeunes acteurs et le fonds sérieux que le
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Intrépidité – Urbanité

A l’occasion des Journées du Patrimoine, visite de l’Hôtel de Ville, de ses salons enfilés et surtout, surtout: du bureau de la Maire Anne Hidalgo – chaleureux et spacieux, un panda orne sa table de travail, entre autres oeuvres d’art contemporain de la collection du FMAC. “ça donne envie d’être maire, non? Pourquoi pas vous, vous êtes jeune vous!” me souffla une dame élégante et s
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Fanatic anti-fanatic

Hunger, thirst, injustice, misery, cruelty, injustice, physical torture, mental torture, illness, racism, suffering, death… : these are but a few of the many difficult issues, which artist Niki de St Phalle (1930-2002) decided to shoot at with her famous Shooting Paintings. The list, entitled Wall of Rage, is currently exhibited at the generous Grand Palais retrospective. Interestingly, the shooting paintings,
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Histoire(s) de cuillères

Spoons have accompanied the history of humanity. They reconcile the primary need to eat with the need to establish relations with others. They vital meaning becomes clear when collector Jean Metzger tells about his life long passion for spoons, which started with a spoon found by his father in a concentration camp, in 1940. Spoons were not supplied in these camps: they were fabricated clandestinely, and traded for lo
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Critics’ Lab

On Saturday Oct 17th, on the first day of the Dutch Design Week, I will give a fundraising master class in the context of Critics’ Lab, an initiative of the Pruys Bekaert programme for design and architecture critique. My focus will be on the question of value: which productive – and durable – alliances can you design around the topics that drive your practice as a journalist, writer, critic, designer, etc? I w
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Brynjar Sigurdarson invited for In Residence Design Dialogue # 7

Brynjar Sigurdarson, protagonist of the upcoming issue of Field Essays, is one of six guest designers at this year’s IN Residence Design Dialogue, Workshop #7. IN Residence is a project that contributes to contemporary debate about design, proposing conversation as a privileged means of analysis and further study.    
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Le titre? Il n’y a pas de titre.

En dépit de son titre bien réfléchi “L’époque, les humeurs, les valeurs, l’attention” (titre qui rappelle une autre exposition de 1987: “L’Époque, la mode, la morale, la passion”), l’exposition des attendus du prix de la Fondation d’entreprise Ricard ne convainc pas. D’après notre guide, le collectif de commissaires castillo/coralles a voulu une exposition q
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Saeng Hwang, Orgue à bouche

A stupefying concert last night at Cité des Arts – South Corean musician Hyo Young Kim played traditional and contemporary songs on a Saeng Hwang, a “mouth organ” with vertical pipes played by the mouth and fingers. Pianist Julien Eckenfelder played beautifully too and even helped me decipher the music with his alert movements. Image: A gisaeng playing a saenghwang (far right). The painting is from the Hy
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Hopeful gestures

Sunday Aug 31 the results of my workshop Hoopvolle Handelingen (Hopeful Gestures) will be presented by the team of Zicht op Rotterdam (View on Rotterdam) on the Island of Brienenoord. What is hope, how does it work and how can it inform our decisions as citizens of the city of tomorrow?  I am currently writing about these questions here at the Cité Internationale des Arts, in a small treaty entitled Design Altruism. 
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Foncé feutré

Open Studio at Maaike Leyn yesterday – Maaike draws with charcoal on the back side of linen canvas. (Apparently Francis Bacon liked that side of canvas too, for its texture, another resident mentioned) It lends her drawings a mute, soft, melancholic darkness. In French I would describe it as: un foncé feutré. Image: installation view at La Chataîgneraie, Centre Wallon d’Art Contemporain
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Note on Catching Octopus

Born in 1969 in Kobe, Shimabuku is an artist who collects unusual encounters. Inspired by the International Situationist walking tours, he studied in Osaka and in San Francisco before travelling in the different harbours of the world, in Japan, Brazil, France, Netherlands and USA. Shimabuku’s humorous and imaginative approach, as well as his focus on harbours, remind me of the work of Brynjar Sigurdarson, featu
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What a pity you are an architect. You would make a sensational partner.

The title is a sentence Josefin Baker apparently once said to Adolf Loos. The work consists of a bedroom, scaled to the size of the institutes and residencies that invited Dewar over the course of a year. The space hosts elements that were designed by Adolf Loos for a house he drew for Josefin Baker – which she refused to see built. In the space, we see Dewar dance Baker’s famous steps, and then those of her ow
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Note on Nicolas de Staël

“Ne pas s’occuper de l’espace mais se préoccuper de l’espace.” (Not to tend space but to take care of, to care about, to be concerned with, to be preoccupied with space) In a documentary about her father (1914-1955), Anne de Staël talks in these words about his approach to painting. The distinction she makes is a subtle, but very important one; a similar intention is at the source of the
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Note on Courage

Today I read a quote in the morning newspaper about courage by Jean Jaures, renown founder of socialist politics in France, assassinated a hundred years ago on July 31 at the Bar du Croissant. His death turned out to be the eve of WW II.  What Jean Jaures said about courage (Courage is to look for truth, and to speak it out; (…) Courage is understanding one’s own life, deepening it, making it more precise
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Reading about | machinic animism

“In Guattari’s “cosmology” there are all sorts of machines: social machines, technological, aesthetic, biological, crystalline, and so forth. To clarify the nature of the machine, he refers to the work of the biologist Francisco Varela, who distinguishes two types of machines: allopoïétique machines, which produce things other than themselves, and autopoïétique machines which continuously enge
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Cité des Arts, day one

8 am The Service des Jardins Publics just left for their day carrying on their trucks plants, earth and crates. The cars are rushing on the périphérique. The 319 other residents of the Cité still seem asleep. I am already attached to the old wall opposite my studio.    
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Field Essays in Residence at Cité des Arts

Field Essays has been invited by Cité des Arts, Paris, for a one year residency, from July 2014 till June 2015. I plan to use this time to realize & publish Field Essays, Issue Two with Brynjar Sigurdarson and anthropologist Tim Ingold. Also I intend to distill the intrinsic research questions related to design ethics, which I’ve been digging into over the past years within my practice. Ultimately I am work
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Note on Definitely unfinished

a retrospective of the very tactile work of colleague Raoul Teulings (1959 – 2010) who helped me seeding the first ideas for Field Essays years back now beautiful and painful to see and hear him being his generous, mesmerising self again for the duration of this exhibition  
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Hunnie Finalist at Dutch Design Awards

Hunnie is through to the Finalists of the Dutch Design Awards. Hurray! Crawling in the mud (literally in this case) yields unforeseen returns. Hunnie is in great company: both Ons Bank & Next Nature are exemplary practices of the kind of issues that design research can address.  
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Hunnie featured as best practice at LOKO14

Hunnie spoke today at LOKO14, an expert meeting on the future role and function of mediators in art and public space. Hunnie’s mediator, coach and ambassador Ella Derksen explained her role in the process of lobbying for the initial assignment, setting the right context, managing expectations and doing damage management with the stakeholders, and ensuring the (administrative and legislative, among other) wrap u
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Brynjar Sigurdarson featured by Li Edelkoort

Brynjar Sigurdarson has been selected by Li Edelkoort as one of tomorrow’s exemplary designers in the context of the anniversary exhibition of MAK Vienna – Li believes he has the right attitude needed for the future. I wholly agree. 150 YEARS OF THE MAK – FROM ARTS AND CRAFTS TO DESIGN WED, 11.06.2014–SUN, 05.10.2014 Opening today, Tue, 10.6.2014, 7.00 p.m. image: still from Bulffish, Bogdor Svensson, a documen
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The workings of wood

On June 5, The New Institute in Rotterdam held an evening dedicated to the world of wood. The night was part of a long term research dedicated to materials, things and ideas. I introduced and moderated the panel debate with Marjan van Aubel, Lex Pott and Chris Kabel. Special guests in the audience were woodturner Joost Kramer, Rietveld furniture conservator Jurjen Creman, and critical thinkers Ed van Hinte & Bas
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RIVER OF FUNDAMENT

MATTHEY BARNEY’s exhibition at HAUS DER KUNST (still on show till august 8) bewilders the mind and body iron, bronze, sulphur, salt collide, mutate, anodise, patinate or rust the gigantic cast props feel like a material mythology from a new world BARNEY  introduces recycling as a contemporary version of Egyptian reincarnation beliefs cars replace humans but perform the same basal and near nauseous instincts 
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INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA

‘The International Space Orchestra‘ is a mesmerizing feature film directed by NELLY BEN HAYOUN (FR). Hurray! The design field needs more of this type of cosmic energy.  
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Field Essays workshop

ANIMALE STATE is the title of a workshop for STUDIO FOR IMMEDIATE SPACES which I gave with BRYNJAR SIGURDARSON at VU HORTUS Amsterdam (a beautiful peaceful place amidst the city’s business quarters), in preparation of the upcoming issue of Field Essays. Our brief: bring a description, drawing, plan and/or model for the living space of an imaginary animal – one that could exist, somehow. Bring materials to
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IN SEARCH OF OUR (TRUE) NATURE

Op 8 april geeft HUNNIE op uitnodiging van STICHTING DE BOVENLANDEN een presentatie van haar bevindingen na een jaar veldwerk in het Wilnisse veenweidegebied centrale vragen voor de discussie worden: is lid worden van Natuur met een grote N iets waar we naar verlangen? om welke vorm vraagt een lidmaatschap in de 21e eeuw? en hoe wil de nieuwe generatie zich aan natuur verbinden? beeld: Hunnie Vlieg Vissen (filosoof C
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PANCAKE DAY

Its SHROVE TUESDAY my friend Martijn told me today…. Happiness can be as simple as flipping a pancake while running down the streets!  
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Note on This is not the project

The symposium Traders Eu, which I attended as part of my ongoing research for Field Essays, gathered  a full house of designers and researchers yesterday to celebrate the launch of a four year PhD project on social design research practices. It feels good to see that design is taken more and more seriously as a reflective practice, able to address critical political and economical issues, and contributing to policy m
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Inearthia

INEARTHIA, an attempt to spin the earth is a choreography by COMPAGNIE CO.LATERAL (ch) which I first saw at STROOM at the EXPANDED PERFORMANCE show sometimes things linger on in your mind and it feels so good when you stumble upon them again as if things fall into place for a moment before spinning round and round again
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YOUTH UNIVERSITY

on march 2, HUNNIE will address the youthful members  (8-12 years old) of Museumjeugduniversiteit at Het Nieuwe Instituut what is nature, to this new generation?    
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(UN)NATURAL

at the AKINCI stand of art rotterdam 2014, HUNNIE admired Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, The Sun that Never Set, overview at AKINCI 2013, photo Peter Cox “In the work Les Zones Terrestres, Broersen & Lukács reinterpret a French wallpaper* from 1855, one of the first reproducible, non‐repeating panoramic wallpapers. The panorama took over the walls of countless homes in the nineteenth century, immersi
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STONE SOUL

Rythm, poetry and choreography: in Stone Soul Army, 2013 (HD Video 29’27”), Fernando Sánchez Castillo (1970 Spain) staged  sessions of a Peruvian military band who produce music with stones.“In the work of Sánchez Castillo, stones have twofold meaning: (…) the stones not only serve as raw material for the sculptor, but they are also the oldest weapons known to man.(…) Collective memories
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BIODIVERSITY, BIOMETRY & IDENTITY

HUNNIE  appreciates the series of  detailed drawings by Martin Brandsma, entitled bcp (black code project). “bcp which stands for ‘black code project’ includes about 200 drawings of the tail feathers of a great grey shrike that are located in different dutch museum collections. brandsma draws the tails of the birds systematically. with its almost scientific collection brandsma unlocks the relationsh
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MEMORY MATERIAL

viewing the works at Art Rotterdam this year memory, handwriting, repetition and tactility appear to be the recurring motifs that catch my interest – and houses, small, floating or pieced together a few of the artists whose work moved me: Jananne Al-Ani, Aerial I, 2011, archival pigment print, 145cm x 115.5cm. Aerial I is part of the show Memory Material curated by Nat Muller at Akinci gallery. what do we see? a bird
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SEVEN STONES

SEVEN STONES by FRANK SCHEFFER an artist film about artist painter ROBERT ZANDVLIET screened yesterday at iffr the painter summarises his uncompromising search for truth as ‘een leeg beeld en een stille taal’ (an empty image and a mute language) the artist filming the painter said he chose him as a subject ‘because of the juxtaposition with the way my Bolex camera works’ halfway the portrait s
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LEARNING WITH ERRORS

XAVIER ANTIN is a french artiste / graphiste in his work he looks for resistance and works with standards – variations on protocols – he spoke at an ESAD tuesday evening talk curated by ANNA BERNAGOZZI – central to his work is the question when does an object gain or lose resolution (definition) *** images: Learning with errors, exhibition view & untitled, 2012, laserprint, foil blocking film, 30 x 21 cm, 2012, g
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HUNNIE AT MUSEUM OF ARTE ÚTIL

on feb 5 at 15.00 HUNNIE will speak at the VAN ABBEMUSEUM for the museum of arte útil join HUNNIE & rethink the nature of things while working through hand-digged clay *** image: Hunnie Waden, 2013, courtesy HUNNIE, photo Roel van Tour    
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HUNNIE AT BUREAU EUROPA

on saturday jan 18 at 3 pm hunnie will join bureau europa in maastricht to open the exhibition ‘Mansholt, Landscape in Perspective’ this exhibition & ongoing archive wants to provide insight in the changing relation between agriculture and landscape, and the dilemmas of European agricultural policy  
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LANDINGS

jan 11/12 stedelijk hosts an intriguing symposium on the formation of land called confrontation and confessions *** image: Waswo X. Waswo with R. Vijay, Another Map of What is Effortless – homage to Clemente, 2007. Image courtesy of the artist
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Note on Circle, triangle, square

The visual language that Brynjar Sigurdarson employs in his body of work has animist traits: materials, shapes and signs interact free of hierarchy, creating haptic narratives. Jivya Soma Mashe’s work was part of the Histoires de Voir exhibit on “animist” art at Fondation Cartier, Paris, in 2012. Stemming from ephemeral ritual Warli art, Jivya’s compelling work is articulated around a vocabulary of triangles (coming
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HUNNIE FOREVER

after finishing the project Hunnie sticks around Hunnie showed up at the Makerfestival on Nov 30 invited by Diana Krabbendam (the Beach) Hunnie will speak at DA Eindhoven as Kim Bouvy’s guest (Source Program) don’t miss it on Feb 5 location and time will be announced Hunnie’s maintenance was officially transferred to Staatsbosbeheer (Dutch organization for nature conservation) Hunnie is expanding an
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DZ LESSONS

sundays were invented to drink a coffee on the harbour docks facing the atlantic waiting for the sun to break through the clouds human warmth comes from the earth as do colours and scents the tides repeat it tirelessly to us since the beginnings of time sometimes, turning back on your steps in reality means moving forward we need to try to remain strangers in our own language tripping and stuttering is like doing acr
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Brynjar Sigurdarson: objects, tales, worlds

Field Essays is happy to announce its protagonist for the upcoming issue! Brynjar Sigurdarson originates from Iceland; he is interested in accounts of things that happened & in relationships between objects and stories; he is as much as teller as a listener; creating new tales around craftsmanship, legends, and animals, and making new tools that embody them. “Silent Village Collection”, an animated fa
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DOUARNENEZ (LAND_OF_ISLAND)

Currently on a writing retreat in Liz Davis’ house in Douarnenez. At the beginning of this harbour city in Britanny (Fr) was an island, known as Île de Tristan. Hence the city’s name: Land of Island. A more pragmatic nick name is Sardine Town; the fishing industry and its ‘conserveries’ (specialised factories for canned fish) shaped the social and economic fabric of Douarnenez and Tréboul, the
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ARCHIVE BLOG

for the old blog with previous journeys go here
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Field Essays video: Keep Yourself a Margin of Vagueness

For the upcoming exhibition in TENT. Rotterdam, I made a small video about the way I work within Field Essays. Part field work and part introspection, Field Essays is in essence a practice, a mode of doing. The video tries to captures this. Field Essays, HDV, 5”, mute, 2012. Camera Roel van Tour. Title borrowed from Godard.
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Field Essays lecture

November 25, 2011. Field Essays Lecture at the KABK / Lectorate Research Festival New Questions, on invitation of Janneke Wesseling, head of PhdArts, and moderated by artist Taco Stolk. Dutch spoken.
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Field Essays exhibition at TENT.Rotterdam

  – press release – FACE VALUE, TENT.Rotterdam 17.11.2011 – 08.01.2012 11.2011, 20:00 hrs – Opening In the exhibition Face Value, four established designers abandon their commercial bestsellers, winning house style designs or attractive logos and actually show the work in which they seek, hesitate or fail. What is the value of autonomy, authenticity and originality – so characteristic for the work of
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Field Essays workshop: Still Making Sense

Onomatopee 55.1: Cabinet Project Field Essays Onomatopee & Atelier Sophie Krier present Field Essays, on the nature and dynamics of design processes. Field Essays explores the motives and the strategies of emergent design practices, and informs about their qualities. Field Essays makes its research accessible to the public through publications, exhibitions, lectures and workshops. Together, these outcomes map and
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Note on Notes

12 sept 2011. _ When documenting a process, Field Essays figures out how to represent its nature and motives in text AND image (very important) _ Field Essays mirrors the design process of a designer to a theoretical perspective, and anchors both bodies of work in today’s design practice& ethics through personal Notes. _The Notes function as footnotes, commentary, detour, marginal thoughts; but especially a
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Field Essays in residence at Gastgastgeber

In the context of Ruhr 2010, Studio Makkink & Bey invited Field Essays to temporarily inhabit their work hotel Gastgastgeber (Guest – Guest giver), especially designed for the water tower of Oberhausen, in a former industrial area of Germany. I invited Bart Hess to stay a few nights & intervene in the space. *** Photo: Arie de Ruiter Watch a 2 min video tour of the work hotel  
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Note on Dot Dot Dot

Field Essays likes the radical attitude of Dot Dot Dot. Especially since meeting c0-founder and graphic designer Stuart Bailey at OTIS, Los Angeles in 2009, where he and I were both visiting artists on invitation of Kali Nikitas. Dot Dot Dot is no longer, but lives on as The Serving Library.
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Launch Field Essays, Issue zero

Book launch at Onomatopee this weekend! Onomatopee & Sophie Krier present Field Essays, Issue zero, a new series of journals about the dynamics of design processes. Field Essays maps the work and the motives of innovative design practices and engages them with the ideas of contemporary thinkers. Field Essays works in a practical manner, by acting as a critical and reflective backdrop to the production of new work
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Outlining Field Essays’ motive

A tentative drawing to map the “fil conducteur”, the leading thread behind Field Essays, after an enlightening talk with Freek Lomme, my publisher. What am I trying to achieve with this research in the long term, and how can I achieve this? The sketches roughly say: 1. Field Essays is about a) the work itself b)  the process or way of working c) the motives or sources of the work; and the ethical implicat
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Field Essays workshop: Making Sense

Directing a 3D design criticism workshop this week, for which I ask my students to analyse the work on display at the Dutch Design Week, and to produce a constructive, visual and/or spatial form of criticism. The workshop is part of my ongoing research Field Essays, about the nature of design processes. “Making Sense” is a live exhibition-in-progress, curated to be a part of the “Take On Me (Take Me On) An Alte
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Field Essays featured in group exhibition

Personal retrospective in a group show about blurring boundaries in today’s artistic practices. A chance to figure out how to place Field Essays at the centre of my practice. Part 1 consisted of three tables (skewed copies of the ones in my home studio) displaying drawings and writings, as well as (yet) unrealised plans, with amongst others, sketches of the upcoming Field Essays, Issue zero. In the back two films (En
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Preview Field Essays Dummy

Lucy Mc Rae posted this nice video of the dummy of Field Essays, Issue zero, on Vimeo. Thank you Lucy!
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Dummy Field Essays, Issue zero

First dummy of Field Essays, Issue zero. Graphic design by Andreas Tscholl With this dummy, we try to give each component of Field Essays its own visual carrier and format: – the work (in this case a poster size full colour image of Pick of Sticks, a new work by LucyandBart) – the process (a transcript of LucyandBart talking while working + black and white snapshots) – the frame (an essay by Marek P
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Field Essays Wintergarden clown workshop

During this year’s Wintergarden*, students of TXT (textile department) and designLAB** joined together for a clown workshop led by Ivan Hannetin. Some reactions: “ It was me, but not me.” “ Even nonsense has some sense in it.” “ Clown is about being, not thinking, feeling the moment, expressing raw emotions, not lying, playing to lose control, learn to look again, be aware of what’s happening around, share time
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preview Field Essays, Issue zero

A test image made by graphic designer Andreas Tscholl for the upcoming issue of Field Essays, Issue zero (planned release 2010). The issue brings together Eindhoven-based duo LucyandBart, who produce bewildering images of our body, with philosopher Marek Pokropski, whose paper focusses on phenomenology and embodiment.
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Field Essays partners with Onomatopee

Field Essays found itself a partner and independent publisher in Onomatopee! After many meetings at publishers around town and in Europe, talking to Onomatopee founder Freek Lomme made me decide to take Field Essays back into my hands, and develop this research in an independent manner the coming years. The tentative collaboration with Paris based publisher Disvoir, although very inspiring, has hence come to an end –
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Field Essays presents: LucyandBart

Field Essays is happy to announce its protagonists for the upcoming issue:  the Eindhoven-based design duo Lucyandbart (NL/AU). Sometimes it just takes one image to know you want to work with somebody. That’s what happened with Grow on you (image) when I saw it. By suggesting as much as it eludes, Grow on you treads the thin line between “no extra” (a Breema principle in Thai massage practice) and &
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Note on Finding the right attitude

Danièle Rivière, founder of art publisher Dis Voir in Paris, has invited me to work on a series of ten books on design, to be published in the next three years. I take this offer on as an opportunity to try to frame my thinking on design processes. Together with Alvin Ho, who assists me during these months, I conceive a leading thread of 10 attitudes including: ex-centrism, generosity, altruism, courage, curiosity, a
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Note on Inframince

Summer 2007. My literature list is growing every day. I feel like I still have everything to learn. The thing  as an issue (Latour) Ways of doing, arts of doing (Michel de Certeau) Taking the matters on hand (jJohanna Billing, Maria Lind) Participation (Claire Bishop) Relational aesthetics (Nicolas Bourriaud) On contemporary art and collaborative practices (Johanna Billing) Non places, an antropology to supermodernit
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Note on Distilling core questions

Septembre 2007 I’ve decided to draw out all the thoughts, steps and questions that led me to where I am today, since 2003 – the year in which I initiated 5050, a practice-based research about collaborative production processes (nowadays referred to as co-design, and open source design). My hope is that maybe this way, I’ll be able to distill the core questions that drive my practice.    
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Note: Defining a need

May 2007. Internal presentation to my fellow researchers at LAPS. My focus has shifted to the design process itself. How does a design come into being? What kinds of processes of (dialogue, exchange, mutation, resistance, resonance, alteration, symbiosis, sympathy, embodiment, camouflage etc) are involved in its becoming? What kind of (visual) language is generated through this continuous in & out movement (in =
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Note: Saying yes and following through

December 2006. A clown workshop led by Ivan Hannetin (FR) provokes a small breakthrough. I was looking for an attitude with which to invest my work. Working with clowns teaches me countless things: A hand made nose can a sign of radical engagement. Anything can be a topic of interest, as long as you commit to it. Anything is worth working on, even a fly. One thing at the time is the only way to really do things. A cl
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Note: Defining your position

May 2006 I find myself with my back against the wall: I don’t seem to be able to pin-point WHAT I want to research and more importantly, WHY and HOW, and why NOW. As Jeroen rightly says: “You have to define your position.” It’s a terrifying thing to do. Small compass in the mist: I found out that what I’m really interested in is the workings of a design, how to assess these, and what to
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Note: Welcoming the Other

November 2005. The Professorship of Art and Public Space of the Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, NL) led by art historian and art critic Jeroen Boomgaard, has invited me to join them. It’s is a great opportunity to conduct fundamental research (i.e. not commission or project driven) alongside fellow artists, designers and teachers, and to get critical feedback from peers in the process. My plan is to research the
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