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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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: 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: 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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