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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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