Think tank for visual strategies

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The Design Department of the Sandberg Instituut (Masters Rietveld Academie Amsterdam) is a think tank for visual strategies

Dialetheia

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Graduation Show Sandberg Instituut Design Department 2014

DISARMING DESIGN FROM PALESTINE 2013

Unusual collection of contemporary Palestinian useful products »

Creation in times of turbulence

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Palestinian artist Khaled Hourani and Brussels-based designer Annelys de Vet started ‘Disarming Design’ in September 2012 with a design workshop at the International Academy of Arts Palestine. The duo invited artists, designers, and craftsmen to make contemporary products using existing production processes. A couple of vibrant, unpredictable, and very fruitful weeks followed in which two-dozen Palestinian cultural practitioners and three students from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam collaborated. They visited several workplaces, not only in Ramallah, but also in Nablus, Hebron, and Bethlehem, to investigate the production processes, learn about the small-scale factories, and run experiments with the craftsmen and their materials. What follows are edited extracts of de Vet’s observations as the project unfolded…

Underbelly

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Graduation Show Sandberg Instituut Design Department 2013

DISARMING DESIGN FROM PALESTINE 2012

Unusual collection of contemporary Palestinian useful products »

Who you gonna call?

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Graduation Show 2012 Design Department Sandberg Instituut

New designer’s application for 2012-2022

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Who are the people incubating within our design schools – the students who will emerge as the world’s Next Designers? What are their backgrounds, ambitions, doubts? How is this generation dealing with our current time-frame, dominated by media and technology? How will they use design to impact society? Do they have what it takes to meet the challenges of their chosen profession? Or is it they who ultimately will define these challenges, and reconstruct the profile of ‘designer’ for our future society. It is up to our schools not only to educate young designers, but to recognize them. In a fictional interview with a prospective student at the Sandberg Institute, design department head Annelys de Vet creates a portrait of a soon-to-be Next Designer.

Temporary Museum Amsterdam: Public debate based on sound bites

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The Temporary Museum Amsterdam programme runs parallel to Art Amsterdam and links the various contemporary art institutions. This year, the project is connected to My Name Is Spinoza and has been designed by the Sandberg Institute’s master’s students in design. The students have turned their attention to the political side of art. Baruch de Spinoza is said to have been the modern era’s first political thinker; he called himself a democrat and openly expressed his preference for the democratic state. According to him, the true state is one that offers liberty to everyone, even – or perhaps especially – those who think differently, practice other religions or express conflicting ideas. Some call Spinoza the founder of our democracy. But is that democracy still stable today?