Events — 29 Oct 2021
You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy art. In this talkshow, we’ll take a dive into the work of designer Christien Meindertsma. Before and after the program, there is more to see and do in the museum: visit the interactive installation by Thijs Biersteker or join a speed tour through the exhibition Tomorrow is a Different Day, and kick off the weekend at the bar.
- Full price: € 12,50
Children (18 and under): Free
- Entrance hall, various locations in the museum
- 29 Oct 2021, 7 pm until 10.30 pm
- Main language
Please note, for this event you need a corona prove of access. For a step by step explanation of how to create one, check this checklist.
A pig, dust particles, flax twine, ashes, plastic, wool, beads. Sorting, combing out, rendering comprehensible. Materials and investigation of their origins are a recurrent theme in designer Christien Meindertsma’s original and acclaimed work. Her approach may seem managerial at first, but these narrative strategies are in fact aimed at generating a better understanding of the way we, as humans, are connected to the products and resources we take in—be it deliberately or unaware.
This edition of Meet the Masters will zoom in on her most recent work, Sharing Elements. In this work Meindertsma investigates which elements people consists of, and to what extent we share these elements with our surroundings. This is not a case of people over matter: we are the matter!
With ecotoxicologist Dr. Heather Leslie, who is an expert in the field of microplastics, dancer/choreographer Goda Žukauskaitė, writer/poet/columnist Nisrine Mbarki, and inventor/architect/bio designer Bob Hendrikx.
- 7 pm
- Doors open, CoronaCheck
DJ and Drinks, Entrance hall
- 8 pm
- Start Meet the Masters, Entrance hall
- 9 pm
- DJ and Drinks, Entrance hall
- All night
- Interactive installation We Harvest Wind, Thijs Biersteker – Teijin Auditorium
Exhibition Tomorrow is a Different Day
- 9.15 and 9.45 pm
- Start speed tours: Design for the Future, Audi Zaal
- 10.30 pm
- Museum closes
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Christien Meindertsma thoroughly explores the life of products and raw materials in her work. In some instances, the result of her projects may be the record of a process itself. In others, her investigations lead to commercial products. Careful investigation and documentation, themes of local production and underexplored resources characterise her work. Meindertsma seeks to reveal processes that have become distant in industrialisation and encourage a deeper understanding of the materials and products that surround us.
Meindertsma’s first work was a book called Checked Baggage (2004): she purchased a container filled with a week's worth of objects confiscated at security checkpoints in Schiphol Airport. She meticulously categorised and photographed all 3267 items. Later, her book; PIG 05049 (2007), documented all the products made from a single pig. Meindertsma explored the connection between raw materials and the everyday products that surround us, revealing a network between source and consumer that has become increasingly invisible. Another documentary project; Bottom Ash Observatory (2015), involved Meindertsma sifting through a bucket of Incinerator Bottom Ash - a plentiful and until recently unvalued by-product of the large scale incineration of household waste - to reveal and present the precious materials within.
In 2021 Christien Meindertsma will be ambassador of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Her new installation Sharing Elements can be experienced here.
Bob Hendrikx is inventor, biodesigner and architect. He strives to restore the parasitic relationship with humanity and its environment by expanding the horizon of human imagination and exploring living materials. Hendrikx believes in a world in which we work together with nature. A world in which our everyday objects become alive. Bob Hendrikx is the founder and inventor of the living coffin that turns humans into compost. His other works include growing world's first living home at the Dutch Design Week and buying a broken-down Detroit home for $1000 to make sustainable housing accessible for all. Bob has been chosen as human of the year 2020 by VICE Media. His ambition is to empower and inspire people towards a living future by turning science-fiction into reality.
DR. HEATHER A. LESLIE
Dr. Heather A. Leslie is a leading expert in international (micro)plastics research with an interest in studying how marine litter, plastics and industrial chemicals can impact our ecosystems, health and society and what can be done about it. At the VU Environment & Health Laboratory, Dr. Leslie uses her background in ecotoxicology and environmental analytical chemistry to make the invisible visible, developing analytical methods that enable the detection and quantification of microplastics, chemical additives in plastic and other industrial chemicals. In her research she actively collaborates with scientists, artists, designers, civil society, public institutions and industry.
Nisrine Mbarki is a writer, poet, columnist and literary translator. She is also an editor and programmer of the Winternachten Festival. She writes short stories, theatre texts and poetry, and translates poetry from Arabic into Dutch. Her poems are regularly published in Dutch literary magazines. She has also appeared at festivals like Poetry International, Globale Festival in Bremen, Winternachten, Read My World and the Felix Poetry Festival in Antwerp. She is co-founder and artistic director of the theatre company Landgenoten for which she wrote Club Paradis (2016), staged in The Netherlands and Germany. Her debut poetry collection Oeverloos (Endless) will be published January 2022.
Goda Žukauskaitė is a contemporary dancer, performer and maker based in Amsterdam. Goda is currently in various collaborations with independent artists and companies around The Netherlands and Lithuania as well as developing her own durational performances/installations. Goda’s dance practise is very much related to research on physical body transformation while doing an act of performing. She is using physical theatre methods, searching for connections with people and space around, constantly challenging herself, looking for different ways of moving / performing, and inviting for the dialog while bringing new perspectives and opening up the senses. Goda has a lot of experience in site specific and durational projects as well as on the stage productions. She is actively collaborating with other art disciplines.
Mirthe Frese is a moderator, writer and program maker. For De Balie Frese has made successful programs such as De Vrijheidslezing, Grote Denkers and Generatie IK. In 2018, she wrote and performed her first solo performance, Retourtje Polen (“Return Trip to Poland”) for Theater Na de Dam. She is currently working on a historical novel on her Jewish-Moluccan family roots (expected 2022, Nijgh & Van Ditmar publishers). Whether she is writing, making theater, leading a debate or creating a program, her main goal is always to bring together a diversity of stories, histories and opinions.
ABOUT MEET THE MASTERS
You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy art. During each monthly Meet the Masters program you will be introduced to one central, influential artist. In the program we will look at this ‘master’ through the eyes of several guests, who will share their fascination with us in a passionate manner and a variety of forms.
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