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BankGiro Loterij Fonds Radicale Verbeelding Talks

Sun 21 Oct - Sat 27 Oct in Klokgebouw | Hall 1 by BankGiro Loterij Fonds
This event is open for the public.

The BankGiro Loterij Fonds supports striking art and cultural initiatives in that appeal to a broad range of people and that question our world. Initiatives that develop new perspectives together with a diverse group of people and that will invite you to redesign our society differently. A fundamental idea of the BankGiro Loterij Fonds is Radical Imagination: the ability to represent a version of the world how it might be, instead of how it is in reality. Radical Imagination visualizes alternative perspectives. The BankGiro Loterij Fonds Radical Imagination Talks present several of our Radical Imaginators that will show you their thoughts and aspirations for an alternative and improved world.

From Sunday until Saturday from 13:00 hr - 13:50 hr at DDW LiveModerator: Nathan de Groot

Sunday 21-10:Makers Unite, Robot Love and Sheltersuit

Monday 22-10: Vij5 and Attic Lab

Tuesday 23-10:Social Label

Wednesday 24-10:New Material Awards nominees: Inge Sluijs, Daria Biryukova and Alexander Marinus

Thurday 25-10:Bright Loops and vanPlestik

Friday 26-10:ArtEZ Future Makers

Saterday 27-10:Dutch Institute of Food & Design: Adelaide Lala Tam, Kuang-Yi Ku and Alexandra Genis

Makers Unite

Makers Unite creates Robot Bag by designer Bas Kosters during Dutch Design Week. Makers Unite connects people by making products witha story that matters. Making products together leads to dialogue and trust. Makers Unite has designed an effective social inclusion programme based on creating sustainable products, connecting newcomers and local makers to create real opportunities.

The act of making simple things in a group stimulates the collaborative engagement of participants. It enables dialogues that step by step build trust. Makers Unite uses these conversations to learn more about participants’ talents, to develop their professional presentation for employers and to introduce them to new opportunities as educational training, internships and employment.

Talents discovered in our program are matched to our expanded network of companies, educational institutions and organisations enabling participants to take further steps in their lives and careers. Newcomers have the opportunity to tell their own story at external making workshops with schools, companies and organisations. Makers Unite engages the public by selling products that encourage conversations and are worth having.

Makers Unite Collection
The life vests, worn by migrants on their way to Europe, have become a symbol for their journey to a new life. Together with newcomers, refugees and locals we create sustainable products that bring a powerful positive message of connecting across cultures. The sales of our products provide working opportunities to our participants and fund our social inclusion program. Each of our products carries a unique story, which of your stories will it carry next?


Millions of people around the world are forced to sleep outside in the cold. This number grows by the minute. At the same time, the textile industry produces millions of garments of which many end up being incinerated every day. ‘And despite that, we cannot keep people warm. That’s putting the cart before the horse’, says fashion designer and Sheltersuit founder Bas Timmer. ‘We think everyone deserves protection. Which is why we make a high-quality and sustainable product, use our company as inspiration and offer solutions for people in distress. We are people helping people.’

Social Label

Graphic designer Edwin Vollebergh/Studio Boot, supervisor Reinier van Arkel/Eric Sars & Ans, one of he makers of the storytelling table ware >KOM
Social label >KOM is part of the Social label collection

A Social label product is the beautiful and valuable result of workers – workers whose health or problems have prevented them from finding regular employment - collaborating with designers and artists. Initiators Petra Janssen and Simone Kramer are developing new product ranges, work and linking sheltered workshops -care organisations or businesses- to designers who understand the new work flow, to create customised products that offer opportunities.

> KOM (tableware with a story) is a collaboration between health care organisations Cello and Reinier van Arkel and graphic designer Edwin Vollebergh (Studio Boot). People with a mental disability and psychological problems are working on tableware with a story. The stories of the people are visualised in ‘tattoos’

Inge Sluijs

Landfill waste is transformed into energy with the only by-product being the Plasma Rock. The quality of this nearly undiscovered and non-toxic material is that it is mechanically strong, dense and environmentally stable. Besides the aesthetic differences (Plasma Rock can be green or black), the rocks have differences in the number of elements, depending on the type of waste.

The main elements in the rock are Silica, Lime, and Alumina. To get the best out of the Plasma Rock the material is broken down into shiny pieces which can then be crushed into a grey-black powder. 100 kg of landfill waste is equal to 20 kg of Plasma Rock. Sluijs created a variation of new materials by using these three states of matter and different temperatures.

Daria Biryukova

A design alchemist with a fascination to experiment with waste and secondary raw materials. That is how designer Daria Biryukova describes herself. With her Studio Mixtura she constantly searches for smart, sustainable and beautiful solutions for products and production processes, particularly in the field of ceramics.

Studio Mixtura has been working with Mineralz B.V. since 2016. Mineralz is active in the recycling of mineral residues to secondary raw materials. The new raw materials are marketed under the brand name FORZ®. Daria Biryukova, together with Mineralz, has developed an application of FORZ® in the ceramic industry. This FORZ® application is marketed as FORZ® Glaze and can be used in both fine and coarse ceramic products. In this recipe, cleaned AEC bottom ash, among other ingredients, is used. This reduces the use of primary materials and makes products with FORZ®inside circular. FORZ® glaze can be used in both fine and coarse ceramic products. Based on the wishes of the market, Daria can adapt the FORZ®Glaze recipe and the pigments to be used in order to create the right color and shine. The products and articles produced with FORZ® Glaze are suitable for consumer purposes and meet the applicable environmental requirements.


Alexander Marinus

A research project which looks at how we can work with, instead of against, the natural quality of jute to create a high-quality sensitive product. Jute is normally used ‘behind the scenes’ and never as aesthetic material.
This project shows that it is possible to ‘needle felt’ the dry raw jute fiber. For the first time, the end result is a strong and light felt which maintains the unique quality of these fibers: the fiber length remains intact. The process and material have potential within the design world as well as on a larger, industrial scale. HEY JUTE illustrates the forgotten qualities of a natural material.


With a self-developed giant 3D printer vanPlestik is making affordable products from 100% recycled material. vanPlestik is able to transfer old forgotten waste streams into new and unique products. Turning old coat hangers into a new flower pot, chair or a guitar. Making the world
both a bit cleaner and prettier!


What if bacteria decide the colour of our clothes? What if textiles grow on our skin, as the ultimate form of personalization? What if our shoes were made of leather from fruit waste? What if algae could help to clean residual ink? What if we increasingly wear living things on our physical bodies? What if ecosystems from nature could inspire an alternative, more sustainable future of fashion?

During this DDW Talk, ArtEZ Future Makers will present the project ‘The Future of Living Materials’; a project in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research (WUR). This project brings together art, design and science to explore and develop new ‘living’ materials, sustainable designs and ecocentric value systems.

This project started from the observation that more and more designers are actively exploring the possibilities of new kinds of materials for applications in the fields of fashion, textile and design. In a lab-like context, scientists from WUR, material experts, and product and fashion designers develop new kinds of materials and possible applications, as well as a new kind of aesthetics. By exploring living systems, we move beyond anthropocentrism and human-centred design processes towards ecocentrism.

A selection of the involved researchers and designers will present their visions and radical imaginations on the future of living materials.

Dutch Institute of Food & Design: Adelaide Lala Tam

Adelaide originates from Hong Kong and graduated from Design Academy in Eindhoven, Food Non Food Department in 2018. Curious about the role of the designer as a mediator between food and design, she has been investigating within di ff erent fields of food production, with the vision of unfolding the complex story behind our food system.

Grams of Brass
This project is re-evaluating the value of life within the mean industry. It consists of a vending machine that sells the paperclip, which is made form 0.9 grams of brass cartridges casing and it also cost the same amount as taking away one cow’s life. The resulting brass paperclip serves as a reminder of a loss of one cow’s life.

Dutch Institute of Food & Design: Kuang-Yi Ku

Kuang-Yi Ku is a dentist, a bio-artist and a social designer. He also co-founded TW BioArt (Taiwan bioart community) to stimulate the fields of BioArt and Science+Art in Taiwan. His work deals with human body, sexuality, interspecies interaction and medical technology, aiming to investigate the relationships among technology, individual and environment.

There is a huge demand for wild animal parts in traditional Chinese medicine, which forms a real threat to conservation. Yet, it is a shame to write off thousands of years of medical practice, believes Kuang-Yi Ku. Instead of killing wild animals, KuangYi proposes to bridge the conflict between cultural heritage and the environment.

Dutch Institute of Food & Design: Alexandra Genis

Alexandra is a food designer with multicultural background. A recent Design Academy Eindhoven graduate, she uses design as investigation tool, to discover unknown territories of food and make them accessible for the broad public. Her work bridges chemistry, biology and gastronomy.

Atoma are synthetic spices. Every flavour, be it natural or artificial, is a combination of molecules. Industry has been using such flavouring molecules for decades to make consumers addicted to food products. That circumstance has contributed to public disapproval of artificiality in food. However, flavouring all products naturally is not a sustainable solution. Atoma aims at creating an informed, emancipated consumer by making flavouring science accessible and acceptable.

Voordekunst: Vij5

Vij5 is represented by initiators Arjan van Raadshooven and Anieke Branderhorst. Immediately after graduating in 2006, they founded design label Vij5 in order to bring their own designs onto the market. Their most famous design is the FlexVase, for which they won a Dutch Design Award in 2009.

Vij5 explores the boundaries of crowdfunding by involving the community in one of the crucial choices in the design process, choosing colours. 

The experiment revolves around the TwoTowel. A hand towel and dish towel in one, merging two functions normally used side by side. As a contributor, you ultimately directly influence the colour. 

In return, choose your favourite on voordekunst.nl and cast your vote at the same time. The most frequently selected combination will be made! www.Vij5.nl

Voordekunst: Attic Lab

Fragrances are generally shrouded in mystery. And this while everyone smells things every day, awakening emotions in people. As perfumers we work with smell and fragrance in the broadest sense of the word. We are starting a crowdfunding campaign to open our new lab to the public. This lab provides people access to this special world in which we share information about making, understanding and using fragrances.

The BankGiro Loterij Fonds supports striking art and cultural initiatives in that appeal to a broad range of people and that question our world. Initiatives that develop new perspectives together with a diverse group of people and that will invite you to redesign our society differently. 

The BankGiro Loterij Fonds is part of DOEN Foundation, the fund of the Nationale Postcode Loterij, de BankGiro Loterij and de VriendenLoterij.


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