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The Source Programme

The Source Programme has been set up for all Master students. The programme consists of weekly lectures and workshops by internationally renowned experts. The content of these lectures and workshops will be in keeping with the research themes within the three research programmes. Each year DAE will be organising a public symposium on a theme which will be relevant to both the profession and the world. We will be regularly publishing Source publications, related to the research programmes and the lecture programme. External experts will be contributing to these publications alongside DAE tutors and students.

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2011-02-03 // //

For our last source session in January we got a real treat – lecture and workshop with a charismatic duo: Michiel van Iersel and Juha van ‘t Zelfde who together create the ‘Office for Cultural Innovation’, named enigmatically Non-Fiction. They introduced themselves as non-artists/ non-architects/non-designers/non-curators and non- economists and presented their office as an ‘idea accelerator and momentum machine for various institutions and individuals in the fields of arts and culture, media and urban space’. Pretty impressive statement for the beginning but after Michiel and Juha gave us a ‘quick’ overview of their projects nobody doubted they diserve it. With projects ranging from urban interventions like development of an open source project space 'De Verdieping', to exhibitions and music programmes organised by dj Juha (Viral Radio), the Non-Fiction guys seem to be extremely busy and diservedly succesfull in their work, at the same time leaving no doubt that they have loads of fun whatever they decide to work on.

The portrait pavilion in the ballroom of the ancient Duivenvoorde Castle which is located in the town of Voorschoten, between Leiden and The Hague- Zuid-Holland in the Netherlands. The pavilion was the centrepiece of the celebration of the museums 50th anniversary.

Michil and Juha have been asked to highlight the collection of portraits gathered in the ballrom. As you can see their answer was quite unpredictable – a mirror hexagon filled inside with the whole portrait collection – scanned, scaled and reprinted!

In the afternoon part we kicked off with the workshop – Michil and Juha presented us three projects they’re currently working on: design of navigational tools and acoustic interventions for a darkened Stedelijk Museum, new typology of merchandising for the Zaanse Schans region and speculative design solutions for (in)tangible heritage at the Anne Frank Huis. We choose to work on the first two and the discussion over possible solutions kept us in school till evening hours. Honestly, I think we were so inspired and possitevely charged with Michil’s and Juha’s inexhaustible energy that we would gladly stay for more!


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Author: Aleksandra Szymańska