Call for Applications: Dutch Design Summer School

Call for Applications: Dutch Design Summer School

Open Set is a two-week thematic program consisting of a series of intensive one or three day workshops, symposiums and film screenings, led by Dutch and international designers, artists and researchers. Our goal is to promote and enhance the social value of design by facilitating debates around the chosen theme from a rich diversity of perspectives, design trends, traditions, and cross-disciplinary cultural practices. The event aims to offer international participants a studio environment where they are inspired to step out of their comfort zone and question the conventional ways of working, experiment with different strategies, techniques, ideas and cross-sector collaborations in order to develop their own practices with confidence.

Open Set is aimed at international designers practicing in the broad range of creative sectors, artists and researchers, and it is also open to non-designers who are interested in the research topic and can contribute from their professional perspective.

The Theme 2016 – Memories of the Future:

‘Memories of the Future’ explores how the notion and perception of memory can be used to stimulate alternative approaches towards the future. How are memory and the future connected? When we construct the future we are using the same process as when we reconstruct the past, because we can’t imagine the future in a vacuum, separate from our own experience, and cultural and historical references. We re-contextualize our previous experience (as individuals and as collectives), give it new meaning based on the conditions of a present moment, and transform it into a future possibility.

We would argue, therefore, that memory should not be seen as an archive of references or stock of information, but rather as a verb, an action, a process, that helps us reach the future. But how do we activate memory? Is memory something set by our cultural frames of reference? Or are memory and heritage, as well as the future, concepts which can be brought to a public debate?

In this context, design and art can be seen as agents, while proposing visual narratives, experiences or group actions, through which the future and memory can be observed and discussed by large audiences.

Open Set invites Dutch and International artists, designers and researchers to contribute with simultaneous workshops and lectures: Jan van Toorn, Olia Lialina, Kyong Park, Joanna van der Zanden, Alice Twemlow, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, collective Åbäke, researcher Sebastian Groes, design critic Max Bruinsma, Els Kuijpers, Theo Deutinger and others.

Practical Information:

  • The deadline for early birds in on the 1st of May and for the full course applications is the 1st of June, 2016. 
  • Application requirements: portfolio, CV and motivation letter.
  • Send your application or any further questions at:

Tuition Fee:

  • Full course fee – €800 early birds (before 1st of May); €900 (after 1st of May)
  • Three-day workshop fee – €300 early birds; €350

Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Call for Applications: Dutch Design Summer School
  • Type

    Call for Submissions
  • Organizers

  • Submission Deadline

    May 01, 2016 11:30 PM
  • Venue

  • Price

    €800 early birds

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Cite: "Call for Applications: Dutch Design Summer School" 30 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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