On November 16th we were invited to host a special edition at the all new Design Chewing Festival at TENT Rotterdam!
DesignChewing is a three day design festival initiated by Designplatform Rotterdam in collaboration with This Happened, Creative Mornings, Fuck-Up Nights and others partners. The idea behind DesignChewing is that growth can only be achieved by reflecting, so we organize a mouthful of activities such as table discussions and lectures by speakers that spark critical reflection. The festival will take place November 15, 16 & 17 in TENT in Rotterdam (Witte de Withstraat).
For this edition we've invited speakers who chew hard on the problems they encounter in our society.
Martina Huynh (Cream on chrome)
Basic Income Café is an interactive installation where coffee is used as a metaphor for money, making a basic income economy experienceable by simple actions: Visitors drink a free cup ‘basic income’, and can ‘work’ (grind beans) to contribute to the economy but also watch their taxes flow. Visitors are provoked to experience the underlying economic models first hand and, while interacting with other participants, are able to test the social dynamics of such basic income scenarios. Apart from being a discussion piece, the café also acts as a research tool to ask people what kind of basic income they would like to see in their country or what people would want to work on if their income were taken care of.
Martina Huynh is an independent design researcher and interaction designer based in the Netherlands. She graduated cum laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2018 and was nominated for the Dutch Design Awards 2019 for this project.
Myrthe Krepel (Collectief Smelt)
Intimacy and sexuality are an important part of our lives. Yet the topic of sexuality in combination with elderly is considered a taboo. Myrthe Krepel decided to study the role of sexuality in the lives of elderly as part of her graduation project. How could sexuality positively contribute to the quality of life of the elderly? The result of this research is Tintelzinnen: a platform with audio stories to stimulate the erotic fantasy of older women. Each storyline answers to a different form of intimacy and is designed to both immerse the listener into the story, while at the same time giving space to the listener to fill in the details by using their imagination and memories. Tintelzinnen helps the listener to explore and (re-)discover her sexual identity by finding out what excites and stimulates her.
Rachel Rietdijk (Muzus)
Rachel Rietdijk is service designer (at Muzus) that likes to use her creative skills in cultural, societal or sustainable projects. Her interest for fair & sustainable fashion started during her studies in Industrial Design in Eindhoven when she researched how people interact with clothing. She explored alternatives for consuming and discarding clothes, which resulted in a platform called Naais, that helps consumers to recycle, repurpose or re-wear their clothes. But the platform isn’t there yet - and we still need to dress ourselves each day. She will share her personal experience of this struggle of dressing in a fair and sustainable way. How can you make responsible choices as a consumer and designer? Food for thought!
In How to Demo the podcast, Laure Peeters investigates design education as given at TU Eindhoven and how to present design projects in the context of a public exhibition. She does this by questioning the status quo of the Demo Day: an event at the end of each semester at Industrial Design, where all students get to showcase their work to a diverse audience. Laure recorded and broadcasted the podcast during her own graduation project. Exposing yourself and your work can seem scary at times, but Laure will discuss the importance of sharing your work before it seems ready to share.