Initiated in 2012, the Dutch Design Summer School is a two-week, intensive series of workshops and lectures that expose participants to different visions within design and visual culture. As with all our programmes, the aim is to stimulate unexpected, cross-disciplinary collaborations.

In a temporary reprieve from the pressures and conventions of the industry, new ways of thinking and acting emerge.

The course takes place every year at an institution of cultural significance that is embedded within the international field.

Memories of the Future Vol.2

23.07.—06.08.2016, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The theme of Open Set 2016 (both for the events in Seoul and Rotterdam) was Memories of the Future, and it explored 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 use the same process as when we reconstruct the past: we can’t imagine the future in a vacuum, separate from our own experience, and cultural and historical references.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.

Tutors

Åbäke (UK), Rick Poynor (UK), Liza Enebeis: Studio Dumbar (NL), Sebastian Groes (UK), Olia Lialina (RU/DE), Bik Van der Pol (NL), Rejane Dal Bello (BR/UK), Max Bruinsma (NL), Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (KR), Mike Thompson & Susana Cámara Leret: Thought Collider (NL), Na Kim (KR), Paul Soulellis (USA), Els Kuijpers (NL), Bruno Setola (NL), Theo Deutinger (NL), Joanna van der Zanden (NL), Josephine Bosma (NL), Ben Schouten (NL), René Boer (NL).

Designing Experience:

Moment — Stage — Memory

26.07.—08.08.2015, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The 2015 edition of Open Set examined creative strategies for designing experiences and their power to provoke and influence the construction of individual and collective identities. We considered two meanings of the term Experience: experience as the here and now, and experience as gathered knowledge, heritage, culture. The international group of participants investigated the meanings, ethics and strategies of designing new experiences and what impact those have on contemporary society.

Tutors

Anab Jain & Jon Ardern: Studio Superflux (UK), Prem Krishnamurthy: Project Projects (USA), Emily Smith (DE), Jan van Toorn (NL), Ricardo O’Nascimento (NL), Caroline Nevejan (NL), Bruno Listopad (NL), Martijn Engelbregt (NL), Jacqueline Heerema (NL), Max Bruinsma (NL), Florian Cramer (NL), Annette Krauss (NL), Laura Pardo (CO/NL), Füsun Türetken (TR/NL), Els Kuijpers (NL), Dennis Elbers (NL), Christine Boshuijzen-van Burken (NL).

Catalogue

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Social Game

28.07.—09.08.2014, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The Open Set 2014 theme Social Game centered on the role of the designer in the process of public engagement with cultural production and distribution. The processes we addressed and their consequences are directly connected to current global economical, technological, and social changes. The rise of new creative and decentralized forms of economy is reshaping working design conditions and relationships with clients and end users. We see that we are part of a new type of cross-disciplinary collaboration, which deals better with the complex and ever-changing requests from the public. Working in an era of technological boom, therefore, requires increased attention to the digital medium and the ability to adapt and build our own design tools.

This societal context positions the designer not as executor or producer, but as creator of strategies, facilitating the conditions for social processes and even provoking new ones. Open Set examined this theme by focusing on existing reactions from the creative industry to new social requirements — a focus informed by designers who create participatory and interactive experiences, act as journalists building visual stories, and initiate social processes and digital platforms.

Tutors

Andy Altmann (UK), Max Andrews & Mariana Cánepa Luna: Latitudes (ES), Max Bruinsma (NL), Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL), Richard Fussey & Cuby Gerards & Karin Langeveld: Studio Trapped in Suburbia (NL), Andreas Gysin (CH), Els Kuijpers (NL), Annelys de Vet (NL), Richard Vijgen (NL), Karel van der Waarde (NL).

Location

Kunstblock, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Catalogue

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Commonomy

19.08.—31.08.2013, Breda, the Netherlands

During the 2013 programme Open Set questioned the role of Autonomy in a totally designed culture and autonomy's influence on social values. We assembled this idea under a single term called Commonomy. The starting point of the discussion was the critical role of the designer within the cultural, political and technological contemporary conditions and the designer’s influence on social changes. We focused on what design can bring into the life of a community and on how design can be influenced by social processes. Is there a place for the traditional meaning of Autonomy within the field of design or should it be redefined?

Tutors

Jonathan Barnbrook (UK), Petr van Blokland (NL), Max Bruinsma (NL), Binna Choi (NL), Dennis Elbers (NL), Martijn Engelbregt (NL), Daniel Gross & Joris Maltha: Studio Catalogtree (NL), Wilfried Hou Je Bek (NL), Geert Lovink (NL), Christian Nyampeta (UK), Marleen Stikker (NL), Jan van Toorn (NL), Annelys de Vet (NL).

Location

House of Visual Culture, Breda, the Netherlands

Catalogue

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Utopia

12.08.—25.08.2012, Breda, the Netherlands

The theme of Utopia — for the very first edition of Open Set — investigated the questions: what is the relationship between design and utopia, in history and nowadays? How does design reflect Utopia and how is it influenced by it? Is graphic design an idealistic idea? And should it be idealistic?

Tutors

Max Bruinsma (NL), Thomas Castro: Studio LUST (NL), Liza Enebeis: Studio Dumbar (NL), Petr van Blokland (NL).

Location

House of Visual Culture, Breda, the Netherlands

Catalogue

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