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Lecture at the Shanghai Business School

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The world of today is in transition. We see a shift from an industrial society to an information society.

Resources, economics, new materials, increasing computer processor speed: all contribute to a new way of living. New ways that has to be shaped. Design is playing an increasing important role in that transition.

Design exists out of many different disciplines, its common goal is always ‘creating solutions’. The world today is in need for solutions. In Shanghai I gave an update about the latest thoughts about design in Europe. To build a platform to share ideas and shine a light on the solutions we have to create.

SaE assistance for Amsterdam Major van der Laan

_MG_1734Eberhard van der Laan accompanied by mr. Xiaowen (treasurer SaE) at the Beijing Design Week.

Beijing design week

Expositie ‘Peking express’ by Alexander van Slobbe in the Imperial College.

Beijing design week

Preparations Beijing design week Alexander Van Slobbe coached 20 students of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) and the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in designing dresses. Each student had to design a dress with a red chintz cloth within 10 days. Theme: red dress, red carpet, China red.

Getting acquainted.

Meeting at huize Frankendael.

Meeting at huize Frankendael.

In preparation of the workshop in Shanghai a relaxed getting to know each other was arranged at ‘Huize Frankendael’ in Amsterdam. Mr. Peng (Professor and President of the College of Art and design, at the Shanghai Business school, middle left) and Mr. van de Cappelle (Teacher / Designer BFA Ed and Chairman of the SaE, at the right).


Exhibition at Art Space OrganHaus (Chongching) 2009

Eric Von Robertson - Cloudburst (Installation with umbrella's)

Eric Von Robertson – Cloudburst (Installation with umbrella’s)

download Umbrella fact sheet

Participating artists
1. Wouter Venema -video
2. Lotje van Lieshout – video/performance
3. Judith Leysne– video/performance
4. Paula Albuquerque – interactive media installation
5. Sang Woo Kang – drawings/small sculpture
6. Bojana Panevska – video/performance
7. Eric Von Robertson – sculpture/installation

Curators Paul Donker DuyvisXaowen Ju
in Collaboration with Sandberg Institute.

All invited artists are working and living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and have all studied at a Fine Arts Post-Graduate Program under the umbrella of the Sandberg Institute. Amsterdam is a multicultural Metropolis, the global city. Amsterdam with 743.104 inhabitants, counts 175 nationalities, more than any other city in the world!

Chonquing is much bigger, 31.442.300 inhabitant, but less known in the world, but not for long we expect… After Beijing and Shanghai is Chongqing China´s third biggest city.
The Huang Jue Ping art district in Chongqing is one of the most important art areas next to the 798 in Beijing and Moganshan in Shanghai. Organhause Art Space is a non-profit and independent art organization, founded in 2001,
It is located next to the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. It organizes multi-media art-exhibitions and cross-media art activities for young and experimental artists. They are concerning about the process of China’s urbanization and the global village in the context of the international exchange of art. The two cities have litle in common except rain and two famous Art institutes, the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie that hosts the post-Graduate program Sandberg Institute.

Umbrella is the first coherent presentation of Art from Amsterdam and the Netherlands in Sichuan. It is also an interactive public event. Apart from the performances in and outdoors, meetings will be held in the evenings…Q and A with the participating artists and meetings with the artists from Chongqing and discussions with the public.


Lost Paradise, 2007. Meiya Lin

Among others, an Opera video scene from ‘Lost Paradise’, 2007. Meiya Lin

One of the highlights of the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing was a duet performed by a western tenor and a classical Chinese opera singer. The Video project Opera is a selection of Chinese and Dutch video makers.

They all sing the same song – with different voices, intonations and nuances-about longing, based on collective and personal memories.
How to adapt to this crazy Global World. How to keep your identity, values and traditions. And … which ones?
Wu Junyong-Opera  Opera is a special program compiled for the streaming Festival 2008.
  By SaE. Curated by Xiaowen Ju and Paul Donker Duyvis


Top: 'Life is drunk, death is dream.' Zeng Tu Bottum: Carps Wu Junyong

Top: ‘Life is drunk, death is dream.’ Zeng Tu | Bottom: ‘Carps’. Wu Junyong

Besides from the KunstRai, where you can find a yearly overview of commercial galleries, the Sandberg Institute wanted to create an art fair showing other kinds of art i.e. non established art. The KunstRai did not approve of this idea, prohibiting the initial title ‘Not the KunstRai’ which thus instead became, ‘Niet de Kunstvlaai’ – ‘Not the Art Pie’, taking its place not in the Rai but in the Westergasfabriek.

Here artist initiatives from the Netherlands were invited to represent themselves with their best work. At the same time postgraduate studies similar to the Sandberg Institute joined in. This collaboration resulted in a lively, well attended art fair showing upcoming art; art not yet institutionalized, art looking for new ways. According to the response from the public and press, ‘Niet de Kunstvlaai’ was an unexpected success. It functioned as a spontaneous market: exhibiting artists were introduced to other initiatives and as a result could exhibit their work throughout the country. This enabled relatively isolated artist initiatives to gain more attention.

For the second edition the name changed to ‘De Kunstvlaai.’  Every edition since, De Kunstvlaai has been marked by something extra.  For the second, Dutch contributors were invited to introduce a foreign colleague next to their own presentation. Around twenty foreign initiatives ranging from Belgium to Indonesia were present. In its third edition, De Kunstvlaai highlighted the work of young artists who recently received a stipendium from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB).  The fourth became a platform for the first One Minutes exhibition and The One Minutes Awards ceremony.