The Dutch Graphic Design Summer School Open Set is a two-week intensive series of workshops emphasizing on the interaction between noted Dutch and International graphic designers within a studio environment. Open Set is structured to offer participants the opportunity to experiment with different design approaches as well as share their ideas with colleagues from around the world.
The event is addressed to young designers, creators and thinkers fascinated and passioned by their profession. The goal of the event is to promote the quality of design and enhance it’s social value by creating a platform for debates, exchange of knowledge and experience.
As the theme for this year’s edition we will question the role of “Autonomy” in a totally designed culture and it’s influence on social values. We assembled this idea under a single term called “Commonomy”. The starting point of the discussion is the critical role of the designer within the cultural, political and technological development and the designer’s influence on social changes. We are focusing 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 it should be redefined? We will examine the methods, aesthetics and techniques of critical, social engaged design which takes place in contemporary times.
Open Set 2013 will consist in workshops and lectures by Jonathan Barnbrook, Petr van Blokland, Max Bruinsma, Jan van Toorn, Geert Lovink, Martijn Engelbregt, Catalogtree, Casco and Ekim Tan.
Version 1.2, April 24, 2013 (workshop by Jan van Toorn)
|Week 1||19-25 August|
|19 Aug||Introduction, Max Bruinsma and Geert Lovink lectures and discussions|
|20 Aug||Lectures, studio visits at Casco and Ekim Tan. (in Amsterdam or Utrecht)|
|21 Aug||Jonathan Barnbrook, workshop day 1|
|22 Aug||Jonathan Barnbrook, workshop day 2|
|23 Aug||Jonathan Barnbrook, workshop day 3|
|24 Aug||Break day, barbeque, museums, city walks, beer...|
|25 Aug||Jan van Toorn / Martijn Engelbregt, workshop day 1|
|Week 2||26-31 August|
|26 Aug||Jan van Toorn / Martijn Engelbregt, workshop day 2|
|27 Aug||Jan van Toorn / Martijn Engelbregt, workshop day 3|
|28 Aug||Petr van Blokland / Catalogtree, workshop day 1|
|29 Aug||Petr van Blokland / Catalogtree, workshop day 2|
|30 Aug||Petr van Blokland / Catalogtree, workshop day 3|
|31 Aug||Wrap-up /Conference (details coming soon)|
If you are interested in applying, send us your personal data (name, age, country) and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to mention the setup you want to attend, either it is full summer school application or just one workshop.
For the full summer school you'll have to choose 3 workshops. It's not possible to attend to both workshops which take place the same day. Places for single workshops are limited in favour to the full summer school applications.
For applications before 1st of May the full summer school fee is €_750 and single workshps € 300.
After this date the fee becomes € 850 for the full program, respectively € 350 for single workshops.
The deadline for applications is the 15th of June, 2013.
Within one week after the application period ends you will receive a confirmation e-mail only if you are admitted. To be officially registered as a participant, you must pay the enrollment fee. A maximum of 30 participants will be accepted.
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Last year’s edition consisted in workshops held by Thomas Castro (LUST), Liza Enebeis (Studio Dumbar) and Petr van Blokland. Participants ranged from all over Europe to further countries as Australia, China and Russia.
If you want we can help you with accomodation during the event at Hotel de Klok and Hotel Apollo which are close to the Open Set main location. You can pick a bed in a shared room of two-four people at special prices (33-50 euro/person. Breakfast is included.)
We suggest booking your accomodation in time as the hotels are in full summer season. The application fee does not include accomodation and will be managed by each participant. The event will take place at the House of Visual Culture in Breda, The Netherlands. Check the map here. Breda is approx one hour from both Schiphol Amsterdam airport and Eindhoven airport if you travel with the NS trains.
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