Baltan Laboratories and Hivos have joined efforts to become the new programme partner of Dutch Design Week 2014 (#DDW14) with their Age of Wonderland project. Since 13 September, six young talented people from Latin America, Africa and Asia have been working with local talents from Eindhoven on existing projects and new creative ideas. The results will be presented during DDW in Eindhoven from 18 to 26 October.
Age of Wonderland
Age of Wonderland is an artists-in-residence programme in which six non-Western engineers, artists and designers work in Eindhoven on conceptual, social and technological innovation. Not only will the results be presented to the public during DDW at Baltan Laboratories (at Natlab on Kastanjelaan 500, Eindhoven), but their work and ideas will also be on display during various pop-up events that will take place throughout the week.
The Age of Wonderland project marks the start of a long-term collaboration of Baltan Laboratories and Hivos with the Dutch Design Week. This collaboration can expand to an international level, with the ultimate goal being involvement in the World Design Expo planned for 2017.
The six creatives who are visiting Eindhoven – Andreas Siagian, Seterhen Akbar Suriadinata (Indonesia), Roy Ombatti (Kenya), Sandra Suubi (Uganda), David Marín (Guatemala) and José Montealegre (Nicaragua) – have been taken under the wing of DDW ambassador Arne Hendriks.
Arne Hendriks feels this exchange is extremely relevant: ‘Population growth leads to the threat of scarcity of water, food, space and other resources necessary to lead a high-quality life. For many people in Africa, South America and Asia, this is a reality. It seems to me to be of vital importance to involve designers who grow up in these circumstances, hands-on experts therefore, in taking on these challenges.’