Take a journey from knowledge to wisdom
This years Age of Wonderland research fellows take on the challenge of sharing their perspectives on big and open data by laying out its potential, limits and pitfalls. During Dutch Design Week you can learn more about their research and them in person during the main exhibition, the seminar 'The Big Data/Dada Dialogues' and several workshops and lectures. Buy your tickets in advance!
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Age of Wonderland’s 2015 topic ‘Balancing Green and Fair Food’ challenged creative thinkers, doers, inventors, artists and designers, to reflect on the processes of food production, consumption, and distribution. The audience was also introduced to the topic in the context of the Dutch Design Week. The projects developed during the residency programme ranged from the nomadic tastes of Kyrgyzstan, to the ancient traditions of a remote self-sustainable village in Indonesia, passing by a waste facility that turn waste into organic compost in Tanzania.
Six fellows selected from Africa, Asia and Latin America did their research in Eindhoven with the local community as well as professionals. Together they explored relationships between food and environmental, technological, economic and social concerns. The interactions between the different topics stimulated an exchange of ideas, reflecting on food as a story of hope, a connection with others and a way to positively shape the issues in our society. The research processes were shared openly and dynamically during the Dutch Design Week in October, inviting peers, professionals and other curious minds to tap into the pool of ideas as staged in the main exhibition as well as presentations, discussions, workshops and pop up (food) labs. Each day featured a dedicated topic, connected to the undercurrents of this edition of Age of Wonderland.
Age of Wonderland’s ambition to connect ideas and people from all over the world with the local community in the Netherlands was successfully achieved through the many workshops, pop up labs and the guided tours. The exchange of ideas developed new insights and possibilities on how to develop a more sustainable approach to the (food) systems we have become part of. During the Dutch Design Week Yoyo Yogasmana from Indonesia received the first Ecocoin handed over by Koert van Mensvoort (Next Nature). The knowledge from often forgotten, remote cultures proves once again to be of great value and importance for the development of new perspectives on our future. According to Yoyo we should be in tune again with nature to become more resilient. 'Only then there will be enough resources for everyone.' Katera's start up in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania was successfully embraced by the audience as well as international companies like DSM and BAM. His idea to solve the waste problem in his hometown using low tech solutions in collaboration with the local community and the authorities brought him to create his own Start up 'Guavay'. This 2015 edition of Age of Wonderland was made possible by our fellows and their Dutch counterparts, the team, students from the Design Academy Eindhoven, DSM, Rijnconsult, BAM and last but not least our dedicated volunteers. Age of Wonderland is financially supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Art of Impact and BKKC Impulsgelden.
With the slogan ‘The friendly invasion of a new world order’, the Age of Wonderland programme was launched in 2014. Finding our world at a turning point, we stated that the current financial system was (and is) no longer sustainable and has the downside of producing great social inequality. Furthermore, the question was not if technology is going to dominate our world, but how. These issues require other kinds of collaborations, including knowledge exchange between non-western and western countries.
In Latin America, Africa and Asia, a new generation of creative talents who have known for years how to deal with circumstances in which scarcity and ingenuity go hand in hand, is emerging. For the first edition of Age of Wonderland, these young talents joined forces with Eindhoven’s community of scientists, engineers, designers and artists to develop socially innovative ideas that eventually will boost sustainable social change. Age of Wonderland involved six international artists and over 20 organizations from The Netherlands and Flanders. During six weeks, they have been collaborating on subjects related to social innovation such as hacking, foreign policy, public transport, cultural genetics and music. All aimed towards reflection on how our Western and their society can learn from each other and posing the question: are we on the verge of a brutal or friendly invasion of a new world order?