September 30, 2013

SALON/ BJ in Het Parool

Burgemeester brengt bezoek aan Peking en Seoul

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30-09-14     Burgemeester Van der Laan met kunstenaar Sander Wassink en de lokale schoenmaker (en bewoner van de Hutong Dashilar) die Sander de komende week helpt in zijn project. foto © Jan-Willem Kaldenbach

Een groep afgevaardigden van bedrijven, instellingen en ontwerpers heeft onder leiding van burgemeester Eberhard van der Laan een bezoek gebracht aan de zustersteden van Amsterdam: Peking en Seoul. Dit om de relatie tussen de steden te verbeteren.

De delegatie bezocht de steden van 22 tot en met 28 september om de relaties op het gebied van handel, onderwijs en cultuur te verbeteren.

Amsterdam is van plan meer kennis en mensen uit te wisselen op het gebied van elektrisch vervoer, watermanagement, cultuur en e-goverment met Seoul en Peking.

Een aantal culturele instellingen reisde ook mee met de groep. Het Conservatorium Amsterdam gaat zijn partner in Peking helpen bij het opzetten van een Jazz-opleiding. De Nederlandse Filmacademie is gevraagd om een Nederlands Filmfestival te organiseren in Peking.

Beijing Design Week
Tijdens de reis vond in Peking de Beijing Design Week plaats. Amsterdam is dit jaar gaststad op het evenement. Tientallen Nederlandse ontwerpers presenteerden met het thema 'Design goes Dutch' zich op prominente locaties in Peking. Industrieel ontwerper Marcel Wanders had een expositie in samenwerking met het Stedelijk. Modeontwerper Addy van de Krommenacker toonde zijn werk voor het eerst in China.

Ook ging Van der Laan op bezoek bij Salon/BJ. Het project is er voor tien jonge Nederlandse kunstenaars die in een Hutong (typische Chinese wijk) genaamd Dashilar tien dagen ontwerpen met lokale bewoners en Chinese kunstenaars.

Seoul en Peking zijn zustersteden van Amsterdam sinds 1999 en 1985. Regelmatig worden er bezoekjes afgelegd door delegaties van de steden om een goede relatie op te bouwen.
(Door: Redactie)

Thank you..

I would like to thank Richy's parents for the wonderful gift they gave me, wine from their hometown.

Richy is a student at CAFA, she studies furniture design. She is one of the volunteers who works with SALON/BJ, we also call her the Print-Master because she arranges all the prints for the designers. And that's not all she does !!!!

You are a great help Richy! Thank you.


Amsterdam Guest City of BJDW: Opening Party

The Amsterdam Guest City of BJDW: Opening Party was held the 28th of September in "The Tank" an abandoned gastank situated in a former industrial area. On show was an introduction to Dutch designers and architects. The place was packed with both Dutch and Chinese visitors.

(photo's by Mimi Berlin)

September 28, 2013

SALON/BJ at the Millenium Monument

SALON/BJ introduces it's participants at the Beijing Millenium Monument.
The Millenium Monument during BJDW

(photo's by Mimi Berlin)

A visit from The Mayor of Amsterdam

The Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, visited some of the SALON/BJ locations this morning.
At the SALON/BJ location Sanjing 21: Borre Akkersdijk
At the SALON/BJ location Sanjing 21: Conny Groenewegen and Nathan Zhang

At the SALON/BJ location Cha'er 21: Desiree Hammen
Visiting the SALON/BJ location at Tan'er 40: Klaas Kuiken and Dieter Volker
Visiting the SALON/BJ location at Tan'er 40: Henriette Tilanus and Mimi Berlin

Visiting the SALON/BJ location at Tan'er 40
Visiting the SALON/BJ location at Tan'er 40
Visiting the SALON/BJ location at Tan'er 40
Visiting the SALON/BJ location at Tan'er 40: Martin Butler
At the SALON/BJ location Tan'er 23: Eric Roelen
At the SALON/BJ location Tan'er 23: Ernst van der Hoeven
At the SALON/BJ location Tan'er 23: Henny van Nistelrooy
At the SALON/BJ location Tan'er 23: Sander Wassink
Transportation with chauffeur for the Mayor of Amsterdam
Manon Schaap and The Mayor traveling from location to location.

(Photo's by © JW Kaldenbach)

September 26, 2013

The Mayor of Amsterdam in Dashilar

The Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, visited some of the SALON/BJ locations this morning. Below: Sander Wassink is showing his shoe project. In his work/exhibition Space (which he named The Dashilar Flagshipstore) a local shoemaker is finishing one of his designs.

(Photography JW Kaldenbach)

the Creative Industries Fund NL on SALON/BJ

Edo Dijksterhuis writes about SALON/BJ for the Creative Industries Fund NL blog.

Daily report from the Beijing Design Week | 26 September 2013
From 26 September to 3 October the Creative Industries Fund NL will publish daily reports on the website covering the Dutch creative industries at the Beijing Design Week.

Today's report focuses on Salon/BJ. Supported by the Creative Industries Internationalization Programme.

Report by: Edo Dijksterhuis
Photography: JW Kaldenbach

Pay attention and you’ll spot them all over Beijing: mops. Often made out of a shirt torn into strips, or from towels discarded from a massage parlour, or even the leftovers of exhausted supplies. They immediately caught the eye of Ernst van der Hoeven, designer by profession but beachcomber by calling. He collected old mops in exchange for new ones, or for cash. What he did with the sixty floor cloths attached to poles that he eventually collected, containing years of grime from all corners and crevices of the neighbourhood, was tie them together to form a colourful bouquet. Suspended upside down, those commonplace rags transform into an elegant, supersized calligraphy brush.

This is a typical project by Salon, the interdisciplinary platform for design, fashion and art in Amsterdam. Gijs Stork and Manon Schaap, the initiators, started Salon in 2010 to dismantle the fences separating the various disciplines and place creative cross-pollination firmly in the middle of the real world. After a successful showing in Istanbul late last year, the Salon has now landed in Dashilar, a so-called ‘hutong’ in the heart of Beijing, as part of Beijing Design Week.
Van der Hoeven has made a sort of mascot for the old working-class district with his giant brush. Bureau Lava does something similar, but on another level. With a mobile studio that looks a lot like a Popemobile made of metal, they go along the local traders and design logos for them. Identity and branding are self-explanatory in the Netherlands — Lava can thank much of its twenty-year existence to them — but here in these surroundings dominated by small and anonymous shops packed with generic mass-produced articles, they can be considered a minor revolution.

A recipe for embedding everything in the local context
The Dutch participants at Salon Beijing — as well as some Chinese counterparts — were asked to take as little material as possible with them from home. In fact, their baggage was only supposed to consist of an idea. Apart from that, they had to use whatever items and people they could find here. That was a recipe for embedding everything in the local context, and a tough challenge it was too. For they had just one week not only to get their work and exhibition space ready — vacant dwellings, small factories and shops — but also to find materials, source suppliers and get their idea produced.
Local materials turn out to be a fantastic source of inspiration for reuse with a twist. Frank Bruggeman combined thermos flasks and disposable hats with dried lotuses and kitschy plastic roses to make a suspended sculpture. Henny van Nistelrooy unravelled a length of thick, woven fabric to make a hammock. Eric Roelen stuck sturdy-looking cabinets together with bright pink polystyrene foam. Desirée Hammen drew inspiration from the T’ai Chi philosophy of soft force and used the marigolds growing all over Dashilar to make dye for clothing. And the Noman duo rendered the irregularities in the local street pattern visible by clasping bamboo stakes in a rhythmical arrangement between floor and ceiling.
For some designers, Salon BJ offers an opportunity to rework previous designs or develop them further. Borre Akkersdijk applied his circular-knitting technique, with which he has already come up with innovative textiles, to fabrics found on location. Chris Kabel took the circular wooden bench he designed in 2010 for the Witte de With centre and made it out of a typical Chinese raw material: two-hundred plastic stools that he had painted in a colour scale from white to red in a tiny factory. The duo rENs, who have been researching the colour red for years, got the local school of fashion to make basic blouses so that they could immerse them in traditional vats of paint in a laboratory-like setting. And Elisa van Jolen, always interested in production processes and their underlying value patterns, pulled locally manufactured sports shoes inside out to reveal the stitching of anonymous factory workers.

A practical do-and-show approach
The reflexive side is balanced by the practical do-and-show approach. For instance, Conny Groenewegen considered the nomad who populates Beijing and what he might be wearing. Femke de Vries examined the role of textile in delineating space — a current theme in a neighbourhood where families occupy an average of twelve square metres of living space. And illustrator Jan Rothuizen took a close look at the neighbourhood and hung his ‘mental map’ next to a drawing made in Amsterdam showing the accommodation occupied by an illegal Chinese resident there.
Dialogue on as many levels as possible: that’s what the Salon is about. In that sense, Dashilar was a fortunate choice of location. Its six-hundred-year history makes it just as old as Amsterdam. And like the Jordaan district, it was primed for demolition for a long time. However, the authorities realized in time that a little variation in the urban landscape is invigorating. The densely populated neighbourhood has dynamic climate of working and living that is all of its own.
Sander Wassink makes of the most of that. He bought heaps of fake counterfeit shoes made in local sweatshops, cut them up, and stuck the pieces together again to create new, futuristic-looking models. Shoemakers working on nearby streets did the stitching and sometimes added an idea of their own too.
Klaas Kuiken and Dieter Volkers took the idea of co-creation a step further. They asked a fishmonger around the corner, a butcher, a 79-year-old grandmother passing by, and a girl of 13 living nearby to each make a small teapot from a ball of clay. Their creations are displayed in a drying cabinet, with their photograph and personal details hanging on the wall next to them to create a double portrait. For Kuiken and Volkers, it is about personalizing what is usually an anonymous utensil, as well as about designing an archetype. Their plan is, once back in the Netherlands, to scan all sculptures made in Dashilar and lay them over one another so that they merge to form an average: a portrait of a neighbourhood in the form of a teapot.
Via & Dutch translation

September 25, 2013

Drinks in Dashilar

Drinks in Dashilar. Sabine Gimbrère invited all participants of SALON/BJ to come and celebrate the fact that the Dashilar location of BJDW was officially opened today. We had drinks and very good company at the 365 Inn Hostel.

Thank you Amsterdam Guest City of Beijing Design Week. (partypics by © Mimi Berlin)