EKV related – 14 june – Booklaunch Australia

juni 14, 2017

In defence of serendipity: the Silicon Emperor is wearing no clothes

Serendipity is the process of finding something useful, valuable or just generally “good” without actually looking for it. Throughout the history of invention and discovery serendipity has functioned as a sort of Freudian unconscious, leading – or, perhaps better, tricking – the curious human mind onto unexpected novelty.

And yet, only recently have we started to become truly aware of the crucial role of serendipity in our attempts to creatively grasp toward the future….

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Photo: The Australian launch of Sebastian Olma’s book, In Defence of Serendipity: For a Radical Politics of Innovation (Repeater Books, London 2016), was hosted on Wednesday, June 14, at 4pm by CME.

EKV related – 15 june – Symposium: Smart City-Creative City

juni 1, 2017

Symposium: Smart City-Creative City
Thu. 15 June 2017, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm AEST
Chunky Move – Dance Company Melbourne, Southbank, Australia

This symposium will explore the possibilities and imaginaries generated through the intersection of two urban agendas.

The ‘Smart City’ is concerned with the application of digital infrastructure, sensors and data capture devices, and large scale computing power to previously distinct ‘social’ and governmental dimensions of urban life.

The ‘Creative City’ attempts to mobilise culture and creativity for city branding, urban regeneration and cultural industries growth, which also point to new forms of urban planning and governance.

Is there another kind of urban culture and economy being made possible beyond the tightly controlled formats of the Smart City/ Creative City? What might that look like?

Keynote speaker

Seb Olma, Avans University of Applied Sciences: Let’s Smarten Up: Acid Communism & the Serendipitous City

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EKV related – 14 june – Public lecture & book launch (Melbourne – AUS)

mei 30, 2017

14 June, Wednesday, 4.00 – 6.00 pm
LOCATION: Monash University Caulfield Campus,
Melbourne, Australia

In his lecture, Sebastian is going to attack the current ideologies of innovation and their gymnastics of changeless change. Cutting through the infantile hyperbole of “making the world a better place” he is going to put forward the contours of a radical politics of innovation. The lecture will be followed by a discussion and Q&A lead by Professor Justin O’Connor.

meer informatie: booklaunch_lecture_monash.pdf

EKV – tripreport: Michel van Dartel visits Congo – 21-22 april

mei 12, 2017

On invitation of the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC) and the Institute for Human Activities (IHA), Michel van Dartel, professor at the Research Group Human-Centred Creation (EKV) at Avans University visited the Lusanga International Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequality (LIRCAEI, a joint initiative of CATPC and IHA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for an event titled The Repatriation of The White Cube.

The event inaugurated a quintessential “White Cube”, that the renowned Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) designed for LIRCAEI, built on the site of a former Unilever palm oil plantation in the village of Lusanga in the south west of the DRC. The inauguration of this white cube marked the launch of a five year-research programme of LIRCAEI, …… read more – download pdf

EKV/UvT – Masterclass Sensory Augmentation

mei 4, 2017

Samen met de Universiteit Tilburg organiseerde het lectoraat Mensgericht Creëren een masterclass op het STRP festival 2017. Deze masterclass in zogeheten Sensory Augmentation vormde onderdeel van een langdurige samenwerking met de Universiteit
Tilburg waarin wordt beoogd een dialoog te ontwikkelen tussen wetenschappelijk en artistiek onderzoek naar menselijke waarneming.

lees verder: Leaflet EKV_STRP_masterclass

EKV related – interview met lector Olma – V2_ online

april 3, 2017

Arie Altena: In Defence of Serendipity, For a Radical Politics of Innovation is a book on the creative industries, innovation, creativity and technology. Why did you choose the idea of serendipity as the anchor point for the book, instead of focusing on innovation, invention, or creativity?
Sebastian Olma: Serendipity… It’s an interesting term isn’t it? Many of the terms that circulate in the world of innovation and creativity have been emptied out of their meaning, including innovation, creativity, co-creation, cross-pollination… They have become vacuous signifiers, words that mean nothing. Serendipity is part of this world too, but there seems to be a linguistic peculiarity to the term that makes it somewhat resistant to abuse or misuse. Lees verder

EKV related – interview met lector Olma – ChangeX online

april 3, 2017

Klappe zu
Warum ungewolltes Entdecken systematisch verhindert wird – ein Interview mit Sebastian Olma
Interview: Winfried Kretschmer
Serendipity, das ist dieses seltsame Phänomen, das doch präzise die Bedingungen von Kreativität beschreibt: etwas zu entdecken, wonach man gerade nicht gesucht hat. Etwas, das auf keinem Innovationsplan stand. Und in keinem Innovationsworkshop prototypt wurde. Das Neue schlüpft durch die Katzenklappe des Zufalls in die Welt, sagt der Innovationsforscher Sebastian Olma. Blöd nur, wenn die Klappe zu ist. Zugeschlagen, versperrt. Blockiert von einem instrumentellen Verständnis von Kreativität und Innovation, das in Wirklichkeit aber die Bedingungen untergräbt, die diese möglich machen. Lees verder