CREATIVEMORNINGS ROTTERDAM

 

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Our free, monthly events feature a short talk and breakfast. We do not only aim to celebrate the city’s creative talent, but we also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals. The organization finds its origin in New York and has since spread across 114 cities around the world. The theme is determined every month by the HQ in New York and is the same for everyone. This means that the same theme will be discussed all over the world.

 

WORK - DENNIS VAN DER BROECK

Dennis Vanderbroeck (NL 1990) is the art director of Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck. In his work he creates crossovers and balances between fine art, fashion and performance art with the use of video, photography and live performances.

 

Artists never stop working. Their work is part of their identity, and their identity is part of their work. When does the first stop, and the later start?

 

SHOCK - TOM SIX

Writer/director Tom Six (1973) started his career in television as one of the pioneer directors for the original and highly successful reality TV show Big Brother in the Netherlands. In 2002 Six Entertainment Company was established: a label to produce three of the most controversial horrormovies ever made.

 

"I love it when people have strong reactions to my work. The more people I upset, the bigger my success"

 

 

 

EMPATHY - SAM NEMETH AND IDEAS
Journalist Sam Nemeth and Ideas, a student from Damascus, shared their personal story about Idea’s get-away from Syria to Holland. Emphasizing mutual empathy for what is happening.
 

Through WhatsApp, Sam and Ideas documented Ideas walk from Greece to Hungary onwards to the Netherlands after fleeing from Syria. It took him 1,5 month to get here. The Whatsapp conversation 

evolved into the more elaborate project Ideas’ Odyssey. 

 

 

 

ACTION - JEFFREY BRAUN

Jeffrey Braun, co-founder of Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, knows how to act: he started his own design office Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, based in Rotterdam.

Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken demonstrates how a combination of design and technology can serve as an activator in social communities.

 

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COLLABORATE - CASTOR BOURS AND COLA ZHANG

Cola Zhang is founder of ChinaCalling, a platform that brings quality design knowledge to China for sharing and exchange. Castor Bours is exploring design that goes far beyond consumer products. As a designer, he is pushing the boundaries by creative innovative concepts with studio Toer.

 

Castor participated in a program of ChinaCalling that Cola initiated. They both share their joined experience from another perspective: from the east and the west.

 

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REVOLUTION - TAMARA HOOGEWEEGEN

Tamara has a specific interest in smart textiles and wearable technology. She takes adventures in the world of materials to design innovation in wearables.

 

"As a designer interested in innovating the field of wearables and textiles, I believe we need to embrace technology as it can empower us all. Where will it take us and how can we use it in fashion and textiles ?"

 

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ROBOT - ETIENNE AUGE

Etienne Augé is a senior lecturer at Erasmus University, focusing on international relations, film studies and propaganda. He has a strong passion for science fiction.

 

He likes to think about the future. What if robots take over our jobs? Questioning ourselves  ‘what if...?’ helps us to invent the future. According to Etienne, imagining the future can not only help us make life easier, but it can also help us prevent dangers from happening.

 

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HUMILITY - PIETER VOS

Pieter Vos, co-founder of design studio 75B. Unlike some designers they don’t take themselves too seriously: “We don’t think designing is a very serious or important profession. Design is overrated”. Is a statement like that humble for a studio that has success like many designers can only dream of?

 

How does he manage creative freedom while working for clients? When does a work process ask for humbleness? What is the purpose of humility? Pieter Vos is taking a shot at answering these questions based on his own experiences. 

 

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