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Designkwartier, June 1st - June 3rd 2018

Festival Designkwartier brings together designers and curious visitors at a 3-day design event in and around the Zeeheldenkwartier district of The Hague. Surprising routes lead you along places where you can meet designers and talk to each other about their designs and the stories behind them. 

For more information, please visit the website of Festival Designkwartier.

Exhibition and readings


The human desire to understand abstractions leads to new inventions, critical research and a poetic contemplation of our environment. In the midst of art and design, in the specially designed exhibition for Festival Designkwartier, Uptime is dedicated to makers who question current systems of thought and who allow collective truths to falter, because the future demands radically different systems. 

In a series of lectures, interviews and interventions, designers and artists enter into discussions with scientists. After each programme component there is room for questions and debate.


Opening hours:
Friday June 1st: 17.30 - 20.00 hrs
Saturday 2nd and Sunday June 3rd: 14.00 - 20.00 hrs


Friday June 1st: 19.30 to 20.00 hrs.

19.30 Ruben Jacobs - Cultural sociologist (NL)

Saturday June 2nd: 16.00 to 19.30 hrs.
Moderator: Luuk Heezen

16.00 Lonny van Ryswyck (Atelier NL) & Bert van der Valk - geologist (NL)
17.00 Giuseppe Licari - artist (ENG)
17.20 Oscar Santillán - artist (ENG)
18.00 Henk Oosterling - philosopher (NL)
19.00 Esther Kokmeijer - artist & Gerbrant van Vledder - oceanographer (NL)

Sunday June 3rd: 16.00 to 19.30 hrs.
Moderator: Valentijn Byvanck

16.00 Alexander van Oudenhoven - environmental scientist (NL)
17.00 Austin Camilleri - artist & Suzanne Wallinga - curator (ENG)
18.00 Aliki van der Kruijs - designer (NL)
18.20 Vibeke Mascini - artist (NL)
19.00 Josje Hattink - artist & Tanya Lippmann - climate scientist (ENG)

This program is part of the series Zeelabs on culture and nature, coast and climate in the context of Feest aan Zee.

About the Speakers

Friday June 1st

19.30 hrs
The stone of the Antropocene

Ruben Jacobs Cultural sociologist – NL

"The stone of the Anthropocene, that's where I started my story. For me, this stone is a symbol of something. For an artistic attitude towards the world that takes shape in the reality of the Anthropocene. This artistic attitude is characterized by a renewed meeting between the world of explanation (science) and the world of representation (art).”

Ruben Jacobs is a cultural sociologist and researcher and is writing a new book about the disturbed relationship between man, technology and nature. On the opening night of Designkwartier, he sketches an interesting alternative to decay and offers the listener a tangible vision of the future.

Saturday June 2nd
Moderator: Luuk Heezen

16.00 hrs
Lonny van Ryswyck - designer & Bert van der Valk - geologist – NL

Lonny van Ryswyck (Atelier NL) and Bert van der Valk talk about the coastal area of The Hague and the Sand Motor. They share a fascination for sand, as a fundamental material for the creation of the Netherlands, and for the possibilities that sand offers as a raw material for designers.

17.00 hrs
Giuseppe Licari - artist - ENG

The soil we have produced in the last century is contaminated, exploited on the verge of collapse. How can we sustain ourselves in the future? How can we regenerate this toxic soil? How can art and design become an active part of this regeneration?

17.20 hrs
Oscar Santillán - artist - ENG

Within his work Oscar Santillán investigates systems of thought; abstractions constructed by people to better understand the world. He questions the Western worldview that is based on binary structures, such as visible/invisible, echoed/unreal, human/nature, or content/object.

18.00 hrs
Henk Oosterling - philosopher - NL

The current human condition is one of radical mediocrity or the uncritical consumption of comfort. What structures can we make to think critically about this without falling back into a 19th century discourse? The philosopher Henk Oosterling explains how philosophers have always considered the relationship between man and nature.

19.00 hrs
Esther Kokmeijer - artist & Gerbrant van Vledder - oceanographer - NL

The sailors of the Marshall Islands have the remarkable ability to navigate with great precision between distant islands, based only on the stars, the wind and ocean waves. Kokmeijer and Van Vledder visited the islands and will discuss ocean navigation and the sixth sense of the Marshall sailors.


Sunday June 3rd
Moderator: Valentijn Byvanck

16:00 hrs
Alexander van Oudenhoven -  environmental scientist – NL

The relationship between man and nature is often based on services provided by nature to man (clean air, food, water) and is sometimes taken for granted. The values of nature, however, have a deeper layer.

17:00 hrs
Austin Camilleri - artist & Suzanne Wallinga - curator - ENG

Suzanne Wallinga visited Malta several times and became fascinated by these islands on the border of Europe and Africa. She talks to the Maltese artist Austin Camilleri about the oasis that Malta forms within the geopolitical issues that the archipelago has to deal with.

18:00 hrs
Aliki van der Kruijs - designer - NL

Aliki van der Kruijs will discuss various design projects in which water plays an important role. Everywhere on the planet we undergo the influence of oceanic space. After all, rain is only water that has been borrowed temporarily from oceanic space.

18.20 hrs
Vibeke Mascini - Writer & Artist - NL

Vibeke Mascini analyses systems that seem impossible to influence, such as the metric system and the Dutch language. Within these systems she finds elasticity and poetic translations. She is particularly interested in how the value of information (and its subsequently meaning) is defined by cultural systems of assessment.

19:00 hrs
Josje Hattink - artist & Tanya Lippmann - climate scientist – ENG

Rising sea levels and subsiding land; not an ideal combination. Josje Hattink and Tanya Lippmann both deal with change issues in the Dutch landscape: the effects of climate change and man-made manipulation.

After each lecture, there is room for questions and debate. On average, each programme component lasts half an hour.