Malkit Shoshan: Drones & Honeycombs

Neutrality as strategy


THU 04.12.14 | 19:30 > 21:00

deBuren, Leopoldstraat 6, 1000 Brussels

In Dutch

On the 4th of December deBuren presents an evening in the framework of 2014-1914: Conflict and Innovation, a series of programmes by Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNi) in Rotterdam. This project links relationships between innovation and conflict that first appeared during WW I to contemporary issues in design. The evening will consist of two talks: one by Malkit Shoshan about her research project Drones &Honeycombs, one by Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (programme officer HNi) about neutrality as a recurring strategy for Dutch designers, architects and policy makers.

Drones & Honeycombs | Malkit Shoshan

Drones were originally developed for use in war situations, but today they are being used outside of conflict areas for a number of purposes, ranging from police surveillance of protesters to pizza delivery or the photography of real estate. Drone technology is now accessible to almost anyone. Therefore a public debate about moral and legal issues surrounding drone technology is of great importance. In collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut, based in Rotterdam, Malkit Shoshan will speak about this issue at deBuren.

Malkit Shoshan is an Israeli architect, a researcher, and a writer. She is the founder of the Amsterdam based architectural think-tank FAST (The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory) and is currently developing her Phd dissertation at the architecture faculty in the TU Delft. Shoshan is the author of the award-winning book Atlas of the Conflict: Israel-Palestine. Her most recent project Drones and Honeycombs aims to increase understanding of civil and public space in times of war and reconstruction as well as far-reaching technological and social change. The project is facilitated by Het Nieuwe Instituut in the framework of 2014-1914: Conflict and innovation. There used to be a clear distinction between war zones and the peaceful civilian world. That distinction seems to have dissolved: war has become part of the public space. Malkit Shoshan investigates the moral and legal implications of the use drones in war and peace.

Radio Neutraal
Neutrality as a design strategy in the Netherlands | Klaas Kuitenbrouwer

Radio Neutraal takes the Dutch government's attitude in World War I as its point of departure but goes beyond political history. Using historical visual material, models and recent designs, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer speak about neutrality as a recurrent productive strategy used by a range of Dutch designers, architects and policymakers.

Klaas Kuitenbrouwer researches, writes, teaches, develops, curates and moderates events on the interplay between culture and technology. He spends most of his time as a programme manager at Het Nieuwe Instituut / The New Institute in Rotterdam, where he works on projects and events for knowledge exchange and talent development in digital culture. Apart from that he teaches at the Games & Interaction department of the HKU in Hilversum and at the Design for Virtual Theatre and Games department of the Theatre school of the HKU in Utrecht. He also teaches media theory and relational design at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

Organisation: deBuren and Het Nieuwe Instituut

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