The same small circle of experts circulate on the world's conference stages... but what of all the specialist knowledge under our noses? Who are the unacknowledged experts in our midst? The maker movement has done a good job of uncovering hidden technological talents, but which other domains are developing innovative techniques with possible wider impacts? With artist Melle Smets, researcher Cynthia Hathaway, and the collaboration of the Open Design students at the Willem de Kooning Academy, we have been on a hunt for the most interesting 'non-expert experts' in the Netherlands. At this event, we will hear from a wide range of unsung experts in several divergent areas: from giant vegetable growers and their 500 kg pumpkins to natural weightlifters lifting twice their body weight, and anything else you can imagine. Our aim is to bring hidden knowledge to light, and to reveal the surprising techniques, motivations, and results that our experts achieve. In this evening program, while we hear from our experts and view exclusive footage shot in their backyard laboratories, we'll also enjoy informal and unusual bite-size snacks which will be based using ingredients or methods discovered through our research!
Speakers: Melle Smets (artist), Cynthia Hathaway (researcher), various special guests
Collaborators: Elise van Beurden, Djip Minderman, Niels Buwalda and Tom van der Heiden
Free entrance (donations appreciated)
Informal and unusual amuse-bouches served