Open Set - Workshop Urban Architecture

A one day workshop as part of the Open Set workshops series.

Open Set - Workshop Urban Architecture

Open Set 2014

Jul 2015
08:00 to 20:00
location: V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam

In the framework of Open Set Summer School, the artist and architect Füsun Türetken together with design critic Max Bruinsma will lead a one-day long workshop at V2_ Institute on 30.07.2015, investigating this year’s theme Designing Experience: Moment – Stage – Memory.

Füsun Türetken is an architect and visual artist from Istanbul. In 2008, she set up Studio features (Studio ft.), a platform for “supporting” critical, collaborative artistic research and work (of others). The same year she was commissioned as director of the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale Venice. From 2004 to 2007 she was assistant curator and researcher with Shrinking Cities in Berlin. In 2002 she was awarded a DAAD scholarship for her work on Broadway 3rd to 9th St in Los Angeles.

 Füsun is working primarily with themes related to visual culture, power structures and materiality. She has shown work at Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in 2013, Istanbul, London, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and the Venice Biennale, Venice in the Italian and German Pavilions in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

Her editorial and curatorial works include among others:
Istanbul: City of Intersections, Shrinking Cities, Updating Germany, and XCity: Making Interior Cities, Fabrication of Atmosphere.

Max Bruinsma is an independent design critic, editor, curator, editorial designer and editor-in-chief of Items, the Dutch review of design. Since 1985, his critical writings have featured regularly in major Dutch art- and design journals and in a range of international design publications (a.o. Eye, Idea, ID, Blueprint, The AIGA Journal, Étappes, Form). In 2003 his book ‘Deep Sites, intelligent innovation in contemporary webdesign‘ was published by Thames & Hudson, in English and French editions.

In 2005, Max Bruinsma curated a major exhibition on the cultural significance of communication design, ‘Catalysts!‘, for the Experimenta Design biennale in Lisbon. He is currently curatorial and editorial consultant for the biennale. In 2005, Max Bruinsma received the Pierre Bayle Prize for Design Criticism.

This workshop is made in collaboration with Piet Zwart Institute, Master Interior Architecture & Retail Design, MIARD.

Practical Information

Tuition fee for this workshop is 100 Euro*
Tuition fee for the full program is 800 Euro*.
*special Kunstblock discount, to be mentioned in the application
The application deadline is the 1st of June 2015. If you would like to apply for the workshop, please send an e-mail to apply@openset.nl. 


This year with the gathered effort of the organizers and Kunstblock partners it is possible for the first time to offer a single stipendium, which covers the full course fee. In order to apply for the stipendium, send your portfolio and motivation letter to apply@openset.nl till the 1st of June 2015. The winner will be announced on the 15th of June 2015 on the Kunstblock FB page.

Open Set 2015

The fourth edition of Open Set will take place from 26.07 till 08.08.2015, which compiles a two-week long series of workshops, public interventions, film-screenings and lectures. The event aims to promote and enhance the social value of design by facilitating debates around the chosen theme from a rich diversity of cross-disciplinary perspectives and socially engaged cultural practices.

Open Set has been invited by Kunstblock, a Rotterdam based foundation that has been set up by five cultural institutions that reside on the Witte de Withstraat. The different workshops and presentations that are part of the Summer School take place in the different Kunstblock affiliated locations.

The Open Set 2015 edition under the theme Designing Experience: Moment – Stage – Memory examines creative strategies of staging new experiences and their capability to provoke and influence the construction of individual and collective identities. The event is made possible due to contributions by design critic Max Bruinsma, designers Jan van Toorn, Prem Krishnamurthy (Studio Project Projects, USA), Studio Dumbar, procedural artist Martijn Engelbregt, artist Annette Krauss, choreographer Bruno Listopad, researcher Florian Cramer, design historian Els Kuijpers and others.

More information about the full program or the past editions can be found via: www.openset.nl Open Set 2015 is generously supported by Creative Industries Fund NL.

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