08/10/2014 - Entr'acte met Jean Paul Van Bendegem: Prijs voor Maatschappelijke Valorisatie

VUB-hoogleraar logica en wetenschapsfilosoof Jean Paul Van Bendegem kreeg de Prijs voor Maatschappelijke Valorisatie 2013-2014 van de VUB. Tijdens Entr’acte nodigt hij vijf gasten uit wiens werk hem fascineert. Filmfragmenten en beelden wisselen elkaar af met gesprekken tussen Jean Paul Van Bendegem en de uitgenodigde kunstenaars en striptekenaars. Klik hier voor het programma en om te registeren.

2014-2015: CICI - Process management for the creative industries

It becomes clear that innovation often happens outside the lab, and requires more than research & development. With the CICI-funding, the Flemish government wants to stimulate innovation through cross-disciplinarian collaboration, and encourage the creative industries, entrepreneurs and scientists to collaborate. Of the sixteen projects that received funding six indicated Crosstalks as their mentor. During one year, Crosstalks will help them realizing their projects.

Look Who's Crosstalking Now

Biennale Architettura Venezia

Until November 23, 2104


The Venice Biennial of Architecture is always an occasion to reflect on the effects of architectural interventions on the current and future evolution of our society. This edition's curator Rem Koolhaas - with whom Crosstalks collaborated for We can Change The Weather - focused on how nations have dealt with modernity (or not) during the last 100 years, making it the core theme for the pavillions in the main exhibitions of Giardini and Arsenale. Crosstalks was there during the preview days, and our shortlist of the most revealing and inciting presentations was confirmed by the official awards to the Crow’s Eye View: the Korean Peninsula, Monolith Controversies by Chile, Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 by Canada, and Modernity: promise or menace? by France. A special Crosstalks's mention goes to the exhibitions Monditalia, Potential Monuments of Unrealised Futures by Albania, Places of Memory by Turkey, Tourism Landscapes: Remaking Greece, and A Clockwork Jerusalem by the UK . Not to neglect the offsite exhibitions Art or Sound in the Prada Foundation and The Space That Remains: Yao Jui-Chung’s Ruins Series in the Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà, Castello. Wishing you an inspiring summer!

The Quipu Project

A Living Documentary: Sharing Testimonies of Forced Sterilizations



Intergenerational collaborative projects can raise global awareness or consciousness about severe social, ecological and cultural issues and problems. That is particularly the case when a used or developed technology meets the needs of the community involved. A great pioneering example was the NoiseTube project launched at Sony CSL in Paris and continued at our university by Matthias Stevens and Ellie D'Hondt. The most striking example of late is the Quipu Project.

The Quipu Project collaborates with rural communities affected by Peru's sterilization campaign to develop a communication system that enables these people to tell their stories to the world using mobile phones. The project's aim is to collect and share the testimonies of some of the 300,000 women and men who were forcibly sterilized in the 1990s. The interactive documentary that resulted from it is inspired by the Quipu, an Inca communication system of knotted threads and created a collective string of oral histories.

Read more about the state of the art on interactive documentaries: i-Docs. 


“Today we no longer have the right to pretend that we command a unique position from which we can view the truth about the world. We must learn not to judge different areas of knowledge, culture, or art, but to combine them and to establish new ways of coexistence with those who enable us to meet the unique demands of our time.”

Ilya Prigogine & Isabelle Stengers,
Man’s New Dialogue With Nature,1979

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