On Thursday 24th of September, Onomatopee will guest curate a special edition of BALTAN GOES NATLAB dedicated to the English translation of Dick Raaijmakers’ De methode by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei. Presented in the former Philips NatLab at Strijp-S in Eindhoven, this session will act as an historical inspiration for present day multidisciplinary approaches to technological culture.
Dick Raaijmakers (Maastricht, 1930), technical engineer and one if the founding fathers of electronic music, published De methode (translated as Method) in 1985. De methode dealt with the application of the machine as medium and the role of movers and perceivers within a communication process in a poetic and analytic way. Method is a important vision that investigates communication at the start of a new technological era and is relevant for anybody who looks for an innovative and creative aproach of our (technological) culture.
Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, artist, linguist, and PhD candidate in philosophy at the European Graduate School (CH) studied the work of Raaijmakers and translated De methode into English. During the presentationg, he will present the findings of his research. Frans Evers, co-founder (with Raaijmakers) of the ArtScience department at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague (NL) and PhD candidate at the Academie van de Kunsten in Leiden (NL) will outline the value of Raaijmakers’ work. Additionally, students of the Artez Art Academy Arnhem will present a series of graphic interpretations of Method, hosted by their teacher and Onomatopee director Remco van Bladel (NL).