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Round table discussion #5 Body Building - with Michael Shanks and Arne Hendriks

October 11 2013

15:30-16:30 hours


Round table discussion #5 Body Building, with Michael Shanks and Arne Hendriks.

The round table discussion will take place on Friday October 11th from 14:30-16:30 in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. If you would like to join the discussion, please register via designcolumn@boijmans.nl. Moderator: Annemartine van Kesteren (curator exhibition)

date: October 11
time: 15.30 -16.30
language: English
entrance: free after registration via designcolumn@boijmans.nl
place: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18-20
3015 CX Rotterdam
guests: Arne Hendriks (artist) and Michael Shanks (design archeaologist)


A conversation with artist Arne Hendriks and design archeologist Michael Shanks (Professor at Hasso PLattner Institute of Design, Stanford University) about the tradition of being smaller. Why should this notion prevail over the human desire to improve, increase and enlarge?

‘Design Column #5 Body Building’ reflects on our changing body. The limitation to growth, given by the economic downfall, could change our perspective to understanding heath. Through films, products and prototypes designers including Arne Hendriks, Elena Beelaerts, Tuur van Balen and Revital Cohen explore new approaches in caring for our body.
'Design Column #5 Body Building’ investigates where the desires and boundaries are?


Michael Shanks
Michael Shanks is a Design Archaeologist and Professor at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University, California.

Arne Hendriks
Arne Hendriks is an artist and exhibition maker based in Amsterdam. He’s almost 2 meters tall but not too happy about it. Especially when he found out that every centimeter above 152 cm takes about 6 months of your life expectation. Arne Hendriks is a Master of Art (University of Amsterdam, 2001) and works passionately in the field of open-design, hacking, speculative research, education and the fine culture of repair. He’s married and has identical twin sons. Both of whom at 7 have reached the height of an adult Mbuti pygmy. At 136cm each if you put them together they are the same height as Robert Wadlow, the tallest person that ever lived (272cm).

Annemartine van Kesteren
Annemartine van Kesteren is member of the curatorial staff of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen where she is responsible for the collection of contemporary design and programmes the exhibition series Design Column. Trained as an Industrial Design engineer she worked for several years for the global strategic design team of Philips Design developing products and creative strategies for several clients in Europe, Asia and America. In being a museum curator for contemporary design she gained a wide experience in identifying creative and artistic excellence. She is evenly fascinated by the cultural richness of the past and the embedded knowledge of the craft tradition, as the avant-garde expression of the art scene.