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Daria Biryukova studied industrial design in Russia and obtained a master’s degree at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. She did part of her education program at the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2015 Daria Biryukova founded Studio Mixtura with the aim to help industries and organisations to review their production methods and waste management. Studio Mixtura offers design solutions to make organisations profitable in the way they do not harm the environment. Main purpose is to solve the problem of environmental pollution due to a thoughtless mass production of goods, materials and services.

‘I believe in design as a powerful and productive treatment that can help to build a better life. As a design alchemist, I am fascinated by experimenting with waste and secondary raw materials. I start every project with a deep research and analysis of all the ingredients which appear after production or recycling processes. This approach allows me to work with a very broad range of industries and collaborate with experts from different disciplines. Once I collect all data, the mixing and matchmaking begins. A study brings me to a complete new storytelling with the answers to questions: why the product, material is produced in this way, why the waste is accumulating, how itcould get a sustainable treatment and as the outcome what is the design of a new product.’


‘Craftwork is about building on what you know, on your skills rather than throwing it out. The capitalist logic is about throwing and buying something new when you learn how to use it. The privileges that creative acts over the craftsman acts has a sociological dimension. Innovation is something that separates the innovator from the mass, where craftsmanship is a collective activity. To really recover that social world of craftsmanship, we have to break an attitude about creativitybeing a form of individuation or separation.’

Richard Sennet Lecture in MAK - Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst

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Rogier Wieland, born in 1974 in Arnhem (the Netherlands), graduated Graphic Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the Hague in 2000. After a few years working as a graphic designer he began working as a freelance creative director & animator.

In 2005 his first audiovisual project “Videowall#1”, made for the Stads- schouwburg Utrecht (the Netherlands), was a great succes. The project consisted of 12 weird short stopmotion animated video’s about theatre, made with characters that were first photographed and then printed, glued on cardboard, cut out and placed in another background.Videowall#1 was the first of a list of various projects, often commissioned by large international companies, in which Wieland presents himself as a creative film director and script writer of stopmotion animated shorts with a recognisable style and approach.

Rogier was a speaker at various (film)festivals and events like PINC (Zeist 2008), Papier Hier (Amsterdam 2010), Graphic Design Festival Breda (2010), Cinetoko (The Hague 2011, 2013 and 2016) and Playgrounds Ses- sion (Breda 2017).His work was part of various (animation) film festivals like The Red Stick Animation Film Festival (Louisiana, 2008), Holland Animation Film Festival (Utrecht, 2012 + 2013), Klick Animation Festival (Amsterdam, 2015), Bay Area Intl. Children Film Festival (Oakland CA, 2016), Lincoln Film Festival (Lincoln IL, 2016), Stop Motion Barcelona Short Film Festival (Barcelona, 2017) and Northwest Animation Festival (2018).

Rogier has been a guest teacher for the animation students at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam (2012, 2013 and 2014).

JP van Seventer is Managing Director at Dutch Game Garden (Utrecht, The Netherlands) where he directs the first dedicated game incubator-accelerator in Europe, arguably in the world. He boosted the starts of game companies such as Ronimo Games (Awesomenauts), Vlambeer (Nuclear Throne, Ridiculous Fishing) , Abbey Games (Reus, Renowned Explorers) and Digital Dreams (Metrico)

He frequently lectures at the Faculty of Game Design, Utrecht University of the Arts and Technology (HKU; Utrecht, the Netherlands) and other universities. He has nearly two decades of experience in entertainment game development on PC, PlayStation, Wii and mobile platforms in the disciplines of design, art, and management as well as business development. He co-founded W!Games (i.e. Mistbound, My Horse and Me, Atari), a predecessor to Vanguard Games, and he has worked on games on the Knight Rider and Fearfactor IP. He’s a member of the council at Creative Council Topsector Creatieve Industrie, an alumni member of the Dutch Game Awards jury, an alumni member of the GATE game research board of advisory and frequently speaks at events on the subjects of improving the business of game development and the growth and status of the Dutch games industry. In recent years he has been a driving force behind several applied games and healthcare innovation projects (i.e. Business Model Canvas the game bootcamp) as well as developing the professional version of the game jam leading to game IP innovation.

JP holds a bachelor degree in industrial design from the Design Academy Eindhoven and has studied Mechanical Engineering at Framingham State College, Massachusetts and Calvin College, Michigan USA.

Saskia Ebeli is a Dutch writer and a freelance creative. She investigates the influence of shame and the power this secretive emotion can have over our lives. Saskia is driven by the urge to unmask our most uncomfortable feelings, to be able to grow. Even, or maybe especially, when things go bad.

Last summer, Saskia’s book: Je lijf, je looks, je leven (Uitgeverij Scriptum 2017), was released. It’s the first self-care and lifestyle book for women with cancer. In her book, she promotes information, dignity and self-care as the tools to fight the stigma and shame of this illness.

Saskia debuted as a theatre writer with: Sssst NIET ZINGEN AUB, an interactive multimedia production she developed with singer and performer Lilian Hak. The show was programmed in 2017 by De Parade, Solar Roermond and Valkhof Nijmegen. Saskia was selected for the Rose Stories Kinder Verhalen Traject 2017, and is currently working on a new book.

“Say ‘no’ to most things, and ‘YES!!’ to the few things that matter most.”

Hendrik-Jan Grievink is researcher and designer at Next Nature Network, the international network that stimulates debate around the impact of technology on the relation between people, nature and technology through multidisciplinary projects, publications and events. Among other projects, Hendrik-Jan is designer of the In Vitro Meat Cookbook, an award-winning cookbook that explores the future of lab grown meat through 45 speculative recipes. Hendrik-Jan created the Pyramid of Technology, a conceptual model and design tool that visualizes how technology can become nature. Hendrik-Jan organizes interactive workshops and currently leads the Reprodutopia project, a research into how emerging reproductive technologies (such as artificial wombs) will impact the way we make babies, experience intimacy and build relationships in next nature.

‘Is it fair and just to place all risks and burdens of producing a new generation of humans only on the female part of the population?’

photo credit: Raymond van Mil

Dymphie Braun is a programme maker, researcher, and curator with over 10 years of experience in media and the cultural / creative sector. She is part of the programme team of Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, where she organises events, talks, and workshops about design, technology and entrepreneurship. A silent rebel and art lover, who not only shares the (key to) success stories of disruptors and changemakers but also tries to open up the conversation about the things we fear the most: fucking up. Dymphie is one of the Dutch team captains of FuckUp Nights, a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure. Each month, in 252 cities across the globe, brave FuckUpreneurs get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional fuckup. The stories of the business that crashes and burns, the partnership deal that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled - living life without filters.

“Don’t bury your failures, let them inspire you”

December is Context with Dan Hassler- Forest.

Media scholar and science fiction expert Dan Hassler-Forest teaches and writes about the intersection between politics and popular culture. He has published books and articles on superhero movies, Star Wars, and zombies, and is currently focused on the digital culture of the global Far Right. Join us Friday, 15 December. Doors open at 8.30 AM, talk starts 9.00 AM sharp! Limited tickets available.

September is Compassion with Jochem WeierinkMusic always played a big role in his life, which was almost inevitable being the child of two musicians. Influenced by John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Howard shore he decided to pursue a career in composition for film and he got the chance to study composition for the media at the HKU.

Currently, he writes music for films, commercials, and film-trailers and at this point, he is honored to say that academy award winning films such as The Imitation Game and Ida have used his music in their film trailers.

Join us Friday, 29th September.

Doors open at 8.30 AM, talk starts 9.00 AM sharp!

Limited tickets available

Hans-Peter van Velthoven

Music photographer Hans-Peter van Velthoven got the opportunity to take his career beyond the beaten track when he was pulled on stage by Bono in 2001.

Today he is working directly for musicians like James Bay and bands like Muse and Stereophonics.
There is even a Muse film coming up which he is developing together with the band.

“The camera is of the mind.. The picture of the soul”

Join us Friday, 28 April @creativemorningsutrecht

Watch the inspiring talk that Katrien van Beurden gave us last Friday at CreativeMornings Utrecht.

‘If the world would be a hotel, what archetypical character
would you be and what would be your position in this hotel?’
Katrien van Beurden travels the world with this question and
creates imaginary hotels with actors from around the world.
She traveled from warzones to Wall street, to countries like
Palestine, America, Iran, India and Ghana.

In November 2017 the show ‘A Room with a View’ will have
its world premiere in Amsterdam. In which the audience will
witness people from all layers of society: managers, cooks,
cleaners, soldiers, immigrants, politicians, secret lovers,
homeless looking for a place to sleep, people who are
oppressed and others who are oppressing.
Visit: for more.