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TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Cinema | Rocky Horror Picture Show

On Thursday 16 June starting at 19:30 TEDxDelft will host its final event of the 2015-2016 season at the Rietveld Theater with a bang: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

In true Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings fashion, the staff and audience of TEDxDelft will participate along with the movie to sound off the season. Prepare for a TEDxDelft team like never seen before.

So wear your most outrageous outfits, bring newspapers, toast, bells, and party hats, and join us as we act, sing, and scream our way through an unforgettable evening.

Doors open at 19:00 and admittance is free. Share the event with family and friends, classmates and colleagues and see you on Thursday 16 June.

Special thanks to:

Sponsors Rietveld-Theater

 

Rietveld Theater

 

 

 

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Cinema | Vermeer then and now

On Thursday, April 24th TEDxDelft organized its third cinema event, entitled “Vermeer then and now,” to discuss the commercialization of art. “Vermeer is returning to Delft,” TEDxDelft project manager Molly Quell said. “So we wanted to do something about this.”

The event was hosted by Anika Duut van Goor, events coordinator for TEDxDelft, and special guest René Jacobs, an artist from Delft. On March 25th a famous Vermeer painting, Het Straatje (The Little Street) returned to Delft. Jacobs talked in-depth about Vermeer, starting off by talking about his own version of The Little Street, which he called The Rundown Little Street. “When I paint a painting of Vermeer I want to get a message across,” Jacobs says. He draws his inspiration from what he sees in the world he feels is wrong and uses that when he paints. To Jacobs, Vermeer’s paintings have something else to them. “There is something special being done with the colors in his paintings.”

“How did you become an artist, a painter?” Duut asks. Jacobs recounts how he started out as an artist relatively late. “I studied economics, I loved mathematics,” he says. He worked for many years, but eventually started making art. He tried writing at first, though he quickly found out that it was not for him. He took a liking to painting, so much so that he eventually would start his own gallery. “My first painting was of a park in Rotterdam. The customer probably wanting something bright, but it turned out grey and gloomy,” he laughs.

Jacobs is saddened when thinking about the way the paintings are made is changing. Technology continues to evolve, and art follows along. “Nowadays production is very different from what it used to be. Sometimes I do not even see the physical painting anymore,” he says. “I make a design in Photoshop, send it to the customer. They agree, then it goes to a printing-house, and from there to the customer.” So how would an artist know if the painting is any good if the artist does not see his work anymore? “Seeing it in front of you is far more satisfying,” Jacobs concurs. “But it all goes digitally, you do not see it. There is far more distance between you and the work.” When asked if Jacobs sees any similarities between him and Vermeer, there is one, one which exemplifies their love of painting: “The stroke of the brush on the canvas.”

On Friday, April 15th TEDxDelft will host its main event of 2016 at TU Delft. Buy your tickets now, and come celebrate the universal genius.

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Cinema | We have got the power

On Thursday 21 January TEDxDelft hosted its first event of 2016. It was the second Cinema event of the season, entitled ‘We’ve got the power,’ focussing on feminism. Hosting the event on the evening was TEDxDelft’s very own Ailie Conor.

The representation of women in popular media is what angers Conor in particular. Modern culture portrays women in specific roles, as certain stereotypes, creating unrealistic expectations of women. “It is difficult watching a movie, or a TV show, or reading a book not to feel saddened by these renditions,” she clarified.

“Society seems to hate teenage girls, showing them being frivolous, looking vapid by taking a selfie,” Conor said. The media, when dealing with teenage girls, often shows them as flat characters exhibiting only a couple of character traits. Yet there are strong women who can be great role models. “Someone like Stevie Nicks perhaps,” she said. Women are too often portrayed in the same roles, which makes it all the more important when they do play the part usually reserved for men.

According to Conor, what is important in improving the depiction of women is accountability. “By choosing the shows we see and the books we read,” she explained. Selecting those which do represent women, real women. Or by portraying women in roles traditionally left to men, thereby turning tropes around. “Make a difference by making choices,” she concluded. “By seeking those narratives, those voices, which are not always listened to.”