No 18 - GenderBlender, 12th of June, 2014

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12th of June, 2014
Design Academy Eindhoven
19.30 - 21.30

Gender is one of the most visibly, socially, culturally and even economically defining factors in life, but there is no clear dividing line. On the contrary, the grey area between being male or female and feeling like a man or a woman is vast. The sliding scale between 100% XX and 100 % XY chromosomes, between male and female, is the focus of project Genderblending that will be on show at MU this summer. 

In academic and feminist circles, genderdiversity as a theme has been a topic of discussion for many decades. However, outside these circles it is still shrouded in taboos and considered ‘problematic’.

Genderblender turns this around and considers it primarily as a source of creativity and a question of identity which concerns us all. Sexual preference has little to do with it; it is not about being gay or straight, but about the levels of masculinity and femininity that define who we are, each of us, and how we perceive the world around us but also how the world perceives us.

And what about gender in design? Does gender affect everyday design and technology and if yes, how? 

About the speakers

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Robert Thiemann

Robert Thiemann

Nathan de Groot

Nathan de Groot

Editor-in-Chief Frame Magazine

Nathan de Groot is a Dutch urbanist/journalist/optimist with a who works in and beyond the domains of the arts, education, and urban planning. As a curious and original enthusiast, he aims to contribute to the shape of society, education and cities of the future. Nathan is eager to work in international environments and he is fluent in English, German, and Dutch.

Design Debates

Eindhoven strives to be the Design Capital of Europe. These ambitions make sense, with a flourishing design network, impressive design and art galleries, a smart and creative region and of course the world famous Dutch Design Week.
A Design Capital needs a platform to discuss, feed the design climate, to cross boundaries with other disciplines and of course connect all players (and players-to-be) within the field. Therefore Eindhoven-based cultural and educational institutions Design Academy Eindhoven, MU, The New Institute, Capital D founded the Design Debates platform. The platform is supported by critical friends: Baltan Laboratories, Alice, Capital D. Every month Design Debates Eindhoven will host an afternoon debate at the Designhuis in Eindhoven.

Concept and design by
TheNewStudio