LECTURE ’Contemporary truth: stakes And responsibilities’
Oslo National Academy of the Art, Fossveien 24
Monday, November 21, 19:00

Rhetorical Truths in the Design Realm

Inspired by progressive cultural practices, signalising trends within these and having the sum resonating within broader cultural scope, Freek Lomme is a host, forerunner, inspirer and node exploring and structuring present culture both in theory and discourse by mediating real exchange on site. His personal motto in life, to conceptualise cultural wonder, mirrors itself within the produced public settings wherein people relate their wonder within the narrated structures on the subjects and challenges he set’s out for with determination and generosity.

In his talk Lomme will discuss the way truths are sourced, how this reflects the foundation of our contemporaneity, what is included and excluded and how we can imagine this differently. He will do so by proposing two forms of truth, as a think model to consider the approach and motivation whereby we portray and engage our reality.

Lecture Freek Lomme @ Artspace Sydney
Artspace, Sydney.
Sunday, October 15, 16:00

project-ting culture: Lomme will discuss Onomatopee’s inception and select projects with a focus on living in a designed culture, public emancipation, civil engagement, independent organisation and modes of collaborating and organising. 

Onomatopee Projects is a curatorially and editorially led public gallery and publisher based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, that both self-initiates and hosts a variety of projects. At Onomatopee, architects, urban planners, graphic and spatial designers, cultural critics, marketers, artists, politicians and others willing to engage with the meaningfulness of designed culture, get together, within a constructive sphere of nurturing, cultural citizenship, to negotiate and establish our cultural future via design’s playful, political practice.

Freek Lomme is a freelance curator, poet, lecturer, moderator and writer and, most of all, founding director and chief curator/editor of Onomatopee Projects . In parallel to this, he is a catalyst in organising independent curators and spaces as local, regional, national and international board member of various bodies such as De Zaak Nu and the International association for Curators in Contemporary Art (IKT).

Lecture ’Publish as a verb’ by Freek Lomme
Beckmans Designhögskola,Stockholm, Sweden
Monday, November 28, 16:00

Freek Lomme är curator, debattör och föreläsare samt en kulturförmedlare och katalysator för olika kulturprojekt med bas i Eindhoven, Nederländerna.

Freek Lomme är också grundare av Onomatopee, ett förlag och en utställningsyta, som på ett lekfullt sätt vill visa på progressiva sätt att lyfta kultur. Här möts arkitekter, stadsplanerare, grafiska formgivare, designers, kulturkritiker, marknadsförare, artister, politiker och andra som genom design vill samarbeta kring meningsfullt utformad kultur.

Tid: 28 november kl 16.00-17.00
Plats: Aulan, Beckmans Designhögskola
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presenting Onomatopee @McNally Jackson bookstore NY
McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, New York 10012
Wednesday, September 20, 19:00

On September 20th, founder Freek Lomme and Pernilla Ellens will speak on behalf of the public gallery and publisher Onomatopee, based in Dutch Design capital Eindhoven. Utilizing their location to mount globally relevant programs of various sizes and interests, Onomatopee produces self-initiated projects and host events to progressive individuals as well as artist-run and institutional organizations.  

Over the course of its 10-year existence, the exhibition space has attracted an annual average of 15,000 visitors. Throughout the year, Onomatopee participates in many international art book fairs and regularly organizes shows abroad. Inspired by a DIY-attitude and a hunger for critical elevation, Onomatopee discusses and mediates a habitual visual sanctuary of pop culture, power and other environments of visual consciousness’ alike. Working as a transdisciplinary space, blending art, design, theory and creative writing together to inspire in-depth experiences and to provide food for thought.

During the event, Freek Lomme will discuss the founding of Onomatopee and how it has developed into what it is today. Pernilla Ellens will present her recent projects, ‘Post-Butt’ by Melanie de Luca, analysing the image of female butts and their influence in media, society and art. Secondly ’Sense and Sensibility’, a platform for various artists and writers, to explore contradictions and oppositions by reflecting on gender issues, contemporary girlhood and object-subject relations.  

We return to Freek Lomme to discuss the process of editing and publishing books focusing on the issue of tactility. Inspired by the workings of Onomatopee’s ‘Can you feel it?’ a project dealing with tactility and printmaking that took off when Freek started to wonder what tactility truly meant.


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