What is talent? When is someone conisdered a talent? Which values and qualities do we attribute to the concept? Het Nieuwe Instituut intends to explore the concept of talent and discuss it with designers, makers, curators, policymakers, the education sector and other stakeholders.
A New Definition of Talent
‘We want to investigate the notion of talent, to discover which values are concealed within such a concept, how it functions, to which ends it can be applied,’ says Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Talent development is part of the government’s cultural policy and therefore part of the assignment Het Nieuwe Instituut is tasked with. According to Kuitenbrouwer, it is characteristic of the institute’s interpretation of its tasks to analyse a subject such as talent development.
Passion, Love and Empathy
'The only criterion that truly matters is the willingness of the participant to surrender to their own learning process, to shape it themselves and to develop autonomously.'
A chain of support measures for talent development
'Talent development for us as an Creative Industries Fund means that we think very carefully about how we design a range of tools with which we can serve designers and makers in various ways during their careers'.
'What kind of vocabulary or network and what social codes are acceptable in this competition? And what unwritten rules and blind spots are intrinsic to the assessment?'
An Abundance of Talent
What does talent development mean for designers themselves? Architects Afaina de Jong and Arna Mačkić both followed a ‘talent development trajectory’ in their own way, they have their own bureaus, are involved in education, and are or were members of the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industries’s (Creative Industries Fund NL) committee for talent development.