DIRECTOR BALTAN LABORATORIES
Fabricating Alternatives, Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Mink obtained her Master in Fine Arts at The Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Taking an early interest in digital technology, Olga majored in digital art and was one of the inaugural drivers in the early age of digital video performance. Mink worked as a curator for media festivals like GLOW, Plaza Futura, MAD, Eindhoven Makerfaire and Dutch Film Festival. As director of Baltan Laboratories, Mink co-founded Age of Wonderland, a four-year exchange program to boost global social innovation with creatives from Africa, Asia and Latin America in collaboration with Hivos and Dutch Design Week. Mink chairs Trudo Lab, a think tank for social housing corporation Sint Trudo. She co-edited ‘Methods for Reclaiming Economy’ together with Wiepko Oosterhuis published by Baltan Laboratories. Her chapter ‘Elaborating on Labs’ as part of the Arts Hack Practice edited by Suzy O’Hara and Victoria Bradbury, will be published in 2019 by Routledge. Mink is currently affiliated as a researcher Design for Transformative Practices as part of Creative Economy at Fontys University of Applied Sciences.
In this session, we will introduce Fabricating Alternatives and let you experience a taste of this co-creation methodology, whose key outputs are: inventions, or tangible prototypes that exist in this alternative/fictional reality; interventions where these inventions are placed in a specific part of our reality (ie. a public space or an institution).