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Frank Kolkman on alternatives to the pharmaceutical industry’s hierarchical superiority

19 April 2017
Frank Kolkman offers some speculative alternatives to the hierarchical superiority that, financially, the pharmaceutical industry is currently allocated. His respondent is Marijke Linthorst, formerly a Senate member and editor of the Wiardi Beckman Foundation’s S&D magazine.

Referring to Design for Flies, winner of the Service & Systems category in the 2016 Dutch Design Awards, Frank Kolkman introduces new opportunities to investigate rare diseases. Kolkman’s Open Surgery project responds to the increasingly important role of robotics in medical procedures. He designed a Do-It-Yourself surgical robot, bringing DIY operation material within everyone’s reach.

Frank Kolkman
Experimental designer Frank Kolkman (1989, Arnhem) combines a curiosity for how things function, with analytical thinking and intuitive design. Kolkman studied Product Design at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem and completed an MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London. His work critiques how we think about current and future technologies. He challenges people to consider the social and political implications of such developments.

Designer Frank Kolkman’s lecture is presented as part of the exhibition Intensive Care: Architecture and Design in Healthcare.

Marijke Linthorst
Kolkman's respondent is Marijke Linthorst, formerly a Senate member and editor of the Wiardi Beckman Foundation’s S&D magazine. In her NRC article of 7 October 2016, Marijke Linthorst argues to force pharmaceuticals to reduce prices, to have fairer financial policies, and to stifle the pursuit of profit by big business, echoing Frank Kolkman’s aims, but from a different perspective and methodology

Date: 19 April, 20:00–22:00
Language: Dutch
Admission: free
Location: Bureau Europa

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