Written by Renée Wijnen
First time for me
It was the first time I’d attended a PINC Conference. PINC stands for People, Ideas. Nature and Creativity. PINC hopes to inspire by enabling very different speakers from all over the world to tell their stories. I’d already seen their website: together with exuberant acts, music and short movies in an unusual setting, this promised to be very special. After such a day, you would have to be happy and go home with new ideas!
Coming in, I felt immediately at home in this varied society of visitors, speakers and organizers. The atmosphere was easy, nearly cosy. Around the red winding stairs at Figi in Zeist, there was a gay, expectant crowd. In the big hall, two bookstalls: one for Dutch-language books and one for ABC foreign-language books. With those by some of the speakers prominent, all of them showed a clear relationship to PINC 15 subjects.
After a stimulating intro with plays, a movie and an explanation of the program, the PINC 15 lectures began. Many speakers had a clear message and explained their mission in an appealing manner. Here below are the topics. They all made an impression on me!
Anita Nowak pleaded for emphatic action. Real social engagement will bring more profit than simply focussing on IQ and EQ.
Manual Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné showed in their beautiful picture-simulations what can be done with unused metro-stations. Especially their swimming pool spoke to the imagination.
Läslo Evers of the KNMI explained how shockwaves create unhearable sounds. Elephants, for example, give messages in this manner to their friends.
Rob Spence has only one eye, but he’s made his handicap into a virtue. In his artificial eye, he has a tiny camera which is not connected to his brain. It’s just like an earring.
Philipp Riederle, Philipz on internet, is a 19-year-old from Germany. who seems to be a born speaker. He explained how the social media work and, specifically, how to reach the young target market. He finished his lecture with: “Don’t be scared!”
James Brett is the founder of the Museum of Everything, the world’s only travelling museum for undiscovered, unintentional and untrained artists. The ABC stand sold magazines and books by and about this museum.
Arthur Wassenberg urged that we look more carefully at the components of the world’s economy, because it must become more independent of financial markets. He spoke of how it resembles pyramid games and gave examples of ways to achieve a more stable economy. Very interesting! It was a pity that he couldn’t finish his lecture because he ran out of time. But the lecture will be available on the PINC site.
Bart Remes explained drones. At the end of his lecture, he let loose several in various sizes and types to walk and fly. Very nice!
John Barker showed surgery on hands and faces. Intrusive!
Richard Aldrich asked himself whether we can live without secrets. This amiable man has written a beautiful book about the fact that, in the near future, all personal facts about all of us will be known everywhere. On the other hand, there will be no secrets about governments and companies.
Francoise Mouly told about her long career as an art director at The New Yorker magazine. She was responsible for the suburb covers made by well-known artists such as David Hockney and Sempé. The ABC stand displayed several issues of The New Yorker, and a box with covers, each on a postcard, was a popular sales item.
Jelle Reumer showed a swan in the city above her nest made of waste matter. He explained that plants and animals assimilate to their surrounding. Cities have various eco-systems with more variety of materials than in the countryside, where agricultural monoculture has depleted the landscape.
David Moinina Sengeh works on the improvement of protheses. His inventions are revolutionary. He also stimulates young people in Africa to fight against illnesses such as malaria.
At the end of the day, there was a splendid concert by Jazz Juniors. Nice to hear and see! After all this excitement and inspiration, we enjoyed an unbelievably fantastic buffet in Figi’s dining room.
Books and imagination
How books affect the world is something that speaks clearly at a PINC Conference, perhaps because many of the organisers are publishers. The books on sale were a nice addition to the word-and-image program. With our purchases, many of us took something tangible home with which to quietly enjoy the conference again or to work further on the day’s new insights. PINC gave us all far-reaching insights into many aspects of our lives.
I certainly learned many new things about the subjects that interest me, especially those about the natural world. Those speeches triggered my imagination, and I will work with this: I won’t ever forget that swan on her nest of waste!
People, people, people: from very old to “chicken-young”, in all colors and sizes, casually or splendidly dressed. During the lectures, I enjoyed listening to the fascinating stories while the speakers or their subjects were projected, in large scale, on the screen behind them. In the intermissions, I walked and looked around a lot. I met old colleagues and exchanged e-mail addresses with new friends. The program gave us many subjects for a short conversation. Everything went on in a harmonic and informal atmosphere.
I went home with two presents: a book with a personal message in it by another PINC-visitor and a beautiful watering can with a fun picture on it as a souvenir of this day. For me, that PINC-conference was indeed a fantastic and fulfilling spring of inspiration!