An Interesting Day
An Interesting Day is a one-day conference on the boundaries of work and play. Coming August, we will move this conference from a tiny island in the Oslofjord to the city of Amsterdam and turn notorious venue De School into an island of our own.
Ida Tin is the co-founder and chief executive of Clue, the menstrual and reproductive health tracking app that refuses to be condescending. Tin has made it her personal mission to help people get a better understanding of their own bodies, identities and ways of being, always in a straightforward and scientific manner.
Anna Holmes is an award-winning writer, acclaimed editor, creator of Jezebel and spearheader of Topic Stories. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, New York Times and The Washington Post. Holmes is celebrated for her savvy observations on gender, race and culture.
Tracy Ma is a graphic designer and the visual editor at the New York Times Styles desk. Before her current position, she was the creative director of Matter Studios and the deputy creative director of Bloomberg Businessweek. Her work is engaging, explorative and exceedingly playful.
Zach Lieberman is a renowned artist, experimental hacker and one of the co-founders of openframeworks, a C++ library for creative coding. Working on projects like eyewriter, IQ font and AR Magic 1.0, Lieberman is famous for discovering new modes of expression and play through technology.
Elise By Olsen
and Morteza Vaseghi
Together with art director Morteza Vaseghi, editor-in-chief Elise By Olsen is the co-founder of Wallet Magazine. At 13, Olsen was internationally recognised as “the world’s youngest editor-in-chief” of Recens Paper, where she entered into close cooperation with Vaseghi. Since then, they’ve never stopped joining forces, starting in-depth and progressive conversations on youth culture and the fashion industry everywhere they go.
Joy Mutai is a landscape architect, Geographic Information Systems specialist, and consultant at UN-Habitat. She currently works on Block by Block, a global programme in which the online game Minecraft is used as a community participation tool in the design of public spaces all over the world.
NSDOS is a sound designer and techno hacker who imagines alternative approaches to music by reinterpreting existing technological tools. After studying dance, he felt the need to create his own futuristic instruments through which he explores the boundaries of movement, sound and technology.
Yuri Suzuki is a sound artist, designer and electronic musician who explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces. His piece ‘OTOTO’, for instance, allows for a quick creation of electronic musical instruments, from a drum kit of saucepans to origami that sing when touched.
Tobias von Hofsten of Teenage Engineering
Tobias von Hofsten is a music producer and Head of Education at innovative electronics company Teenage Engineering. Von Hofsten set out to be the messenger of machine funk, opening people’s minds to the possibilities of creating electronic music on TE’s “wonder synthesizers”.
Design studio The Rodina was founded by Tereza and Vit Ruller and specialises in video, user experience, installations, and visual identities. In 2015, they coined the term “performative design”, a field that establishes a multidisciplinary connection between graphic design, actions and bodily presence.
Choreographer Katja Heitmann examines the ever-evolving relationship between man and machine by exploring the limits of the human body. Heitmann investigates what ‘moves’ us through the current era: do machines move mankind or the other way around? Her work poetically reveals an ambiguous answer to this complex question.
Bjørn Gunnar Staal
Bjørn Gunnar Staal is a multidisciplinary designer and software developer, who aims to blur the boundaries between digital artefacts and the ‘real world’. Staal is the co-founder of Void, an experimental design studio that operates on the intersection of design, technology, architecture and art.
Carista is known for her sultry DJ-sets, which are soulfully swinging in between house, jazz, hip-hop, boogie, R&B, and disco. This genre-bender is also the initiator of United Identities, a radio show, record label and club night committed to promoting inclusivity and diversity in the electronic music and club scene.
Amsterdam based DJ and producer Cinnaman is rightfully famous for his highly eclectic sets. Drawn by remarkable transitions and combinations, he constantly blends the known with the unknown. From Chicago House with R&B aesthetics to UK bass with hip-hop patterns, Cinnaman is one of the most interesting all-rounders in town.
Doctor Jan van Breemenstraat 1, Amsterdam
The conference is free for everyone and applications are open. There are 200 spots, of which 30 are reserved for students.
Het Muzieklokaal Het Kunstlokaal De Cinema Garden
De School hosts the entire An Interesting Day routine – discover, dine, dance – under one roof. The former Christian technical school turned nightclub, restaurant, cafe, exhibition space and gym (!) forms the perfect venue for our conference.
We're looking for a diverse crowd of 200 students and professionals to join us for some amazing talks and serious play. Want to attend this invite-only event? You can apply over here.
Apply I'm visiting from abroad, where should I stay?
Amsterdam has a lot to offer when it comes to accommodation. To help you navigate, we made this
handy city guide for you. Who gets an invite?
We're looking for a highly diverse crowd to make the conference as interesting, inclusive and fun as possible. The conference is limited to 200 people, we will reserve 30 spots for students.
How much does it cost?
There is no fee. Our treat! The only thing you’ll need money for is the bar at the afterparty.
I've registered for an invite, when do I get it?
We will send out invites continuously, and try to notify everybody by the final week of July. You will also get a notification even if you don't get a spot.