Discomfort, public speaking and whimsical wordplay at TEDxEindhoven 2016
“The beauty of discomfort”
Kirsten Swensen is a photographer, VJ and Visual Artist living in Eindhoven with an interest in the nexus of art & technology. In her photographic work, Kirsten mainly focuses on the intimate portrait. She wants to emphasise personality, vulnerability and intimacy, always being close to her subject. The focus lies on the relationship between the artist, the model and viewer. She investigates different aspects of personal space, body language and communication.
Most of the time we project a persona to the world, a persona in which we feel comfortable. It is by pushing the boundaries towards the uncomfortable that initiates growth. With her photography she pushes inwards into her subjects looking to strengthen the unique hidden core of our personalities. In her talk she will share that discomfort with us and by breaking those barriers enable us to create new stronger connections.
“How to Present to Keep Your Audience’s Attention”
Mark Robinson is by no means a natural speaker. At the age of 13 he gave his first presentation which was, mildly put, a disaster. When he got older he worked in several software related functions at companies like ASML and Philips and at the same time started working on his presentation skills.Through extensive practice Mark has now developed his presentation skills to such an extent that he is able to make even the most boring stories an interesting listening experience.
“How to present to keep your audience’s attention” is a question that Mark knows how to answer. He has gone from believing that it was impossible for him to speak in public to someone who gets great reviews whenever he speaks at conferences. In his talk Mark explains his journey, shares his best tips, shows how not to present and tells us why it is so important to captivate your audience.
“Life and the electric car”
Bert Maas is a 22 year old Master student Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He has a passion for lighting design and interaction design and translates this into a contagious enthusiasm which is only matched by his curiosity. This curiosity is also the driving force behind his search for learning opportunities as he calls himself a ‘Student of Design and Life’.
Comparing the ignition sequences of a Tesla Model S to that of the Austin Healey 3000 Mark III is maybe not something you do everyday but for Bert Maas it is a prime example of the lack of emotion in the contemporary electric car. With his research he tries to navigate us to our future as drivers, whether you love the roar of a large V8 engine or enjoy the subtlety of the electric car.
singer-songwriter and poet
Iris Penning invites you into her ‘brainbar’ with pop songs full of poetry. Often uplifting sometimes dark, but above all with an emphasis on lyrics – she might even be more of a poet than a musician.
As a ‘sly sidewalk chalker’ Iris reveals all her little secrets to the streets. She also made a ‘live album cover’: a series a minimalistic music videos flowing from the cover art. But her wit shines brightest in her words. Every album is accompanied by a book and she is a part of poetry collective ‘Wakkerlicht’.