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About Spacetopia

On 21 July 2019 it will be 50 years since the first human landed on the moon. This was not the beginning nor will it be the end of our fascination with space. Research into space is inherently the existential quest of man for what it means to be human. Spacetopia is a platform that explores the physical presence of Space on Earth through its cultural, (meta) physical and philosophical dimensions.

Spacetopia was founded in 2019 by Jeroen Junte en Indira van ‘t Klooster as an ongoing research project connecting art, architecture, design and science. Expected output will be in print, live events, travel projects, exhibitions and podcasts.

Jeroen Junte

Jeroen Junte (1967) is journalist, researcher, curator and moderator graduated in Contemporary History at the University of Leiden with a specialization in American Studies. As a writing journalist he publishes in Dutch newspapers and magazines, such as de Volkskrant, National Geographic, De Groene Amsterdammer and Architectuur NL. Junte identifies current developments in design, technology, sustainability and innovation in his bi-monthly live magazine Design Matters at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam (NL). As a curator he was the first to map the post-crisis generation of Dutch designers with the exhibition Next Up in cultural platform De Kazerne in Eindhoven (2016). In 2018-2019 Museum Cube exhibited Luxury, a critical exploration of luxury of today and tomorrow. Junte is also the author of various books like Hands On: Dutch design in the 21st Century (2012), Think Dutch. Conceptual Design & Architecture from the Netherlands (2014), Is dit design (2015). He is currently working on a new book that will define the most recent developments in design. Find more on www.jeroenjunte.nl

Indira van 't Klooster

Indira van 't Klooster (1971) is an architectural historian and researcher graduated at University of Amsterdam. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of A10 new European architecture Cooperative, a cooperative of European architecture journalists who report on architecture in the broad context of society, politics and art. In 2017 she was a fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, where she researched utopian living communities in Europe. She is also director of the Dudok Architecture Center and as such responsible for all public programs (exhibitions, debates, guided tours) and general business management with a focus on heritage, architecture and landscape. In Pakhuis de Zwijger she hosts a bimonthly architecture program Architecture Now. Van 't Klooster is the author of several books, including Reactivate! Innovators of Dutch architecture (2013) and Forty and Famous - 10 interviews with successful young architects in Europe (2016). She is associated with the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam (guest lecturer) and the St. Joost Academy in Breda (Advisory Board).

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