Keimpe de Heer
Keimpe de Heer is director of Waag Society’s Creative Learning Lab. Keimpe is responsible for program management and the strategic and organizational outline of Creative Learning Lab, the education domain of Waag Society.
Complimentary to his work at Waag Society, Keimpe is board member of the foundation Fablab Benelux, this foundation governs the Fablab network in the Benelux. MIT’s global Fablab (Fabrication Lab) is a network of standardized open hardware setups with i.e. laser cutter’s and 3D printers. People from all over the world use Fablabs to create and develop their own ideas and solutions.
Waag Society has a longtime experience in interdisciplinary community building, project management in innovative and avant-garde projects and technical infrastructures. In recent years Waag Society acted as a contractor, partner and curator in different international projects focusing on art-science collaboration and exchange. For example, in 2002 Waag Society was contractor of an international consortium for World-Information.org in Amsterdam, presenting the first examples of Bio-Art tot a general public.
From 2000 to 2003, the Sarai Waag Society Exchange program focused on building links and collaborations between programmers, designers, scholars and theorists between Europe and Asia. The program Towards a Culture of Open Networks was developed with partners in Vienna and India within the framework of EU-India, an Economic Cross Cultural Program of the European Union. In 2009, bio-artist Adam Zaretsky and Waag Society started researching and discussing Life Sciences in public in a residency project called Vive La Vivo.
Creative Learning Lab of the Waag Society researches and develops creative applications of new emerging technologies for education. Since 1995 Creative Learning Lab has been an innovative and influential centre of expertise on creativity, technology and education in the Netherlands. The Lab researches the possibilities technology offer children and young people in the way they learn and express themselves. Creative Learning Lab works closely together with partners in the educational and cultural sectors in developing pilot programmes and prototypes.
In 2002 Creative Learning Lab developed the first serious, Internet based game, called Demi Dubbels Teletijdmachine. And received, amongst others, awards for the adventure game Operatie Sigismund, the locative city game Frequentie 1550 and Games Atelier. Creative Learning Lab is currently one of the leading developers in the Netherlands on location based mobile learning tools. See also: www.creativelearninglab.org.