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What Happens Where Nothing Happens / IDY1 EXHIBITION

Afgelopen voorjaar gaf ik twee dagen een schrijfatelier aan de Masteropleiding van de Design Academy van Eindhoven, gevestigd in De Witte Dame. Master-studenten van de richting Information Design. De twaalf studenten kwamen werkelijk overal vandaan, Thailand, Korea, Italie, Polen, Verenigde Staten.

Design Academy Eindhoven

What Happens Where Nothing Happens
OPENING PARTY* from 16.30

Open on: Friday 20 May and from Monday 23 till Thursday 26 May 15.00-18.00 (closed Sat-Sun)
Guided tour on Tuesday 24 May, 12.30-13.30

The city is a constant source of visual stimulation, but what happens when we stop to examine the mundane, the banal, the infra—ordinary?…

Georges Perec observed and recorded everyday life, watching his familiar surroundings so exhaustively that they felt somehow new. Over the course of six months, ten information designers observed different spots around Eindhoven, to analyze and recontextualize common situations by locating the normal. What Happens Where Nothing Happens catalogs these observations in the places and non—places of the city.

Different observation techniques were introduced through lectures and five different workshops led by Frans Bevers – spatial designer and tutor ID, Joost Grootens – graphic designer and Head ID, Kim Bouvy – photographer and coordinator ID, Cilia Erens – sound artist and Manet van Montfrans – lector in modern European literature, writer and Perec specialist.

With works by Iga Alberska, Melani De Luca, Cecilia Denti, Miruna Dunu, Chelsea Hsu, Phoenix Huang, Marie Povoleri, Nicole Stoddard, Irene Stracuzzi and Yoko Wong

Overall coordination and content: Frans Bevers

The National Museum of Ethnology, a dream

Madeleine Maaskant, Manet van Montfrans, P PERS | Publishers, 2007, 54 blz.

In The National Museum of Ethnology, a dream, an architect and a lecturer in French literature wander round the rooms of a a nineteenth-century building, situated in Leiden’s Steenstraat 1. Their thoughts dwell on the eventful recent history of the museum’s redesigning, and on the solution offered by La vie mode d’emploi (Life: A User’s Manual), the ingeniously constructed encyclopaedic novel by Georges Perec. The sparsely lit galleries not only reveal a multitude of objects, each with its own story, but also the presence of a further four characters: the designer, the collector, the curator and the director, who all play their own role in this Perecquian story.