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Every year, an estimated 15 million people worldwide are incarcerated in prisons without seeing a judge or receiving any legal assistance. This is for example a major problem in Nigeria. In …

Pension Almonde

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‘A house is meant to live in’ sounds obvious but became a protest slogan in 2019 in Rotterdam, where the free market took over the city development. The harbour city known …

Human Power Plant

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Human Power Plant is an artistic research project into a human powered society. Every project starts with a site specific human power scenario. The scenario is the basis for prototyping human …

Mental Border Control

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Since the Iron curtain fell in 1989, new physical borders emerged all over the world. The loss of an old world order sparked new conflict zones. Today building capacity and …

Survival Island

Fort Ruijgenhoek was built to defend the Netherlands by flooding the land. The forts were defence islands without any of the modern means like electricity, tv or central heating. The soldiers were trained to survive in …

Department of Search

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The Department of Search was established in 2014 at Science Park Utrecht by Cynthia Hathaway, Carlijn Diesfeldt, and Melle Smets. For three years this artist-run organisation experimented with action search interventions …

Turtle 1

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Not all cars end up in a junkyard, some get reincarnated in Africa. Smets and Onna followed a trail of old cars and ended up at Suame Magazine (Ghana),

VAD

537 kilograms. That’s the amount of waste a single person produces each year. From diapers to glass, from plastic to paper: waste often tells us more about who we are than we would usually dare …

Radio Homo Ludens

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Hoog Catharijne is the most hated, but also most successful shopping mall, in the city centre of Utrecht. Designed as a beacon of modernity in the 1960s it would replace the old city; Away …

New Towns

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The planned city is a monument to the zeitgeist in which it was conceived. The attempt to force a better future by building it, is infectiously optimistic. View of Lelystad (2012) and later Sister …

Highway Stories

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On October 16, 2009 artist Melle Smets and philosopher Bram Esser went on a Highway Safari. A journey to re-explore the no man’s land of the Dutch highway. Four uninterrupted weeks …

P11

At the request of the province of Overijssel, Kunstenlab and AkkuH wrote out two spatial design assignments in the A1 zone: the rest area the Boermark’ and the parking transferium Holten. Multidisciplinary design teams were formed …

Walking Score

What is public sound? The church bells and the call to prayer from a mosque? Radio waves in the ether? The sirens of a police car? The Department of Public Sound commissioned researchers to investigate sound …

Highway Studio

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In the 1960s, the highway was a paragon of progress. But in 2011, the highway was perceived as a poor place to be: air pollution, tumult, traffic jams and noise made it an unhealthy, …

Vulture Island

The Amsterdam Westhaven dates back to the reconstruction period after WW2 in the last century. The era of endless progress belongs to recent history and the harbour needs to be reviewed. The Maatschappij Noordzeekanaal was founded …

Highway Museum

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The highway is a region by itself. It has its own typical billboard architecture, hands-free fast food to eat behind the wheel, daily parades in traffic jams, specific crafts like roadkill cleaning and truck …

Public Lease Garden

In 2008 the Municipality of Middelburg wanted to bring together high quality innovative art with the cultural-historical identity of the city. The Stichting Beeldende Kunst Middelburg did the realisation in cooperation with Mothership. The sketch proposals …

Olympic Trade Mission

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Millions of things we surround ourselves with are labelled ‘Made in China’. These products have saturated the global market and have become part of our everyday environment. What is the source of this plastic …

Tentstation

The gas station can be recognized worldwide by it’s brightly coloured floating roof that lights up its surroundings like a space ship. One could consider the gas station the symbol of our industrialized world. Where they …

Check Your Place

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At the end of the 20th century, the Fourth Memorandum on Spatial Planning Extra (VINEX) was launched to prepare the Netherlands for the 21st century. Throughout the country, large VINEX residential areas were …

Car Boys

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The A1 Car Boys

Eastern European car traders travel weekly on the highway A1 from Russia to the Netherlands to buy second-hand cars. They are easy to spot every Monday evening. Vans with the …

Rijndeer

Energy provider Essent asked art collective G.A.N.G. to design a sculpture for their headquarters at Arnhem Central Station. The train station was under construction for some years (20 years in total) and the sculpture had to …

Binck!

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Every resident of The Hague visited the Binckhorst industrial district at some point for a second-hand car, the car wash, or a new exhaust pipe. The Binckhorst used to be the Mecca …

Easy Garden

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From June 7 to September 13, 2003, the 8th edition of Wageningen’s Beelden op de Berg took place under the title Dreamscapes. Artists and landscape architects visualised their ideas for the future artificial landscape. …

Leisure Resort Parallelweg

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G.A.N.G. already organised many day trips with P-travels to footloose landscapes such as shopping malls, brain parks, fast-food strips, and the highway. In short, the parallel world. As a follow-up to the day trips,

Genuine Souvenirs

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For 3 months, Smets stayed on the former Norwegian fishermen’s island Ona. With only the coast guard from the lighthouse and the grocery shop owner as neighbours there was not a lot to do

Beyond the Farm

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The farmhouse has become a popular refuge for the city dweller who seeks the peaceful rural lifestyle. Now that the old farm houses are sold out in the countryside of Gelderland, farmlike homes pop …

P-Travel

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P-travel agency (P-reizen) organised day trips and overnight expeditions to the ‘Parallel World’: the ‘footloose’ landscape of industrial zones, districenters, harbours, shopping malls and airports, for which the highway serves as a backbone. The …

Showroom G.A.N.G.

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G.A.N.G. was an artist collective founded in 2000 by Hans Jungerius, Rob Groot Zevert, Jur van Diggele, and Melle Smets. Smets was one of the driving forces from 2000 to 2005. As four graduates

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G.A.N.G. was an artist collective founded in 2000 by Hans Jungerius, Rob Groot Zevert, Jur van Diggele, and Melle Smets. Smets was one of the driving forces from 2000 to 2005. As four graduates

Podcast (Dutch)

G.A.N.G. was an artist collective founded in 2000 by Hans Jungerius, Rob Groot Zevert, Jur van Diggele, and Melle Smets. Smets was one of the driving forces from 2000 to 2005. As four graduates

Podcast (Dutch)

G.A.N.G. was an artist collective founded in 2000 by Hans Jungerius, Rob Groot Zevert, Jur van Diggele, and Melle Smets. Smets was one of the driving forces from 2000 to 2005. As four graduates

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