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digital cabinet of curiosities
(2020)

Classic cabinets of curiosities (or kunstkabinett, rariteitenkabinet) are collections of rare objects, oddities and art. Inspired by such collections, I started my own: a digital one.

Digital Cabinet of Curiosities is a video series collecting anything remarkable people share online. Every episode is a tiny investigation of a digital oddity.

rejection collection
(2020)

Rejection Collection is a video series containing some rejections I’ve received.

Online people tend to share their successes. Why not share our failures?

instagram podcast
(2019)

This is a series podcast-posts for Instagram. I would shortly interview Instagram users about their experience on and thougths about the platform. Each answer would become an Instagram-post. Together all posts create a podcast series exploring Instagram.

instaturgy
(2019)

Instaturgy (instagram + dramaturgy) is an one minute video series investigating the connection between Instagram and theatre.

The videos explore the dramaturgy of Instagram by deconstructing an Instagram profile. With a little help of users explaining how to deal with a specific part of the platform, 'Someone' applies Instagram behavior in our actual, offline lives. What if our insta-actions were to spill out into our offline existence?

The 1-minute video series consists out of 7 episodes. The episode #profilepicture can be seen on this page.

were you good today?
2018

This project is part of the project (No) Other Self and is in collaboration with Gijs de Boer and Alex Blondeau. Othering is a process where we come to see other people as less human. It is the ''we'' versus ''them'' thinking. We tried to understand the phenomenon of othering. Often we point at others: they are different from us. Also in a context of overcoming othering we point at the other: look, they are similar to us.

We decided to come up with another approach: find the other in ourselves. We think that, when we exclude others, we point at their bad traits. But in fact, these are projected bad traits of our own. We are pointing indirectly at (an other in) ourselves.

To overcome othering, we have to own up to this hidden other in us. We came up with two ways to do so. The first way we did this was by doing interviews with a single question. We ask you how good you were today, to find the subtle sins you forgot. Most people gave themselves around 70%, and started to justify why they didn’t consider themselves a 100% good. We made videos of some of the interviews, which can be seen above. Besides, based on these interviews we chose 3 habits we associate with the 'other' in ourselves. We designed objects to normalise spying on others, fitting in and taking a nap. To see those, have a look at the project called ‘(no) other self’.

This project was initiated by Hague Thinking and Design Academy Eindhoven. The project was on show during the Overturning Othering exhibition in the Hague, Dutch Design Week Eindhoven 2018 and was part of an intern exhibition at the Special Tribunal for Libanon.

(no) other self (1)
2018

(no) other self (2)
2018

(no) other self (3)
2018

what's a beanie baby?
(2017)

Beanie Babies were introduced in the 90s by Ty Inc., an American company named after Ty Warner. These stuffed animals turned into a trading hype. Eventually traders got so obsessed with (rare) Beanie Babies that the hype turned into a financial bubble. This video explains in 3 minutes what a financial bubble is and how these can be recognised, with Beanie Babies as an example.