Everything is connected Part 23

13 nov

This year I explored the Dutch Design Week. For me it’s the event of the year and this year I took the time to see and read ALL works at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show. It took me 3 days to read the book (460 pages) and see my selection of work and speak to the alumni. I’m sharing some of my favorite works on this blog connecting the works by Tate Modern’s ‘Ways of Looking’.

Yesterday I ended up ‘playing’ moneyless Monopoly, the graduation work by Hannah van Luttervelt. With ‘No Money Sector’ she “tries to define an alternative economic system that does not revolve around earning money.”


It’s maybe hard to imagine Monopoly without money. Then try this one, a life without kids. Last week a friend, who just became father for the fourth time, told me that he never expected to become a parent. “That’s how life goes” he said.

Isn’t it strange that for the most important job in the world you don’t need any experience or ‘diploma’. At school you learn How to make kids but shouldn’t we start with Why?

Cox Janssens thinks “when it comes to children people have a choice. But because the prevailing societal norm is still to aspire to parenthood, the choice is not as free as it appears. Social pressure is considerable. After researching the subject she decided to balance the debate and offer a more positive view on life without offspring. She created ‘Apart from the Norm’, a set of conversation cards that can be used by those still in doubt or those struggling with involuntary childlessness. The cards’ visual cues help them distinguish their own desires from those projected by outsiders.”graduation2-cox-janssens-buiten-gewoon-de-normgraduation2-cox-janssens-buiten-gewoon-de-norm2

Kids or no kids. Make up your mind. And hurry. Life is short. Play More……about kids.

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