graphic design studio
ACT for Liberty investigates what freedom actually is, and what it means to us. We do this together with you, the European citizen.
ACT for Liberty consists of an online game and a set of workshops. It provides playful ways to discuss abstract topics in a very concrete and down-to-earth manner.
We brainstorm for solutions by drawing posters on specially made templates that correspond with the themes of the Game: migration, freedom of opinion, equality, democracy, privacy, fake news.
When, for example, does freedom of expression turn into discrimination? How do you balance between privacy and security? And what are the consequences if we are not sure whether the information we consume is real or fake?
ACT for Liberty is held during live events at festivals and schools, but you can also play it on your own, at home from your computer.
People ACT for Liberty is an initiative by MasterPeace (NL), Autres Directions (NL), Youth Power (BA), Ludbreska Udruga Mladih Entuzijasta (HR) and Jugend, Bildung und Kultur EV (DE). Supported by the EU for Citizens Programme of the EU Commission. Concept and realisation: Adinda Akkermans, Catrien Spijkerman, Emmie Kollau, Tijl Akkermans, Janneke de Rooij, Van Leeuwen en Van Leeuwen
Propaganda by the People is an interactive animation on the future of a troubled Europe.
Everybody can draw in this film. You can watch the animation, pause it, and directly add to the film by drawing in it. You can let out your frustrations on the EU or draw your hopes for a better Europe. For this project we travelled through the continent. We spoke to Brexiteers in Manchester, refugees in Greece, Hungarian anarchists and many other worried Europeans. They all left their stories in this collective film.
Propaganda by the People is developed during the Sandberg @ Mediafonds masterclass & generously sponsored by Mediafonds – VPRO Tegenlicht – Europe by People. Propaganda by the People was at VPRO Tegenlicht Meetup Amsterdam / Delft / Groningen / Zeeland, Re:Creating Europe – De Balie Amsterdam and Stedelijk Museum, Memefest festival – Swinburne University Melbourne, What Design Can Do – Sao Paulo and Integrated17 – Antwerp
What to Say About the Other is a crowdsourced publication on Europeans' images of Africa and Africans' images of Europe. It consists a collection of most popular images found on the internet. And the different perceptions by people on the streets in Europe and Africa.
Europeans’ ideas about Africa often still fit the stereotypical image of “the dark continent”, plagued by civil wars, natural disasters and famines or idealized in exotic photographs of wild animals and unspoiled nature. But these stereotypical views don't need to be a reason for short-sightedness – they can also serve as entry points for a dialogue with the other. The project attempted to subcontract the design problem by encouraging the public to workshop graphic messages using the publication.
Growing up in the Netherlands, with cousins growing up in Botswana, photographer Hillie de Rooij and I noticed that our image of Africa is different from that of most Europeans. The difference has been created by being part of and experiencing this other culture, rather than from reading about it in advertisements or watching the foreign news on extreme topics.
Tokyo Graphic Design Passport – Arts Chiyoda Tokyo 2011 / Vondelbunker Amsterdam 2011 / A Report from a Place Formerly Known as Graphic Design – Print Magazine, Blue Ash Ohio 2011 / Butterflyworks Amsterdam 2012 / Mediafonds@Sandberg – Tolhuistuin Amsterdam 2014 / World Design Capital Capetown – galery Kaapstad 2014
In Onbeschoft Fatsoen (Rude Decency) people on the street are portrayed and interviewed. They were questioned about their irritations and their rude and decent properties in the public space.
In this book the irritations of one person respond to the rude characteristics of the person on the next page. The responses are simultaneously readable by changing the tabs at the top and bottom of the page. The backside of each page exposes the proper side of each person.
By confronting the reader with the good and the bad qualities of the people, he is asked to consciously deal with his own irritation.
Items Magazine, Best Graduated 2008 / PMGalerie Berlijn 2011