All images © Janneke de Rooij
graphic design studio
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
In Onbeschoft Fatsoen (Rude Decency) people are portrayed and interviewed on the street. They were asked about their irritations and to reveal their own decent ánd rude habits in public space. In this book the irritations of one person respond to the rude habits of the person on the next page. The responses are simultaneously readable by the changing tabs at the top and bottom of the page. The backside of each page shows 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
Eurovision3000 is a co-creation of Europeans that gives room for opinion and discussion. We went into the streets and questioned the European identity.
Does creating an identity for the European Union mean fake buildings on Euro bills? Can a EU flag resemble an authentic and true image? Or is the European Union only an economical power structure and therefore needs a proper marketing strategy?
The results of these discussions are collected as a process designed book. It reflects the development of the project providing a transparent insight into the working methodology, attitude and learning.
Lev Kaupas Amsterdam 2010 / BNO Tallks 2010 / De Brakke Grond Amsterdam 2010 / European Design Festival Rotterdam 2009 / Memefest – friendly competition @oddstream festival, Nijmegen 2011
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