The collector creates an archive that is continuously supplemented, depleted, affected and reshaped. By regularly (re)connecting the content in our archive we create a continuous reflection on what that content is, what it is about, what insights it generates and why.
A new reading culture evolved. In this new culture of reading, the term reading should be redefined. Rather than readers we are collectors; hunting and gathering information on the internet to establish links and increase our knowledge. We do this by means of editorial strategies.
The editorial point of view looks at what happens in the world; searches, reads, views and selects projects, images and texts; and links them together. The editorial point of view ensures a strong analytical attitude towards an image or a text. In what context was it published? What were the convictions of the author? What is the content actually about? Terms such as collecting, scanning, reading, selecting, connecting and demolishing become integral strategies and are meant to keep us on edge. The editorial point of view looks at what happens in the world; searches, reads, views and selects projects, images and texts; and links them together.
“Often it’s about co-production and the development of tools that others could work with. Parallel to the development of the global village, open sources and social media, graphic designers seem to focus on the new connections between design and their users.” — From the preface of the accompanying publication, written by Kirsten Algera
Joost Grootens is an intermediary who wants to stimulate the transition from receiver to user by sending the latter out to explore. In this day and age you cannot simply present information and say: ‘that’s it’.” According to Grootens, information should be used. “I find it interesting to create a tool with which the user can collect his information.”
When talking to artists or designers, a world of sources tends to open up. Beneath the surface of the presented lies a wealth of allusions. You May Also Like is a digital index of references that sheds light on these sources. This installation aims to place the creator’s work in a broader context. The creator’s installation becomes the starting point of an exploratory journey. You May Also Like is part of an ongoing research project that centres on alternative methods and platforms created by young designers.
(…) My research focused on the system of footnotes. At first sight, footnotes seem to be a formality, based on copyright laws. However, footnotes refer to sources that we have seen or read before and therefore contribute to the things we make. Adding footnotes to the participant’s work enables the audience to see their work as part of a bigger picture. Rather than zooming in on the creator’s work, footnotes zoom out, thereby providing context and putting their work in perspective.
"In ‘Proxemics’ I am researching the conditions and presence of vulnerability during human contact. In a time where we are overwhelmed by technology, I question how people can truly connect with each other." — Kiri Pruntel
"(…) I wanted to create an intimate moment for the participant and their surroundings with the aim of ultimately have them requestion the concept of socially approved behaviour." — Kiri Pruntel