(Inclusive) gentrification has it all in the title: can gentrification and its consequences be made more inclusive to everyone involved?
During my research I noticed that a lot of times we – expats, students, middle-class residents – are part of the problem. We usually choose to go to hip cafes instead of the local shops, making the latter go out of business and increase the process of gentrification. But what would happen if we would be made aware of it? Are we even conscious of everyday decisions?
To test it out I made an Implicit Association Test (IAT) which is modelled after the ones used in scientific research in order to see the unconscious associations people have with hipster shops vs. local shops. Contact me if you want to try it out yourself!

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THE ART OF SEEING —
How do we observe and interpret the things we see? And how does our education shape us into being specific observers? For this program students of Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) and Erasmus Medical Center (EMC) are invited to share their artistic or clinical expertise and learn from each other’s way of observing.
The program started with three short lectures from art historian Liesbeth De Strooper, medical practitioner prof. dr. Jan Cornelissen and design studio Koehorst in‘t Veld. Later, students were divided in small mixed groups and got to observe art together.

RASL EVENTS: (INCLUSIVE) GENTRIFICATION —
The topic of the RASL talk show was (inclusive) gentrification. Different speakers were invited to present the topic and talk about their projects related to the theme. I was one of the invited guests and has the platform to present my own project and its development. Additionally, I took part in creating RASL event’s identity (which extends to all their organised events).

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BUNDLE —
A collaborative reader made together with other students from my class. I focused on covering the topics of design and science.

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HOKJESGEEST —
My submission to the poster competition held by 3.sec gallery (Breda) and de Affiche Galerij (The Hague) on the theme of categorisation. Instead of doing a typical poster, I decided to make an informative one supported by research. It was one of the chosen posters and hung in both galleries during summer 2017.

Why do we not vote? Research into the Dutch youth's voting patterns
Vytautas Landsbergis: the father of Lithuania's independence
Wollstonecraft: a feminist who was not afarid to speak against Rousseau

An animated documentary about the pigeon made by someone who knows nothing about the pigeon. An ironic play on the fact I am seen as an academic.

A project that —
is (loosely) influenced by the Memphis movement;
looks at the 80’s through a nostalgic lens;
tells the story of Soviet Lithuania;
and involves —
recorded cassettes with
a remixed audiotape with a funky Lithuanian 80’s track and the story of the Baltic Way, one of the most influential 80’s movements in Eastern Europe;
a website for the project;
custom typography;
funky merchandise including two recycled shirts;
lots of passion and research for the specific topic;
FUN.

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“Tell me a story. But I don’t want to hear anything cruel or disgusting.”
“Of course, darling. I want to tell you many stories about my travels and that’s why there is a book in front of you. It is full of funny, sad and sometimes scary tales, but only if you dare to read it.
However, a fairytale never walks alone. There is always a lesson, a truth lurking behind that makes sense of that seemingly fictional world. You’ll be able to read it in between the lines or find it in between the pages. This book plays around with what is hidden and what is shown, just like any story with a lesson."

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"Yet again, you need to dare to understand. You may need to sacrifice the beauty of it all, the innocence of the story and the look of the book. But once you know the truth, the story will never be the same and so will your reading experience change. But that, my darling, is okay – that means you have grown up. And the contrast between past innocence and present understanding will be more visible than ever.”

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