This exhibition aims at presenting how The Hague embraces design to innovate the way we think about peace & justice. The Hague is the international city of peace, justice and security. It houses 160 international organizations, among which the main international courts and tribunals that deal with crimes against humanity and how to prevent these from happening. International criminal law, international public law and international private law are synonymous to The Hague. It is there that the future of accountabilty, of peaceful conflict resolution and of protection of the individual in a globalizing world are being defined.
This exhibition show examples of the contributions by designers in visualizing and opening the way we think about peace & justice. It will demonstrate that design has a role to play in international policy and addressing complex global issues. The exhibition will present 3 project as well as a digital overview of the results of the project Visualizing Peace & Justice in The Hague, 2016, 2017 & 2018.
Through design and design thinking we aim at visualizing the patterns of thought that influence the peace & justice sector in The Hague. We see a role for design and the arts in developing interdisciplinary approaches, introducing new audiences and communication strategies. During already 3 years, the results of this blending of worlds have been very inspiring and rewarding. For the designers working on the topics of The Hague, it has been the opportunity to develop a whole new field of work in which issues of global importance take the lead, and design challenges are redefined. For the city of The Hague, the promotion and innovation of the peace & justice sector is one of the main priorities. By working with these students and graduates form all over the world, it has become clear how important it is to include the ideas of non-judicial experts when trying to understand how the City of Peace and Justice is really perceived of by the larger audience. By overtly using critical thinking, deleting imago and translating peace & justice back to key human and sensorial experiences, we try to open up this (im)material heritage that we call Hague Thinking.
Visualizing peace & justice is a project of the Design Academy Eindhoven and the Municipality of The Hague, Higher Education and International Affairs. In 2016 and 2017, the designers were graduate students from the Man & Leisure department of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Visualizing peace & justice was their individual graduation project. In 2017, several students from the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague participated in the project. In 2018, as much as 55 students from the Master courses Information Design, Contextual Design and Curating & Writing, were involved in the project. In interdisciplinary groups they worked in 4 tutored groups, leading to 16 inspiring ideas.
VisuaIizing peace & justice is coordinated by Anneleen de Jong, PhD candidate at the University of Leiden and founder of Hague Thinking Foundation.
The moving momento 2018
In this installation Daan Wubben wishes to address the gap between the number of recognized countries and the number of existing countries in the world. This gap plays an important role in international affairs, and is key to politics and practice of Peace & Justice in The Hague.
For more information on Daan Wubben: www.daanwubben.com