While you can find the unexpected there, Hôtel Droog also has an exhibition space with some pretty smart art. “Reframing Ambition” by Thomas Lommée & Christiane Högner was the current show. I loved this ever so clear part of their statement:
The exhibit was composed of a number of installations. One called Thinkering was an installation of shelves like you might find in a garage filled with canned goods cans of various sizes with white labels inscribed with verbs (probably in Helvetica font) describing how we spend our time. Sleep, read, think etc. At the end of the shelves were scales loaded with cans representing how we allocate our verb choices between time and money. The point is we have more choices now.
One other installation showed how the change from fully copyrighted patent protected intellectual property to a partly copyrighted open source design model gives all of us the opportunity to be participants and increases the importance of a standard structure that many can dock their own designs into.
My visit to the exhibition space at Hôtel Droog helped me understand the implications of some of the changes in design models and ways of earning a living. It certainly helped Thinkering!
For other posts on Amsterdam see:
Dutch Designer Marcel Wanders Part 1
Dutch Designer Marcel Wanders Part 2
Dutch Designer Marcel Wanders Part 3
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