Improvising and experimenting
Firstly, a couple of playful objects were Made, inspired by Baas's earlier Kiddy Rides, presented in Milan. After, a small room was built, with windows through which visitors could follow the process of collaboration. In the small space a cardboard décor was built, with large fantastic animals. The cardboard fantasy world triggered inspiring conversations. Is it art of design? Or a pile of cardboard?
During the work process, Baas raised the societal meaning of design. While they worked together hands-on, the students were forced to overthink their own ambitions. The décor offered starting points for conversations on the working process of designers and the changing role of design. With the young students, their consciousness of design being more than a new chair or vase was increased.
Maarten Baas was a key figure in the Kazerne opening exhibition OPEN MIND, from October 2014 to February 2015. Besides the Kazerne Lab project Joint Signature, he presented a couple of worked that came into being with the same principle, created together with renowned artists/designers Teun Hocks, John Körmeling and Bertjan Pot.