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Dutch Mountain - Landscape of
Fictions, Memories and Desires
essay Sandberg Instituut
2015

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'Dutch Mountain: Landscape of Fictions, Memories and Desires'


Voice-over Public space
commissioned by Nikola Knežević
2015, Amsterdam



Design Column #9 Conflicted
Disarming Design from Palestine
[Relax hardly pillow & Measuring inequality]
exposed in Boijmans van Beuningen
11.2014 t/m 25.01.2015, Rotterdam

 


Relax hardly pillow
Disarming Design
in collaboration with Diala Isid
2014, Palestine

Many Palestinians can’t travel easily, and when they travel they
experience a lot of stress; will they pick me out, ask me questions, check my bag…

This seemingly comfortable and relaxing neck pillow, is in fact uncomfortably heavy on your shoulders. It embodies the saying: ‘To carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.’

On the pillow you will find a label that says: تروح وترجع بالسلامة / Trouh o terja' bel salameh which means: Go and come back safely. On European products you will find slogans like: Bon Voyage. Have a good trip. Goede reis. But this arabic saying also reminds you to take care of your return.


Measuring inequality
Disarming Design
in collaboration with Helen Underhill
2014, Palestine

“Palestinian consumption in the OPT (West Bank) is about 70 liters a day per person - well below the 100 liters […] recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) - whereas Israeli daily per capita consumption, at about 300 liters […] In some rural communities Palestinians survive on […] barely 20 litres per day” (Amnesty International, October 2009).

This measuring cup demonstrates the unequal division of water. Filled to the top line, it represents the 300 liters that Israelis (including settlers) consume per day. If you fill the cup to the middle line, it represents the amount of water that is recommended by the WHO. Filled only to the bottom line, you see the average amount of water for Palestinians in the West Bank.

The cup’s lack of traditional measurement values reflects the fact that many Palestinians must guess the amount of water they have remaining (because rooftop water tanks are re-filled irregularly); if I take a shower now, and do the dishes, can I wash my clothes as well?

[117 ml represents the 70 liters of water for Palestinians in the West Bank]
[167 ml represents the 100 liters that is recommended by the WHO]
[500 ml represents the 300 liters that Israelis (including settlers) consume per day]