Collaborative DIY Installation | Electron Cultural Foundation | Breda, The Netherlands
Over 300 people participated in this International Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Collaborative Cultural event in Breda, The Netherlands. Joining DeYoung were Gerrit Westerveld, international designer, artist and publisher, and Rotterdam designer Circe Penning-Devries, and Eltine Peterse, Project Manager and Community Organizer. Designers and artists as well as community members created work on-site, over a two-week, “do-it-yourself,” period of installation. The event was open to the public over the two weeks and featured the “making of the work” as the event itself. The installation evolved hourly/daily throughout the two weeks as the participants changed and work in process evolved. Visitors could interact with and/or join the participants. All work was made through sustainable processes and using locally acquired reclaimed materials.
Inside Out revolved around a participatory environment, conducive to social exchange and encouraged cultural enrichment and the exchange of ideas. Inside Out undermined the traditional distinction between maker and viewer, artist and amateur, democratizing and valuing the making of things. The inclusive, culminating “Festival of the Arts”celebration included food from the across the socio-economic and ethnic spectrum of Breda. During the collaborative event, works were created and featured from all levels and ages: from elementary kids, to adults, from troubled teens, folks in reintegration projects as well as professional artists.