If we don’t dare to talk with other people, social cohesion will break down. With the Boijmans Launderette, Manon van Hoeckel has created the ultimate waiting room in the hope of creating unexpected encounters and conversations.

 

What happens when we stare blindly at our own version of reality and are no longer open to other perspectives?

Manon van Hoeckel designs meetings. As social designer, she has developed tools that allow ‘strangers’ to converse with each other. What happens when we stare blindly at our own version of reality and are no longer open to other perspectives? The disappearance of discourse in the public domain, in politics, and between various groups in our society is a problem which the designer tackles.

Video credits

  • Video: Anouk Wouters
  • Interview: Sophie Heijkoop
  • Thanks to: Manon van Hoeckel
  • Subtitles: Einion Media
  • With the support of: Fonds 21, VSBfonds, Gemeente Rotterdam, BankGiro Loterij, Boijmans Business Club
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