The Medicine Factory is part of the 10th edition of the Design Column exhibition in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. "Crazy Care" shows four design projects that all deal with the healthcare system.

Dutch artist Martijn Engelbregt does not believe in welltrodden paths, pigeon-holes and rules. He has developed his "creative disordering proces studio" Circus Engelbregt in an endeavour to increase social sustainability in the world by disrupting it on the one hand and connecting it on the other. For example he wants to democratize our health with his DIY pills called OER © Equisetum Remedy. European law forbids it but why shouldn’t we be allowed to make our own medicines?

The Medicine Factory is part of the 10th edition of the Design Column exhibition in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. "Crazy Care" shows four design projects that all deal with the healthcare system.

The Medicine Factory is a laboratory within the museum, that contains everything you need to make your own natural medicine. However, The Medicine Factory' is not only a static installation - on occasions it turns into an ambulant workplace for the public to come and prepare their own medicine. ARTtube was invited to document this special workshop.

In recent times we might have lost the knowledge about plants and their healthy qualities, but The Medicine Factory wants to prove, that in spite of not knowing, we will still be able to find plants with medicinal qualities, if we dare to trust our intuition. With the help from a plant expert and a method developed for this project called 'the intuitive plant approach' (de Intuïtive Plantbenadering) the participants will find a plant in the museum park that speaks to them on an intuitive level and afterwards turn it into a medicine.

The Medicine Factory is now nominated for a Dutch Design Award '15 in the category 'Design Research’. The commission is especially positive about the emphasis that the Medicine Factory places on intuition.

Design Column #10 - Crazy Care is on view until July 5 2015.

Video credits

  • A film by Simone Lilmoes
  • Executive producer: Els Hoek 
  • Interview assistent: Laurence Ostyn
  • Music: "Insatiable Toad", Blue Dot Sessions - CC Freemusicarchive.org
  • Special thanks to: Martijn Engelbregt, Annemartine van Kesteren, Pavèl van Houten, Rascha Wisse and all workshop participants
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    Every three months the Design Column focuses on a news item in the form of a small exhibition. This series offers portraits of the designers featured in the exhibition.