The project explores the reciprocal relationship between economy and design, in the past and in light of recent developments. Take It or Leave It aims to involve designers, theoreticians and the public in a debate around value, utility and the struggle to make ends meet. In the Van Abbemuseum you are invited to witness a unique visual survey comprised of works by local Eindhoven designers – all accomplished thanks to various subsidies. Comprising together a 3D infographic scheme, the array of works reveal the story of the Eindhoven design scene and its dependency on economic support – freezing the present for a moment, before the reality of upcoming budget cuts sets in. The Take It or Leave It visual survey offers a tangible and matter-of-fact focal point for a public debate on the economic viability of design.
Participants: Maaike Bertens, Mieke Cuppen, Charlotte Dumoncel D'argence, Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi, Tom Frencken, Lara de Greef, Bas Hesen, Jola Hesselberth, Ilona Huvenaars, Anthony Kleinepier, Yorit Kluitman, Maarten Kolk and Guus Kusters, Kathy Ludwig, Lucas Maassen, Rop van Mierlo, Jo Meesters, Anouk Parijs, Alexander Pelikan, Ralph Roelse, Truc, Florian de Visser, Doreen Wesphal, Jozua Zaagman.
Curators: Hadas Zemer Ben-Ari and Freek Lomme