Onomatopee office & projectspace
5611 VB Eindhoven
info (at) onomatopee.net
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Opening hours during exhibition periods:
Saturday - Sunday from 13:00 - 17:00
and by appointment
If you like us, big chance we like you!
Feel free to step by and see how you can join in the sum!
Onomatopee often welcomes engaged interns, who are willing to produce hands-on.
We currentley have an intern stop.
We are looking for both production / artistic management interns with a background in either cultural science, art history or art policy, as well as design students who will assist in graphic design, spatial / exhibition design, PR and events.
Students interested in a (graphic) design internship please send your CV, covering letter and portfolio (not bigger than 10 pages, and not larger than 4Mb).
Other students, please send your CV, covering letter and list of relevant projects to Freek. Please contact us via e-mail only.
Bank: ABN AMRO
Account no. 409155551
VAT No./BTW No. NL815883924B01
KVK no. 17190453
How nice to design culture! But how shall we do this? Who is able to do so, who is empowered, and who’s acting? …And why should we get involved…?
Onomatopee playfully frames and manifests our progressive capacity to design culture. At Onomatopee, architects, urban planners, graphic and spatial designers, cultural critics, marketers, artists, politicians and others willing to engage with the meaningfulness of designed culture, get together, within a constructive sphere of nurturing, cultural citizenship, to negotiate and establish our cultural future via design’s playful, political practice.
Each project consists of an exhibition, which allows our experience to become durable, and a publication that gives context to our imaginations. Projects expand upon both real-time cases and abstract thought. Onomatopee mediates between professionals and the general public, interconnecting people’s perspectives and professions, and thus taking on the role of cultural producer of public interests. An average of 23.000 people engage with the Onomatopee project-space in Eindhoven annually, whilst the publications are distributed via bookshops, fairs and various presentations around the world.
Onomatopee has three modes of production. The Research Projects – self-initiated and self-produced – constitute Onomatopee’s core. These projects establish a public sphere of negotiation relating to our daily surroundings. NEST Projects – initiated by Onomatopee on a project basis – thematically show and frame new, young and local art and design talents. Cabinet Projects – collaborations, both artistically as well as in terms of production – with other institutions or individuals who share our passion to playfully enact design’s criticality.
All in all, Onomatopee is a movement by and for anyone interested in engaging with the quests and cases fundamental to our designed culture. Let’s try to open up this field and make it accessible for everyone – let’s enjoy playing with the parameters!
What would be your statement?
To re-evaluate our relationship to the design(ing) of our culture:
How to design?
What is your mission?
To stimulate visual emancipation (morality).
To stimulate participation in the public sphere (ethics).
To mediate between professionals and the general public (education/participation).
How do you want to actualise that?
By manifesting a playful criticality and capacity.
How do you know when you’ve succeeded?
If visitors respond well to projects in the exhibition space, if people return to visit our space or our website, if people buy our books or subscribe to our mailing list, or if we get more invitations to lecture at places or more offers for projects by individual producers or organisations and the like.
What distinguishes Onomatopee from other platforms?
1. Each project consists of both a presentation (a direct interaction) as well as a publication (enabling contextualisation) – in order to strengthen our capacity to design our motives via active engagement;
2. Every project should progressively feed our relationship to culture; either stimulating, in a speculative sense, or by attempting to effect change.
How to organise this on a professional level?
3. Each project builds upon the sincere and worthwhile motives of a particular producer able to communicate and produce effectively, regardless of their discipline or résumé;
4. Each project facilitates participation at different levels, allowing emancipatory access within designed culture, to a broad audience; always thematically framed.
Onomatopee is neither a publisher nor a commercial production house; Onomatopee is a partner to anyone interested in relating further to the design of our environment.
What type of projects do you realise and how do you fund this?
1. Research projects: projects initiated by Onomatopee, funded via grants on the year program by the Mondriaan Fund and the Municipality of Eindhoven: Onomatopee’s core programme;
2. NEST projects; annual series of four projects that make low visibility/emerging, local voices and currents public – thematically clustered, and funded per annual project series;
3. Cabinet projects; produced on a project basis, both financially and artistically, in collaboration with other institutions or individuals who sympathise with our mission.
Feel free to download a less colored and less visual version of the publication about Onomatopee, made in 2011 on the occasion of their 5 year existence here