THE VOICE OF... gives the individual an insight into the arena of public communications which forms our cultural understanding. Communication in public space, such as billboards with commercial sales pitches or so-called ‘public’ information produced by the government, these are the face of our culture – they form the understanding of culture which we, as individuals, morally and socially live up to. But can the citizen take part in the conversation? Where is the individual in relation to this one-sided communication?
In THE VOICE OF... citizens and alternative communicators join forces to give individual voices a role on the public stage!
Teams of individual citizens and graphic designers:
TEAM 1 Angelica Goyenechea Jaramillo & Foundland
TEAM 2 Jos Poortman & Cox & Gruysenmeyer
TEAM 3 Jane Hardjono & Drawswords (Rob van den Nieuwenhuizen)
THE VOICE OF... shows, on the one side, pamphleteering works by communicators who, using layered perspectives, extort an explicit cultural understanding by and for the citizen in the public domain, in word and image. On the other side, it challenges the citizens, supported by progressive graphic designers, to express their opinions on posters by which means they lay a claim to public space as the terrain of individual cultural production. Onomatopee hung the posters alongside arterial roads and in the city – irrespective of the content!