collected by
LIN VENAbout Lin Ven


Referene- Doing the dishes as a metaphor for governmental constructions.

Sketch - How long will a drying rack be if you only unload it twice a year?

Sketch - appropriating aspects of the routine

Sketch alarmclock

Sketch bike pump

Sketch dishes

Presentation - GREEN LIGHT

References - ERWIN WURM




Reference Lensvelt - Boring Collection

Sketch K O N T A I N #1

Sketch K O N T A I N #3


Sketch show box

Sketch unexpected world - backwards

Sketch parallel world (scale)

Sketch parallel world (scale)

Sketch scale / connotation

Sketch same function - different outcome

Sketch same function

Sketch double function, stored cup as decoration

Sketch double function, stored cup as decoration



in the late 70s italian architect, illustrator and industrial designer luigi serafini made a book, an encyclopedia of unknown, parallel world. it’s about 360-380 pages. it is written in an unknown language, using an unknown alphabet.

Slides Dog & Pony presentation

Stefan Heidenreich - Freeportism as Style and Ideology: Post-Internet and Speculative Realism, Part I

"The Geneva Freeport can hold up to one million artworks. Recently its facilities had to be expanded due to increasing demand. The artworks end up in wooden transport boxes, stacked in rows on shelves in huge halls, where they sit and wait for their price to rise or fall, or to be shipped to an auction or to another freeport. The air temperature measures 21 degree Celsius, with exactly 55 percent humidity.1 These are considered ideal conditions for the survival of artworks."

A product is designed to be made in China, its only function is to choreograph a dance of its own assembly.

Based on digital search engines, the Food Facility was symptomatic of the change in analogue thinking and acting after the emergence of internet. Everyone had the chance to meet the FOOD HOST, the FOOD ADVISER, and the FOOD DJ and order their take away with a twist.

"I undertook a journey to the high seas, defined by UNCLOS (United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea) as a portion of sea where no State can claim sovereignty. I intend the high seas as a zero degree space, where it is possible to re-imagine the relations between state, individual and territory, and therefore citizenship status. The purpose of this symbolic trip is the collection of fifty liters of international water, which I will transport to different geographical and juridical areas, suggesting the presence of a temporary exception zone, like an embassy without nationality."
photo by Paolo Patelli

How to make a standardized object (shoe in this case) in to an one of a kind object? Or, how to give the 'customer' the feeling the object is made for him/her only although it's standardized.

The potential of a box : DIY 3D printers.

As long the content fits in the limitations of the given measurements (the CoolBlue box) the content can be anything.

"When Apple revealed its newest line of MacBook Pros, featuring an utter lack of the beloved ports so many users have grown dependent on, it was immediately clear that dongles were going to become a problem. A company called Hyper sought to capitalize on the notebooks’ perceived shortcoming and launched an accessory that completely eliminates the need for separate adapters."(reference)

Subway travellers in rush hour


pressing cars into blocks - reducing the 'empty' space. economizing space

Artist WALEAD BESHTY Shipped Glass Boxes Inside FedEx Boxes to Produce Shattered Sculptures

Cat wants to sit in the cardboard box - no matter the size of the box.

Poging tot uitputtende beschrijving van een plek in Parijs
‘Mijn bedoeling op de volgende pagina’s was vooral al het andere te beschrijven: dat wat je gewoonlijk niet opmerkt, wat er niet toe doet: wat er gebeurt wanneer er niets gebeurt, behalve tijd, mensen, auto’s en wolken.’

Drilling equipment creates burial spots in the walls of underground cemetery under construction in Jerusalem. // Systemizing the death.

Superstudio was the name of an architectural movement formed by a group of university students in Italy in the late 60’s that immersed themselves in utopian and democratic ideals and expressed them through film, photomontage and striking visual imagery.

Organising a group of individuals to pretend

Forcing geometry on nature


Design v.s. Experience


PRIORITY LANE Priority Lane is an exhibition space initiated by Max Bouwhuis and Lin Ven. The general aim is to create a stage to investigate how the artistic approach is influenced by the urge to prioritise. The size of the exhibition space is 32 x 42 x 25 cm which is based on the maximum size of free cabin luggage allowed on a Wizz Air flight. A process of choosing, selecting, deleting and refining is obligatory. What will remain of the artistic concept when stripped off, essentialised, or minimised – thus prioritised?

Breathing = natural process. Breathing machine takes over the natural process. mimicing nature with an artifical machine.

1 FEB 2018

Organic movement based on precise organisation.

1 FEB 2018

22 people running behind a ball. It looks unorganised, even bestial sometimes. But the whole game is based on systems and tactics.

My own notes (2010)

31 JAN 2018

Using organic materials like fruit and vegetables, Polish artist Maria Bigaj (b. 1991) makes poetic sculptures in which she explores the natural process of transformation and decay. She also manages to create some confusion by playing with the properties of the material and giving it a new twist. Thus, a melon or pumpkin appears to be a stable connecting element, while steel bent into geometric shapes seems fragile. But what happens after a time? Bigaj subtly subverts our assumptions, playing with the unexpected results of decay, prompting us to look more closely.

30 JAN 2018


process // images // references // archive //



There are a lot of standard ways we approach systems, people, objects and situations. Repetitive routines make up a large part of our daily lives. If you think of how many hours you spend on routine activities you do absent-mindedly, why not spend time creating these routines to be more extraordinary experiences? To break them, so you can start to create them.

My project proposes to find potential in the ordinary and create space for the unexpected. To expand given frames and consciously create structures yourself. By looking at how you approach the basic routines, you can start extend this to other aspects in life and go about them more creatively.

MEDIA 25 MAY 2018

Video (including sound / storytelling)


MacGuffin Magazine (publication)
Science of the Secondary (publication)
David Attenborough (sound)
Secret life of machine (video)
Meghan Markle fights sexism in advertisement of dishwashing

GOAL(S) 25 MAY 2018

Using the context of an exhibition to have a closer look at three basic routines: dishwashing, vacuum cleaning and brushing teeth. (not focussing on 1 routine to avoid the image of graduating with a dishwasher..)

Shedding a (unusual) light on these routines to reveil a whole world of possibilities within the smallest, daily routines.

Loved ones, friends, jobs, hobby's, careers - they all come and go. But these basic routines will always return in your life.

Confronting the visitors with certain routines they do absent-minded. Who decided we spend less attention doing the dishes than designing a publication?

By researching and presenting the ordinary in an artistic way I would like to make people realise there can be whole universes in the smallest things in life.

Record the 'ordinary' things in an unique way. Give unexpected turns to things we take for granted. Trigger peoples imagination.

People going through my project should get the feeling of ' holy shit I actually never thought of this routine in this way'. I want visitors to leave and never experience vacuum cleaning / brushing teeth / doing dishes the same.

I DON'T want to graduate with a dishwasher, toothbrush and vacuum cleaner. I want to graduate with a broad and divers research in to all the hidden beauty and potential in these routines to make people realise they don't have to look for beauty in a far a way place.

NOTES 12 MAY 2018

Routines als circulaire, repetatieve bewegingen:

- De schoonheid van hiaten in circulaire bewegingen
- The beauty / nature of repetition
- Mantra: "A "mantra" is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers"
- Repetitieve aspect van ons bestaan
- Het draaien van de aarde
Ook het draaien van de aarde is vergankelijk. Het zal een keer ophouden - vergankelijkheid van het leven.
- Loop

NOTES 4 MAY 2018 (project text sketch)


We all have routines. They help us structure our daily life.


Even though we try very hard to organise ourselves in understandable systems - life is inconsistent. We try to fixate an always moving world but won’t ever be able to eliminate all unexpected situations. Over-organising can lead to unawareness to the small, beautiful surprises happening around us. We should use routines but not depend on them.


Domestic routines are a good example of universal routines. Dreaming away while doing your dishes, making a to-do list during vacuum cleaning your room, setting your alarm while thinking about your date tomorrow. Since you execute those routines without thinking about the actual physical act there is a potential to fill up this space with other content.


By creating minimal interventions in domestic routines, I want to confront my audience in a humorous way with their own automatic pilot. I want to open up some daily structures and create space for the unexpectations.


I made a selection of object representing domestic routines. At first sight they all look ‘normal’ but when taking a closer look you’ll find some alienating aspect to them.


Routines - /ruːˈtiːn/

1. a sequence of actions regularly followed.

2. commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity.

What routines do I have in my daily life? Why do I have routines and what routines do other people have? What are general routines and what are the personal routines?

Domestic routines are recognisable for most people. Dreaming away while doing your dishes, making a to-do list during vacuum cleaning your room, setting your alarm before going to bed.

I want to surprise the visitor with unexpected twisted to everyday, domestic objects.

Your alarmclock your daily mantra to wake you up, your vacuumcleaner having a universe inside itself, your lamp holding

I want to integrate nice, relaxing, utopian escapes in the daily domestic routines.


“Kontain is a collective of non-profit exhibition spaces founded in April 2018. The aim is to explore the relation between the container and its content. How to reveal unexpected potential of standardized spaces?”

I will create a series of physicial spaces (around 5). The shape of these spaces will be based on daily life objects. I’ll invite a selection of artists, photographers and designers to create a work for a specific given space. They will be asked to work with the theme of the unexpected potential of this standardized space.

I will promote the exhibition spaces as a collective called KONTAIN. This promotion will include online promotion, a website, posters, and an exhibition catalogue.


I am fascinated by the way we organize our world. We create all kinds of frameworks.

A perfect example is this Dog & Pony show. 35 graduates are asked to pitch their proposal within 200 seconds. We have the beamer [ ] and this microphone to convey our message to an audience. All sitting in an organized auditorium. It’s a very restricted framework to create an efficient way of handling 35 individual presentation within a specific timeframe of one day.
The Dog & Pony framework has as goal to be efficient. Other reasons to organize our world are for example:

  • gain control
  • protect ourselves from uncomfortable situations
  • save time and money
  • create safety

Organizing things is a way of fixating an always moving world. Those ways of organizing ourselves comes with certain expectation patterns.

Expectations are strong beliefs that something will happen or be the case. They come in all form and sizes. It can be our everyday expectation of the sun to rise, but it can also be the expectation of our pizza to be ready in 12 minutes.
The more we fixate ourselves within structures and systems, the more we fixate on the expected results of certain actions.

even though we try very hard to organise ourselves in understandable systems - life is inconsistent. Now and then, some more than others, we are confronted with unexpected situations. Also these situations come in all shapes and sizes. For instance, your app says the bus arrives at twelve - it doesn’t. How do we handle these UNexpectations? Do we get irritated or do we directly anticipate and find an other bus to bring us were we want to be?
Over-organizing won’t eliminate all unexpected situations and can lead to unlearning to coop with these situations. In other words, we unlearn to anticipate. and this is problematic.

Therefore my questions are:

How does behavioral conditioning influence our ability to anticipate in unexpected situations?

How can I as a designer confront people with their routines and create space for the fun of unexpectations?

I think an increase of awareness of our fixations and assumptions is important. We have the tendency to fixate ourselves in made frameworks to decrease the amount of uncomfortable situations. But there is a certain beauty in these uncomfortable situations. It gives space to play and surprise yourself, instead of getting irritated or angry.
By seeing the reality of inconsistency you don’t loose yourself in anxiety or hope.

As designers we have the responsibility to take in account the user experience of our designs. I want to shake up the relation between form and expectations. By creating minimal interventions in everyday systems, I want to confront my audience in a humorous way with their own automatic pilot.

I want to do this in order to
1. create awareness of the limitations given by certain expectation patterns
2. stress the importance of the ability to anticipate

I want to create an ode to the unexpected.

NOTES 15 FEB 2018

How do these two relate? What happens when content wants to fit in a container while it's too big? The dimensions of the container define the dimensions of the content. Everything is placed within a container. Not only physically, also conceptually. We live in a huge matryoshka: The body is our container (presuming 'me' is not just my body), our body is sitting in a room, which is part of a house, a building, a street, a city, a province, a country, etc. Being in a container is unavoidable. But when and why does the content become aware of the container? Simple, When you start bumping your head against the ceiling or you only juuuust fit in. When something easily fit in the given container, it doesn't have to be aware of it's existing. But when you only just fit or just not fit, you get confronted with it. And what happens when the container doesn't supply the space needed for the content?

  • 1. The content is anyways squeezed into the container.
  • 2. Parts of the content are left outside the container.
  • 3. The content is adjusted to fit in the container. ( think of ikea furniture )
  • 4. Hacking the container: the container is adjusted in a way the content anyways fit in it's original size.

when does this matryoshka system starts working against you?


  • What spaces are given?
  • 1. Auditorium
  • 2. Laptop
  • 3. Beamed presentation
  • dimensions projection = ??
  • aspect ratio presentation = 16:10
  • 3. 10 Slides
  • 20 seconds per slide

  • What are their limitations?

  • What is their potential?

NOTES 12 FEB 2018

  • - PIVOT POINT (kantelpunt*) of staying within set limitations or breaking the giving limitations.

    Which set of dimensions are regularly broken without consequences?
  • 1. Boot volume of a car
  • 2. Timeslots of individual talks with teachers
  • 3.

NOTES 8 FEB 2018

  • - STANDARDIZATION of space
  • - volume / limitation
  • The use of the words 'standardization' and 'standardisation' from 1800 till 2008 found in books on Google Books
  • "The spirit of the Roaring Twenties was marked by a general feeling of novelty associated with modernity and a break with traditions. Everything seemed to be feasible through modern technology. New technologies, especially automobiles, moving pictures, and radio, brought "modernity" to a large part of the population." (reference)

NOTES 2 FEB 2018

  • POTENTIAL of space
  • volume / limitation

NOTES 1 FEB 2018

  • things as they are planned v.s. Things that happen to be
  • traces of the grid
  • What happens when I apply my metaphoric visuals to real situations?
  • could it become characters? [reference: The Magnetic North]
  • design v.s. user experience

NOTES 30 JAN 2018

  • forcing a grid on organic matter
  • breaking the grid
  • personilising defined spaces (interior of your living space)
  • creating space within set restrictions
  • appropriating space
  • dynamics between organic shapes/primal behavior and the constructed
  • proposing to experience a given space in a different way

30 JAN 2018

30 JAN 2018

What happens when you force a grid on organic matter? What if the matter doesn't want (or isn't able) to function within the grid?