Tales of a City

The Graphic Design department of the KABK participates in the international Erasmus artproject 'Tales of a city'. This year, the participating universities Marmara University Istanbul and Sint Lucas from Antwerp visited the KABK in The Hague.

Three years in a row, the academies visit one of the other partner institutions. The project started last year in Istanbul when it was cultural capital of Europe. This year, the project takes place in The Hague.

Students of the three academies worked in groups of five persons for two weeks. Literature was taken as a starting point for the project to make a visual analysis of the city The Hague. Texts have been selected about and from The Hague which show a specific aspect of this city. The texts were used either for discussion or inspiration. Important themes in The Hague that were discussed are the presence of water, war, politics and the city's link with the Dutch East Indies. Among others, they read texts by Wim de Bie, Louis Couperus and Vincent van Gogh.
To give the (foreign) students a good impression of the city, they went on a tour with the 'night mayor' and Wim de Bie took them to the blockhouse museum.

Students with their different cultural backgrounds work together on a visual reaction on the literary texts and the reality of the city itself. The outcome was presented after two weeks in an exhibition. The works have various shapes and sizes: from posters to installations.

See also the website and last year's projectwebsite


Tales of a City 2011

Tales of a City 2010