Rebekka Fries
VIDEO INSTALLATION Did not take place
THESIS Our (not so) guilty pleasure
VIDEO Smart parade
GRAPHIC DESIGN Mediafonds@Sandberg
VISUAL Research
WEBSITE Most Wanted

Group exhibition 'Wait for Cue'
Video stills extended screen
Video stills smartphone interface
Did not take place

Named after a collection of three short essays by Jean Baudrillard: 'The Gulf War Did Not Take Place'. The culture theorist argues the Gulf war was a carefully scripted media event and its coverage in the news was used as a tool for imaging.

‘Did not take place’ is a two screen video installation, in which the narrative is visualised using a smartphone interface, experienced by the visitor on Using this particular ‘intimate’ medium produces an immersive experience and a new form of digital storytelling.

The project confronts the visitor with our current Western disconnected worldview towards conflict related news items. And researches how the smartphone user responds to contemporary political and society news related topics, which collide with personal, software and hardware notifications.

The narrative of the project is set in a suggestive scenario taking place in 2021; inhabitants flee the Netherlands. Using the interface of the main character, the visitor experiences her uncertainties and displacement.

— Group exhibition 'A Celebration of Chaos' 10th of March at ArtEZ, Arnhem 2018

— Screening at Roodkapje, organized by MINT, Rotterdam 2018
— Group exhibition Wifibles at Todays Art, The Hague 2017
— Graduation exhibition Wait for cue Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam 2017

Video stills smartphone interface Project 'Did not take place'
Our (not so) guilty pleasure
Ignoring conflict related news notifications on our smartphones by watching a 'cat videos' instead, but we won't excape the suffering of 'the other'. As cats might live in a human designed enviroment, all of the cat 'failures' captured on video represent an situation in which the cat is being 'spoken for' and taken 'advantage' of. Which means I am still looking at suffering.
Product process Picture Rebekka Fries
Prototype 'In-Between' Picture Isabel Zoetbrood
In-Between Rebekka Fries & Nour Nsheiwat, Artisan Jaber Tayeh (Disarming Design from Palestine)
'Disarming Design from Palestine' workshop focusses on a collaboration between designers and artisans developing products which exposes the current situation of the Palestinians.

The double sided wooden maze toy 'In-Between' refers to the current situation of students at the Palestinian refugee camp 'Gaza' in Jerash, Jordan. As the students aren't allowed to continue their study at universities considering their current citizenship the two-sided Arabic texts 'dream' and 'reality' represents: their 'dream' to continue their education and 'reality' as the bureaucratic situation. This product is designed in collaboration with designer Nour Nsheiwat and made by artisan Jaber Tayeh.

— Organized by
Disarming Design from Palestine, Darat al Funun
Amman Design Week
& Sandberg Institute
— Participation supported by
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Smart parade
The video uses the visualization of the smartphone interface to inform the viewer about the Gay Parade. The viewer follows the interface of an protagonist who enthusiast his friend to attend the Gay Parade and all its events as the current.
— Made for Algemeen Dagblad in cooperation with ACED & MyChannels

Presentation of Unmapping Europe projects Pictures by Birte Veenkamp
Mediafonds@Sandberg: Unmapping Europe
Mediafonds@Sandberg is a yearly masterclass in which designers and journalist realize new ways of storytelling.

For the end presentation an visual language was designed to represent the topic 'Unmapping Europe'. By literally unmapping the geometrical form of the flags provided an playground to rearrange contexts.