Counter-Campaigning Workshop

Pre-Election Public Campaign Art Interventions

26 feb 2010
26 feb 2010

Should artists' works pick a political side in the upcoming elections or do they stand above all sides? By hacking or commenting on messages of policital parties, do you generate attention for the object that's commented upon thereby risking misinterpretation? What forms of art interventions are the most effective in public campaigning?


Counter-Campaigning workshop results - Photo by Raphael Rehbach Raphael Rehbach



This day long action-packed workshop – just before the start of the Dutch city-council elections – will allow participants to be introduced to the theme by experienced art and design practitioners as well as experts in the activist and political scene. Together we will formulate new messages, produce and distribute our messages prior to the upcoming elections.
During the workshop participants, artists and theoreticians will brainstorm and create quick campaign reactions, and distribute them in the city.

Workshop program

26th February 2010 from 10.00 - 17.00 hours.

10:00- 10:15
Introduction by Foundland, followed by a brief summary of the "Bol=Tulp" Salon from the day before
10:15- 11:00
Brief introduction of participants & their work/practice.
11:00- 13:00
Participants work in groups or on their own to conceptualize campaign plans.
13:00- 14:00 Break for lunch
14:00- 17:00
Production of campaign- printing, painting, performance (materials kindly supplied by Mediamatic)

We will work with existing political slogans, poster campaigns, speeches etcetera. The results can be based on our collection of campaign material or newly made.


  • Posters
  • Buttons
  • Speech
  • Paint
  • Printing
  • Computers
  • Photography

Information and registration

Tea and coffee available all day, lunch is D.I.Y. (Many nice sandwich places across the street).
The day programme costs € 10, and includes drinks and production of the campaign.
Register by clicking the magenta RSVP button and we'll keep you posted.
If you have questions please contact Deborah Meibergen at: