I'm a designer, researcher and writer. I'm interested in culture at the fringes or outside of what's considered 'the mainstream' and it's position in contrast to popular culture. Therefore, I choose to actively engage in projects that I understand as radical, honest and critical.
Since 2014, I'm active as a self-directed writer, researcher and designer. My practice focusses on socio-cultural phenomena, which I analyse with help of methodologies stemming from analytical design criticism. I have published stories in magazines such as Frame and Uncube. I have worked as a coordinator of the master lecture programme at Design Academy Eindhoven and have worked as a freelance researcher and writer at Studio Makkink & Bey. I'm an empathetic, eloquent and attentive person motivated to write and publish.
I consider design as an opportunity for public empowerment and skill sharing, as a tool for everyday political engagement. Behind the production and consumption of objects lies a fundamentally subjective use value, be it of a cultural, ideological, political or other personal nature. This, I explore through my practice.
I see the role of a designer as grounded in an in-depth analysis of the dynamics inherent in social arrangements and material cultures. Putting into doubt our socio-ontological constants, our discursive and material routines, which structure our lifeworlds necessitates us to “overcome the laziness of consciousness” (Beuys, 1990) and to explore a mode of thought which cuts across convenient totalisations. In my practice I am dedicated to the facilitation of events of doubt in dialogue with my surrounding environment.
After graduating from the BA (Hons) Product Design at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, UK, I pursued a Master of Design in Contextual Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, NL. I'm currently based in Hochheim, Germany and Enschede, NL.
You can contact me via jeannettepetrik[at]gmail.com
Dating the Chorus
As a member of the editorial team of the publication 'Dating the Chorus' I've collaborated with Erik Ritzel on the graphic design of the magazine. 'Dating the Chorus' makes voices from the Chorus of Documenta 14 visibe and discusses issues such as art-mediation, critical thinking in art and precarious work. My personal contribution to the publication is entitled 'Ignorance is Scary', referencing Banu Cenetoglu's work 'BEINGSAFEISSCARY' and Pope.L's 'Whispering Campaign' ("Ignorance is a Virtue"), both currently shown at the exhibition of the Documenta.
'Education is always about the future: An Interview with Tania Bruguera'
Temporary Art Review published an interview with Tania Bruguera which I conducted in 2016.
I will participate at Documenta in Kassel as a member of the Chorus. This entails a dialogical, non-hierarchical, associative process of going for walks through the exhibitions together with visitors while uncovering critical themes and discussing hidden knowledge.
Tec Art Rotterdam
I will be hosting an evening of talks and live-performances at Tec Art in Rotterdam. The same evening, Jan Krühler and I will show our noise performance 'Sollbruchstelle'.
I participated at the conference 'Mediations' at the RCA in London, November 21-22, initated by Pablo Calderon Salazar and Michael Kaetheler.
Re-location to Brazil
Temporary re-location to Brazil. Adventure, exploration, curiosity. Everyday life, routine, anti-tourism. Cultural expression, gender roles, fruit. Initiating collaborations with Frame Magazine, Onomatopee, Disegno Magazine.
SqEK Conference Rotterdam
I have participated at a conference with a focus on researching European squatting movements and have presented the paper 'Art squats, Anti-squatting and Activism in Enschede' together with Jan Kruehler.
Following an open call, the text 'The Uschi Principle' will be published soon in Fount Magazine.
'A Parasitical Breed of Consumer' is featured on the platform for discussion of socially-engaged projects 'Traders Talk', initiated by Pablo Calderon Salazar. You can view the project and follow the discussion through this link: http://www.traderstalk.org/contribution/a-parasitical-breed-of-consumer-3/
Tec Art Rotterdam
In the context of the technology-art exhibition Tec Art, I participated in a discussion on the theme of Post-Singularity. My contributions to the discussion included a video describing the scenario of the Singularity and a diagram documenting the arguments mentioned in the course of the discussion.
Curated by Studio Makkink & Bey the exhibition SuperLandEscapes draws connections between the oeuvre of the avant-garde architecture collective Superstudio and contemporary pieces of art and design which question the borders of nature, culture and their respective disciplines. I contributed to the exhibition with an essay that takes Superstudio's photocollage 'The Happy Island' as a point of reference.
The site-specific group exhibition was the first public event organised by the newly formed Diversiteit Collective, a group of artists and squatters who have claimed the building of Hengelosestraat 701, Enschede and wish to put it to use through a variety of cultural happenings. Reflex.701 is the collective effort of a group of 16 artists who give insight into their impressions of the recently squatted building. In the context of the exhibition, I have presented a text that speaks about the relation between squatting and the arts as a result of dialogue with the other artists involved in the exhibition.
Forum for an Attitude/ Forum fúr eine Haltung - Forum 1
On the theme of Solidarity, Depot Basel organised a think-tank for designers, artists, theorists and thinkers of other disciplines which I participated in. I contributed to the project's online presence with a reflective piece of writing on the session. It can be viewed through this link.
Forum for an Attitude/ Forum fúr eine Haltung
Together with Zeno Franchini, I'm compiling research about the attitude of contemporary emerging designers. Our work will be shown at Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and at Depot Basel, Switzerland
Gogbot Festival, Theories of Future Visions
I edited and designed the publication The Internet of Things, Theories of Future Visions for Gogbot Festival, a festival of art and technology in Enschede, the Netherlands.
I joined the collective 'Studio Complex' in Enschede, the Netherlands.
Right Here Right Now
I gave a performance at the symposium 'Right Here Right Now' at Onomatopee in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
ALT - Alternative Learning Tank
I hosted a workshop session on 'Behaviour Encryption' together with artist Heath Bunting. The Alternative Learning Tank was developed by the New World Academy 2013, initiated by Jonas Staal.
Simon Mari Pruys Prize for Design Criticism 2014
I was nominated for the Simon Mari Pruys Prize for Design Criticism with the text 'Gentrification Strategies'.
Radicalizing the Local
I participated as a reporter in the symposium 'Freehouse: Radicalizing the Local' at the Wijkwaardenhuis in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The project was initiated by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk.
December 2013 - March 2014
The Museum of Arte Util
'A Parasitical Breed of Consumers' was shown at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven in the context of the exhibition 'The Museum of Arte Util'. Furthermore, I participated in the exhibition as a performance artist and held a series of workshops.
New World Academy: Session III
I participated in the last session of the New World Academy on the subject of Leaderless Politics at BAK, Basis voor Actuele Kunst in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The project was initiated by artist Jonas Staal.
Trade School Amsterdam
I gave a class at Trade School Amsterdam, entitled "Extremist Actions as Situationist Performances of Conviction".
I did an artist residency at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
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