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May 12, 2016
Book launch Turtle 1 - Building a car in Africa

18 June, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
May 7, 2016
Borders Kill at 'A Concert for the Refugees'

Nikos Pilos shows a selection of work at Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Greece
May 3, 2016
App launch and programme White Spots

A Journey to The Edges of The Internet
May 1, 2016
New Publication: Picha 5 – UHURU minor accidents, Eng. M.W. Wambwa

The fifth book from the Ebifananyi series
Feb 3, 2016
Mediating the war

Debate about the social media war in Syria

Book launch Turtle 1 - Building a car in Africa
18 June, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
The majority of the world lives in a do-it-yourself environment. Intrigued by the functioning of these communal spaces, artist Melle Smets and sociologist Joost van Onna travelled to Suame Magazine (Ghana) where cars are disassembled and their parts traded. They collaborated with local artisans and organisations to create a truly African car in only 12 weeks. The results of this adventure are currently on show at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen as part of the group exhibition Project Rotterdam.

After a promotional tour through Europe, the vehicle returned to Suame Magazine where talks began regarding an assembly line for Turtle 2. What has happened since then? Is there going to be a Turtle 2? The exciting story of Turtle 1 is now available as a book, which will be launched in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen on 18 June.


The book will be launched at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, where a presentation of the project is currently on show as part of the group manifestation Project Rotterdam.

Playwright, photographer and Volkskrant columnist Hans Aarsman (and writer of the car culture book Vroom! Vroom!) will introduce the book to the audience. Melle Smets and Joost van Onna will present the first copy of the book to the Ghanaian Deejay O’Neil Amponsah.

The launch will be live broadcast in the Netherlands and Ghana by community radio station Radio Akasanoma. Deejay O’Neil Amponsah will moderate this festive event.

Read more about Turtle 1 - Building a car in Africa.

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Borders Kill at 'A Concert for the Refugees'
Nikos Pilos shows a selection of work at Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Greece
On June 8, we show solidarity with our fellow human beings suffering. The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra plays 'A Concert for the Refugees' at the Thessaoliniki Concert Hall. The orchestra plays the symphonic works of Mahler and Chausson. The music is accompanied by a selection of photographs and videos of Borders Kill, a project by the Greek photojournalist Nikos Pilos and Paradox. The proceeds of the benefit concert will go to the improvement of te refugee living conditions in Greece.

Borders Kill is about the masses of migrants and refugees risking their lives, desperately trying to get into Greece and out again, further into Europe. The footage is shot throughout the year, displaying the situation on the island of Kos and at the Idomeni border. Pilos jumps from capturing the masses of people to individual stories. At the concert, a projection tells the story of Ali Jeyedad, who undertook two journeys to seek refuge in Europe and bring his family to safety. You can find more info on Borders Kill here.

The concert is realized with the support of the Goethe Institute, Athens.

App launch and programme White Spots
A Journey to The Edges of The Internet

What separates the online and offline places on this planet? Are we growing towards being always and everywhere online or can we also specify where, when and why we sometimes want to be offline? White Spots is a cross-media project in which a number of parties explore the implications of being connected 24/7. Part of the project is the White Spots app, which launches on Tuesday May 3th during the Tegenlicht MeetUp at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam.

The White Spots app takes its users on a journey via the networks of which we are all a part to the so called ‘white spots’, places with no digital connection. Users can follow the route to these white spots and report from this non-digital world or discover living offline in 22 videos, 4 photo reports and 2 VR stories. You can download the White Spots app from May 4th in the Android and iTunes Store (Dutch only).


App launch White Spots – Tegenlicht Meetup
Tuesday May 3th, 8.00 PM, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

The White Spot app will be launched as part of the ‘Tegenlicht MeetUp: Slimme steden’. Technologists, strategists and designers discuss the phenomenon of the ‘smart city’ and the effects on efficiency, privacy and living conditions of its inhabitants. You can make reservations here (the MeetUp is in Dutch only).

TV broadcast - ‘VPRO Tegenlicht: Offline als luxe’
Sunday May 8th, 9.05 PM, NPO 2

Together with the app, filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak, made the VPRO TV broadcast ‘Tegenlicht: Offline als luxe (Being offline: a luxury)’. In her documentary, Van der Haak uses the White Spots app as a guide to meet a number of people who want to control and constrain being online all the time. Watch the broadcast (available from Monday May 9th).

Tegenlicht MeetUp ‘Offline als luxe’
Wednesday May 11th, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

On May 11th, Van der Haak, designer Richard Vijgen, photographer Jacqueline Hassink and researchers Pepita Hesselberth and Ruben Jacobs will discuss their White Spots project and the subject of being connected all the time. You can make reservations here (the MeetUp is in Dutch only).

Beside the app and Tegenlicht broadcast (VPRO), the White Spots project includes a publication from artist Jacqueline Hassink (publisher Hatje Cantz/ design Irma Boom), a documentary film (Conijn Film) and a travelling exhibition (Paradox).

White Spots - A Journey to the Edge of the Internet brings together the (analogue) prints of photographer Jacqueline Hassink, the film material of Bregtje van der Haak and the data visualisations of designer Richard Vijgen. The interaction between their contributions stimulates public debate on the importance and/or consequences of always being connected. White Spots is a collaboration between Paradox, VPRO and Conijn Film.

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Project Rotterdam
13/02 - 28/08/2016, Group show which includes Turtle 1 by Melle Smets & Joost van Onna. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,

Borders Kill
Nikos Pilos, 9/06 - 31/07/2016, Group show which includes the videos and live Twitter feed of Borders Kill by Nikos Pilos, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece. Part of the Athens Photofestival,

Women We Have Not Lost Yet
Issa Touma, 9/06 - 31/07/2016, Group show which includes Women We Have Not Lost Yet by Issa Touma, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece. Part of the Athens Photofestival,

new publications
Picha 5: UHURU - minor accidents - ENG. M. W. Wambwa
Andrea Stultiens | Design Andrea Stultiens | Language: English | Pages: 264 | Publisher: Paradox & HIPUganda | Order at YdocStore

Turtle 1 - Building a Car in Africa
Melle Smets & Joost van Onna | Design Ko Sliggers | Language: English | Pages: 240 | Publisher: Paradox & Kettler Verlag | Available: June 2016 |Pre-order at Ydoc Store

Women We Have Not Lost Yet
Issa Touma | Design Kummer & Herrman | Language: English & Arabic | Pages: 42 | Publisher: Paradox & André Frère Éditions | Order at YdocStore

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Mondriaan Fund

Paradox is supported by the Mondriaan Fund