Ministerie van Ontroerend Goed, 2022

This installation by Maurik Stomps invites visitors to take a seat at one of the desk at the Ministry of Moving Matter. The space and furniture are deliberately a little to small, which puts the power of bureaucracy into perspective. Anyone can leave their own written drawn or photographed story about the city here, or record a message via the telephone to contribute to a growing archive. The Ministry will tavel to the city to collect new stories there as well, using the mobile counter that is part of the installation. The collectively curated archive will aim to answer the central question of this project: ‘how public is public space’ Where does the boundary lie between the freedom of the individual and control of the masses?

Designing the Social is an exhibition exploring 100 years of socially driven, idiosyncratic ideas about living together.