Bossche art students show graduation work during the Now Show

Christy Yee

All 162 students from St. Joost School of Art & Design, which earlier this week was allowed to pick up their diplomas, presents their graduation work until Sunday. They do this during the Now Show, which takes place in both Breda and Den Bosch. Point took a look at the graduates’ work in Den Bosch.

In Bossche Werkwarenhuis it is already a come and go of interested at 11 in the morning when the Now Show starts. Scattered across the first floor, graduate students have all displayed their work in front of a pistachio green cloth. From a production about the vulva and homemade clothes to Lucas award winner Lotte Meeuse’s work on waste salt, which she will transform into sustainable building materials. The students in the various specializations show varied work.

Tumtum slik
In the middle of the room, Christy Yee, who is trained in New Design & Attitudes, is still busy setting up her production called Let’s go sweet, let’s go Tumcy! In front of her is a motorcycle, decorated with tumtum sweets and other goodies. “It’s a silent suitcase that drives automatically and that kids can sit on when they don’t feel like going to airports,” Christy says with a laugh. “As a kid, I was pretty lazy, I hated the sound of rolling suitcases, and I loved tumtum candy. I only had to eat it on vacation. When I had to come up with a topic for my graduation, I thought: can I not anything about it? ”

Christy and her self-propelled, silent suitcase

The art student devised a colorful candy-decorated motorcycle that inside is a suitcase that children can sit on. The suitcase even drives around via a motor and is silent. It may sound like something that does not work in practice, but she tested her creation in the middle of Schiphol, with children sitting on it. ” It was really fun and it worked, ” Christy says proudly, showing that the ‘suitcase’ is actually running. “The whole manufacturing process was amazing. I just played. And snacked.”

” For many students, graduating may have been stressful, but it did not bother me. Just a little at the final presentation. I really enjoyed it and really enjoyed working on it. “

Now that Christy has graduated from St. Joost, she hopes to eventually have the suitcase released by a manufacturer. “Roller suitcases are already there, but not one like mine. But first, it’s time for vacation! “

Climate change
A little further out in the room, Juul Janssen stands next to his self-illustrated book Until the rain falls† The student is trained in Illustrated and animated storytelling and made a book about climate change as part of his final production. “It’s a topic that interests me a lot, but that others have a hard time doing anything about,” she says.

Juul and her book

To get people to think about the subject again and subtly encourage them to take action, she made a book in which the reader follows a fictional girl who also has to deal with climate change. She colored all 24 pages with watercolors. “A lot of work, but a lot of fun to do,” she says. The book contains illustrations with water, nature, birds, but also with everyday situations in villages. ” I could also have chosen to color the illustrations digitally, but the downside is that one can continue to adjust. It’s different with watercolors. “

‘I could have also chosen to color the illustrations digitally, but the downside of that is that you can keep adjusting.’

-Juul Janssen

The brand new alumni experienced the last period at St. Joost as a very nice. She will miss school and everything around it terribly. Corona plays a big role in this. “In fact, we just got back to school and now we’re leaving. It feels very strange. “

In addition to the bachelor students in Werkwarenhuis, graduate students also exhibited their work in Den Bosch. They did so in the EKP building. Everyone had their own corner where they exhibited their works. There were also students holding workshops and students doing performance art.

student debt
Visitors on the second floor walk right up to the sign The class of 524,988.07 on. It’s a sum of money that refers to Laszlo Goudman’s and fifteen of his fellow students’ total student debt. The topic had been in my head for two years. Student debt has a huge impact on our lives, but it’s something we would rather not talk about. We put it away, there is a taboo on it ”, says art and research student Laszlo, who together with fellow students got the idea to show the amount to the public in this way. ” I do not necessarily want to achieve anything with it, I am not an activist. Then I should have become a politician. I just wanted to show this moment of pain and give an insight into the financial aspect of our lives. “

Laszlo at the blackboard with the total student debt for his classmates and himself

The amount on display is closely linked to Laslo’s NFT project, which he co-authored with Wilbert Vogel and Jilles Feij. Next to the poster with the amount of money, there is a screen on the floor, which shows various photos and illustrations. Not made by the students themselves, but by a computer program that made it itself using artificial intelligence. ” Based on two hundred photos that our fellow students have given us. The program itself has made something out of that, “they explain.

Students hope to sell the images that the program has created in the future. ” To pay our student debt, or at least part of it, from that profit, ” he says with a laugh.

Now The show in Den Bosch and Breda can be visited free of charge for everyone until Sunday. More information about the students’ locations and productions can be found here.

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