Seeking Spatial Justice
Interactive Installation (2018)

The Hague is often cited as the most culturally and economically segregated city in The Netherlands, while continually branding itself as International City of Peace and Justice. Among many factors, some of its most prevalent spatial inequality manifests through portrayals  in media. Our focus was on two areas – Schilderswijk and the World Forum – representing extremes of media representation. When visiting the city, are the diplomatically glorified visions of the World Forum any more accurate than the manufactured and highly racialised fear-mongering in the portrayals of Schilderswijk’s so-called ‘Sharia Triangle’?

We chose to counteract the media rhetoric to show a different side of each area to that which is typically portrayed - the mundane and everyday, versus the overblown extremes. An interactive installation consists of two contrasting screens - one taken directly from media sources, and one showing sunds and sights from our own fieldwork investigations. A sensor is programmed to play the audio of the video behind, intentionally disorientating the viewer causing them to question what they are being exposed to.

Project in collaboration with Margareta Feyerova and Twin de Rooy, commissioned by municipality of Den Haag – International City of Peace and Justice.

Den Haag Media from Colin Keays on Vimeo.