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Can we use music making to challenge social and cultural borders in public space?
Music making can produce a mental state in which we sometimes forget about everything around us. A state in which our mind is more free from the known. Can we use this state of mind to bring people together, free of their cultural and social background? And perhaps even make them talk to each other, if only for a couple of seconds?
Theo 3
The 3 is made to bring joy to people. But furthermore to create mutual enjoyment, simultaneous joyful interactions, to lift people onto a similar mental state. Its dimensions are based on the idea of Proxemics, potentially allowing strangers to play it at the same time.



Process
Theo 2, On The Way To Public Space
Theo 2 is the result of a second iteration on collaborative musical instruments. It shows an easy to access approach to music making by simplifying notes and tuning. A circular arrangement suggests playing it in a group.

The instrument has been inside and taken outside, establishing environments to question its form and functionality, to draw learnings and develop new design criteria.
Every Conversation Can Make
You a Little Bit Better.
How can talking to fresh, new, unknown people make a difference?
On an individual level, narrow-minded thinking is an issue. Non-reflective behaviour in terms of waste, food, energy and acceptance. It is not sufficient and sustainable in a long term to tell people how they should live and act. Not reflecting on rules, values and behaviour leads to blindness.
If people are not open-minded for the new, other cultures and the planet, only little to nothing will change. This project's motivation is to add little to help people to become more open-minded and curious; therefore more reflective on their own behaviour in order to promote positive change.
Create for the collective, not for individuality.

Music can bring people together and "help us cope with the implications of our collective challenges." Working and thinking together for and about our societal systems is important and underestimated by many.

Whilst sustainable development also promotes interdependence and a sense of world citizenship, social and cultural diversity need not be a source of conflict. Rather, recognising the importance of diversity can help one to focus on humanity's capacity to work together to meet the enormous environmental and social challenges facing it. We should learn to celebrate unity in diversity. *
Integrate instruments in everyday environment.
They're not like guitars. Not intimidating like a guitar. When you hand someone a guitar, she/he says "I can't play this". But these you can play, because no one has played them before, no one can tell you how to play it.

Collaborative musical instruments could be used to strengthen the feeling of community in local areas. They can lower barriers between strangers regardless of their background.

These instruments can behave like props that, by putting people on the same level, both in terms of skills and culture, promote an alternative approach to music-making: which, at the same time, makes music and space more democratic.