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public participative intervention 

5 energetic robotised horns storm the Brussels market square like elated children. After three months of lockdown, there is no stopping them. They are wagging their tails chasing a cyclist, making naughty laps around a cuddling couple or looking at the passer-by with questioning and touching eyes. Are they stretching their mouths wide open, hoping that we will listen to them? Or are they gigantic ears, keen to hear our story?


Crisis times are accompanied by an overwhelming noise. Politicians, experts, citizens with strong opinions make themselves heard on public channels and social media. The

loudest shouters get heard. In the context of the current crises, we note an increasing polarisation. The extreme voices prevail.

Extreme views get the most attention in the public debate. Polarisation is characterised by the silence of the middle, the

hushing of the nuanced and often conciliatory voice.

CREW & K.A.K. deploy the horned robots as megaphones of the unheard voice.




Laura Vandewynckel

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