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Confronting dilemmas

Dealing with Drugs

Maritime Museum Rotterdam (NL)

Most drugs enter our society via the port of Rotterdam. In ‘Dealing with Drugs’, you will be confronted by serious choices to make, shocking facts and figures, and the impact that the drug trade has.

Location
Rotterdam (NL)
Client
Maritime Museum Rotterdam
Year
2018
Surface
250 m2
Status
Semi-permanent
Role
Spatial design, Graphic design, Art direction
Team
Matt Vermeulen, Remco Swart
Technical realisation
Maritiem Museum Rotterdam
AV Productions
Chris Westendorp, Shosho, Meraki content agency
Soundscape and sound design
Danny Weijermans
Understanding the Problem

Each year, about 250 tonnes of cocaine are consumed in Europe. It is not known how much of this is imported via the port of Rotterdam. We read something about it almost every day but few people know about the complex world that is hidden behind the headlines. It’s a world that is becoming increasingly grim and ruthless, and one that is intermingling more and more with legitimate society.

It’s a good idea to experience this world for yourself, as this underworld is closer to you than you think.

Chris Westendorp

Scriptwriter for the Dutch TV series Penoza (‘Criminal Underworld’)

Play

It transforms a problem (drug usage) into an important educational experience and does so in a convincing and brave way.

Jury of the Grand Prix Award

Collaborations

The following (amongst others) cooperated with this experience/exhibition: the Customs Office, the Seaport Police, FIOD, the HARC (Hit And Run Cargo) Team, and ex-dealers from the port city of Rotterdam.

Awards

Grands Prix Award 2019

Participatory Experience – Silver