Rotterdam Told by People

city map mirrors

Commissioned by: Sweatshop Deluxe
Available in the webshop, Sweatshop Deluxe flagship store & selected stores

Research and storytelling: Stefan Blokker

Based on the experiences of:
Alba, Ana, Anton, Fons, Helmuth, Ivar, Julian, Kostas, Margreet, Patricia, Pierre, Richard, Rob, Romee, Trudy

 

The idea behind ‘Rotterdam Told by People’ was to create a map of the city based on people’s stories. We interviewed a very diverse group: young and old, male and female, local and foreigner, working class and upper class. We wanted to capture the widest range of experiences Rotterdam has to offer.
‘Rotterdam Told by People’ is a set of mirrors that reflect collective interpretations of the city. When looking into any of these mirrors, you will not only see yourself, but also people’s memories, impressions, and opinions about Rotterdam. The map shows locations that interest and matter to both locals and visitors. It is a cluster of individual experiences put together.
The people we interviewed spoke about what was important to them and often pointed or drew that as well. We used these sketches as a starting point for the mirrors. By putting all the visual and told contributions together we obtained a map of personal meanings.

 

‘Rotterdam Told by People’ is available in three sizes.

 

Big mirror: 905 x 841 mm

Big mirror: 905 x 841 mm

 

Medium mirror: 410 x 381 mm

Medium mirror: 410 x 381 mm

 

Key rings: 59.8 x 55.7 mm;  (left to right) Rotterdam harbours, Euromast, Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam, the Maas

Key rings: 59.8 x 55.7 mm;
(left to right) Port of Rotterdam, Euromast, Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam, the Maas

 

Fridge magnets: 59.8 x 55.7 mm;  (left to right) Rotterdam harbours, Euromast, Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam, the Maas

Fridge magnets: 59.8 x 55.7 mm;
(left to right) Port of Rotterdam, Euromast, Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam, the Maas

 

All told stories are available to read here. Please feel free to use the comment bar at the bottom of each page to share your stories and opinions about Rotterdam and other cities. We are very eager to find out about your experiences.