The art of Utopia


by Jan Hamstra


Commisioned poster for Goethe-Institut Israel for the exhibition ‘The Art of Utopia’ at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. My poster centers around the (Utopian) idea of an Universal Basic Income. This UBI would give everybody a monthly sum of money to provide in their basic necessities. Both the left wing philosopher Bertrand Russel and the neoliberal economist Milton Friedman pleaded for this. It abolishes poverty and might revolutionize how we think about work and money; to not be dependable on wages and have more freedom to decide for ourselves how to contribute to society and spend our lives meaningfully. Experiments show that people prioritize care for relatives, education and volunteer work, and barely work less hours.






The poster on display at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem
Image used courtesy of Goethe-Institut Israel



Projects



IDENTITY
Rotor Noorderzon
Senne Trip for Noorderzon Festival




MAP
Groningen Cityguide
Jaime Jacob & Tsjisse Talsma for Marketing Groningen




EDITORIAL
The Future of Animation

Jaime Jacob for Little White Lies





ZINE
Knetterijs #3: Timothy wants to be on TV
Knetterijs




PACKAGING
Martinus Beer labels and packaging
Kalle Wolters for Martinus Brewery





EDITORIAL
Mental Health
Tsjisse Talsma for Refinery 29




EDITORIAL
Darwin’s Diaries
Jaime Jacob for Anorak Magazine





IDENTITY
Nacht van de Filosofie
Maarten Huizing for Groninger Forum





POSTERS
Eurosonic Noorderslag
Knetterijs for City of Talent




POSTERS
Nulpunt
Maarten Huizing for TrivoliVredenburg





ILLUSTRATIONS
Knausgard
Kalle Wolters, Megan de Vos &
Jan Hamstra for Theater Bremen






BOOK
Manifesto of Doubt
Jan Hamstra





MUSIC
Sprokkelhout Album Art
Kalle Wolters for Sprokkelhout


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All artwork copyright Knetterijs