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OTB #8

Am 04. September 2015 kommen Trapped in Suburbia aus Den Haag zu Out The Box #8 in den Edelstall nach Hannover! Trapped in Suburbia konzipieren und gestalten visuelle Identitäten, Räume, Bücher, Webseiten, Poster, Ausstellungen, halten Vorträge und Workshops, lehren an Universitäten in Russland, China oder England und haben sich als Büro ein unglaublich abwechslungsreiches Portfolio erarbeitet. Die Arbeiten des Büros aus Den Haag, Niederlande wurden in den letzten Jahren entsprechend mit internationalen und nationalen Auszeichnungen gewürdigt. 

Out The Box #8 wird gefördert durch die Botschaft der Niederlande in Deutschland und nimmt Teil an JACKPOT - 24h I Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft I Bundesweit, dem am 04. September stattfindenden Veranstaltungsformat des Kompetenzzentrums Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes.

Obendrauf gibt’s für jeden Gast ein Siebdruck Poster, das von Trapped in Suburbia nur für diesen einen Abend gestaltet wird. Die Plakate sind limitiert und durchnummeriert. Gedruckt werden die 60 Exemplare von Atelier Riese.




10 € Early Birds
15 € Regular

(inkl. USt. zzgl. VVK-Gebühr) + inkl. Aftershowparty


Botschaft des Königreichs der Niederlande
JACKPOT | Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes
Fritz Kola
Bombay Sapphire


Ab 19:00 Uhr — Out The Box 

mit Trapped in Suburbia
Edelstall, Schwarzer Bär 2, 30449 Hannover

Ab 23:00 Uhr — Out The Beats

Im Anschluss an Out The Box findet ab 23 Uhr eine Feier im Edelstall statt, die gefährlich wird. Dafür sorgt heftige Musik von Flowo (ThisKO), Maupka (1/2 TWIN SET DJ Team) & Hendrik Infone (Lieber Klub) und unsere Bar mit sehr unanständigen Drinks.

Eintritt 3 €
Edelstall, Schwarzer Bär 2, 30449 Hannover



This is Experience
Design.We are
Trapped in Suburbia

‘This is Experience Design. We are Trapped in Suburbia’ is a monograph of the work and philosophy of Dutch Experience Design agency, Trapped in Suburbia and published by Coltrane and Dixon, Amsterdam.

With the term Experience Design people often think of digital interaction. But not at Trapped in Suburbia. Based on their work they have translated their philosophy into an interactive publication. The publication is an embodiment of their motto by Confusius; ”Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.” Through a combination of audio and visuals, it will take you through the theory and practice of Experience Design. 

The book contains two 10” vinyl records that tell the stories behind the projects, has 156 pages that show their projects and the reader has to get involved in order to fully experience the book. With a foreword by Erik Kessels of KesselsKramer.

Trapped in Suburbia is a Dutch design agency that has been running for 13 years. They started in the suburbs of The Hague and have won over more then 35 international design awards. Their designs are at first an art of dealing with people; it focuses on human interaction and engaging an audience. They don't expect them to sit back and relax, they want to take them on a graphic journey and surprise them. Maybe sometimes make them feel uncomfortable, or make them smile. But always try to open up the senses and set them out to seek and explore. Their audience is not just a target group, but a part of the design elements and they strive to immerse them in narrative design. They see themselves as storytellers, critical design thinkers and strategists who are aiming to create valuable and tangible experiences for people. 


"In today’s world, design alone isn’t enough. Wherever you look, the technology’s available to turn anyone into a designer. In other words, what was once a specialized craft that required years to learn has now been democratized. Whoever you are, wherever you are, you just need a laptop, WiFi, and the courage to throw a couple of ideas onto the Internet. If you’re lucky, those ideas will spark and fifteen seconds of fame will be yours. One consequence of this shift is that those who want to make design their livelihood need to chisel out a niche: identify what your thing is and keep doing it, over and over, until that territory becomes you. 

Another effect of egalitarianism is that the definition of design has shifted. You don’t have to display much in the way of traditional skills any longer. On a technical level, knowing DPI from PPI, and vector from raster is almost enough. No, what you really need is the capacity to tell stories, to share ideas and experiences in a way that connects — consistently — with a potential audience of billions. 

The strength of an original idea is more necessary than ever. 

At Trapped in Suburbia, it’s clear that originality is always their starting point. The thinking here goes beyond the expected with exploding posters, books that double as puzzle pieces and a dizzying range of styles. Beneath this eclecticism lie certain themes. Trapped in Suburbia embrace a playfulness that is absent in much Dutch design, a willingness to experiment and revel in “flaws.” Their niche then is letting it all hang out, pursuing their curiosity in a refreshing, kids-at-play kind of way. 

Their other defining feature is productivity. Trapped in Suburbia are a factory of two manically busy workers. Their work shows that when you make and make it often, it will take you to another level. It’s a philosophy I strongly endorse. When you believe in the strength of your own work, you’ll eventually —almost by default— create a school of design.

Trapped in Suburbia’s mix of design, communication and events makes their work a tactile and thrilling experience — one that will not go unnoticed. Only the company name might need a rethink: after this stunning publication, they’ll be trapped in suburbia no longer. " 


Erik Kessels