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Hague Thinking works on The way we think

The way we think links policy with design in its manifold forms. It aims at developing divergent thinking strategies that can be applied to a wide range of policy issues, with an emphasis on international affairs. It links the physiological processes in the body with the cognitive processes in the brain. The media that we have used so far are objects, concepts, images, sound, crafts, dance and language.

The projects of HagueThinking are based on both theoretical and empirical findings. In our research projects, experts work together with designers, musicians, dancers, etc.. Together we develop tools that visualize patterns of thought. And we create ideas for a necessary update. Key is the importance of sensory awareness as a tool to develop our cognitive capacity. Thanks to art we think. Through art we grow. The way we think.

Visualizing Peace & Justice in The Hague

Through design and design thinking we aim at visualizing the patterns of thought that influence the peace & justice sector in The Hague. We see a role for design and the arts in developing interdisciplinary approaches, introducing new audiences and communication strategies. During already 3 years, the results of this blending of worlds have been very inspiring and rewarding. For the designers working on the topics of The Hague, it has been the opportunity to develop a whole new field of work in which issues of global importance take the lead, and design challenges are redefined. For the city of The Hague, the promotion and innovation of the peace & justice sector is one of the main priorities. By working with these students and graduates form all over the world, it has become clear how important it is to include the ideas of non-judicial experts when trying to understand how the City of Peace and Justice is really perceived of by the larger audience. By overtly using critical thinking, deleting imago and translating peace & justice back to key human and sensorial experiences, we try to open up this (im)material heritage that we call Hague Thinking.

Visualizing peace & justice is a project of the Design Academy Eindhoven and the Municipality of The Hague, Higher Education and International Affairs. In 2016 and 2017, the designers were graduate students from the Man & Leisure department of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Visualizing peace & justice was their individual graduation project. In 2017, several students from the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague participated in the project. In 2018, as much as 55 students from the Master courses Information Design, Contextual Design and Curating & Writing, were involved in the project. In interdisciplinary groups they worked in 4 tutored groups, leading to 16 inspiring ideas.

VisuaIizing peace & justice is coordinated by Anneleen de Jong, PhD candidate at the University of Leiden and founder of Hague Thinking Foundation.

Hague Thinking

through art


Hague Thinking aims at innovating thinking through art. Art stimulates our senses and helps us to get a more open and broader perspective on the world and people around us. The analytical quality of art makes it suitable to visualize current patterns of thought on a specific topic. At the same time it opens doors to innovate these patterns and allow for new ways of thinking to exist.
The projects of HagueThinking are based on both theoretical and empirical findings. To us these projects are experiments through which we want to learn more about the relation between the senses, the physiological processes involved, and the way we use our brain. Key to this is the importance of sensory awareness as a tool to develop our cognitive capacity. Thanks to art we think. Through art we grow.

Hague Thinking is a partnership between:

Florien Vos

Anneleen de Jong

Full Programme

Overturning ‘othering’ The futures of international law and individual accountability


De Constant Rebecqueplein 20
2518 RA Den Haag


Friday 21 September 17.00
Guided tour by the designers

Exhibition opening hours

Friday 21 September 12:00 - 19:30
Saturday 22 September 12:00 - 19:30
Sunday 23 September 12:00 - 18:00

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What does the ICTY mean to someone born after 1994? Could artificial intelligence help us to overcome the culturally biased way we look at ourselves? Should secondary trauma and its consequences be recognised within the context of international tribunals? How do the physical and the digital security at the ICC interact?

Overturning othering. The futures of international law and individual accountability is the result of a collaborative research project with Hague Thinking and Master department Design Academy Eindhoven. The installations in this exhibition present different topics on how to innovate the way we think about peace & justice.

This exhibition is part of a larger research project on visualizing peace & justice in The Hague. 55 international students from the Master departments Contextual Design, Information Design and Design Curating & Writing, participated.. They were guided by Jan Konings, Frans Bevers, Gabriel Maher, Anne Hoogewoning & Ira Koers. The project is coordinated by Anneleen de Jong.

The project is financed by the Municipality of The Hague. The exhibition is made possible thanks to financial support by The Hague United for Peace & Fonds 1818.

For more info: info@haguethinking.com


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Concert by Trio Nur

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