Pieter Brenner: Disease > Design > Health = Social Design Approach
Pieter Brenner is a designer who works internationally. He is known for his extraordinary design approaches such as his sugarchair (2011). He works in New York, Buenos Aires, Munich and Cologne.
Now, he leads Project Burnout. Through Project Burnout, Pieter Brenner was able to re-integrate four of five patients to their origin work-spaces. With the de(con)struction of an advertising pillar the patients have created 13 Décollage artworks and have elevated their anger, depression and destruction into art.
Some months ago, Rebecca wrote she was tired and couldn’t sleep properly due to work problems. However, today she was able to channel a lot of her anger into action, action to make art, action to understand that aggressions and destructions have to be released, because it’s pure self-destruction to keep it all bottled up inside her.
After pastoring churches for 27 years, he realized he fought daily against the cynical attitude in his own life. He was trying to fix things in the lives of other people that are in disrepair and not in his own problematic life. Through Pieter Brenner’s project, he has learned not to divide the world with a straight line: bad vs. good, because both are part of our existence. Now, he has overcome his depression and he continues being the sheppard of his community, because art can make miracles too.
When Gertrud decided to participate in the Pieter Brenner experiment, she had several health problems (an ulcer, headaches, acid reflux, and weight gain) due to her flurry.
Making artwork, she has recovered and reassured. Now, she is in the good way.
He was a blogger but started to feel exhausted. Pixels and screen names were people to him. That was not good. Now, he has new hopes and has started to sleep and to have personal interactions with friends, out of internet.
During years, he thought advertising was the most important thing in life. One day he realized they have engrained him with this silly thought, but life is much more. He has left his job and he is looking for his new objectives: “I’m not whether or not I will pursue art, or if I just get up and go to some other country, I just know that I will turn out great.”
Destruction and Deconstruction
Five stories, five problems… Then, five solutions to look for: “We as designers can rid the world from its problems, because now we have the right methodology. If the problem is “sickness“, we can solve it with design(ed) methodology to “health” says Pieter Brenner.
The art method used in the project is called décollage. In a traditional collage elements are added and in a décollage material is removed like archaeologist lay free information. Pieter showed the patients how to remove material with sews, cutters, chainsaw, milling machines, etc… to build something new, something different and maybe better. In the art world everything is possible and this is a metaphor of our own lives. Maurice, Jose, Gertrud, Valentin and Rebecca have understood this true and now, they are stronger than ever. The result, some interesting fullcolor works, with creative shapes and fantastic rhythms.
Congratulations and keep on working!… and smiling!