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(Archive) The Body is a Movement

Join the new DDW gym

This project was part of DDW 2023
Join the New DDW Gym — © Martina Eddone

Baltan and Onomatopee present the DDW gym - a place to reclaim and reconnect with our bodies. The programme consists of an exhibition at Sectie-C (Hall 8-B, Daalakkersweg 8, Eindhoven) with design projects; a workshop programme; and interventions in the main locations of Dutch Design Week.


The body: this collection of organs wrapped in skin, filled with fluids, feelings, and sensations. It is our way to experience and respond to our surroundings, to feel and make sense. It tells us when something is off: when we wake up at night with a rushed heartbeat, our bellies ache from witnessing others' suffering, or our backs hurt from working behind a laptop for too long. While living in capitalist structures, our bodies became vehicles for profit. To be optimised for productivity. To be constantly working. To be efficient and to be quantified. While our basic physical needs, such as sleep, end up as the very last entries of our never-ending to-do lists. Be productive, be active, be beautiful, enhance yourself, walk more, ignore your feelings, keep going. But what about our biological clocks, which know our rhythms and needs? What about the disarming sense of pleasure triggered by flavours, scents or erotic play? These beautiful, astonishing, wondrous bodies of ours, capable of experiencing so much joy and excitement—how can we reclaim them?


Our Gym is a space for training and rehearsing other ways of being in and with our bodies, whether through movement, rest or connection with others. Eight design projects challenge how we feel and take care of our bodies. Hacking how we move, changing how we listen to our body and exploring how we can feel the world differently through it.

Visit our gym at Sectie-C, Hall 8-B, Daalakkersweg 8, Eindhoven

Vitulinum by Eija Ranta

Shape Shifter by Flora Lechner

Training for Another Biased Confrontation by Kaan Hiçyılmaz

Weathering Ports: Sensing, Performing, and Acting Bodies by Yeon Sung & Heejung Kim (Kimi)

Twinning Underneath by Qiaochu Guo

I am Different by Cheawon Shin

Sexual Healing by Nienke Helder

Sonic Driving by Laura Papke

2G Double Gravity Suit by Antal Lakner

Touching matter for a tactile awareness by Dóra Szilvasi-Léhy

For the full description of the workout machines, please check:


During DDW, we offer a Workout programme to train your body under the guidance of a designer coach. You can find the time schedule below. Make sure to register to book your spot. Participation is free, but you need a DDW wristband to enter Sectie-C (unless specified otherwise). The workouts take place in our Gym at Sectie-C: Hall 8-B, Daalakkersweg 2, Eindhoven (unless specified otherwise).

To register, see our website:

21 October. 14:00 - 14:45 and 15:00 - 15:45 | The Nose Feather. Coach: Jasper van den Berg and Barry de Bruin.

22 October, 16:00 - 18:45 | Queer Sport Workshop. Coach: Gabriel Fontana
Location: Gymzaal Urkenhovenseweg (‘t Karregat). Urkhovenseweg 10, Eindhoven
[free, no DDW wristband needed]

24 October, 14:00 - 16:00 | The Body at Work and the Work of Being a Body. Coach: Philippine Hoegen and Laura Oriol

26 October, 15:00 - 17:00 | Mind the Body, Move Matter. Coach: Nina Glockner

27 October, 14:00 - 15:00 and 15:30 - 16:30 | Anal Gym. Coach: Organic Cyborg

21-30 October [happening unscheduled throughout DDW] | Awkward Cues: the first year students from the Social Design Department at the Design Academy Eindhoven