Tunneltaal is part of the master study The Social Game by Manon Lambeens. She involved as many local young people as possible to turn a dark, unsafe tunnel into a social bonding symbol. The tunnel is a metaphor for the time in which research was made a reality: connecting and illuminating in socially difficult times.
The Tunneltaal project is part of the master study Het Sociale Spel (The Social game) by Manon Lambeens in cooperation with the municipality of Rotselaar. In her study, she starts from the question: what is the designer’s position in society?
She argues that design should bridge the gap between everyday and other disciplines and that, as a designer, it is more interesting to involve other people in this. The tunnel at the centre of the research lies between two youth homes. At night, the lights go out and the tunnel becomes an unpleasant place to drive through. Manon Lambeens involved as many local young people as possible in her research: youth associations, young people from the neighbourhood and the fifth and sixth year secondary school groups of Montfort College in Rotselaar. Each participant was given a template of the font designed by Manon and was able to apply it in and on the tunnel. In this way, during the day, you can read what is going on among the young people in the neighbourhood. Afterwards, a glow-in-the-dark paint was applied over the letters. The letters charge up with the sun’s energy and release it at night. This gives the tunnel an extra function at night: it lights up. The tunnel is a metaphor for the time in which research was made a reality: connecting and illuminating in socially difficult times. The project was created through the cooperation with photographer Benina Hu, filmmaker Floris Leempoels and illustrator Thorsten Staes.