Designer Hanneke Klaver opens our eyes for the vast resource of expressive qualities that we humans have to offer. Inspired by the colourful display that exotic birds show during mating season, she uses surprisingly simple tools to show that we also have many visual expressions with which we can impress others. According to Klaver, we can be ‘as colourful as exotic birds'. However, we aren’t aware of the many options of expressions we have, so we are stunned by birds’ expressive behaviour. With our own face – and body - we have endless possibilities for expression as well.
With her project #freetheexpression Klaver researches the peculiarities of human interaction: “The human face has a complex muscular system, that is subconsciously trained to exchange information with others. This form of minimal communication becomes clear by putting simple tools on the face. These tools enable us to explore our facial expressions in a much broader sense.”