The Ponies is a research and design collective. 

Their basic strategy is research through making, with every exploration taking material form. These forms occupy or are brought back to the places under study. 

What is returned may not be immediately recognizable to the members of those communities โ€“ their work thus gives back what was never possessed in the first place, with research becoming an occasion for generous and eccentric exchange.1

We work at the crossroads of research, design and society. Our projects are realized both in The Netherlands, and internationally, on locations where there is palpable friction between citizens and government. By making installations in public space our work creates a shift in perspective โ€“ thus reevaluating complex social issues.

Our oeuvre includes numerous self-initiated projects; often in cooperation with diverse organizations including The Dutch Ministry of the Interior, Amnesty International, Paradiso and a scala of local partners.

Projects from our collective have been published, and exhibited widely, including at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Kwaku festival โ€“ and in public spaces all over the globe. The Ponies regularly teach and lecture at art academies and universities.

De kapitein

Brussels, NL(2020)

Pink Pony Express came up with the idea to design a Brexit earring during a week a sea with an Urker cutter. They sketched preliminary designs together with the crew. Back on land, the proposal for the earring caught on, and the design for De Kapitein was finalised: a cutter at sea, in the background โ€˜Godโ€™s raysโ€™ โ€“ a meteorological phenomenon and a symbol of hope.

Galvanize

Urk en Amsterdam, NL(2020)

is een installatie van de (+/-40) overbodig geworden puls-vleugels van de Nederlandse vissersvloot.ย 

Op 16 april 201) stemde het Europarlement voor een volledig verbod op het pulsvissen.ย 

Pulsvisserij is een innovatieve methode ter vervanging van het vissen met het traditionele boomkortuig. In tegenstelling tot de boomkor โ€“ die met zware kettingen door het zand schuurt om de vis naar boven te jagenโ€“ zweeft de puls-vleugel boven de zeebodem. Met zwakke stroomstootjes uit elektroden aan de puls-vleugel wordt de vis opgeschrikt om het net in te zwemmen. Deze methode beroert niet alleen de zeebodem veel minder, het kost bovendien 40% minder brandstof. Tegenstanders beweren dat het effect van stroom op de zeebodem onvoldoende onderzocht is. Met het wegstemmen van de pulstechniek is het langlopend wetenschappelijk onderzoek voortijdig stopgezet.ย 

Door een strategische anti-campagne van de Franse lobbyclub Bloom, stemde het Europarlement overduidelijk tegen de puls. Hun campagne was vooral emotioneel, gebruikmakend van gemanipuleerde beelden van ge-electrocuteerde vissen, echter zonder wetenschappelijk bewijs.ย 

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Installation Rokin

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Location, LC(2021)

Pulsvisserij is een innovatieve methode ter vervanging van het vissen met het traditionele boomkortuig. In tegenstelling tot de boomkor โ€“ die met zware kettingen door het zand schuurt om de vis naar boven te jagenโ€“ zweeft de puls-vleugel boven de zeebodem. Met zwakke stroomstootjes uit elektroden aan de puls-vleugel wordt de vis opgeschrikt om het net in te zwemmen. Deze methode beroert niet alleen de zeebodem veel minder, het kost bovendien 40% minder brandstof. Tegenstanders beweren dat het effect van stroom op de zeebodem onvoldoende onderzocht is. Met het wegstemmen van de pulstechniek is het langlopend wetenschappelijk onderzoek voortijdig stopgezet.

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Installation Rokin
Installation Rokin

Podzemka

Sint Petersburg, RU(2020)

Podzemka is Russian for โ€˜undergroundโ€™ and takes place in the subway of Sint Petersburg. Pink Pony Express was asked to do a performance in public space. But during our stay, Putin introduced a law that forbids groupmanifestiations and performances in public space. For this reason, we disguised ourselves as Russian women. Ordi-chique. Skin coloured stockings, high heals, and tight fits are a key element to infiltrate.

Sponsors:ย The Kingdom of the Netherlands Project partners: Cascoland
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Nijmegen, NL(2020)

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Nijmegen, NL(2020)

Design collective Pink Pony Express handed over a golden fishermanโ€™s earring โ€“ also called a kotter-oorbel โ€“ to Europarliamentarian Annie Schreijer-Pierik. Named De Kapitein, the earring was designed and chosen by the Dutch fishing community in the run up to the Brexit.ย 

Pink Pony Express came up with the idea to design a Brexit earring during a week a sea with an Urker cutter. They sketched preliminary designs together with the crew. Back on land, the proposal for the earring caught on, and the design for De Kapitein was finalised: a cutter at sea, in the background โ€˜Godโ€™s raysโ€™ โ€“ a meteorological phenomenon and a symbol of hope.

Prior to the Brexit referendum the slogan Fishing For Leave was used by UKIP to mobiles British fishers. De Kapitein shows how not only politicians โ€“ but also the people they represent โ€“ can deploy cultural rhetoric and symbols.

Annie Schreijer-Pierik wore De Kapitein in Brussel, during Brexit negotiations, at the European Parliament.

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European Parliament

Silver darlings

Schotland, UK(2018)

In the final weeks leading up to the Brexit deadline (March 29,2019) Pink Pony Express travelled to Scotland to meet with local fishing communities.ย 

Largely due to their longstanding frustrations about territorial water rights, and a contentious quota system, they overwhelmingly voted to leave the European Union.ย 

In conversation with them, we tried to understand the impact Brexit could have on their industry.ย 

For the time being, fishermen are neither here nor there.ย 

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In the final weeks leading up to the Brexit deadline (March 29,2019) Pink Pony Express travelled to Scotland to meet with local fishing communities. 

Largely due to their longstanding frustrations about territorial water rights, and a contentious quota system, they overwhelmingly voted to leave the European Union. 

In conversation with them, we tried to understand the impact Brexit could have on their industry. 

For the time being, fishermen are neither here nor there. 

Silver darlings
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