The Self Design Academy (EN)

Bar no. 5 (2020)

Margriet Craens

Bar no. 5 is the fifth high-gloss, black lacquered bar in a row that Margriet built. This bar is presented as an autonomous art installation, not as a functional bar. Despite the present beverage bottles, hardly any drinks are served and the ice cubes melt aimlessly in a transparent container. When the bar is staffed, the bartender gives sessions in Social Responsibility - inspired by the course that is required for every hospitality entrepreneur in the Netherlands. According to the textbook, Social Responsibility means that people take each other into account and respect each other's physical and mental health. In practice, this often turns out to be not that easy, in life in, as well as outside the hospitality industry. Bar no. 5 therefore offers a modified version of this Social Hygiene course for the guests at the bar, through short, personal sessions. The glass bottles are specially designed for these sessions and help to represent the guests’ personal social struggles. 

Special thanks to: Peerke Malschaert, Judith Kerssemakers, Kim Stoeldraaijers, Ad Waterschoot, Bob Copray, Lucas Maassen, Mondriaan Fund

bar with special handblown glass bottles on display
Photo by Rafaël Philippen

About Margriet Craens

Margriet Craens studied Dutch Language and Culture and Fine Arts. She now works as a multi-disciplinary artist and writer, experimenting with art, design, food and culture. In a well-meant, playful and possibly humoristic way she provides an alternative view on our everyday world. Always connected to larger topics in life, but without moving into an abstract zone. Margriet lives and works in Eindhoven.

Social Responsibility diploma