Schroot/Hoop: objects with a story

A vacuum cleaner that is old and worn, but has provided years of faithful service ... Do you just throw it away? While it has collected the crumbs of your life for such a long time ... a shame right?

Or that crockery that has been passed down in your family for generations? That chair your grandfather always sat on? That coffee maker from when you first started out on your own?

What if these objects could talk?
What stories could they all tell?

Those questions are the starting point of "Schroot/Hoop" (Scrap/Heap-Hope) a new fictional podcast of ten episodes in which seemingly replaceable and functional objects from the scrap yard are allowed to tell their stories.

(c) Michiel Devijver

The podcast series aims to make the people of the city of Ghent reflect on their relationship with an object, to give objects a "voice," and thus aims to capture and revive an intangible heritage.

Podcast makers Pieter Blomme (Relaas), Wederik De Backer (De Zieke Steur) and listening artist Stijn Dickel (aifoon) record the story of the objects.

The objects themselves will be exhibited in the DING Vitrine of Design Museum Gent** from March 18 to April 24. Visitors will be able to hold their ear against the window to hear soundscapes with the sounds of the objects. Afterwards, the objects will be kept on display in thrift store Ateljee in the Getouwstraat (Ghent).

(c) Kobe Wens
(c) Michiel Devijver

In November, anyone who wanted to could donate an object to the podcast makers and have the story to go with it. Those interviews are currently being processed into ten podcasts.

Keep an eye on this site and our social media channels for more info!


Schroot/Hoop is a project by Pieter Blomme, Wederik De Backer & Stijn Dickel in collaboration with Collectie van de Gentenaar, Ateljee, Victoria Deluxe & Design Museum Gent, with the support of the Cocreation Fund of the City of Ghent.