Object Nr. 006he
term: driftwood
property of: Elke Van Campenhout


when handled, this object energizes the owner.
it is an object that invites the owner to become physical but also an object that speaks of time passing and transformation.
this objects has the capacity to attract the attention of the owner every time it comes into sight. It disrupts the owner’s day, creating a moment of pausing.
a friend of the owner who found the object on a Australien beach. reminded by it of “the best part of herself” (of the owner!), he gave it to the owner together with the instruction to hold and look at it often.
the object became dear to the owner only slowly. after years of more or less neglecting it there was a moment of seeing the object for real again:
now it is a reminder on a personal relation the owner was in when the object as received and the changes the owner has undergone since.

piece of rounded, knotted wood, bleached by the elements. its center describes a circle, a kind of symbol of femininity. recent growth of moss is coloring the object in tones of green and yellow.


Object: 003heike
Term: four-leave clover buds
Property of: Silke Bull


the object symbolizes for its owner a hope for good concentration during exames.
on a daily basis it communicates a sense of contentness and pleasure to the owner.
since the object needs care in the form of watering, it is physically dependant from the owner, who is in this way responsible for its prosperous life.
last but not least the object is a strong reminder of a year in school – 9th grade – and the then active teacher, triggering beautiful memories in the owner.

ensemble of three earth-colored elements: 4 pear or nut-like buds of +\- 1 cm3, 1 protion of 2,5 cm3 earth, and a redish brown plastic flower pot with radius 1,5 cm at the bottom and  radius of 2 cm at the upper edge.
bought at a Dutch online shop by the mother of the owner.

Exchange: YES


Object: 003heike
Term: match box
Property of: SĂ©bastien Hendrickx


The owner was given this object in London, approximately 10 years ago, by someone he afterwards had no contact with any longer. To him the object functions as a souvenir. It paradoxically turned into a hope object because of the hopeless situation within which it was received.

Very likely origining from The Czech Republic, the object is a small and quite worn out cardboard sleeve of 1,3 cm by 4,3 cm, clasping around a cardboard drawer of 1cm by 4 cm, containing 10 used matches. The thinner surfaces of the outer sleeve are covered with sparking paper. The larger surfaces are orange colored showing the symbol of a darkbrown chicken within a white spark/star, presenting 16 spikes. Additionally the front side shows a brand label “Magic Matches Carambal Media”, the backside carries a text in Czech language, which did not make any sense after the owner had applied the google translation tool to it.

Exchange: NO


Object Nr. : 002heike
property of: Marianne de Boer-Draaijer
term: Unlockable Belts


the objects are described as 2 prototypes of a fashion accessory which the owner would like to create.
this idea came to the owner after reading a French newspaper’s article entitled “talking about crisis, unemployment, poverty”.
it was given to the NHM of Bureau d’Espoir to symbolizes the hope that mankind would not any longer need to do belts up in order to survive.
Unlockable belts are the opposite of chastity belts: a means to liberate and remove the differences between men and woman that have been centralized, conceptualized and organized around this area of the human body.

the two prototypes are unisex,fitting for men and women indifferently.
they borrow from different cultural backgrounds, one is inspired by rock culture, the other is a more discreet and neutral model.


Object Nr.: 001he
term: Relic
Property of: Jo Massin


to its owner this object is a reminder on the wonders of mother nature,
a symbol of love, trust, kindness and
a symbol of the spontanous appearances of nature, hope.
this object acts as a reminder to its owner of a garden-project his father and himself had. they planned to cover the entire left side of the garden with flower plants. one plant turned out to be a peach tree, and it happened to be a very rich one.
still it had to be displaced because it consumed too many nutrients from the earth in the flower bed. once displaced, the tree died.
2 years ago the object’s owner’s father died and the responsibility of the garden became entirely his.
The object turned into an object of hope, – and at the same time into a rather important personal symbol to its owner – when the object’s owner was inspired to plant a new peach tree in honor of his father last year.

The object until now has been kept on a shelf to be looked at … like in a curiosity cabinet or a 19th Century Natural History Museum, It was bought at a Carrefour supermarket in Brussels.

a peach stone in the form of a heart, flesh-color with shades of gold, a alittle like a broach it is convex on one side, concave on the other.

exchange: yes