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Media Design and Communication

Media Design and Communication

Each year the graduating filmmakers, designers and artists of the Master Media Design and Communication of the Piet Zwart Institute celebrate their graduation by creating an event:  screenings, lectures, and publications representing a diverse range of practice-based research. This year PZI Media Design adopts a two-day festival format spread across Het Nieuwe Instituut and KINO. 

The festival includes work in progress by first year students of both the Lens-based Media and Experimental Publishing study paths.


For the first part of this festival, located at Het Nieuwe Instituut, the first year students of the Experimental Publishing path will present their trimester work Interfacing the Law.  Later in the evening, graduating students present their graduation projects, and discuss their practice with guests.

17.00- 19.00 Special Issue #3: Interfacing the Law – in the library public event, presentations of projects with guest Séverine Dusollier (SciencesPo) http://www.pzwart.nl/blog/2017/06/07/special-issue-3-interfacing-the-law/ 18.00 – 21.00 Mystery Tour For All Ages Ministry Of Anomie and volunteers 21.30 – 22.30 Adversarial Interface Presentation, Q&A with Femke Snelting – 5th floor


The second day of the festival is an evening of public screenings at KINO Cinema: works by first-year students of the Lens-Based path, followed by films of graduating students.

18.00 – 18.30  Come and join us for drinks in the KINO GRAND Cafe 18.30 – 19.30  Lens-Based Cohort Screening  Works & Research In Progress 20.00 – 22.00  KINO 4 – Graduation Film Screenings.

Location JUNE 15th: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, 3015CB Rotterdam: http://hetnieuweinstituut.nl Location JUNE 16th: KINO Cinema, Gouvernestraat 129-133, 3014 PM Rotterdam: https://kinorotterdam.nl/ Admission: Free


Samira Damato (DE/MT)  Pomegranate Seeds Samira Damato is a filmmaker who explores various facets of love and nostalgia. With her transnational background, Samira has experienced various cultures as a distanced observer, and uses these experiences in her practice. Her films have been screened at international festivals

Sara Hamadeh (LB)  The Face of a Refusing Machine Sara Hamadeh is an artist and researcher with a background in film studies. Her current research seeks to offer a critical reading of images of war together with the politics of their production and distribution online.

Julia Kul (PL) The Ministry of Anomie The Ministry of Anomie is a secret organisation that researches and develops the anomic policy. It gathers intelligence information and performs covert operations. Its sabotaging activities usually go unnoticed due to the MA’s radical invisibility and crashing inefficiency.  The MA was founded long before Mossad, the KGB, and the Vatican City State. In 1783 the MA was blessed by 8th Dalai Lama.  The MA is considered to be the actual 1990  Nobel Prize laureate:  Gorbachev was just a front.

Colm O’ Neill (IE)  Adversarial Interface Colm O’Neill is a designer and researcher based in Rotterdam and Brussels. His work is concerned with mediations of digital literacy through graphical, user and programmatic interfaces. The research and practice that result follow the ideals of free and open source development models.

Ying Shi ‘Stone’ [CN /石颖]  Bonsai Stone Ying Shi is a film maker and visual artist who works with photography, 3d images and videos. She has a BA Film Directing (Editing Art and Technology) from Communication University of China in Beijing. Her current projects play with human bodies, colours and an unknown space.

Nataliya Sinelshchikova (RU)  Screenscapes Nataliya Sinelshchikova is a researcher and media artist with a background in graphic design. Her interests revolve around generative art, media specificities and the aesthetics of distortion as an inevitable part of our relationships with technology.

Xiting Xu ‘Chloe’ [CN /石颖]  Fresh to Decay Xiting Xu has a  background of screenwriting and lens-base art.  Her work is  influenced by a variety of media such as film and cyber-culture. By combining the fictional narrative with real people’s online life, her work draws a unique picture of young people in the Internet age.

XPUB COHORT SPECIAL ISSUE #3: INTERFACING THE LAW Emily Buzzo, Karina Dukalska, Max Franklin, Giulia de Giovanelli, Franc González, Clàudia Giralt Monedero, Margreet Riphagen, Nadine Rotem-Stibbe & Kimmy Spreeuwenberg

XPUB: http://xpub.nl

LENS-BASED COHORT SCREENING WORK AND RESEARCH IN PROGRESS Ryan Cherewaty, Catalina Giraldo , Qian Hao, Fabian Landewee, Sigrún Lýðsdóttir, Anna-Lena Lystad, Irma Oldenburg & Paula Winkler



Each year the graduating filmmakers, designers and artists of the Master Media Design and Communication of the Piet Zwart Institute celebrate... Lees verder

Time: Thursday June 15, from 17:00-19:00, in the library of Het Nieuwe Instituut Address: Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam

How to defend the access to knowledge in the current intellectual property regime? Interfacing the law is an attempt to experiment with and to openly discuss shadow libraries, piratical text collections and other forms of disobedient sharing. Interfacing each in their own way with legal and political frameworks, we want to consider those vibrant practices as experiments with the social contracts that link libraries, librarians, readers and books.

After a welcome by Het Nieuwe Instituut library staff, students from the XPUB program present four projects developed in the context of Interfacing the law. Followed by a discussion with Aymeric Mansoux and Séverine Dusollier. Moderation: Femke Snelting

With: Clàudia Giralt Monedero, Franc González, Giulia de Giovanelli, Max Franklin, Nadine Rotem-Stibbe, Kimmy Spreeuwenberg, Margreet Riphagen, Emily Buzzo, Karina Dukalska


Séverine Dusollier, Doctor in Law and professor at SciencesPo, Paris. She has carried out research in several European and national projects, namely for the Belgian Government, WIPO, the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the European Commission and Parliament. Her current research relates to intellectual property, copyright and IP limitations, the public domain and the commons.

Aymeric Mansoux, artist, musician and media researcher. His research deals with the defining, constraining and confining of cultural freedom in the context of network based practices. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London on the creative misunderstandings between art, politics and the law within free culture.

Femke Snelting, developing projects at the intersection of design, feminism and Free Software. She is member of Constant, a non-profit, artist-run association for art and media based in Brussels.

Special Issue #3: Interfacing the Law is part of the PIET ZWART MASTER MEDIA DESIGN GRADUATE FESTIVAL 2017 followed  by Screenings Friday 16, June @ 18:30 in KINO.

PZI MD Experimental Publishing path (XPUB) http://xpub.nl PZI / WDKA / Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences www.pzimediadesign.nl

Upcoming event: OP = OP Publication Launch + Live Printing Tuesday June 20, 17.00 – 20.00 American Book Center, Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam https://www.facebook.com/events/456610141366882

Time: Thursday June 15, from 17:00-19:00, in the library of Het Nieuwe Instituut Address: Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam How to defend the... Lees verder

Tijd voor de 5e aflevering van Alles behalve de Inhoud. Dit keer storten we ons vol in een subgenre van het boek: het zine. Ontstaan in de jaren 40 heeft het een bewogen geschiedenis doorgemaakt. Groot in de jaren ’70 en ’80 is het fenomeen een tijd uit beeld geweest. Maar de laatste jaren zien we op steeds meer plekken weer (veelal heel mooie) zines verschijnen.

Aan de hand van gastprogrammeur Florian Cramer (lector visuele cultuur Willem de Kooning Academie + medeorganisator Zine Camp Rotterdam in WORM) gaan we door de geschiedenis van de zine-cultuur heen, onderzoeken haar politieke, sociale en esthetische kanten, krijgen een inkijkje in een van de grootste verzameling zines, en gaan zelf ook aan de slag.

Met bijdragen van Lídia Pereira (kunstenaar en designer, Rotterdam) over haar Immaterial Labour Union zine, Albert Jongstra, artist/DJ/music producer (Klemtoon, Rotterdam) en zinemaker met het Downhill Collective over zijn zines met het Downhill Collective, Jere K (anarchitect, Rotterdam) over anarchistische en punk zines in Balkan-landen, Ras Mashramani (schrijver, ontwerper, activist in het Metropolarity Collective, Philadelphia, V.S.) over het maken van queere/black/speculatieve/science fiction zines, Marc van Elburg, (kunstenaar en musicus, Arnhem) over de Zinedepo zinebibliotheek.

Daarnaast zijn er natuurlijk heel veel voorbeelden voor handen, mogen jullie zelf aan de slag en beginnen we die avond mogelijk iets nieuws in de Leeszaal.

Om alvast in de sfeer te komen is iedereen vanaf 19.00 welkom in de ‘zine reading room’ van onze buren PrintRoom, Schietbaanstraat 17 (om de hoek van Leeszaal West), met de speciale zine collectie van PrintRoom – zines uit Nederland, België, Frankrijk, Engelland, V.S. en Mexico.

Aanvang: 20.00 Entree: € 5, studenten € 2,50


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DE PLAYER presents on March 24: TGC # 3 / MAT>NET>PU – event with  Johannes Bergmark (se), Hiele Martens (be), Helga Jakobson (can) & PZI students (various ethnics)

location: DE PLAYER, Hillelaan 49 D, 3072 JE, Rotterdam, The Netherlands open: 20.00 hrs start: 20.30 hrs entrance: 7.00 euro


TGC #3 is the third issue of the TETRA GAMMA CIRCULAIRE series (an unknown audio magazine), initiated in 2015 by the polymorphic production platform DE PLAYER in Rotterdam. But it is also the second Special Issue of the Experimental Publishing (XPUB) programme of the Media Design Master of the Piet Zwart Institute (are you still following?). The TGC series is famous as a magazine because it has no limits nor exact face and appears in unexpected solutions and situations. TGC #3 fits right in. Concretely, very concretely, TGC #3 is in itself a particular kind of publishing platform (some may dare say a jukebox) experimentally engineered for sonic experiments, instruments, and installations. The first edition is limited to 12 copies, and to inaugurate its launch it is distributed with works created and compiled by the XPUB students.This evening, the new issue will be demonstrated in its dynamic applications and for the festivity we flew in some other nerdy sound makers and breakers.



Sometimes the sum of 1 + 1 adds up to 3. But if you add up 2 of belgium’s finest composers and musicians, it adds up to an infinite number. Hiele Martens, or the unexpected collaboration of Lieven Martens Moana and Roman Hiele, produced last months the most challenging music we have heard since long. They delve deep into a new territory that can be a 2017 update of Maurice Kagel’s Exotica, but for highly self-aware electronic musicians. You can expect their debut record release on Ultra Eczema as one of the highlights of upcoming year.


Whether culminating into actions or objects, her work responds to conditions of limbo within existence and acts as a platform to confront the unknown; it focuses on death, time and ephemerality. Currently she is constructing a digital and physical web; weaving together the overlapping, intuitive and sometimes complicated interconnections that comprise my interest in handcraft, witchcraft, and digitalcraft. The main threads that run between these interests are the experience of women, their traditional work and their knowledge sharing. I have great reverence for intuition and it’s use as a technology. For this event she will introduce and demonstrate her spider web record player.


is a Fylkingen affiliated sound artist, instrument builder and piano technician. His performances have been described as surrealist puppet theatre, in which the characters are amplified objects such as old tools, kitchen utensils, toys, springs and decorative kitsch. Using contact microphones, Bergmark reveals their hidden acoustics, dynamic scales and unique timbres. Bergmark is the ultimate rethinker of what music can be, in sound and in performance, as you find him sometimes hanging on 2 piano strings from a ceiling.

XPUB (x)

Experimental Publishing is a new course of the Piet Zwart Institute’s Media Design Master programme. The concept of the course revolves around two core principles: first, the inquiry into the technological, political and cultural processes through which things are made public; and second, the desire to expand the notion of publishing beyond print media and its direct digital translation. The Experimental Publishing students who contributed to the development of TGC #3 are: Karina Dukalska, Max Franklin, Giulia de Giovanelli, Clàudia Giralt, Franc González, Margreet Riphagen, Nadine Rotem-Stibbe and Kimmy Spreeuwenberg.




21 April X years anniversary ARTKILLART label Paris

13 May System 123AGC with Manish Pingle (in), Joe Cantrell (us) & more


DE PLAYER is still supported by Mondriaan Fund, City of Rotterdam Department of Culture, NFPK+, Stimuleringsfonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds

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Little history of the Camera

This talk looks into the history of the camera from the 1840’s onwards within the context of the rise of smartphone sales’ and consequent decrease in standalone camera sales, , thus revealing the ongoing process of technological obfuscation. This pattern of blackboxing what in reality is a simple mechanism, besides naturalizing cultural and social biases, stiffles evolution and prevents the reappropriation of this technology by a wider group of individuals.

Date: Tuesday 31 January, 2017 Time: 17:00 location: Het Atelier, Nieuwe Binnenweg 77, [old CBK building] [other Punch Clock events, daily at 17:00]

Wed 1 Feb: Momo’s Typo’s A crash course in automatic writing on vintage mechanical typewriters, based on a concept by Momo Bouchtaoui.

Thu 2 Feb: Serge Onnen – It’s Always Darkest Before it Becomes Totally Black/live version The artist brings his installation to life with a talk and some animation and music by a Chinese artist from the Rotterdam area.

Fri 3 Feb & Sat 4 Feb: Teatro Dondolo – Nausea A poetic-scientific performance, a live documentary about the sea visualised by means of shadows, projections and reflections.

free admission, Fri 27 to Tue 31 Jan, 18:00-20:00, Peter Kubelka presents: Bread, Butter and other Metaphors after the Punch a Clock              

Little history of the Camera This talk looks into the history of the camera from the 1840’s onwards within the context of the rise of... Lees verder

ALT- RIGHT venue change,  NEW LOCATION: Wijnhaven 61, 3011 WJ Rotterdam  in the Collegezaal, just off the entrance hall – door opens 18:45 [free parking on het Noordereiland – a 15 minute walk over the Willemsburg]

In only two years, the “alt-right” rose from an Internet subculture to the force that lead Donald Trump’s campaign team and which now includes his presidential chief strategist. Its origins lie in popular visual culture, including image memes and a backlash against feminist computer game critique. Through irony and ambiguity, alt-right visuals and slang leave the movement’s relation to fascism and antisemitism deliberately open.

This lecture will delve deep into alt-right subculture, languages and networks, its relation to such Internet cultural phenomena as the Anonymous movement and its indebtedness to European political and cultural theorists.

Speaker: Florian Cramer, reader in 21st century visual culture at research center Creating 010, Hogeschool Rotterdam / Willem de Kooning Academy & Piet Zwart Institute Organized by: Piet Zwart Institute & Creating 010

ALT- RIGHT venue change,  NEW LOCATION: Wijnhaven 61, 3011 WJ Rotterdam  in the Collegezaal, just off the entrance hall – door opens... Lees verder

Featuring recent PZI MMD&C graduates Manetta Berends and Ruben van de Ven

date: Thursday, 07 July time: 20:00 – 23:00 entrance fee: €3,- (this includes one free drink)

And, join beforehand the workshop i-could-have-written-that time: 14:00 – 16:00 to subscribe & for more info: www.i-could-have-written-that.info Location both events: V2_ Institute For The Unstable Media Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 Xl, Rotterdam http://v2.nl/events/test_lab-the-graduation-edition-2015-1

Young people are the innovators and change agents of society, revealing the future to us by creating it. Therefore, at the end of every academic year, V2_ takes a close look at a selection of outstanding art and design work created by young artists and designers graduating in emerging arts across Europe. In this special edition of V2’s Test_Lab you will discover which topics are being addressed by this new generation of artists and designers, and find out what their motives, positions, methodologies, and media of choice are. This year’s graduation edition of Test_Lab will showcase another remarkable and thought-provoking selection of installations, demonstrations, prototypes and experiments. in the company of other current graduates Calum Bowden (RCA, London) Katarina Petrovic (ArtScience, The Hague) Stefan Bandalac (ArtScience, The Hague) Yoonji Kim (KHM, Cologne) Long Wu (Sandberg Institute Designing Democracy, Amsterdam).

Come and join the workshop i-could-have-written-that for a a sneak preview and help critically examine the reading power of text mining software. The workshop dismantels how large sets of written documents are transformed into useful/meaningful/truthful data. A process that is presented by text mining companies as “the power to know”, “the absolute truth”, “with an accuracy that rivals and surpasses humans”. This workshop introduced by Manetta Barends challenges the image of this modern algorithmic oracle, by making our own.

Choose how you feel; you have seven options – Ruben van de Ven

What does it mean to feel 47% happy and 21% surprised? “Choose how you feel; you have seven options” is a video work that revolves around this question, as it looks at software that derives emotional parameters from facial expressions. It combines human accounts and algorithmic processing to examine this intersection of highly cognitive practices and ambiguous experiences. Interrogating the discursive apparatus that is being erected.

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Featuring recent PZI MMD&C graduates Manetta Berends and Ruben van de Ven date: Thursday, 07 July time: 20:00 – 23:00 entrance fee:... Lees verder


Each year the graduating artists and designers of the Media Design & Communication Department Piet Zwart Institute celebrate their graduation by creating an event: an exhibition, lectures, publications and performances to represent as fully as possible the diverse range of practices encompassed by the practice-based research undertaken in the department.

This year’s show is entitled Fuzzy Logic:  it features work by Lucas Battich [AR], Manetta Berends [NL], Julie Boschat Thorez [FR], Cihad Caner [TR], Joana Chicau [PT], Cristina Cochior [RO], Solange Frankort [NL], Arantxa Gonlag [NL], Anne Lamb [US], Benjamin Li [NL], Yuzhen Tang [CN], Ruben van de Ven [NL] and Thomas Walskaar [NO]

The exhibition is divided across two locations, within a 5 minute walk from each other: – V2_ Institute For The Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL, Rotterdam – Piet Zwart Institute, Mauritsstraat 36, 3012 CJ, Rotterdam

The Opening Event will be on Friday, 17 June: – 19:00–20:30 at V2_ – 21:00 – 22:30 at the Piet Zwart Institute

19:00 – 20:30: V2_Institute for the Unstable Media 19:20 welcome word 19:25 Book Launch: “My Hard-Drive Died Along With My Heart” A book project by Thomas Walskaar, in conversation with Niek Hilkmann 20:15 WebPage Act I, II, III, performance by Joana Chicau

move to the PZI 21:00 – 22:30: Piet Zwart Institute continuing until Sunday, 26 June, open in both venues Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 – 17:00

locations: – V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL, Rotterdam, http://v2.nl/ – Piet Zwart Institute, Mauritsstraat 36, 3012 CJ, Rotterdam – Gradshow website: http//:www.pzimediadesign.nl – V2_: http://v2.nl/events/fuzzy-logic ========================================== related events: performance: WebPage Act I, II, III by Joana Chicau, daily at 16:00 or by appointment, V2_ ==========================================

public event: either Thursday, 23 or Friday 24 June: 20:00 – 22:00 Media Cabaret 6: Alumni Illuminata II, V2_ A chance to see a selection of MMD&C alumni’s most recent works and hear their experiences since graduation. Hosted by current PZIer’s there’ll be brief show and tells, interviews, video’s, games, performance and networking with as show host, Julia Kul. more info: http://v2.nl/events/media-cabaret-6-alumni-illuminata-ii ==========================================

workshop: Sunday, 26 June: 14:00, Piet Zwart Institute i-could-have-written-that is a two hour workshop on the subject of text mining, in which raw text data will be cooked, personal truth’s will be trained and the finite nature of categories will be challenged. more info: i-could-have-written-that.info ==========================================

Presentation: Sunday 26 June, 16:30, V2_ This talk is a presentation of the process behind the LIAPO project and the research around it. Julie will discuss networks as intermediary environments between humans, and will address their structural particularities, historical narratives, and upcoming developments. http://s192400.gridserver.com/ ==========================================

Works included in the show

Lucas Battich’s work presents a series of animations generated by a computer algorithm in real time. The imagery is derived from El Lissittky’s avant-garde abstract works, and aims to put this century-old aesthetic in dialogue with the current confidence in technological progress. +++++++++++++++

i-could-have-written-that is a workshop on the subject of text mining, a technology that is presented with motto’s like “the power to know”, “the absolute truth”, “with an accuracy that rivals and surpasses humans”. The workshop created by Manetta Berends challenges the image of this modern oracle, by discussing how the software, workprocess and vocabulary together construct text mining outcomes. +++++++++++++++

LIAPO – Cephei, The Light Interferometer Astro-Digital Packets Observatory (Cephei) has been built by Julie Boschat Thorez with the aim to discover the matching pattern of the star constellation of Cepheus in the sky  over the Earth, through the Internet, as photons or bytes find their way to its premises. +++++++++++++++

Abstract Violence is investigating how we can look at violent images within the time of the image culture. Cihad Caner uses the footage and objects that he collected in Syria, to create new videos and 3D scanned-rendered objects in order to produce different realities. +++++++++++++++

Joana Chicau’s research started as a cross-referencing of composition methods, with the aim to transcend the boundaries between the fields of choreography and graphic design. This research has led to her final project, an assemblage of graphic experiments in a live performance setting combining principles of choreography within the formal structures of coding. +++++++++++++++

Bots operate at the intersection of technical infrastructure and social agent-hood. Although they follow strict rules dictated by platform specificity, their status of autonomy sets them apart from regular tools. Wikipedia bots, especially, are measured in terms of utility. As an introduction into the Wikipedia non-human ecosystem, Cristina Cochior’s project, In The Company Of Bots, is resurfacing automated algorithms that have become redundant. +++++++++++++++

The Limejuice Mystery is a work in process by Solange Frankfort of the ageing and decay of an 80 years old nitrate film. The installation shows the research space where Solange investigates the unknown nitrate film, displaying the danger and struggle with the material, from 1940 till today. +++++++++++++++

The photobook series Mama, Tess en ik by Arantxa Gonlag investigates the digital relationship that she has with her mother and sister, who have grown apart. Seeing their communication vs. their worlds and situations, she tries to create a stronger bond between them. +++++++++++++++

In Anne Lamb’s  voyeuristic video work entitled, Surrogates she deals with her past and present experiences with heterosexual men and their delicate and often ignored issues of body image and expressed sexuality within the discourse of feminism and queer theory. +++++++++++++++

The origin of Benjamin Li’s project lies in an event from Holland Got Talent in 2013. In the particular episode Dutch jury member Gordon asked Chinese contestant Wang if he is going to sing “Nr. 39 with Rice”. As a response Li started his project called In Search of Perfect Orange. The results are video works and sculptures that touch concepts like cultural identity, affection and displacement of home, which are covered in a layer of food. +++++++++++++++

The relation between the digital and physical features of 3D printing enhances the current hype about this medium. In The work of Yuzhen Tang, For the Common Good, a group of objects are selected from Thingiverse, the world’s most popular website for sharing creative commons of 3D files. They exist in a grey zone, a disputed border which questions what objects can be shared and produced. A video features the artist as an anonymous performer with this selection of ambiguous objects. By viewing the physically printed objects and the video, the work requires us to reconsider the cognitive relationship with objects. +++++++++++++++

The work of Ruben van de Ven revolves around software that derives emotional parameters from facial expressions and he wonders: what does it mean to feel 47% happy and 21% surprised? He examines this intersection of highly cognitive practices and ambiguous experiences, interrogating the discursive apparatus that is being erected. +++++++++++++++

“My Hard-Drive Died Along With My Heart” is a book created by Thomas Walskaar where he explores peoples relationship with hard-drives and what emotions people get after the trust is broken. The book contains a collection online forum and twitter posts on the topic.

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Saturday 28th of May, in Linz (AT), Manetta Berends, Cristina Cochior, and Ruben van de Ven, graduating students at the Master Media Design and Communication, will be presenting their work and research in a panel moderated by Marloes de Valk, as part of the 2016 edition international festival “Art Meets Radical Openness“.

We have become our own Big Brother. Hoarding information about ourselves in an attempt to improve our performance is only the tip of the iceberg. It doesn’t explain the obsessive dedication with which we, even post-Snowden, share intimate details about ourselves to an often not too clearly defined group of others. We are hyper-consumers, our houses are bursting at the seams, our data bodies morbidly obese. Metaphors like the Cloud promise infinite liposuction, delegating the storage of our excesses to what seems like outer space, not unlike our attics and self-storage boxes hide the excesses of our material consumerism. What are we hoping to find in this unfathomable amount of data? Do we even search or only accumulate? Are we putting together a treasure, a source of invaluable knowledge for future generations, or are we handing them our waste?

When in doubt, humans have always turned their heads towards godly or mythical agents, in order to make sense of their surroundings, structure their perceptions and answer their questions. However, not only were the divine messages given by these agents mediated and interpreted by human subjects, these mediations were validated through institutionalisation. Procedures, or rituals, were put in place to obfuscate the human hand in the generation of the message, thereby formalising the outcome as an objective one. Although disputed, it is commonly believed that the Delphic oracle delivered messages from her god Apollo in a state of trance, induced by intoxicating vapors arising from the chasm over which she was seated. Possessed by her god the oracle spoke, ecstatically and spontaneously. Priests of the temple translated her words into the prophecies the seekers of advice were sent home with.

The stories tonight argue how three ‘Big Data’ applications can be seen as modern day Delphic oracles, software designed to help us make important decisions by claiming to quantify the unquantifiable, seemingly analysing but mostly interpreting in their own peculiar way the ultimately human, pluriform and complex communications found in facial expression and text. What kind of traces will these data-gathering practices leave? What will the future ruins of our modern day oracles look like?

Saturday 28th of May, in Linz (AT), Manetta Berends, Cristina Cochior, and Ruben van de Ven, graduating students at the Master Media Design and... Lees verder

Time: Opening Tuesday 12 April, 19:15 – 21:45 Location: the EYE, IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT, Amsterdam [exhibition space 1st floor] Continuing: through Saturday 23 April, open daily 10:00 – 19:00 Admission: € 10,- with varying discounts – Museum cardholders Free

Boundaries of the Archive – Research Lab – Piet Zwart Institute

The Piet Zwart Institute Research Lab is focused on the boundaries of the archive. As media practitioners studying the structures and cultural impacts of our media technologies, we concentrate on the intricate and usually hidden aspects of EYE’s extensive archive.

The EYE Collection is internationally recognised for its outstanding historical breadth and quality, particularly in relation to Dutch cinema culture. Any limitations, frictions and little noticed quirks in the archival system serve as poetic inspiration.

The timing of this exhibition coincides with the moving of the EYE Collection to new premises. It provides a starting point to explore the materiality of both digital and analogue films, the poetics of cataloguing them, and the fragile semantics of a vast collection database.

Including works by current students Lucas Battich [AR], Julie Boschat [FR], Cihad Caner [TR], Cristina Cochior [RO], Solange Frankort [NL], Nataliya Sinelshchikova [RU], Yuzhen Tang [CN], Ruben van de Ven [NL] & Thomas Walskaar [NO] and is part of Close-Up -A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands, EYE on Art continuing until 23 May, 2016.

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Time: Opening Tuesday 12 April, 19:15 – 21:45 Location: the EYE, IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT, Amsterdam [exhibition space 1st floor] Continuing:... Lees verder