– Thursday June 12: from 20:00 to 23:00, the Piet Zwart Institute presents the opening of Unlinked, the graduation exhibition of the Master Media Design and Communication at TENT, Rotterdam.

– Tuesday June 24: the first year students present two events. The Art of Documentation from 17:30 to 18:30 in the WORM filmzaal, followed by Politics of Craft in V2_, which opens at 19:00 and continues until 29 June.

– Saturday June 14 and 18: VHS Anatomy Workshop with Niek Hilkmann, at TENT

– Sunday June 29: the finnisage of Unlinked from 15:00 to 18:00 in TENT, features a launch of the graduation catalogue, a concert by Niek Hilkmann and a performance by Nan Wang.

UNLINKED (dislocations, disappearances and deprecations)

This year’s graduation show of the Piet Zwart Institute’s Master of Media Design & Communication: Networked & Lens-Based perhaps reflects a shift in popular culture. Whereas no self-respecting media self-help book or newspaper article published in the last decade missed using ‘linked’ or ‘stay connected’ in the text several times, a more recent rash of articles and runaway best-sellers feature words such as ‘introvert’ or ‘silence’. Have we reached a consensual moment where we might all agree it has become urgently necessary to critically look at how the words ‘social’ and ‘media’ might be used together? Is it becoming increasingly pressing to explore how contemporary media forms pervasive networks of both communication and mis-communication? To look at how media can foster community yet also create isolation and foster loneliness?

Each project reflects a unique research trajectory over two years: each artist has developed a unique media language through which they have researched particular topics and then – through a cycle of studio-based practice and critical reflection – have created the artworks and research projects you will find in this show: works about dislocation, disappearance & deprecation.

Graduating Master MMD&C students: Roel Roscam Abbing, Yoana Buzova, Lasse van den Bosch Christensen, Marlon Harder, Menno Harder, Nicole Hametner, Niek Hilkmann, Michaela Lakova, Nan Wang.

Time: Thursday June 12 20:00 – 23:00 exhibition continues until Sunday 29 June 2014
Location: TENT Rotterdam, Witte de Withstraat 50

MMDC grad 2014




Time: wednesday April 9 2014, 8 pm.
Location: WORM, Boomgaardsstraat 71
Admission: 5 euro (Free for PZI students)

Tune in this Wednesday to the gauzone melody of Chris Petit’s remarkable 1979 debut film ‘Radio On’.

Mythic landscapes and a stalled, broken down UK rendered starkly and beautifully unlovely in an existential road movie that was said at the time to be a film without a (national) cinema to belong to. Check the misty Bowie soundtracked trailer here:

Petit was ‘in love with the sensual delight of a camera moving forward through space. The film is peppered with long, coldly stirring shots from B’s clapped­out Rover, moving through a series of defamiliarised, Ballardian English landscapes ­ the Westway at night, the M4, Hopperesque filling stations in deepest Wiltshire, and what Petit’s collaborator Iain Sinclair refers to as “typically featureless Petit fields”. Between them Petit and Schafer attempt to remake our understanding of British urban space, much as Godard discerned contemporary Paris’s futuristic foreignness in Alphaville. The opening shot… passes a handwritten sign reading, “We are the children of Fritz Lang and Wernher von Braun” and comes to rest… to the sound of David Bowie singing Heroes/Helden, half in English, half in German. Already we are are in unfamiliar territory.’ John Patterson ­ The Guardian

After the screening there will be a Q&A hosted by filmmaker (and Piet Zwart Institute course director) Simon Pummel with Keith Griffiths, UK cinema’s ‘great facilitator’ and producer of ‘Radio On’ as well as countless other stand­out films such as Laura Mulvey/Peter Wollen’s ‘Riddles of the Sphinx’, Peter Strickland’s ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ and Apichpatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Subscribe Share Past Issues

To close the evening we’ll screen Chris Petit’s 1998 Radio On Remix where he re­filmed some of the films original locations, reflecting poetically on a different time and vastly changed cultural and physical landscape.

Radio On is programmed by Niek Hilkmann and presented with Piet Zwart Institute’s Master in Media Design & Communication (Lens Based Media / Networked Media) as one in a series of events devoted to the compact cassette tape at WORM.



Alumnus Janis Klimanovs’ 2013 graduation film ‘Weathering Love‘ was nominated for best documentary at the Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival in February 2014.

Weathering Love “Listen how the winds of spring are singing, they will bring you joy and my greetings of love…” February 14, 1953, Ranka


Weathering Love is a documental film that reveals an intimate story of a life-long romance.Janis Klimanovs documents his grandparents. He is interested to find out what kind of memories are most valuable to them. The film depicts an intimate portrait which reveals a true love story. His grandparents daily life is simple, and yet special, holding some magical beauty deep inside.

Review by TakeOnecff
Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival
Janis Klimanovs 


News from Nowhere: Master Media Design & Communication Graduation Show 2013


News from Nowhere

Venue’s and programmed events

Friday, 21.06. | 19:00 – 23:00 | [V2_ & WORM] News from Nowhere Media Cabaret 2 -grad show rehearsal:

Saturday, 22.06. | 12:00 – 17:00 | [WORM] public presentations coordinated by Hogeschool Rotterdam: stARTup Camp Rotterdam 2013: Creative Business Ideas

25.06. | 13:00 – 14:00 | V2_] Narratives of Deception, a project initiated by André Castro & performed by Toine Hovers, Jozef van Rossum & Cora Schmeiser

28.06. | 19:00 – 23:00 | [V2_Institute for the Unstable Media & TENT] Opening Graduation Shows

09.07. | 20:00 | [The New Institute] André Castro [PT] & Jonas Lund [SE] Test_Lab: The Graduation Edition 2013


Demet Adıgüzel [TR], André Castro [PT], Eleanor Greenhalgh [UK], Janis Klimanovs [LV], Javier Lloret [ES & FR], Jasper van Loenen [NL], Jonas Lund [SE], Petra Milički [HR], Astrid van Nimwegen [NL], Manó Dániel Szöllősi [HU], Dennis van Vreden [NL], Lucian Wester [NL], Marie Wocher [DE], Dave Young [IE].

News from Nowhere brings together works by fourteen artists from different geographical locations and artistic contexts, who for two years studied and researched together in the Master of Media Design and Communication at the Piet Zwart Institute.

News from Nowhere: the title of the show is taken from the classic novel written by the artist, designer and socialist pioneer William Morris. In this novel, that that loops together utopian socialism & science fiction, the main character falls asleep after returning from a meeting of the Socialist League and awakes to find himself in a future society based on common ownership and an open and democratic control over society’s means of production. By yoking together two disparate languages (political discourse and genre fiction) William Morris tried to create an image of a utopia.

These themes and strategies resonate with much of the research undertaken by the artists in the show: both in form and content. These works severally explore the politics of decision-making, our political relationship to the images and information that surrounds us, and our subjective relationship to our own histories. The works also loop together languages taken from a range of discourse including pop culture, political theory, spam email, feminist debates around consent, family scrapbooks and archives. It is this looping together of disparate forms and codes that forms a common pre-occupation of the research undertaken within the department.

Within contemporary media, code and image have interpenetrated. From digital cinema, to database driven gallery installations, and web publishing: contemporary media objects are constituted by mutually embedded code and image, the two are impossible to tear apart. In a parallel development, media objects inevitably form the dominant crucible in our culture where disparate codes derived from critical culture, commercial culture and technology are forced together. Our newly expanded department focusses on research into the forms that are developing through these complex interpenetrations, and the artists in this show epitomise the exciting research being undertaken within this new area.

Demet Adıgüzel’s video installation charts a journey of discovery; as she searches for her roots she reveals facets of her identity that were previously obscured. As she progresses, a new narrative of her past emerges.

André Castro’s Narratives of Deception narrates the dramas of the American soldier who captured Osama bin Laden; the daughter of Kenya’s road minister who is threaten by her evil stepmother; the sick and religious widow who writes from her hospital bed; and the banker who finds the unclaimed fortune of his famous clients.

Eleanor Greenhalgh’s research project Consentsus relates emerging feminist practices of sexual consent to democratic decision-making more widely. Asking how we might move beyond the slogan “yes means yes”, the project reveals the ways that “yes” and “no” are produced by the way questions are asked, and explores how we might encode a more radically collaborative model of consent in our digital and social tools.

Janis Klimanovs’s video installation is titled Memories vanish with time. The nostalgic action of remembering is based on stories, documents, images and interpretation. Klimanovs returned to his family and discovered what kinds of memories are important for them. He collated and channeled these stories, creating his own archive of memories. model of consent in our digital and social tools.

Javier Lloret’s “ ” is a series of evocative videos, with a loose narrative, that share an uncanny atmosphere. The minimal soundscape, the pace of the actions and the slow revealing of the staged situations amplify the increasing tension. In “ ” , the main characters seem alienated, detached from the repetitive actions they perform. A series of secondary characters, observe or trigger the flow of events with their decisions.

Jasper van Loenen offers you the opportunity to build your own drone. The kit, comprising easy to assemble components, lets you turn any object into a drone – from your computer to a protest sign – ready to claim your piece of sky.

Jonas Lund’s Curators Rank is a work aimed at helping artists reach new levels in the contemporary art world. Page after page, the work is depicting names and pictures of curators in descending ranking order. The information derives from a related project the Art World Api – an openly available database of the Art World.

Petra Milički’s lecture-performance An Anthem to Open Borders is inspired by the specific context of the former Yugoslavia, and the phenomenon of social behavior on YouTube, which has developed to the point where pop music videos serve as monuments, triggering emotional reactions that span from nostalgia to fierce political divisions. The topic invites us to consider the more general theme of memory politics in the post-broadcast age. The installation makes a monument to the past lecture.

Astrid van Nimwegen’s video work consists of long, single takes in which light and time are given a space to evolve slowly. The work relies on carefully constructed parameters, in order to capture the moment where a certain revelatory stillness within the everyday life and the landscape becomes visible.

Manó Dániel Szöllősi’s recent work is an examination into the way in which the current production, consumption and distribution of photographs positions the non-professional photographer (you and me). This behaviour is conditioned by new image-making devices and interfaces – from smart phones to web cams.

Dennis van Vreden’s They Touched Beyoncé is an ongoing series of performances, rehearsals and video pieces. In this work he has directed various artists and explores the notion of performance through its commanding power, re-enactment and idolization.

Lucian Wester’s work comprises a series of experiments, most of which have been created in the darkroom. These works show the complexity of light’s behaviour through optical instruments, for instance a lens focuses the light, but also reflects light inside and outside the optic.

Marie Wocher’s The Web Cheated on Me is trying to figure out where her disappointment with the web comes from. She analyzed her web-browser history for half a year to find out what kind of information she is looking up. The work is an audio installation based on this research.

Dave Young’s The Reposition Matrix is a workshop series that aims to reterritorialise the drone as a physical, industrially-produced technology of war, and consequently explore how this affects our understanding of the covert drone campaigns in the Middle East. Participants will be challenged to collaborate on developing a cartography of control: a map of the organisations, locations, and trading networks that play a role in the production of military drone technologies.


Friday, 28 June Opening

of both the Master Fine Art & Media Design & Communication Graduation Shows at TENT & V2_Institute for the Unstable Media

19:00 – Openings word [TENT]

20:30 – 21:00 The lecture-performance: An Anthem to Open Borders by Petra Milički [V2_]

21:30 – 22:00 Performance They Touched Beyoncé directed by Dennis van Vreden [V2_]

The lecture performance, An Anthem to Open Borders inspired by the specific context of the former Yugoslavia, and the phenomenon of social behavior on YouTube, which has developed to the point where pop music videos serve as monuments. The topic invites us to consider the more general theme of memory politics in the post-broadcast age.

They Touched Beyoncé is an ongoing series of performances, rehearsals and video pieces. The artist will be present and changing the installation daily with scheduled performances throughout the duration of the exhibition. With performers Claire van Lubeek (NL), Rita Vilhena (PT), Lesley Quist (NL), Jim van Geel (NL), Anna-Eva (NL), Piet Langeveld (NL), see website for exact dates and times.


exhibition continues: 29.06. – 14.07.2013 in V2_Institute for the Unstable Media

André Castro [PT] Test_Lab: The Graduation Edition 2013, 09.07.2013, The New Institute, Museumpark 25, 20:00; Eleanor Greenhalgh [UK] workshops; Jasper van Loenen [NL]; Petra Milički [HR]; Dennis van Vreden [NL] performance & Dave Young [IE] workshops.

alongside the exhibition will be a stream of events including performance and workshops, for details refer to our grad website:


exhibition continues: 29.06. – 25.08.2013 in TENT

Demet Adıgüzel [TR], Janis Klimanovs [LV], Javier Lloret [ES & FR], Jonas Lund [SE], Astrid van Nimwegen [NL], Manó Dániel Szöllősi [HU], Lucian Wester [NL], Marie Wocher [DE].



V2_Institute for the Unstable Media
Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL Rotterdam
11:00 – 18:00 Tuesday – Sunday

Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam
11:00 – 18:00 Tuesday – Sunday

Test_Lab: The Graduation Edition 2013
NAI, part of The New Institute Museum
Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam

Boomgaardsstraat 71, 3012 XA Rotterdam

Narratives of Deception

Tuesday June 25 2013
13:00 – 14:00 V2_Institute for the Unstable Media

a project initiated by André Castro & performed by Toine Hovers, Jozef van Rossum & Cora Schmeiser

Narratives of Deception narrates the dramas of the American soldier who captured Osama bin Laden; the daughter of Kenya’s road minister who is threatened by her evil stepmother; and the sick and religious widow who writes from her hospital bed.

Toine Horvers [NL] about himself he writes:”I am a Dutch artist working with language in both written and spoken form. I want to use language in such a way that it becomes more than functional. I want it to acquire another type of communicativity, like how that happens in rituals. I want it to become a gesture in space and time. The material for the works is based on language that is used for registrating and describing, and that I use for describing my observations of situations and processes that take place in time and space. I present those descriptions in voice performances – solo or group, hand-written drawings, hand-written books, sound installations and interactive electronic text-displays in public or semi-public space. More and more my work concentrates on spoken word and books.”

Jozef van Rossum [NL] is a poet, performer, artist, artist-supporter, host, welder, teacher and writer.

Cora Schmeiser [DE] explores the possibilities and limitations of the voice – occasionally in combination with actions or movements – on the basis of vocal experiments. Her search for different timbres and corresponding vocal expressivity is always linked to fine taste and sense of style regarding the repertory to be performed: medieval, renaissance, baroque, classic or contemporary.

André Castro [PT] is a sound artist living in Rotterdam. His practice involves DIY, exploratory, and nonsense strategies to appropriate found media-objects, such as audio-tracks from a colossal online archive, the whispers and silences of radiophonic discourse, or the stories told in spam emails.


Narratives of Deception will also be performed at this years Test_Lab: The Graduation Edition 2013 which is a co-production of V2_ and The New Institute, and is part of the parallel programme The Ruin.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013, 20.00h. | The New Institute, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam

V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media
Eendrachtsstraat 10
3012 XL Rotterdam

Open studio’s during Art Rotterdam 2013

February 8 2013, 13:00 – 16:00

Location: Piet Zwart Institute
Address: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam

Open Studio’s Master Fine Art and Master Media Design & Communication

During Art Rotterdam the master-students Fine Art and Media Design & Communication of the Piet Zwart Institute will open up their studios for the public. Finished works and works in progress can be seen in the studios of the 22 international students of both department. This way, visitors also get a clear view about the institute and its curriculum.

Post-Digital Publishing Workshops at Transmedial.13 taught by Media Design and Communication students

January 30 – February 3 2013

Location: transmediale.13
Address: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany


The Post-Digital Publishing workshop is an open participation lab running at transmediale.13. It practically investigates new forms of publishing and does its own little bit of future re-distribution for open source and independent publishing – in a time where an imminent deluge of books is set loose as the book goes digital and universities open their libraries with Open Access publishing.

The four days of the workshop cover: peer-to-peer librarianship, DIY publishing, infrastructures for independent publishers  and the battle for reimagining education.

Organized by: Florian Cramer, Alessandro Ludovico and Simon Worthington

In association with Creating 010, Hybrid Publishing Consortium, Neural and Mute Publishing

Participation in all workshop sessions with pre-registration only.

Piet Zwart Institute students Eleanor Greenhalgh, Dave Young, Andre Castro and Silvio Lorusso will lead DIY publishing workshop sessions on Wed. January 30th, 2013, 12:00-16:00

This is a hack day where different members of the publishing community can come together to showcase their projects from across the spectrum of open source tools and platforms used in publishing. Some areas of interest are: eReader modding, the social book, collaborative writing like Etherpad and collaborative publishing, fonts and DTP tools, graphic design tool kits, open standards, mobile reading, app making and machine reading and writing, to name just a few.
As this is a DIY Publishing day, it is also DIY in its format, on each day of the workshop we collectively select a number of projects to work on and then hack away over the course of the day.

Consent to Print
(Eleanor Greenhalgh & Dave Young, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam): An experiment on how to create publications collaboratively without following the usual consensus models, but allowing for dissent.

Spam Publishing
(Andre Castro & Silvio Lorusso, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam): How to create writing and hybrid media publications from your junk mail folder.

Make your own e-book in the epub format
(Florian Cramer, Creating 010, Rotterdam): A crash course requiring no prior knowledge except some HTML skills, followed by a look into experimental stuff like computer-generated ebooks.

Wednesday January 30th, 2013, 17:00-20:00

Kotti-Shop, Adalbertstr. 4, 10999 Berlin

ANABLOG (Pt. 1) (Annette Knol): Copyroboter Stencil Print Workshop in Kotti-Shop.
Anablog mixes analog print methods (risograph) with digital publishing. An experiment in print production informed by blogs, web aesthetics & digital media. Or reversed, an experiment in blogging on paper. No prior print knowledge required. Material fee for participants: 5-8€

For the full 4 day program of the Post Digital Publishing Workshop, see

Piet Zwart Institute and IFFR present: The School of Sound – Rotterdam

graphic scores and sketches by Iannis Xenakis

28 January 2013, 10:00 hrs

International Film Festival Rotterdam

/ Sound Stages

The School of Sound – Rotterdam

The SOS presents an integrated approach that relies on understanding traditional thinking, contemporary techniques and the broad range of creativity that informs sound production in both entertainment and art. And fundamental to the presentations and discussions is the relationship between sound and image – be that on screen, through performance or in space. In tune with the IFFR Signals programme Sound Stages, the SOS–Rotterdam brings together a media-artist, a filmmaker, a curator and a sound artist.

Featuring Michael Snow, Simon Field, Barry Esson, Caroline Martel and Aura Satz.

11:00 – introduction by Larry Sider (Director of the School of Sound)
11:15 – Michael Snow, interviewed by Simon Field
11:45 – Barry Esson (Arika)
12:45 – short lunch break (with option of screening)
13:30 – Caroline Martel in conversation with Aura Satz
14:45 – closing remarks

Each session will include questions from the audience.

Location: De Doelen (the Van Capelle Zaal)

Entree: free of charge



LARRY SIDER is the Director of the School of Sound. He is a film editor and sound designer who was Head of Post-Production at the National Film and Television School (Beaconsfield, UK) from 2002-2006. He has worked extensively in animation and documentary, on projects including Street of Crocodiles and Institute Benjamenta by the Brothers Quay, Blinded by Light and Secret Joy of Falling Angels by Simon Pummell, and Mirrormask, by Dave McKean. He lectures in the UK and abroad and is co-editor of The New Soundtrack journal.

MICHAEL SNOW is a renowned experimental artist, painter and filmmaker. His best known work is Wavelength (1967), a pioneering avantgarde film and an exploration of pure time and space. Snow is considerd one of the most influential filmmakers and is the subject of retrospectives in many countries.

SIMON FIELD was director of the IFFR between 1997 and 2004 before joining Keith Griffiths at the UK based production company Illuminations Films. In the 70 and 80s, he was editor of the UK film journal Afterimage which devoted its 11th issue to Michael Snow.

BARRY ESSON is a director of Arika. Arika organise the leading experimental music, sound, moving image and film events in Scotland and beyond. In the framework of the 2012 Whitney Biennial, Arika curated the performative programme, A survey is a process of listening.

CAROLINE MARTEL is a documentary artist with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and and a MA in Media Studeis. She has been synthesising documentary theory and practice in a variety of projects since 1998, with a special interest in archival materials, cinema history, women and communication technologies.

AURA SATZ is a London-based artist whos practice encompasses film sound, performance and sculpture. Her work is a mix of delight in archaic technologies and an engagement with the uncertainty they engender in terms of bodily perception and human agency.

The School of Sound – Rotterdam is presented by the IFFR in partnership with the Media Design and Communication Masters Programme of the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Staying in tune with the IFFR Signals programme Sound Stages, The School of Sound – Rotterdam, Aura Satz will be exhibiting her work Soundfigures at the BLAAK10 Gallery & Store: Thursday, 24.01 – Saturday, 02.02.2013
open: Tues- Friday: 11:00 – 18:00 | Sat & Sunday: 13:00 15:00
Location: Witte de Withstraat 7a, Rotterdam


If your interested and would like to know the recommended films to see before the SOS-Rotterdam symposium please send an email to Leslie Robbins

IFFR Sound Stages programme


Graduation show 2012 – Master Media Design and Communication

Dates: July 7 – August 19, 2012
Opening: Friday July 6, 19.00 hrs

Locations: TENTWORM and V2

In TENT: Daan Bunnik (NL), Sebastian Cimpean [RO & CA], Inge Hoonte [NL], Laura Macchini [IT], Luis Soldevilla [PE], Loes van Dorp [NL], Amy Suo Wu [CN & AU] & Zhang Yan [CN] with a Public Discussion About Personal Collecting and Media Archiving by Dusan Barok, [SK] on Thursday July 5.

In V2_Institute for the Unstable Media: Fako Berkers [NL], Mirjam Dissel [NL], Tomás Navarro [ES & IT], Lena Muller [DE], Quinten Swagerman [NL] & Lieven Van Speybroeck [BE]

In WORM: Danny van der Kleij [NL] & Laurier Rochon [CA]

The show brings together Networked and Lens-Based digital media and presents work across an expanded diversity of disciplines. To reflect the breadth of media practices within the department, the graduation show is an ambitious co-operation between TENT, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media and WORM and showcases work that ranges from short films, to radio broadcasts of an encrypted narrative, to steam powered analogue ‘holograms’, to many other media-hybrids in-between.


Thursday July 5

TENT Auditorium

2pm – 5pm: “Unlimited Editions”

Public Discussion About Personal Collecting and Media Archiving  

The public launch of Monoskop library will be followed by a discussion on personal collecting, media archiving, and collaborative production of art history, with invited

guests Florian Cramer, Darko Fritz, Annet Dekker, and Sandra Fauconnier. Facilitated by Dusan Barok,

Friday July 6 (opening night):


10pm              Media Cabaret and After-Party at WORM; WORM doors open at 21:00

with Performances at WORM:  Danny van der Kleij [NL] & Laurier Rochon [CA] and games until they end in V2_



Augmented Bodies

Saturday April 14 2012

Location: Museum Boerhaave
Address: Lange St. Agnietenstraat 10, Leiden

Augmented Bodies

Four talented students of the Master Lens-Based Media of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam explored different perceptions of the human body. Their research resulted in five portraits which discuss the promise of the body, the weighty body and the constructed body. The portraits are enhanced with a virtual layer. The hidden augmented world
of the works is revealed when a smartphone or tablet is directed at the portraits. On the digital screen the hidden reality unfolds engaging the spectator and resulting in a strong connection with the works. Augmented Bodies, the first augmented exhibition in the Netherlands, is an imaginative experiment that will confront the visitor with the naked truth. The truth of the human body.

Augmented Bodies is a cooperation between Museum Boerhaave and the Piet Zwart Institute and is endorsed by Stichting DOEN.

The exhibition will be open from April 15 until September 09 2012.

Out of the academy and into the worlds: community cinema as catalyst

Monday March 5 2012, 10:00 – 11:30 hrs

Location: Piet Zwart Institute
Address: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam

Out of the Academy and Into the World: Community Cinema as Catalyst

Guest lecture descriptions  

Presented by Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr of Echo Park Film Center, this lecture/workshop will look at community art center as personal practice and the variety of ways media-marginalized populations can be strengthened and empowered using experimental and documentary film/video tools and techniques. The session will include the collective creation of an animated chain-letter.

Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr are filmmakers/musicians/writers/ educators whose work is a catalyst for creative collaboration and positive social change. Originally from Italy and Canada respectively, they currently live and work in Los Angeles where they run the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit neighborhood media arts center. As The Here & Now they travel the world, bringing movies and music to the masses.

Unlike Art

Thursday March 8 2012, 16:30 hrs

Location: Trouw Amsterdam
Address: Wibautstraat 127, Amsterdam

Unlike Art

Bits of code, snippets, plugins and projects investigating social media by Networked Media students of Piet Zwart Institute.

On the occasion of lectures, workshops and prototyping sessions, Networked Media students often dealt with the field of social media. As a result, a series of works in progress, experiments and ideas that question social media from different points of view, such as, for instance: online identity, monetization of data, privacy, online-offline boundaries.

Trouw Amsterdam, founded in 2010, is intended to be a creative outlet for Trouw’s diverse crew of resident dj’s and a worldwide network of artists affiliated to the club. Following the club’s vision the focus will lie on challenging the status quo of today’s electronic dance music and going beyond being yet another provider of dj-friendly musical fast food. Trouw has a strong affiliation with new media and art, which will shine through in many ways, be it through customised record sleeves, video clips or crossover projects with other like-minded organisations. The combination of club and label will help to connect music lovers from all over the planet with the local scene in Amsterdam and the many good things happening here.

Works by Dušan Barok (SK),André Castro (PT), Mirjam Dissel (NL), Eleanor Greenhalgh (UK), Fabien Labeyrie (FR), Jonas Lund(SE/NL), Sebastian Schmieg(GE), Bartholomäus Traubeck(GE), Danny Van Der Kleij(NL), Jasper Van Loenen (NL),Marie Wocher (GE), Dave Young (IE). Moderated bySilvio Lorusso (IT).

The event Unlike Art is part of the symposium Unlike Us #2. This symposium is the second event about ‘alternatives in social media’, where artists, designers, scholars, activists and programmers gather. This international research network analyzes the economic and cultural aspects of dominant social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Through workshops, conferences, online dialogues and publications the Unlike Us network promotes the development of alternative, decentralized social media software.

Imagined Cinemas at BLAAK10 Gallery and Store

This show celebrates the work that has been done at the Echo Park Film Center over the last ten years: Super 8, 16mm, video and educational work and its mobile cinema.

From January 31 until February 2, BLAAK10 Gallery & Store will host a series of ongoing workshops with Echo Park organisers Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr kicking-off their 4-month residency project ‘Sounds We See’, sponsored by WORM and Creating 010.

Exhibition: Friday January 27 until Sunday February 5

Workshop Days:

Tuesday January 31, 14: 00-16: 00 hrs
To start and celebrate the 4 months residence of Echo Park Film Center in Rotterdam we are asking the community to work together, so they can create their own City Symphony. On Tuesday we will show examples and we will discuss the City Symphony genre. And on Thursday the participants will share their the images and sounds which they have found.

We ask you to come with a recording device of any kind. This can be a smartphone, microphone, video camera; actually everything you can think of to catch the feeling of the city.

Wednesday February 1, 14: 00-16: 00 hrs
Create a film without the use of a camera. The only thing you need is passion and curiosity to make something out of nothing.

Thursday 2 February, 14: 00-16: 00 hrs
During the day participants can prepare the outcome of the workshops.

Thursday 2 February, 17: 00-21: 30
Visitors may join us at the BLAAK10 Gallery & Store for an evening of cinematic wonders. We will show “The Best of Echo Park Film Center”, singing songs, play BINGO games and of course show all the results of our 48-hour City Symphony marathon.

Witte de Withstraat 7a,
3012 BK Rotterdam
Opening times: Tue until Friday from 11:00 – 18:00 hrs
Saturday and Sunday from 13:00 -17:00 hrs
closed on Mondays

Imagined Cinemas

Monday, January 30th 2012, 10:00-17:00 hrsLocation: Piet Zwart Institute
Address: Mauritsstraat 36, 3012 CJ Rotterdam
Admission: 5 EUR (free for students)Imagined CinemasFilmmaking in nontraditional mediaOne-day symposium organised by Piet Zwart Institute & Creating 010, Hogeschool RotterdamIn collaboration with Signals: For Real, International Film Festival RotterdamWhile the traditional media for moving images – movie theaters and TV – are losing their dominant role, filmmaking and the language of cinema migrate to other media that  often aren’t screens. This symposium gathers filmmakers, artists, designers and activists who reframe cinema as interventions into public space through visual, sound and mobile media, as tactical transmedia narratives, and as filmmaking rooted in the avant-garde expanded cinema tradition. What does the language of cinema contribute to these other media, and which opportunities do these media conversely offer for the future practice of filmmaking?Moderators: Simon Pummell, Florian Cramer & Edwin CarelsProgrammeThroughout the day
A live intermezzo with the radio play “A Fatalistic Flatworm” by Lukas Simonis and Henk Bakker, WORM (NL)10:00-13:00 hrs
Expanded media today
Pip Chodorov (FR)Ulrich Schreiber, C-Side Production (CH)
Franziska Lamprecht & Hajoe Moderegger, eteam (USA/DE)
Paolo Davanzo & Lisa Marr / Echo Park Film Center (USA)13:45-16:45 hrs
Film language and transmedia storytelling
Michiel Huijsman & Renate Zentschnig, Soundtrackcity (NL)
Richard Wright (UK)
Paolo Cirio (IT)
Vincent Morisset (CN)17:00 hrs
Opening reception for Simon Pummell’s transmedia project Shock Head Soul & The Sputnik Effect at TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam—————————————————————————————-January 27 – Februay 5: Imagined Cinemas in BLAAK10 Gallery & StoreThis show celebrates work done at the Echo Park Film Center over the last ten years: Super 8, 16mm, video and educational work and its mobile cinema.From January 31 until February 2, BLAAK10 Gallery & Store will host a series of ongoing workshops with Echo Park organisers Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr kicking-off their 4-month residency project ‘Sounds We See’, sponsored by WORM and Creating 010.The results will be shown on Thursday February 2 from 17:00 – 21:30 hrs.Workshop Days:Tuesday January 31, 14: 00-16: 00 hrs
To start and celebrate the 4 months residence of Echo Park Film Center in Rotterdam we are asking the community to work together, so they can create their own City Symphony. On Tuesday we will show examples and we will discuss the City Symphony genre. And on Thursday the participants will share their the images and sounds which they have found.We ask you to come with a recording device of any kind. This can be a smartphone, microphone, video camera; actually everything you can think of to catch the feeling of the city.Wednesday February 1, 14: 00-16: 00 hrs
Create a film without the use of a camera. The only thing you need is passion and curiosity to make something out of nothing.Thursday 2 February, 14: 00-16: 00 hrs
During the day participants can prepare the outcome of the workshops.Thursday 2 February, 17: 00-21: 30
Visitors may join us at the BLAAK10 Gallery & Store for an evening of cinematic wonders. We will show “The Best of Echo Park Film Center”, singing songs, play BINGO games and of course show all the results of our 48-hour City Symphony marathon.Address:
Witte de Withstraat 7a,
3012 BK Rotterdam
Opening times: Tue until Friday from 11:00 – 18:00 hrs
Saturday and Sunday from 13:00 -17:00 hrs
closed on Mondays



Is this on? – Permformance by Birgit Bacler and Inge Hoonte during Upstage Festival – 11:11:11


By Birgit Bachler & Inge Hoonte
Developed as part of 11:11:11 UpStage, a web-based venue for online performance

Date: Friday, November 11, 2011
Time: 10:00 – 22:00 hrs
Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Large Project Room
Address: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam
This event is open for public and admission is free

UpStage is a venue for online performance events (Flash plug-in required). This year’s edition, 11:11:11, features people creating work on the web through drawings, photos, moving image, video, scripted movements with animations, etc.

IS THIS ON? projects a virtual apartment into a desktop computer, which are both displayed on the UpStage platform. Functioning like a dual-boot computer, the Proprietary family lives alongside the Open Source family. The script is inspired by conflicts between Apple, Windows and Linux. The characters bring to light various aspects of computing, such as communication issues between operating systems and their users, and the challenges one can face while interacting with, switching between, and working within these systems. The performance illustrates how the members of these groups communicate and seek connection in their differences and similarities through scripting, programs, software and analog means.

As such, little people appear to “live” inside the computer, as if operating tasks for you whenever you open a document, write an email, search for a file, etc. Some moments, physical becomes digital; body parts moving from the webcam onto the website. Other times, digital becomes physical, for example when part of an avatar’s body seems to materialize on screen.

Workshops! COME PLAY!
Come to one of our workshops to make your own avatars and props to operate on the website/stage! This way you will be able to interact with people who are present in the room, as well as visible on the screen through a live feed. Come join the fun! See schedule below.

10:00-10:30 coffee tea COOKIES welcome
10.30-11:00 introduction UpStage
11:00-11:20 IS THIS ON? [1]
11:20-11:30 small break
11:30-13-30 WORKSHOP 1

13:30-14:15 lunch break

14:15-14:30 set-up Is This On? [2]
14:30-14:50 IS THIS ON? [2]
14:50-15:00 small break
15:00-18:00 WORKSHOP 2
18:00-19:00 break, preparation, mingling
19:00-19:30 set-up IS THIS ON? [3]
19:30-19:50 IS THIS ON? [3]

after eight beer & wine



Graduation Show Lens-Based 2011


We are pleased to announce that the first graduation show of the Master Media Design & Communication: Lens-Based programme will take place this summer in TENT Rotterdam.

The nine Masters students present the graduation work that represents their two year research programme exploring the possibility of creating new works that synthesise cinematic and photographic forms.

The collaboration with TENT is an integral part of this research, together developing ways to present the work in forms that still engage with broad cinematic and photographic traditions, and yet address the particular relation with the viewer that a gallery can offer.

Within the diverse work on show, a certain engagement with landscape can be identified: landscapes with specific histories and landscapes abstracted into images of the sublime, recorded landscapes, and utterly synthetic landscapes. But all viewed through the eye of a lens either physical or virtual. It is from this tendency that the title of the show is derived…

Since 1999 TENT has been drawing attention to and presenting significant developments and image-defining artists in the visual arts in Rotterdam. The 1000 m2 exhibition space is located in a characteristic former school building in the cultural Witte de Withstraat. In lively solo and group exhibitions, TENT presents the many-sided manifestations of contemporary art in Rotterdam.

The Lens-Based programme of the Piet Zwart Institute started in September 2009. The programme focuses on approaching animation, digital photography, and moving-image design as a single expanded field. It is a two-year, full-time, international, English-language study programme.

Graduation Show 2011: WITH ONE EYE ON THE HORIZON

Dates: July 15 – August 21 2011
Opening: Thursday July 14 2011, 20:00 hrs
Location: TENT. Rotterdam
Address: Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam
Open: Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 – 18.00 hrs

TENT is part of CBK Rotterdam

Graduating students:

  • Chris Baronavski (USA)
  • Femke de Bruijn (NL)
  • Marleen Leuverink (NL)
  • Vincenzo Onnembo (IT)
  • Tanja Deman (CR)
  • Tiddo Roozendaal (NL)
  • Zafer Topaloglu (TR)
  • Yuko Uesu (JP)
  • Roeland Veraart (NL)

No such thing as repitition

Thematic Project Exhibition: No Such Thing As Repetition
Opening: Friday, July 01 2011
Time: 19:00 – 23:00
Open: July 2 – July 15 2011
Wed – Fri: 11:00 – 18:00 hrs / Sat & Sun: 12:00 – 17:00
Finissage: Friday, July 15
Roodkapje, 119-133 Meent
3011 JH Rotterdam, Netherlands
Note: This exhibition takes place in conjunction with the Graduation Show: Catching Flies in the Alternet

Projects by: Amy Suo Wu (AU), Danny van der Kleij (NL), Dusan Barok (SK), Fako Berkers (NL), Inge Hoonte (NL), Laura Macchini (IT), Laurier Rochon (CA), Lieven Van Speybroeck (BE), Mirjam Dissel (NL), Natasa Siencnik (AT)

Curator: Inke Arns, Artistic Director of HMKV, Dortmund (DE)

“Is there repetition or is there insistence. I am inclined to believe there is no such thing as repetition. And really how can there be.” * Gertrude Stein’s remarks about repetition as insistence fit remarkably well the contemporary practice of artistic re-enactments.

History usually is experienced as something heavily mediated. Artistic re-enactments attempt to erase this distance, replacing it by direct experience establishing an affective relation to what is being repeated, and empathy. Artistic re-enactments are not simply affirming what has happened in the past, but rather they are questioning the present via repeating or re-enacting historical events that have left their traces in the collective memory. Re-enactments are artistic interrogations of media images that try to scrutinise the reality of the images, while at the same time pointing towards the fact that collective memory is essentially mediated memory.

The exhibition No Such Thing as Repetition focuses on current strategies of repetition and re-enactment. The projects presented discuss unlikely copies, claiming to be much more complex than the ‚original’ and carrying the seed of the uncanny, and fakes, questioning the usual relation between reality and fiction. The works in the exhibition invite visitors to perform their own moon landing or search for lost voices on the radio spectrum. Virtual creatures are being re-enacted out on the streets of Rotterdam, a money-making machine fails to make money, and a safe channel of data exchange through the internet is being provided. The exhibition also features a live Twitter feed from a ship sailing down to South Africa in 1820 and a daily performance of a short story by Ernest Hemingway in real time. Parts of the Eichmann trial of 1961 – the first trial in history broadcast on TV – as well as tapped telephone conversations from the “Rubygate” case are being re-enacted. Finally, while an orphaned photo album found on the flea market is made to reveal memories, fake or real, the sound of two record players stuck on endless repeat at the end of the record fills the space.

* Gertrude Stein, Portraits and RepetitionLectures in America (1935), pp. 166–169



Graduation show 2011: Catching flies in the alternet

Graduation Show
Opening: Friday, July 01 2011
Time: 19:00 – 23:00
Open: July 2 – July 15 2011
Wed – Fri: 11:00 – 18:00 hrs / Sat & Sun: 12:00 – 17:00
Finissage: Friday, July 15
Roodkapje, 119-133 Meent
3011 JH Rotterdam, Netherlands

Join us for the 2011 Graduation Show at Roodkapje, Rotterdam. Reflecting upon a variety of issues relevant to today’s networked media culture, the exhibition features works by Birgit Bachler (AT), Özalp Eröz (TR), Megan Hoogenboom (NL), Albert Jongstra (NL), Darija Medić (RS) and Renee Olde Monnikhof (NL).

The networks are abuzz; they are humming with high and low pitches. While some are visible, others are discretely at work “catching flies in the alternet”. Whether manifested online or offline, all of this year’s graduation projects engage in repurposing and reorienting networks to generate alternative perspectives. Birgit Bachler’s, Discrete Dialogue Network, is a telephony-based communication system designed for leaving anonymous voice messages in public space. The project by Özalp Eröz, Virtual Street Art, questions how online networked distribution impacts street art, and its beliefs in authentic local interventions. Megan Hoogenboom’s work, Huenet, physically demonstrates the differences between the public Internet, meaning the World Wide Web as we know it today and encrypted darknets. Exploring how we access the news online, Renée Olde Monnikhof´s Net News Now raises timely questions about professional journalism and the role of the amateur in an age of on-demand media. Albert Jongstra tackles participatory collaboration through a series of hands-on workshops entitled, Participator 3.0. Lastly, Attention: Recalculating!, a project by Darija Medić, challenges our unquestioned belief in technology. By modifying GPS navigation software, her project offers customized ways of taking longer routes through speculative scenarios.

Here you will find an interview with the students about the graduation catalogue.

22/03/2011 Public lecture: Steve Rushton plus screening

Faceless by Manu Luksch (2007 AT/UK)

Sniff, Scrape, Crawl…
Lecture: Steve Rushton
Followed by a screening of ‘Faceless’ by Manu Luksch
and Suicide Box by (BIT) the Bureau of Inverse Technology
Date: Tuesday, 22/03/2011
Time: doors open at 19:15, lecture begins at 19:30
Location: Mauritsstraat 36, 3012 CJ Rotterdam
Entrance free
Lecture will be streamed at:

*Sniff, Scrape, Crawl…* is a series of lectures examining the porous borders of privacy in the digital age.  The next lecture and screening will explore optical forms of surveillance in all of its ominous complexities and perversities.

Lecture by Steve Rushton:

Looking at social networking sites and reality TV shows, Steve Rushton will reflect on how the notion of ‘feedback’ works both as a metaphor and as a material condition in contemporary media. He will pay particular emphasis to reality TV as media that feeds back tropes from an array of cultural sites, such as the social psychology experiment, the ‘flying eye’ and Candid Camera. He will argue that non-scripted TV serves as an aid to the neo-liberal political reasoning which promotes a culture of self-performance, entrepreneurism, privatisation, volunteerism, and responsibilisation.

Steve Rushton is a founding member of *Signal:Noise*, an experimental cross-disciplinary research project that aims to explore the influence of cybernetics and information theory on contemporary cultural life by testing out its central idiom, ‘feedback’, through debates, artworks, publications, performances, events and exhibitions.  He has been a writer and editor for a range of projects with artists such as Rod Dickinson and Thomson & Craighead. His publications include the series ‘How Media Masters Reality’ for First/Last Newspaper, Issues 1-6, Dexter Sinister (2009); ‘New Walden,’ HB2, Issue 1, CAC, Glasgow (2008); ‘Experience, Memory, Re-enactment’, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam/Revolver, Frankfurt (with Anke Bangma and Florian Wüst) (2005); ‘The Milgram Re-enactment’, Revolver, Frankfurt (2003). He also teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute.

Review of Signal:Noise:

Screening of Faceless by Manu Luksch (2007 AT/UK)

Trailer of Faceless

In a society under the reformed ‘Real-Time’ Calendar, without history nor future, everybody is faceless. A woman panics when she wakes up one day with a face. With the help of the Spectral Children she slowly finds out more about the lost power and history of the human face and begins the search for its future.

Faceless was produced under the rules of the ‘Manifesto for CCTV Filmmakers’. The manifesto states, amongst other things, that additional cameras are not permitted at filming locations, as the omnipresent existing video surveillance (CCTV) is already in operation. The UK Data Protection Act and EU directives give individuals the right to access personal data held in computer filing systems. This includes images captured by CCTV recording systems. For a nominal fee (£10), an individual can obtain a copy of this data: financial or medical records, or video recordings. Other legislation states that the privacy of third parties must be protected. In CCTV recordings, this is done by erasing the faces of other people in the images – hence the ‘faceless’ world.

Manu Luksch, founder of Ambient Information Systems (ambientTV.NET,) is filmmaker who works outside the frame. The moving image, and in particular the evolution of film in the digital or networked   age, has been a core theme of her works.   Characteristic is the blurring of boundaries between linear and hypertextual narrative, directed work and multiple authorship, and post-produced and self-generative pieces. Expanding the idea of the viewing environment is also of importance; recent works have been shown on electronic billboards in public urban spaces and open air cinemas in remote rural places.
Ambient TV Net:

Next to the film, we will be handing out the CCTV Manifesto:

Then there will be a short screening of a classic surveillance project from the Bureau of Inverse Technology:

The Suicide Box by (bit) the Bureau of Inverse Technology (1966 UK)

A documentary about the BIT Suicide Box, a motion detection video system designed to capture vertical activity. The Unit includes BITcamera, motion capture card, analysis software and utility concealment casing. In standard operation any vertical motion in frame will trigger the camera to record to disk. The Bureau installed the Suicide Box for trial application in range of the Golden Gate Bridge, California 1996; an initial deployment period of a hundred days metered seventeen bridge events.

Bureau of Inverse Technology [BIT] Incorporated 1991 with limited liability Cayman Islands. The Bureau is an information agency servicing the Information Age.

The Sniff, Scrape, Crawl… public lecture series has been realised with the collaboration of Research Programme (Lectoraat) Communication in a Digital Age.

Public lecture: Joris van Hoboken, Nicolas Malevé and Aymeric Mansoux

Public Lecture: Joris van Hoboken, Nicolas Malevé and Aymeric Mansoux
Date: Wednesday, 16/03/2011
Time: doors open at 18:45, lecture begins at 19:00
Location: Mauritsstraat 36, Rotterdam
Entrance free

streamed at:

Bringing together artists, programmers and theorists, *Sniff, Scrape, Crawl…* is a series of lectures examining the porous borders of privacy in the digital age. Previous public events  in this series have touched upon a wide rage of topics such as surveillance, data-mining, the function and limits of anonymity, and the profound influence of network architecture on social, political and legal issues.

The next three talks will continue to explore and expand upon these ideas from different perspectives. Joris van Hoboken will be looking at search engines, how they track queries and what impact data retention and profiling has on our civil liberties.  Nicolas Malevé will be speaking about social network platforms and the evolution of national and international legal agreements, while drawing parallels between the processes of homogenization of the web and the processes of legislative harmonization within the EU. Lastly, Aymeric Mansoux will be talking about *Naked on Pluto*. The project, which is a collaboration between Mansoux, Dave Griffiths and Marloes de Valk, is a multiplayer text adventure game on Facebook that explores the perils of centralized social networks.

Joris van Hoboken (NL) is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Information Law, and his thesis focuses on regulatory aspects of search engines. He graduated cum laude in both Theoretical Mathematics (2002) and Law (2006) from the University of Amsterdam. His LL.M. thesis dealt with the new Dutch regulations on access to personal data in criminal proceedings, i.e. an analysis of how citizens’ interests are implicated in the limitation of such access. Until 1 September 2006, he worked as a paralegal at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and as a co-director of Bits of Freedom, a digital civil rights organisation.
Main site:

Nicolas Malevé is an artist, software programmer and data activist developing multimedia projects and web applications for and with cultural organisations. His current research work is focused on cartography, information structures, metadata and the means to visually represent them. He lives and works in Barcelona and Brussels. Since 1998 Nicolas collaborates with Constant, a non-profit association, based and active in Brussels since 1997 in the fields of feminism, copyright alternatives and working through networks. Selection of works: *Copy.cult and the Original Si(g)n*, a project of investigation on the alternatives to author’s rights.
*Yoogle!* an online game that allows users to play with the parameters of the Web 2.0 economy and the marketing of personal data.

Aymeric Mansoux (FR) is an artist, musician, media researcher and core tutor at the Piet Zwart. In 2003, he founded GOTO10 with Thomas Vriet, a non profit organization and artist collective, with the goal to promote the use and support of free software in electronic music and media art creation. Aymeric has been active in the collective until 2010 and initiated several projects such as: ‘make art’, a yearly international no nonsense festival for software artists using and writing free software; ‘Puredyne’, a popular live GNU/Linux distribution for creative media and the ‘FLOSS+Art publication’, the first collection of essays on FLOSS and digital art production.
Main site:
Naked on Pluto:

The *Sniff, Scrape, Crawl…* public lecture series has been realised with the collaboration of Research Programme (Lectoraat) Communication in a Digital Age.

Olia Lialina, Forever in 90s

otterdam’s cybercafés, or ‘belhuizen’ as they are called in Dutch, have a dubious reputation and are often associated with diverse illegal activities, from money laundering to supporting terrorist activities. However, research conducted by the city has statistically shown that in reality only minor nuisances or problems actually arise from these locations.

In 2010, net artist Olia Lialina researched Rotterdam’s cybercafés and physical and online so-called ‘low culture’ environments as part of her research fellowship at the Piet Zwart Institute and artist-in-residence work at Goethe-Institut Rotterdam. She will present, for the first time, the results of her research.

Olia Lialina is a curator, writer, net artist, and Professor at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart.  Born in Russia, she is a self-proclaimed animated gif model whose work engages with the vernacular of the web in critical, insightful and playful ways.  Her projects, such as MY BOYFRIEND CAME BACK FROM THE WAR and ANNA KARENINA GOES TO PARADISE, have been exhibited widely and are considered pioneering examples of early net art.  Next to these activities, most recently she co-edited with Dragan EspenschiedDigital Folklore, a book exploring user generated aesthetics and digital culture.

Digital Folklore, ed. Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, 2009

This event is a cooperation of the Research Programme Communication in a Digital Age and the Networked Media Master orientation of the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, with Goethe-Institut Rotterdam.  It is connected to Olia Lialina’s previous workshop, Digital Folklore and the Speed Show: Rebelhuis which took place December,  2010.

Public Lecture: Dmytri Kleiner and Mirko Tobias Schäfer

Public Lecture/Presentation 2: Dmytri Kleiner & Mirko Tobias Schäfer
Date: Wednesday, 16/02/2011
Time: 19:30
Location: Mauritsstraat 36, Rotterdam
or streamed at:

In the previous public lecture programme, Seda Guerses and Michelle Teran covered issues surrounding surveillance, privacy and anonymity. The next two talks, given by Dmytri Kleiner and Mirko Tobias Schäfer, will look at both centralised and decentralised models of social networks. Examining the language promoting, and at times cloaking these systems, they will explore emerging modes of governance, possibilities for self-determination, the monetization of personal data and the complexities of delineating public and private space within these platforms.

Bastard Culture! How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production, Mirko Tobias Schäfer, 2011

Mirko Tobias Schäfer is Assistant Professor of New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Utrecht in the Department for Media and Culture Studies. He obtained a magister (master) in theater, film and media studies from the University of Vienna in 2002, and a PhD from Utrecht University in 2008. From 2000 to 2002 Mirko was organizer and co-curator of [d]vision – Vienna Festival for Digital Culture. After his graduation from Vienna University, he went to Utrecht University (NL) as a junior teacher/researcher, and wrote his dissertation on participatory culture. Mirko is co-editor of the recently published volume, Digital Material: Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology. He publishes on modified electronic consumer goods, software development and the socio-political debates on information and communication technology.
Schäfer’s general site:

thimbl was created 2010-2011 by Dmytri Kleiner, Michelle Izmaylov, Anthony Shull, Dave Goodchild, Mike Pearce, Silja Nielsen, Rico Weise, Mark Cater and Jonas Frankki

Dmytri Kleiner is a software developer working on projects that investigate the political economy of the internet, and the ideal of workers’ self-organization of production as a form of class struggle. Born in the USSR, Dmytri grew up in Toronto and now lives in Berlin. He is a founder of the Telekommunisten Collective, which provides internet and telephone services, as well as undertakes artistic projects that explore the way communications technologies have social relations embedded within them, such as deadSwap (2009) and Thimbl (2010).
More on Telekommunissten:
About Thimbl:

Bringing together artists, programmers and theorists, *Sniff, Scrape, Crawl…* is a series of lectures and presentations examining the porous borders of privacy in the digital age.

The *Sniff, Scrape, Crawl…* public lecture series has been realised with the collaboration of Research Programme (Lectoraat) Communication in a Digital Age.



Public lecture: Seda Guerses and Michelle Teran

17 Cities – Excerpt 3 by Michelle Teran

Public Lecture: Seda Guerses and Michelle Teran
Date: Tuesday, 08/02/2011
Time: 19:30
Location: Mauritsstraat 36, Rotterdam
or streamed at:

Bringing together artists, programmers and theorists, Sniff, Scrape, Crawl… is a series of lectures and presentations examining the porous borders of privacy in the digital age.

Seda Guerses is a researcher working in the group COSIC/ESAT at the Department of Electrical Engineering in K. U. Leuven, Belgium. Her topics of interest include privacy technologies, participatory design, feminist critique of computer science, and online social networks. She has a keen interest in the subject of anonymity in technical as well as cultural contexts, the spectrum being anywhere between anonymous communications and anonymous folk songs. Beyond her academic work, she also collaborates with artistic initiatives including Constant vzw, Bootlab, De-center, ESC in Brussels, Graz and Berlin. Read more:

Michelle Teran explores the interaction between media and social networks in urban environments. In her work she looks at different aspects of how urban space is defined, occupied and mediatized. She has a socially and site-specifically engaged practice, focusing mostly on the staging of urban interventions and performances such as guided tours, discussions, walks and open-air projections as well as participatory installations and happenings. She won the Transmediale Award (the Turku2011 Digital Media & Art Grand Prix Award) and is currently a research fellow at the National Academy of Art in Bergen (KHIB).  Read more:

For a preview of a few of the issues raised during the lecture you can download, A Trialogue on Interventions in Surveillance Space: Seda Guerses in conversation with Michelle Teran and Manu Luksch:

This project has been done in collaboration with the Research Programme (Lectoraat) Communication in a Digital Age.

Cinegraphic /Photomatic

January 27 until February 20 2011
Opening Reception: Monday January 31 at 18:00 hrs

Location: BLAAK10 Gallery & Store
Address: Witte de Withstraat 7a, Rotterdam
Open: Tuesday-Friday 11:00 – 18:00 and Saturday-Sunday 13:00 – 17:00
closed on Mondays


CINEGRAPHIC/PHOTOMATIC is an exhibition that showcases recent work done in the Lens-Based branch of the Master Media Design and Communication at the Piet Zwart Institute, a research oriented study programme created to give practitioners a context to explore these contemporary issues.

As cinematic images spill out of the cinemas and into the streets, leaked through mobile phones and media devices, the viewing experience of moving images has migrated to diverse spaces, both public and private. Increasingly, one such space is the gallery.

Considering these changes, contemporary image makers are pressed to rethink traditional categories of moving- and still-image photography, film and animation.

Participating students are:

  • Femke de Bruijn
  • Sebastian Cimpean
  • Tanja Deman
  • Vincenzo Onnembo
  • Roeland Veraart

CINEGRAPHIC/PHOTOMATIC is part of the XL-programme of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Conference: Imagine an Audience

Artists’ filmmaking post-cinema & -tv
January 31 & February 1  2011

For artists, making and distributing films is radically changing in a time where traditional pillars like theatrical screenings and tv co-production are breaking away. This conference will look at new spaces, audiences, modes and media for filmmaking beyond either YouTube or big budget: micro cinemas, the contemporary art system, alternative systems in the Internet. What kind of filmmaking is emerging here?

Location: Mauritsstraat 36, 3012 CJ Rotterdam
Admission: 5 euros/day (free for WdKA students & staff and for XL pass and IFFR industry passport holders)

Organised by the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University in collaboration with Kino Climates, as part of the IFFR XL programme.

Monday, January 31st

12:00 – 14:30
Introduction: Florian Cramer (director Piet Zwart Institute), Simon Pummell (course director Lens-Based programme)

Kino Climates: Micro cinemas worldwide

15:00 – 17:00
Giving it away? – the Internet

  • Tommy Pallotta, Amsterdam on bittorrent for independent film distribution
  • Paul Keller, Amsterdam on alternative systems for filmmakers in the Internet
  • Bregtje van de Haak (via Skype) on filmmaking in the digital commons

18:00 – 21:00
Opening Reception Cinegraphic / Photomatic
Location: BLAAK10 Gallery & Store
Witte de Withstraat 7a, Rotterdam

Tuesday, February 1st
12:00 – 14:00
Panel: Limited Editions – filmmaking for the Fine Art system
Moderated by Edwin Carels (IFFR)

  • Luke Fowler, Glasgow on 16mm filmmaking for art spaces
  • John Smith, on filmmaking for cinema screens and art spaces
  • Michel Chevalier, target.autonompop Hamburg on what’s wrong with the contemporary art system

14:30 – 17:00
Concluding panel: What is a low budget feature? And where?

  • Michel Reilhac, Paris, ARTE
  • Keith Griffiths, film producer, London
  • + roundtable with Paolo Davanzo, Lisa Marr, Mervin Espina, Michel Chevalier, Luke Fowler and members of Kino Climates




Speed Show: Rebelhuis

Friday, Dec. 17th, 18:00-20:00
A one night event at Ace Teleboutique
Nieuwe Binnenweg 389A

Hit an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on them for one night.
Excerpt from SPEED SHOW manifest by Aram Bartholl 2010


With Aram Bartholl’s concept of the Speed Show as a point of departure, REBELHUIS is an exhibition featuring work from the Networked Media branch of the Piet Zwart Institute &CrossLab (Willem de Kooning Academy).

Hosted and inspired by Ace Teleboutique, an internet café situated in the city centre, some projects work with the technical restraints of the Internet café’s infrastructure, others explore its uncharted potential for alternative use, and others probe the peculiarities of remote communication.  Loosening the perimeters of Bartholl’s structure, the group has opened up the format to both on- and off-line media, live performance, telephony, installation, and software programs especially designed and installed for the occasion. To read about the individual projects go to REBELHUIS.

The show  takes place during normal opening hours (18:00-20:00).  Ace, the owner will be selling Red Bull, Doritos and ice cream, and all visitors are welcome to enjoy the art and perhaps even steal some time to check email and chat with friends.

This project has been made in collaborationwith the Research Project (Lectoraat) Communication in a Digital Age. The Piet Zwart Institute: Master Media Design and Communication: Networked Media would like to thank:

  • Aram Bartholl for inventing the Speed Show format
  • Olia Lialina for her extensive research of Rotterdam ‘belhuis’ culture and enticing us to do a Speed Show
  • The Goethe Institute, for hosting the Digital Folklore workshop with PZI students and having Olia Lialina as an artist in residence.
  • Florian Cramer, Aldje van MeerGordan Savicic and Danja Vasiliev for their conceptual input
  • Ace for being open to our temporary invasion of his space
  • And of course, the students and staff at Piet Zwart who worked around the clock to make the project come together

Olia Lialina at Networked Media

“I don’t think that art history is the right context for understanding net art and explaining it to others. The history of computing, networks and user interfaces are things I would suggest to net art researchers and new media historians learn; those are essential contexts.”

Olia Lialina interviewed by Sven Spieker for ArtMargins, 2007

Piet Zwart Networked Media welcomes Olia Lialina who is currently a research fellow with the Lectorate: Communication in a Digital Age. Born in Russia, Lialina is a curator, writer, net artist and Professor at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart.  She is a self-proclaimed animated gif model whose work engages with the vernacular of the web in critical, insightful and playful ways.  Her projects, such as MY BOYFRIEND CAME BACK FROM THE WAR and ANNA KARENINA GOES TO PARADISE, have been exhibited widely and are considered pioneering examples of early net art.  Next to these activities, most recently she co-edited withDragan EspenschiedDigital Folklore, a book exploring user generated aesthetics and digital culture.

Digital Folklore, ed. Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, 2009

Along with Lialina’s research for the Lectorate, she will be co-teaching with Renee Turner a seminar entitled Users and Abusers.  Through a series of close readings and discussions, the project will examine how users immerse themselves in networked environments, find tactics to subvert prescriptive software, plot possible paths of resistance and invent their own aesthetics through invention, appropriation and remixing.  Next to Digital Folklore, the group will be reading texts by Henry Jenkins, Sherry Turkle, Michel de Certeau, Malcolm Gladwell and Steven Heller.

In conjunction with .IMG Festival Rotterdam, Lialina will offer a free Digital Folklore Workshop in collaboration with Moddr_ labs at the Goethe-Institut, Rotterdam. Taking place on October 28th from 13:00-20:00, interested participants will need to contact Leslie Robbins to register via E-Mail:

Lialina’s teaching at Piet Zwart Networked Media will be wrapped-up in December with a Speed Show featuring work from past and present PZI students and selected BA projects made within CrossLab. The Speed Show format was formulated by Aram Bartholl and extols the virtues of the internet browser.  Exhibitions have taken place in Vienna, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Olia Lialina’s main site:

Special events during the Graduation Show 2010

  • Tuesday, July 6th, 18:00, 18:45 & 19:30hrs
    Darija Medic will give guided tours of The South collection, a tour of appropriated buildings as public sculptures in Feijenoord. The walk starts every 45 mins at Oranjeboomstraat 135 and ends at Rosestraat, stragglers are encouraged to join the group. (If possible bring mp3 players and headphones.)
  • Wednesday, July 7th, 19:30 (doors open), 20:00 (begin of tournament)
    Selena Savic and Paul Steen (SE) will organize a tournament for their economic and geostrategic simulation games.
    Two teams will play Selena’s “Eat IT! City Simulator” on a board designed as an analog city building game. The playing field of the cityscape will be set by parameters determined from an online database. Paul’s game “The End” plays like a cross between Risk and Monopoly, and departs from the actual disposition of natural resources and military forces in the world at the time of the fall of the Soviet Union.
    Location: the WDW63 building | Witte de Withstraat 63 | 3012 BN Rotterdam
  • Thursday, July 8th, 20:00:
    The Test_Lab of V2_ will present a best-of selection of media graduation projects from various international art schools, including Selena Savic’s food industry simulation game.
    Location: Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL Rotterdam

Graduation Show 2010

disrupting systems

Opening: Friday July 2 2010, 20.00 hours

Continuing: Saturday July 3rd – Friday July 9th, 12.00 – 17.00 hours (closed on Monday)

Location: Witte de Withstraat 63, 3012 BN Rotterdam (former Fotomuseum, future WORM)

Graduating students:

  • Emanuele Bonetti (IT)
  • Loredana Bontempi (IT)
  • Selena Savic (YU) (RS)
  • Farrah Shakeel (PK) in collaboration with Emaan Wahaj (UK)

Media as social systems are the subject of this year’s graduation show of the media study programme of the Piet Zwart Institute. All four graduation projects go beyond simple media designs and involve actual social interventions and reflections of cultural systems: Source collaboration and digital dump recycling for designers, critical simulations of the food industry, intercultural dating as an online social experiment.

Besides viewing the work of our graduates, visitors also have the opportunity to see the outdoors urban interventions from the first year Thematic Project Suck – Direct – Release. The headquarters and maps for the outdoors urban interventions are created by Birgit Bachler (AT), Özalp Eröz (TK), Kenneth Rayshon Henry (USA), Megan Hoogenboom (NL), Albert Jongstra (NL), Darija Medic (YU), Renee Olde Monnikhof (NL) and tutor Theo Deutinger (TD).

A catalogue designed by Arjen de Jong (Buro Duplex, Rotterdam) with an introductory essay by Florian Cramer will be available at the show.

Special events during the exhibition

  • Saturday, July 3rd, 19:00 and Tuesday, July 6th, 18:00: Darija Medic will give a guided tour on abandoned houses as public art
  • Sunday, July 4th, 16:00: Birgit Bachler will instigate a social network among Rotterdammers who have decorated their apartment windows
  • Tuesday, July 6th, Oranjeboomstraat 135, Rotterdam (South), 18:00, 18:45, 19:30: Darija Medic will give a tour to the South Collection
  • Wednesday, July 7th, 19:30: Selena Savic and Paul Steen (SE) will organize a tournament for their economic and geostrategic simulation games
  • The ‘Test_Lab’ event at V2_ on Thursday, July 8th, 20:00, will present a ‘best of’ selection of media graduation projects from various international art schools, and include Selena Savic’s food industry simulation game.

With special thanks to: WORM, V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media and 2012 architecten, Rotterdam

Networked Media students show projects at Pixelache, Finland


This year’s edition of Pixelache, the largest media arts event in the Nordic countries, will take place in Helsinki, Finland, and feature Networked Media students Emanuele Bonetti, Loredana Bontempi and Selena Savic presenting their current Master graduation projects: Emanuele’s project for applying peer-to-peer methodology to graphic design, Loredana’s “ddump” – a media recycling design based on network-shared desktop trash cans – and Selena’s “EAT IT! City Simulator”, a food industry simulation game. (We will updated this page as soon as we know the exact times of their presentations in Helsinki. In the meantime, you can check the Pixelache Wiki.)


Rotterdam = Hard expo 19th-28th March


Fanzine, Sculpture, Drawings, Performance

with and co-organized by Networked Media student Albert Jongstra
Opening: March 19th, 2010, from 20:00
The exhibition remains open from 20th till 28th March 13:00 – 17:00

WLfrt Projectspaces
Wolphaertstraat 25c/23c
Rotterdam (Charlois district)

The Bredewold and Kristensen project
Guido Tuink
Albert Jongstra
Daniel Bennett

Albert will present the second issue of the ROTTERDAM IS HARD fanzine, an open participation medium for artwork, drawings and photographs. This will be accompanied with a computer installation that transforms the submitted electronic files into a computer fanzine in real time.


Improvisation music concert
Location: Y/Y, Beukelsdijk 34b, 3021 AH Rotterdam
Date: February 28th, 7 p.m.

This Sunday, Rotterdam residents and visitors will have the opportunity of listening to an experimental music concert involving a number of Piet Zwart Institute students and tutors:

Lukas Simonis (guitar, improvised and experimental music veteran, WORM Rotterdam, and guest tutor in the Networked Media programme), Nina Hitz (cello, professional classical and experimental musician, Switzerland/Rotterdam), Bernhard Garnicnig (electronics, sticky tape; sound installation artist, Austria, and exchange student in the Networked Media programme), Yuko Uesu (harp, kora; improvisation musician and media designer, Japan, and student in the PZI Lens-Based Media programme), with Zonder Pit DJs Bitsy Knox (artist, Canada, student PZI Fine Art) and Diana Duta (artist, Romania, student PZI Fine Art).

Networked Media at Chmod x Art, Groningen

chmod +x art is a special Dutch issue of make art,an international festival focussed on Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) and open content in digital arts, curated and organized by the goto10 collective including Networked Media core tutor Aymeric Mansoux. At the Sign art space in Groningen, there will be FLOSS- and art-related workshops and presentation from 2nd to 7th March.

The Speed Geeking on Friday, March 5th, 14:00-18:00 will include presentations of the graduation projects by Networked Media students Emanuele Bonetti, Loredana Bontempi and Selena Savic. From 20:00 to 22:00, there will also be Pecha Gnucha short presentations – with 20 slides in 400 seconds – by Networked Media students Albert Jongstra and Özalp Eröz and Birgit Bachler.


Graduation Show 2004

Friday 18th June 19.00
Saturday 19th June, 11.00-18.00
Sunday 20th June, 11.00-18.00
Overblaak 85, Rotterdam

The Programme
In September 2002 the Piet Zwart Institute launched a two-year full-time Master of Arts course in Media Design. This course encourages an engaged, technically, socially and culturally adept and experimental approach to digital media. In June 2004, the first year of students are graduating. We are proud and excited to present their final show.

Wijbrand Stet: PlayMobile
an urban game using Bluetooth and an SMS server to reinvent hide-and-seek

Nick Koning: Space Time
an idiosyncratic personal memory device and database making an inventive use of mobile phones

Todd Matsumoto: Media Bomb
a research project tracking the explosion of news stories through multiple media

Victoria Donkersloot: Moneyless
a game involving questions of the ethics and technology of money or moneylessness in daily life

Ana Gabriela Jimenez: City On Demand
a new form of travel provider, an instant shot of multi-urban dreams is only a phone call away

Maria Claudia de Azevedo Borges: CyberLace
a sprawling inspiring database linking womens’ work with technology and the network-design of lace

Further information
General information: Leslie Robbins / l.j.drost-robbins at
Course Director: Matthew Fuller / fuller at

Graduation Show 2005

Alongside the exhibition there is a special public programme of workshops, performances and lectures.

Guided Tours
graduates guide visitors through the show
Friday 24th June 20.30hrs
Saturday 25th June 12.30 & 14.30hrs
Sunday 26th June 12.30 & 14.30hrs

Dirk van Oosterbosch leads workshops with his interactive audio software
Friday 24th June 19.30-21.30hrs
Saturday 25th June 14.00-17.00hrs

presentation of the Intellistener workshop results
Sunday 26th June 15.00hrs

As We Speak
Kim de Groot presents her installation
Friday 24th June 20.00hrs
Saturday 25th June 13.30hrs
Sunday 26th June 14.00hrs

performance of experimental sound / electronics / internet / streams / news installation
Friday 24th June 21.00hrs
Saturday 25th June 13.00 & 16.30hrs
Sunday 26th June 13.00 & 16.00hrs
elpicoroco performance participants: Sher Doruff;; Senselabor; Tsila Hassine; Brian Holmes; elpueblodechina; (tbc); Luka Frelih (tbc) Asynchronous content: bureau d’etudes; Ursula Biemann

Peter Luining
Public Lecture by current Research Fellow, Media Design Research
Saturday 25th June 15.00hrs
Further Information

Graduation Show 2006

Opening: Friday, June 23 | 18.30 – 21.00hrs
Continuing: Saturday June 24 & Sunday June 25 | 12.00 – 17.00hrs

Master Media Design is a two-year full time course encouraging interdisciplinary and experimental work with computational and networked digital media. We are proud to invite you to view the work put forward for this year’s graduation projects.

Show Guide

DRAGANA ANTIC: Sounds of Qualia

Sounds of Qualia is a sound installation. It is a strange place, a place where space, people and sounds are ‘estranged’. It is a space for contemplation, meditation and exploration. It gives a chance for experiencing oneself in an unorthodox and spirited way. It is a place where you might find your childhood again.


What happens when new technologies, such as the Internet, are juxtaposed with the old, in this case, textiles?

Open Wardrobe is a platform where these two technologies meet, and asks if “free software and free content break down the barrier between producer and consumer” can Internet tools be used to break through the fashion barrier?

What stories does your Open Wardrobe tell?

Bring clothes to swap and experience the activity of tangible exchange with the Open Wardrobe online tool. A space for clothes modification and labeling will be available for those who wish to use it.


How do you like your daily media fix – online? offline? print??? What kind of reader are you ? Are you a shallow parser – browsing over the lines looking for some word to capture your attention? Or do you obediently read the newspaper / html page from start to end / top to bottom?

Ctrl-F Reader is a tool that proposes to readapt the traditional practice of reading to the WWW environment.

Graduation Show 2007

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