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The Kimchi edition; national dish and hipster staple

Fungal growth, acidification, decay.. it sounds dirty, but it's these processes that make your beer and cheese taste so delicious. Mediamatic is not afraid of a few little bacteria and brings you an homage to fermentation with Zuursalon. This time we will discover the world that is called Kimchi!...

Nature vs. culture

Pis' Talk 4: Henriëtte Waal, Lou Buche, Julia Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Sam van Veluw

The speakers this evening will not only discuss practical solutions to incontinence, peeing in the open and urine fermentation; they will also address the issues of stigmatisation, emotional distress and community practices. With the NIMBY toilet from Henriette Waal, an intimate pee-art performan...

Art of the Prank

Screening and Q&A with hoaxer Joey Skaggs and director Andrea Marini.

"It's a fool who thinks he can't be fooled"
Art of the Prank is a feature documentary about New York artist Joey Skaggs, the godfather of the media hoax. Famed for such media fictions as the Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Cathouse for Dogs, the Fat Squad, and Portofess (the mobile confe...

Aquaponics workshop

Learn to build Aquaponics

Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines the cultivation of vegetables and fish. It is one of the best ways to produce food in the city, because it hardly takes up any space. The fish poo feeds the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish. Not a drop is wasted. ...

The Expanded Self

Biotalk: Sonja Bäumel, Olf de Bruin and Phelim Hoey

The works of Sonja Bäumel, Olf de Bruin and Phelim Hoey mediate between art and science, fiction and fact. Whilst Olf uses fictive social and scientific developments to speculate on future improvements of the human physical capacity, Sonja uses her own (microbial) body as subject to generate dat...

Polyester (1981) with live olfactory performance

Odorama 2: Caro Verbeek + John Waters screening

It's Scent-astic! Tonight we will explore the concept of Odorama as
designed for the film Polyester, written and directed by John Waters. Accompanied by an olfactory performance we will experience Smell-O-Vision whilst watching this 1981 cult classic. The movie will be introduced by art his...

Build Room for the Future of Art!

Prof. Dr. Toby Kiers’ testimony to the Amsterdam City Council

Amsterdam is discussing a reorganization of its Art Funding. The proposal is to divide the "important" infrastructural organizations from all the other ones by delegating the funding to the local Arts Council (AFK). Toby Kiers explained to the city council's arts committee that smaller ...

Opening Ruud All Over

October 31, from 5 till 7 pm

We all have come across the work of artist photographer and stylist Ruud van der Peijl. Maybe not everyone recognises the name, but his art has been omnipresent in the Dutch fashion and art scene for over the last 20 years.

Join us for the o...

Developing Soft Cheeses at Zuursalon

Taste and learn from the masters

Fungal growth, acidification, decay... it sounds dirty, but it's these processes that make your cheese taste so delicious. Mediamatic is not afraid of a few little bacteria and pays a tribute to fermentation with the Zuursalon. This edition, we'll be learning about the development processes and t...

Designing the human body

Biotalk with Agi Haines and Isaac Monté

What are the possibilities of using the human body as everyday material? How far can we modify our organs? And how will we respond to these changes? Both speakers of this Biotalk are fascinated by the many possibilities for future designs of the human body. They explore this through manipulating ...

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