Best of Mediamatic

Here you can find an overview of our favorite projects of the past years. The overview also shows how we are regularly one step ahead of (technical) novelties; we are always too early!

Click here for a summary of all our projects per year or our upcoming events

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25-11-2019 Yeast in a cell-culture dish - In Yeast Hunting, you will learn how to catch wild yeast from nature, how to manage a pure yeast culture and how to grow your favorite yeast strain. One of the most important tastemakers in beer happens to be a living organism: yeast.  Filippo Iannone

Our hands-on program is open to a wide audience. One learns techniques and skills that provide self-sufficient living, in the broadest sense of the word, as a basis. At the same time, our projects and workshops have regularly been a springboard for makers, artists and technicians to take a step forward in their own practice, expand their skills, and network with experts and initiators from a variety of fields.


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01-05-2020 Serres Séparées - greenhouses - In these times we are reinspired by contamination precautions and the redesign of togetherness. Our greenhouses protect you from the outside and others while offering you a unique experience of intimate dining. In restaurants and bars, a separate room is traditionally named in French: "chambre séparée". It suggests a sexy kind of intimacy, here things can happen that should remain hidden from plain sight and not be heard by all. We've decided to name our greenhouses in French too.

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27-02-2020 T-Discovering Otoliths - Otoliet van een Steenbolk - Photo Hilbran Verstraete Artist Mandy den Elzen has focused on the beauty of fish's heads.  After the death of a fish, the fish head still has various applications. In some cultures the fish head has ritual uses, in others, medicinal and gastronomical uses. In this workshop, we will look at it from another perspective: the beauty of it. Reveal the aesthetic side of an organ that is normally known for its function. Online founded on  https://www.naturetoday.com/intl/nl/nature-reports/message/?msg=17575  

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20-02-2020 Meta_Bolus - At the Opening of Meta_Bolus - We present the installation ‘Meta_bolus’ by Saša Spačal and Mirjan Švagelj.  Meta_bolus embodies the planetary metabolic process as a fragile dynamic of substances in a continuous balancing flow. The installation is a l oving exploration of the smell of rain which is partly caused by the Streptomyces Bacteria that emits the seducing aroma geosmin; a single sniff of which can evoke the memory of a forest after rain. The Streptomyces bacteria also produces antibiotics, therefore the aroma of wet…

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13-11-2019 Jellyfish in salt - Experimenting with Jellyfishes in various substances. Filippo Iannone

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11-11-2019 One of the participants wrapped in a Shroud - Designing Death is a workshop, were  participants can actively think about their passing and can design their own burial shroud. Hereby they used an old traditional Dutch way of c ustomize it. 

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01-10-2019 Close up of Diadromí - Diadromí is an installation which represents different stages and interactions of the natural world, based on an ecosystem. In a chain of five small greenhouses, different components of earth's system and their mutual dependency becomes visible.  Heleen Blanken

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21-11-2019 Visitors receiving a facial treatment in our Death Beauty Salon - During Museumnacht we looked at death. All our rooms were dedicated to death. With a soundscape sounding through every room, guests could have a 15 minute one-on-one with artist Irina Birger, take a selfie in a coffin or design a death shroud. Guests could also win a relaxing facial treatment with a death mask as the result.

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26-06-2019 Susanne Duijvestein resomating a muskrat - During our Resomation, Saponification and Taxidermy presentations and Designing Death workshops we observed the meaning of death in our society and looked at sustainable scenarios for the future. With talks from Sabrina Franken, Amber Veel, Liza Witte and Susanne Duijvestein.     Anisa Xhomaqi

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13-05-2019 Beauty Kit - In this  Focus Group,  the artist presents the beauty bio-products that she conceptualised, invented and manufactured using the sexual juices harvested from her farms in Portugal and Amsterdam. Combining medical and ancestral perspectives, she exposes how the nutritious properties in these fluids can replace components of beauty products that we find in the market today and points out the empty gaps that science currently has regarding the female body’s full agency.  Tia Török

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09-07-2019 'The Children of O' were blessed with precious water from the cloud catcher - The Children of O organised a dinner to find playful solutions  and spread awareness for water shortage due to climate change.  The Children of O grow their crops in sea water, use the braque water of the Oosterdok for food production and source their water from clouds. O.   Elizabeth Vasilyeva

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26-06-2017 Distilling Flowers and Leaves for the 'Scent of Amsterdam' - The plants that grow on the Mediamatic grounds or the waste from the kitchen of Mediamatic, will form scent bouquets that can be distilled into an essential oil. Anisa Xhomaqi

With: Klara Ravat
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17-01-2019 A visitor listening to one of the podcasts - The Invisible Collection holds the most beautiful compilation of auditory artwork. Art connoisseurs described the experience of a piece of their own choosing. People like   Dirk van Weelden ,   Valentijn Byvanck ,   Wim Pijbes  and   Charles Esche   are among the narrators. Mediamatic had opened an exhibit where you can enjoy art without needing to see. Tia Török, Maxim Damper

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08-11-2019 Asparagus and some optional blood - Course 6 - During the The Eating of Humans, guests could experience how tasty humans can be. Chef Bryce Steba created a dinner experience where guests were invited to add their own blood to their meal. With this dinner we asked ourselves, why is it ok to massively slaughter animals but we can't fathom the idea of eating a little bit of human? 

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09-10-2019 Frank Bloem teaches kids from Orian college, the art of making perfume - Our Aroma Lab offers space to experiment with scent as well as learn more about their history. Since 2019, guests can join workshops with Frank Bloem as well as drop by every Thursday to experiment with our scent library. 

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10-04-2019 Students of the Alan Turing School look at Haeckel's micro-organisms - We offer an education program for youngsters of the Orion College and the Alan Turing School. To enlarge the knowledge of themes in the field of biology and micro-organisms.

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03-11-2018 Blindfolded couple eating one of our dishes from the menu - At the Amsterdam museum night 2018 people could witness BLIND, an exhibition were you could experience all the senses except with your eyes.  During the Museum Night we focused on people able to see but afterwards we organised the same program for the visually impaired. This way to could experience an art exhibition tailored to them. Maxim Damper

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22-10-2018 Corpus Mobile by Federica Dauri and Kiril Bikov - Body in Revolt, a one day program curated by Bogomir Doringer and Arad Inbar during ADE. 50 razor-sharp knives hanging above a laying body: how do you move? How do you breathe? The oppressed body finds alternatives to its limitations.  Maxim Damper

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26-09-2018 'A La Mano' Tommaso Buresti is serving the pasta - 'A La Mano' ,  Giulia  Soldati and chef Tommaso Buresti present a culinary experience that extends taste to touch. No cutlery and plates are involved, instead our hands are used to enjoy food and to explore new food interactions. Anisa Xhomaqi

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25-08-2018 child smells at a parfum bottle - Mediamatic , in collaboration with   The Institute for Art and Olfaction ,   Play the City   and   five perfumers, develop a sensuous game around city planning. Five tailor-made fragrances give expression to various prospective visions of the city.  Het Parfum is a game that stimulates people to think together about the use of the Navy Terrain. People are brought in contact by the use of scent and encouraged to discuss future possibilities. Anisa Xhomaqi, Niklaus Mettler

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25-08-2018 Gotta Catch 'em All - Haeckel Biology game for Oosterdok In the spring of 2018 we start marking the area around Oosterdok with Ernst Haeckel's oevre. This 19th century explorer, scientist, artist and educator has been a hero of Mediamatic's for a while. From now on, Expedition Oosterdok embraces him as a neighborhood icon, and his work as exemplary of the area's shared values. One of the projects is road signage throughout the neighborhood that feature details from Haeckel's scientific illustrations. For children, there is an… Giulia Menicucci

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14-02-2018 Audience with fragrance paper during Odorama: The Game Edition - For centuries, ' kodo ' has been played in Japan, the game and art of appreciating incense. For a more intense and realistic experience of games, game-makers in the West nowadays also use scent. In this   Odorama   edition on 14 February, olfactory artists and designers take scent to a different level. From traditional games to digital olfactory play and virtual reality, this edition plays with scent beyond the everyday experience. Giulia Menicucci

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21-04-2018 Haeckel-tattoo - On Saturday the 21st of April we held an open day at MediaMatic, in collaboration with eleven participating institutions a long Oosterdok. With lot of activities. You could also set a free tattoo based of your favorite micro-organism.    Giulia Menicucci

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21-07-2018 Digital Smell during the Olfactory Wiki-thon - This Olfactory wiki-thon is part of the Open Sourcing Smell Culture weekend. It i s a year-long collaborative program between the  Institute for Art and Olfaction ,  Pochpac  and Mediamatic that   explores alternative attribution and sharing strategies   for the perfume industry. The program  will take the shape of workshops and working groups, and will culminate in 2019 with the publication of a set of recommendations for open source methodologies in scent creation, perfumery, and related… Saskia Wilson-Brown

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14-03-2018 Light Therapy during Endor-Fine Dining - For this Neo-Futurist Dinner, Philipp Schueller and Rens de Waal put their light -hearted tongue-in-cheek attitude towards the oversaturated fashion business into play. The urgent need for new structures and values are an aspiration that both the food- and fashion industry share. Endor-Fine Dining humorously suggests alternative ways of consuming conscious recipes; with the main focus on evoking happiness alongside a healthy nutrition. For this dinner, together with   Haagse Hapjes , they… Giulia Menicucci

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14-03-2018 Neo Futurist Dinner 04 - Endor-Fine Dining - Fashion designer   Schueller de Waal   and food designers   Rosa Hagen and Lotte Holtappels   play with endorphin triggers that bring happy feelings into these dark and cold winter days. During this delicious six-course dinner, you will go from an energetic appetizer to a main course of laughter to an arousing dessert.   

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22-04-2018 Neo Futurist Dinner #3 - Abundance Dinner with Thorwald Voss and Arne Hendriks - Neo Futurist Dinner #3: Celebrate Abundance with Thorwald Voss and Arne Hendriks. Embracing the challenge of agricultural over-abundance. When it comes to food, we often crave for more. However, when you reach a state of affluence, it is not always easy to truly celebrate abundance. How can you still be happy with something that you have plenty of? Anisa Xhomaqi

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16-12-2017 Cabbage stacks in the Sluisdeurenloods - 2017 turned out to be a good cabbage-year. In fact, the cabbage harvest turned out so good, there was more cabbage than farmer Krispijn van den Dries can process for a fair price. What to do with a food-surplus of 60,000 kilos of cabbage? Mediamatic takes them on to survive the winter on cabbage and to question the value of our food. From December 2017 to March 2018 with a variety of workshops, performances and our edible cabbage installation.    Mies Raadgever

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04-11-2017 Consultatiebureau Femmes Fontaines Museumnight 2017 - Durin Museumnight 2017, Femmes Fontaines giving guidance by answering questions and sharing their experiences with visitors in an intimate space inside the booths.   Anisa Xhomaqi

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11-10-2017 Tears Donation - During this free crying session Mediamatic provided guest with the space to shed some tears in whatever way you feel comfortable. The donated tears where then crystalised by photographer  Maurice Mikkers . Maurice  has  crystalised the tears   to then photograph them using a microscope. He visualizes the stories of individual tears through photography. See the beautiful crystalline formation of tears and how they differ from others. Chiara Barraco

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08-09-2017 wASH bottles - Designer  Caroline Jacob   tackles common preconceptions of food, waste and hygiene in her latest work wASH. Using waste materials left over from Mediamatic’s food production, she creates a site-specific laundry detergent through heirloom recipes for soaps.  Caroline Jacob

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25-06-2017 Smell Transplant Workshop with Klara Ravat - During this workshop the particpants and olfactory artist Klara Ravat investigated how human interaction changes after you have swapped body odours with another person. Hoping to get an insight in how big of a part your unique smell is of your identity. If you were to suddenly smell like someone else, would you still really be you? Would people still behave the same way towards you? The workshop took place in Mediamatic's Aroma Lab. Anisa Xhomaqi, Klara Ravat

With: Klara Ravat
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12-06-2017 Neo-Futurist Dinner: Me and Chef Watson - If it was up to Chef Watson your dining experience would be completely algorithmically established. Ingredients and preparation alike: the steps would be based on computer logic. But when human Margriet Craens follows the recipes with a intuitive attitude, a true clash between algorithmic reasoning and human seasoning is brought about. At this first Neo-Futurist Dinner the confrontation between computer app and man-made cuisine is served on your plate. Anisa Xhomaqi

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01-04-2017 The Aroma lab - Science of distillation of aroma - The newest addition to Mediamatic's Biotoop: The Aroma Lab. This is a working space for scent distillation. The DIY olfactory lab was initiated by Klara Ravat and Mediamatic, when Ravat was an artist in residence at the Biotoop. Separated from our Clean lab, where sometimes stinky bacterial processes lead the way, this space is only meant to support nice scents. There will be workshops, public activities, artist meet-ups en the possibility to do your own experiments.   Anisa Xhomaqi

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26-09-2017 Uitmarkt 2017 - FAMA model showing one of the #CutFAMA SS17 - A weekend with (bio)cultural activities and projects as 'Interwoven' curated by Diana Scherer, a spectacular runway show 'Artsy Onesie Tango Rave' and presentations from Wouter Hassing and Corinne Mulder. This look was created by Myriam Debbagh. She also made the picture. Model is Tania Zagaria. The full collection shown at Artsy Onesie Tango Rave during Uitmarkt 2017 in Amsterdam. Part of  Conny Groenewegen's Fashion Machine Project. Diana Scherer

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01-06-2017 Fashion Machine - FAMA colors on Mediamatic Biotoop - The installation Fashion Machine is presented at Mediamatic in spring/summer 2017, a space invading installation of knitted flags made from fleece strips. Conny Groenewegen

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18-05-2018 Tempeh Ware - plate of tempeh - Save the World by Eating Your Plate! With tempeh’s symbiotic base of fungus and European legume, the Clean Lab team of Mediamatic has developed a new kind of crockery. No more washing the dishes after dinner, or even worse, throwing plastic tableware away. Now you can eat what you serve. Anisa Xhomaqi, Mediamatic Foundation, Iris van Hulst, Corinne Mulder, Willem Velthoven

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23-06-2017 Spectrum Crops - results plants in different sizes - Artist Diana Scherer researches the impact of coloured light on plant development in her new Spectrum Crops project initiated at Mediamatic. How would different wavelengths of light impact the growth of herbs, vegetables and weeds? Here you see some of the first results. Diana Scherer

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23-06-2017 Spectrum Crops - installation - Artist Diana Scherer researches the impact of coloured light on plant development in her new Spectrum Crops project initiated at Mediamatic. P hotosynthesis: the process in plants that turns sunlight into chemical energy. It influences the shape, structure and colour of plants and explains why fauna in the tropics is often green and plentiful and turns yellow and sparse when placed in the dark. But what would happen if they are cultivated in the light of a specific colour? Do blue-grown herb… Chiara Barraco

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15-12-2016 Regeneration biotalk - Interwoven test - Plant roots are intelligent; they are able to detect gravity, moisture, and chemicals. Diana Scherer uses this plant root intelligence for growing fabric-like textures below ground. Diana will bring some of her experiments to Mediamatic's Sluisdeurenloods.  Diana Scherer

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15-12-2016 Regeneration Biotalk - Caraval - Caravel uses Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) technology to harvest electricity from anaerobic bacteria and organic components in the water. The hexagonal form has the function to exactly match and join other Caravels to create a bigger surface and operate as a swarm. Ivan Henriques

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5-11-2016 Museumnacht 2016 - Smell dating 400 jars - More that 400 people showed up and participated in the experiment of the Smell Dating during Museumnacht 2016. Anisa Xhomaqi

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5-11-2016 Museumnacht 2016 - Smell dating bureau - Our smell dating service desk worked really hard for the people to reach their match during Museumnacht 2016 Don't wash your self! Anisa Xhomaqi

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27-10-2016 The Art of Deception - Isaac Monte - photograper Hanneke Wetzer By decellularizing the hearts and re-populating them with various techniques they aesthetically improved the hearts for humans. This procedure marks a new era of synthetic biology - where organs are stripped of their cellular contents, leaving behind a sterile scaffold that can be repopulated with stemcells. While the medical utilisation of this resource is being realised, the artistic and creative value of these ghost organs represents unexplored territory. 

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01-12-2016 Al-Rihla - Bahia Shehab (LB/EG) - Mediamatic and Framer Framed invited Lebanese—Egyptian street artist Bahia Shehab to create a brand new calligraphic graffiti wall at Mediamatic Biotoop. Bahia Shehab became a political activist during the Arabic Spring when she decided to transform her earlier research and exhibited art project about Arabic calligraphy into graffiti in the streets of Cairo. ‘Al—Rihla’ means ‘The Journey’, and depicts a poem by Mahmoud Darwish Bahia Shehab, Anisa Xhomaqi

With: Bahia Shehab
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17-11-2016 Stofpluizen - Taken at the window at Mediamatic ETEN - 17 November - 01 December 2016. What does dust actually consist of? An accumlulation of human and animal cells, ashes, hair, soot, mold, fibers, pollen? Artist Pavèl van Houten sees value the non-valuable. For his project Stofpluizen he collected and compared the compositions of different "dusts" in Amsterdam in order to find out what lies hidden in our dusty corners. Mediamatic was one of the many locations participating in the project. The dust was collected from the oven, window… Anisa Xhomaqi, Pavèl van Houten

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03-09-2016 The Scent of Amsterdam - Car smell - The Scent of Amsterdam: Distilling Odors of an Urban Landscape. Over the course of 6 hours you will collectively explore the neighbourhood of Mediamatic Biotoop, visit aromatic urban spaces and learn how to distill a scented memory of Amsterdam. Margherita Soldati

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08-09-10 Art + Distillation Odorama 09 - Klara Ravat (ES) - Klara Ravat creates media and odour artworks, installations and experimental films. For the past years she has been developing works that relate to the sense of smell as a research on how we perceive through this sense. Ravat joined Mediamatic for a 10- day artist in recidency in which she investigated the olfactory characteristics of our city. The resulting performance: SmellSCAPES will be an interactive and intimate trip through the scent of Amsterdam, where the audience will be guided to… Anisa Xhomaqi, Klara Ravat

With: Klara Ravat
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26-08-2016 The Alchemy of Silk - Joe Davis (US) - Joe Davis gave a workshop about: how to bio-mineralize your own silk fibers with metallic gold. By doing so you can generate materials with unprecedented properties for both art and fashion, as well as for novel scientific applications. This program is partly curated by Baltan Laboratories.    Anisa Xhomaqi, Joe Davis

With: Joe Davis
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25-11-2016 Workshop 'Geheim waterleven ontdekken en tekenen' - Discovering waterlife with de Boekmanschool - Day II Workshop 'Geheim waterleven ontdekken en tekenen': learning about micro-organisms and creating your own work of art by analysing micro-organisms (7/8th grade). Lisanne Groenewoud

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19-03-2016 Melksalon - Sietske Klooster and her farmers - Local farmers of Amsterdam. During 'de Melksalon' an event presented Sietske Klooster, guest could taste the raw unprocessed milk. It was a monthly serie where Sietske presents Amsterdam's dairy culture. The project was made by working together with farmers, dairy-experts, restaurateurs, artists and synestheet. We explored the new relation Amsterdam has with dairy. Lisanne Groenewoud

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11-09-2015 Rederij Lampedusa - arriving at Mediamatic - In the harbour next to the terrace of Mediamatic ETEN, the two ships from Shipping Company Lampedusa are docked. The respective boats are former refugees ships used by people to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Although the Municipality of Amsterdam allows no more than fifteen people on the largest ship according to its safely regulations, 282 refugees fled on it from North Africa to Lampedusa. Not only has the boat a refugee history, the crew itself largely made up of refugees, and along with… Teun Castelein

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11-02-2016 Odorama 4 Amy Toner's choreography, - Amy Toner is a choreographer that teaches children to dance according scents, so to say smell-movement synesthesia. She will tell us about her practice but she will also invite us to try for ourselves. We will get a sneak preview of her upcoming performance. Prepare to learning to dance with your nose. Willem Velthoven

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25-06-2015 Pissing in Public - Aqua Vita by Susana Cámara Leret & Mike Thompson - Through the combined narratives of traditional Chinese medicine and modern technology, Susana Camará Leret and Mike Thompson of  Thought Collider   visualises personal metabolic development and health with the help of their own urine. The project,   Aqua Vita , utilises archival potential of urine metabolites to map the body's ecosystem, proposing a new understanding of health as a dynamic system while also visualising the narratives the system creates. The duo will tell us about what they… Thought Collider

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30-11-2015 Kunstformen der Natur in Radboud UMC Hospital - More than a century ago, biologist Ernst Haeckel scored a hit with his amazing illustrations of unseen organisms. We collected all original lithographs and blew them up to 5 times life size for our exhibition. Mediamatic's Kunstformen der Natur exhibition about the pop-science illustrations of Ernst Haeckel and Adolf Glitch was installed in Nijmegen. The Radboud University's Hospital provides an amazing context and backdrop for the work. 30 november 2015 tot 21 maart 2016.  Willem Velthoven

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06-02-2016 Masterclass Prototyping Bodies - Agi Haines - Agi Haines (UK) uses the human body as everyday material in order to question our morbid curiosity for the viscera of life. By focusing on the design of this body she aims to push the boundaries on what is accepted within our society. Agi finished her Master degree at the Royal College of Arts and is currently studying for her PhD within interdisciplinary research group CogNovo. Last year she won the 2015 BAD award with her project ‘Drones with Desires’ (together with Marcel de Jeu and Jos van…

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29-11-2015 Workshop: How to make Kimchi June Park holding kimchi - There is so much we don't know about Kimchi. Did you know Koreans have a special Kimchi refrigerator in their house? June is currently doing an internship at Mediamatic and comes from Korea. She will give a workshop how to make her grandmothers traditional kimchi recipe. June all ready made 3 batches of Kimchi in advance so you will be able to taste 3 different kinds of kimchi. Afterwards you can go home with your own batch of Kimchi with Chinese Cabbage. And if you stay a little bit longer…

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17-09-2015 Form Follows Organism - Art, design and science, what happens when these fascinating fields merge and crossover? At Biotalk we question the social, cultural and technical implications of such developments and invite professionals of all kinds to talk about their practice in these fields. What opportunities could they offer to artists, designers, architects, scientists, farmers or chefs? This monthly lecture series started in back April 2013, with key speakers from the world of bio-art, science and design. In the… Margherita Soldati

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25-06-2016 MediaMatic ETEN launch - Mediamatic is now the proud owner of a waterside restaurant and bar: Mediamatic ETEN. We try to use as little animal products as possible and bake our vegan pizza's in the homebuilt Wood-Fired Clay Oven. The herbs come from our own Aquaponics System (a durable food production system) and off course you will find a lot of fermented products on the menu. Including our own homebrewed myco beer. Lisanne Groenewoud

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18-09-2015 Hard Water by Zeger Reyers - In an ultimate combination of man and nature (or perhaps man versus nature), Zeger Reyers has created an enormous living art installation that climbs down from the exterior second floor level of the Mediamatic Biotoop building in Dijkspark into the Mediamatic Restaurant. Hard Water was constructed using over 1000 ceramic plates, soil and different species of grass, including Gaura and Crocosmia. These grasses are long and thin and produce bright-colored flowers at the tips in the Summer months. Zeger Reyers, Brigitte Hillenaar

With: Zeger Reyers
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08-10-2015 Odorama - Eau de Cocao - Peter de Cupere paired up with BOON - The Chocolate Experience to create "Eau de Cacoa". An edible perfume that can be sprayed on the skin! Marco Mertens

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05-08-2015 Twijfel Zaaien - seedmap - Raising Doubts   asks thirty questions during a walking tour through Dijkspark. Large flower pots have been set up in a grid and show the questions on their sides. As a visitor, you are supplied a punch card containing flower seeds. You answer by pushing the appropriate answer seed from the card into the flower pot, sowing your answer in the ground.

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18-06-2015 Pure Gold - Kamiel Rongen - Five urinals and five video screens are placed against the façade of the Mediamatic Biotoop. The screens display audio-visual artworks created by Kamiel Rongen and with the urinals, we collect the urine kindly donated by visitors. Whilst the films may appear digitally created, they are entirely natural and made with a most natural ingredient; the artists' own urine! Taking inspiration from the softer golden colours of urine, Rongen froze his urine before adding it to many different types of…

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06-09-2014 Large scale prints of Kunstformen Der Natur - Ever since the release of   Kunstformen Der Natur , in the beginning of the 20th century, the beautiful illustrations by Ernst Haeckel have proven to be a continuous source of inspiration for designers, artists, architects, illustrators and biologists. What make these images so special that, to this day, they have stayed relevant and influential in both the artistic and scientific community? With larger than life illustrations by   Ernst Haeckel , watercolors from Dutch architect H.P.Berlage Malcolm Kratz

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11-07-2014 The Aftermath Dislocation Principle - disaster tour - The Aftermath Dislocation Principle is a vast 1:87 scale model landscape, which is desolated, deserted, destroyed, burnt and devoid of life apart from 5000 or so model police that attend this apocalyptic aftermath. With this dark, humoristic and at the same time unnerving dystopian world, Cauty expresses his fascination with subversion, consumerism and entertainment. Irati

With: James Cauty
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18-04-2014 Masterclass by Phil Ross at Mediamatic - Phil Ross (US) is one of the leading bio-artists of this moment. Especially for  Bio-me , Phil is coming over to share his extensive knowledge and experience on working, designing and making art with mushrooms and mycelium. In this masterclass you will learn not only about reishi cultivation and mycotecture but also about open mycotectural research, design and collaboration. Irati

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19-06-2014 Drone Camping - Inflatable sculptures by Rob Sweere. Exhibited at Mediamatic during his week of Whiteness as part of the Lightness exhibitions. The Inflatable sculptures by Rob Sweere are the landscape for our flying exercises. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are becoming very common in many areas. From hobby toy to deadly drone stikes, they are popping up everywhere. Revolutionising the areal photography practice and enabling DIY mapping projects, drones are also used for… Rob Sweere

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09-04-2014 Entering cleanroom - Myco Design Lab - The Myco Design Lab started off in 2012 with an extensive workshop providing the first instructions to the open call participants to start working with mycelium. The workshop took place in the Mediamatic cleanroom with the University of Utrecht team and Maurizio Montalti.

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20-09-2014 NeighbourFood Market - the first edition of Fermentology - Fermentology! is a new initiative by the NeighbourFood Market and Mediamatic.  During Fermentology! you cannot only taste, but also learn, experience and see. There was a workshop about growing your own  Magic Mushrooms , traditional preparing of sauerkraut, making sourdough bread en there were short presentations from the different participants and brewers. Next to all of this you could take a stroll through the beautiful 19th century Van Gendthallen and take a look at the   Kunstformen der…

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19-03-2015 Agar Petri Dish - Close-up of Mycelium - How to grow mycelium in a petridish with agar?  The first phase of mushroom cultivation is the isolation of a pure culture of mycelium, for growing this you need a medium that usually goes in petri dishes. Here the medium will be based on jelly agar, a seaweed derived compound which gelatinises water. The medium is basically food that feeds the mycelium while it is growing. It is possible to make different types of medium with agar with very simple and quick preparation, in this article I will… Antoni Gandia

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06-09-2014 Kunstformen Der Natur - t-shirts Remixed Version - During Kunstformen Der Natur, people were able to shop the t-shirts Ernst Haeckel designed. More than a century ago, biologist Ernst Haeckel scored a hit with his amazing illustrations of unseen organisms. We collected all 100 lithographs and blew them up to 5 times life size for our exhibition. Until 23rd of November you had a chance to see the originals next to their hallucinating blow-ups and the works of Dutch architect H.P. Berlage, design studio Bernotat &Co and graphic designers…

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24-01-2014 Bio Industry Cleanlab - Working in the Bio Clean Lab - Kasia from University of Utrecht gives instructions. The Lamina Flow air hood allows for a sterile work environment. This makes up half of the Clean Lab space. The fruiting bodies of magic mushrooms have been illegal in Holland since 2007, however, the spores are not. During this workshop we will make a substrate for the mushrooms to grow on. In our mobile Clean Room we will infect the substrate with spores of the psilocybe cubensis. You take the substrate home, where it will turn into mycelium

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19-05-2014 Starvation Experiment with Asia Komarova - Portrait of Asia Komarova, participant of the Starvation Experiment, a project by Arne Hendriks. As part of the Lightness exhibitions. People starve themselves for different reasons: political activism, religion, weight loss, eating disorders, long life, research or just curiosity. This week Arne Hendriks invites you to fast together with him, whatever your reasons may be. Personally he's looking to overcome his fear of hunger, as well as initiate a desire for less. Join us for a few hours

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26-01-2014 Faceless exhibition overview - This exhibition shows the trend to hide, alter or mask the face. A trend visible in art, fashion and the media since the turn of the century. The works on show ranges from avant-garde masks to pieces that force open a dialogue with facial recognition software, surveillance cameras, and drones. Themes include seduction, surveillance and privacy.   Picture by: Marc Faase | www.marcfaasse.com

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08-01-2014 Jonas Edvard & Willem Velthoven at Biotalk - This event is part of   Mediamatic Bio Industry , a broad techno-cultural lab exploring the possibilities of fungal material and other bio-based materials for design, science and art. Scientist, artists, designers, architects, and the public, will together investigate how to make use of the promising characteristics of mycelium – the plastic of the 21st century. Mediamatic Bio Industry is made possible by the DOEN foundation and the Mondriaan Fund.

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- In September 2013 Mediamatic will open its doors for people who want to support the Gezi protesters in Turkey. Weekly meetings will result in a public park in the Mediamatic exhibition space. A sanctuary for gathering and freedom of speech; a mirror in front of the Gezi Park. Park is therefore not a normal exhibition, but a bottom-up gathering place of people and ideas. Some of these ideas become works of art, other projects or forums. Rosanne Schenk

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01-12-2013 Straw and loam office - new office - Made of straw and loam, heated by an Aquaponics installation. Mediamatic will establish its office in the Van Gendthallen in 2013. The elliptical wall is made of straw and loam and surrounds a 250m2 office space. The space will be heated by the aquariums of the three aquaponics installations. Mediamatic will establish its office in the Van Gendthallen in 2013. The elliptical wall is made of straw and loam, and surrounds a 250m2 office space. The space will be heated by the aquariums of the… Rosanne Schenk

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01-06-2013 Pretty Nice Stuff explaining there project - Freezing Favela - Freezing Favela is a temporary city in the Mediamatic Factory. Designers, cooks, and other makers have taken up a part of this space. In the Favela you can make sandwiches from scratch, make furniture out of cardboard, make artworks out of garbage and cook with ingredients from the aquaponics farm. The citizens of Freezing Favela give workshops and organize events and meals. One of the workshops was Pretty Nice Stuff, where you learned how to print t-shirts, make jewelry and furniture.  Erik Diekstra

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01-06-2013 de Duivenmest toren - Freezing Favela - This picture was taken at Mediamatic Fabriek. The Pigeon Tower is a project by Arne Hendriks, part of Freezing Favela. Nowadays most people unfortunately experience pigeons as annoying. Maybe we should reconsider this. Pigeons are loved by tourists and bring spectacle and dynamics to the urban landscape. They also help to clean up the city by eating discarded food. If they can produce fertilizer, for example for urban agricultural projects, their status will grow again and (like bees that… Erik Diekstra

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20-10-2012 participants during exchanges - Exchange square - Social shopping without having to draw your wallet. The pants you don't get on alone, the game you always lose and the books that make you cry could all be exchanged for something new. From October to January, Mediamatic Fabriek was the place to be with your unwanted Saint Nicholas gifts and misbuys. Aleksandra Kalashnikova

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01-06-2013 Aquaponics farm - Freezing Favela - With the Freezing Favela projects in 2013 we built a temporary city in the Mediamatic Fabriek, Oostenburg. Everyone was given the opportunity to claim part of the Mediamatics space in the Van Gendthallen. These projects are the result of an open call and public meetings every Tuesday evening at Mediamatic Fabriek. An example of this is the Aquaponics farm. In the Freezing Favela should also be eaten. Aquaponics is the best way to grow sustainable food in the city. Plants and fish are grown… Erik Diekstra

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24-07-2013 Wim (r) en Max (l), Tostibiggen - Tostifabriek - From March to September 2013, the Tostifabriek team ran a mini-city farm to show what it takes to make a sandwich. A living art project including grain field, three cows and two pigs. For 7 months the cows and pigs were fed, milked, harvested and finally slaughtered. The Tostifabriek organised guided tours and workshops for children, adults and anyone who wanted to know more about the origin of their food. The first sandwiches were harvested in September 2013. Willem Velthoven

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25-04-2013 Visitors of Loeien in de stad - What are the pros and cons of producing food in the city? Cow Els from the Tosti Factory is separated from her calf. Something that happens to every dairy cow in the Netherlands. Els doesn't like this, and she lets it be heard. This caused a lot of reactions from the neighborhood. Do we want city dwellers to see more of the food process, or should that be done behind closed doors? During Loeien de stad, led by Pieter Hulst, science reporter at AT5, we enter into discussion with the Dutch… Cleo Thomas

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30-03-2012 visitors collecting unions - Uien Feest - Free onions at the Onion Festival. 30 March - 1 April 2011 30 March - 1 April 2012. The Netherlands has a large surplus of onions. To prevent them from rotting or being thrown away, Mediamatic saves a quarter of a million onions from Texel farmer Jo Flens. In the weekend from 30 March to 1 April you could pick up unlimited free onions at the VOC quay at the Onion Festival.  Simone Schoutens

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29-06-2012 De Diesel Kantine - At the opening of De Etende Mens (2012) in the Designhuis in Eindhoven, João Negro processes old deep-frying fat (local fat) into soap and biodiesel. The soap is perfumed with herbs from the aquaponics culture. You wash your hands with it before eating and cooking and after defecating. The biodiesel is used to heat the kitchen where we make snacks from home-grown aquaponics fish and home-grown aquaponics vegetables. It is an eatery that runs in cycle with the neighborhood. The energy comes from… Simone Schoutens

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24-06-2012 High Density 4-storey Aquaponics Edifice at Food & Architecture Fair - The Food & Architecture Fair, organized by Arcam, took place at the Food Center in Amsterdam on June 24th, the Day of the Architecture. Mediamatics Aquaponics High Density Edifice was exhibited at the Food & Architecture Fair. Vertical urban fish and veggie farm.

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10-03-2012 Electroluminescent blue whale - New Order - New Order, organized by Mediamatic, is a series of exhibitions investigating a world where energy has become a fundamental principle of our society. We once had a very direct relationship with our energy consumption, as with most animals today it was directly related to our metabolism. While sleeping we need about 90 watts of energy to 'run', to survive in the Amazon, because a hunter-gatherer needs about 250 watts. With the rise of civilization and technology, the modern middle-class… Simone Schoutens

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25-02-2012 Radiant Beach, through thermo-camera - New Order - New Order, organized by Mediamatic, is a series of exhibitions investigating a world where energy has become a fundamental principle of our society. Five solo shows show new work by Dutch and international artists, designers and architects. Their work is a response to different facets of our society: politics, economics, health, food and experience. Together they form a sketch of a future world. One of the projects of New Order is based on the fact that Finland wants to build underground…

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26-12-2011 swinging in the Van Gendthallen - Schommelclub - In a large factory hall, six swings hang from an eighteen-metre high roof construction. Mediamatic reopens the monumental Van Gendthallen, which have been empty for years, to the public and opens the Mediamatic Swing Club. Due to great success, the swing club has been extended. For the die-hards and the late-deciders we will leave our long swings hanging for a while. Govert de Jong

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05-12-2011 Installation - Bodies of Change by Maurizio Montalti - The Bodies of Change installation after 6 weeks of growth.  In 2011 you can visit the nursery of Mediamatic: a small Mushroom Paradise in the heart of Amsterdam. Here you will learn how to grow and prepare mushrooms, and you can join the fungi quests. Experience the psychedelic world of mushrooms through art and lectures. Imagine what it means when plastic can be replaced by a biodegradable fungus. The photo shows Bodies of Change by Maurizio Montalti. This work poses the question of how we can… Govert de Jong

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5-11-2011 Bio-sample Wall - Nacht van de Paddestoel - Each museumnacht (2011) visitor had to place his or her finger in an RFID-tagged petri dish. They included information such as their name, and the location they visited before coming to Mediamatic. The visitors then linked their petri dish to their Facebook or Mediamatic profile using an ikCam. These petri dishes together made up the Bio-sample Wall. Photo made during Nacht van de Paddestoel,  Museumnight 2011. Govert de Jong

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22-04-2011 Is this Your House? - Parool - As part of Pièce de Résistance, an exhibition on forms and stories of resistance, we made a special 4th and 5th May supplement for the Parool. Release date 22 April 2011. In the appendix, residents of Amsterdam could visit a list of houses from which Jewish families were deported during the Second World War. If the house was found, the current residents could take a picture of the house, upload it on the website of the Jewish Monument and hang it at Mediamatic.  

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22-04-2011 Cooking at Over Datum Eetclub 1 - It's fresh before, fresh after. Loads of food find an early end in the bin because we anxiously cling to best-before dates. Nonsense! It's time for solid pot this summer at Mediamatic. During the Over Datum Eetclub evenings in July and August we cook artful dishes with marginal, discarded food. See this page for all the attention the project got in the media. Interesting detail is that Albert Heijn sent us a letter and asked us to stop collecting food that was no longer allowed to be… Mar-Ina Uhrig

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24-09-2011 Fomes Fomentarius material - Paddestoelen Paradijs - A display of the material research for the Fomes Fomentarius project. This project is part of the Paddestoelen Paradijs exhibition. Govert de Jong

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24-09-2011 Close-up of our tomato-wall - Paddestoel Paradijs - In "Mur de Double Concentré de Tomate", a large wall of the Mediamatic bank has been plastered with tomato paste, covered with plastic, and left to its own devices. After a week the plastic covering is removed, revealing the natural molding processes that the tomato paste has taken. The sheer size of the wall and its prominence inside the Mediamatic Bank almost forces the visitors to come in contact with the processes of decay. Placing two iterations of fungus parallel to one another Govert de Jong

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18-12-2010 Bezoekers spelen bij Arcade - Mediamatic served as Arcade arcade for almost 4 months. The collection of old and new games consisted of interactive installations, arcade video games, computer games and handhelds. Arcade is a growing collection of old and new games, consisting of 5 levels. The collection included two brand new games, which could be played at Mediamatic for the first time. There were vintage game consoles from Atari, Commodore and Sega, but also new consoles like the Xbox Kinect and Playstation 3, 3D. Mar-Ina Uhrig

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08-05-2010 Cycling during the opening - Sur Place - During the opening of Sur Place, there was plenty of cycling on the courtyard designed by DUS Architects. May 8th - August 22nd 2010. During the opening of Sur Place a lot of cycling was done on the inner court designed by DUS Architects. During the exhibitions, visitors were able to discover the rich culture that grows around a simple bike: the pedal-assisted bike. Athletes, couriers, collectors, artists and other cycling enthusiasts contributed to some unique collections, many events and… Michal Dudzinski

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10-09-2010 the first Arabic travel guide of the Netherlands - In the summer of 2010 22 artists worked with Mediamatic on mapping Amsterdam Noord. This resulted in the first Arabic travel guide of the Netherlands and an exhibition. The travel guide was sent along with Het Parool on 10 September. Copies are also available from the Mediamatic Bank. 

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16-01-2010 Uitspraken van Inuit - Bardot Proviant Klub - Photographer Anya van Lit and author Joost Bottema traveled through Greenland and documented their journey. Through photography, video, interviews and more, they tell us about the changing environment and traditions they discovered in Greenland. The Bardot exhibition will also present sewing workshops, cooking experiments, lectures about hypocrisy and performances symbolising the Greenlandic seal.  The exhibition is not only about Greenland. It's also about how Europe deals with habits and… Raphael Rehbach

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16-01-2010 Dinning room - Bardot Proviant Klub - Bardot Proviant Klub, from 16 January to 28 February 2010 at Mediamatic. - Greenland has a rich culture that is threatened with extinction by the climate. At least, that is the image that exists of Greenland. But what do the Inuit themselves think of it? Who will be the first to go down as a result of Global Warming? And who is the animal torturer here? Photographer Anya van Lit and author Joost Bottema travelled through Greenland and depicted the changing nature and traditions with photos Raphael Rehbach

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09-04-2010 Robot - Disco Robot Workshop -   Ralf Schreiber and Christian Faubel are Mediamatic's favourite robot radicals. Every year they come with a new, innovative and stimulating workshop. This year they teach participants how to make their own walking or dancing robot in a day and a half. During the first day the emphasis is on the technical part of the construction. On the second day the participants can customize their robot. April 2010. Ralf Schreiber and Christian Faubel are Mediamatic's favorite robot radicals. Every… Arden de Raaij

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20-11-2009 Ubi explains the Arduino - Since 2006 Mediamatic has been explaining and exploring Arduino, the small physical computing platform that has captured the imagination of geeks, artists and technical nitwits alike. The Arduino Basics workshops do exactly what they say: they teach you the basics of Arduino. The workshops are extremely popular, and never fail to attract kindred spirits in all shapes and forms.  Raphael Rehbach

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26-11-2009 Who will win the pitch? - Kom je ook? - Since 2008, the symposium Kom je ook? offers four times a year a day programme with a theme that is in line with the latest developments and trends in the cultural sector, in which speakers from the Netherlands and abroad give examples from practice. And that's what it's all about at Kom je ook? Exactly about the practice. We do not offer theoretical lectures, but immediately give concrete examples of innovation and the implementation of new techniques in existing situations. During the… Raphael Rehbach

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16-10-2009 The pink interior toilet- de Amsterdam Biennale - The Rio de Janeiro Pavilion by curator Pedro Meyer. Pedro made a painting installation in Mediamatic's toilet with a naked transvestite on the door and pink images on the walls inside. The Amsterdam Biennale 2009 presented the art scene from all over the world. More than thirty international curators from the Mediamatic network gave their view on the contemporary art of their city. The Biennale was an exhibition that grew every week. On 16 October 2009 the first pavilions opened and on 12… Raphael Rehbach

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24-10-2009 Peeping into Beirut - Beirut Pavilion - The Beirut Pavilion, curator: Rani al Rajji. More than thirty international guides from the Mediamatic network were invited to curate and design a city pavilion. The Biennale will open its first pavilion in October 2009, followed by more every week until December. Visitors travelled from St. Petersburg to Bogota, across the sea to Seoul in less than an hour. The Amsterdam Biennale is part of Mediamatic Travel: an exhibition, a DIY Travel website and a printed travel catalogue. On the photo you… Raphael Rehbach

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1-10-2009 Cut out of the travel guide - Travel Guide - Mediamatic Travel is a network of culture-crazy, art-minded kindred spirits from around the world. Opening up local scenes and bearing the underbelly of cities such as Tehran and Tbilisi, Mediamatic Travel serves as a platform where information can be exchanged about the seen and the unseen. This isn't your regular travel agency; this is serious exploration and spot-on personal consultation. New guides join Mediamatic Travel every day, rendering ever more cities and their local art and…

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08-05-2009 banner op het Rokin -WatSpinoza? - "What's wrong with jail for throwing gum on the street?" During WatSpinoza? Mediamatic spread stimulating questions through unexpected channels throughout Amsterdam. These questions were drawn up in collaboration with writer Dirk van Weelden and can be traced back to the ideas of the philosopher Spinoza. Mediamatic collected feedback, recycled interesting statements, and conducted a dialogue with and between Amsterdammers. Everyone could respond by text message, via the website…

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30-01-2009 vitrine - Ik R.I.P. - Mediamatic encourages you to think about death. Besides arranging your funeral, obtaining life insurance and drafting your will, you will have to think about what you leave behind in the online world. What happens to your online profile after you die? Ik R.I.P. was the third in a series about self-representation on the internet. The exhibition included coffins from Ghana, a website, and computer game The Graveyard. Visitors could participate in workshops (Coffin for your Beloved) and have a go… Alice Bodanzky

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30-01-2009 Ghanese coffin - Ik R.I.P. - The teddy bear coffin is placed with the other Ghanaian coffins. To be seen in the Ik R.I.P. exhibition at Mediamatic. January 2009 - April 2009. Mediamatic encourages you to think about death. Besides organizing your funeral, applying for life insurance and drawing up a will, it is necessary to think about what you leave behind in the online world. What happens to your online profile after you die? I R.I.P. is the third exhibition in a series on self-representation on the Internet. The… Alice Bodanzky

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17-10-2008 XX Boys - Kiki on Steroids - Women who want to be men, men who want to be women and everything in between. Kiki on Steroids! was an intimate exploration of the world of transgenders and self-representation on the internet. Among others with the photo series XXBoys by Kael T Block and the work Lupe by Bogomir Doringer. There were workshops and activities to experience for yourself what it was like to change from a man into a woman or vice versa.  Alice Bodanzky

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19-09-2008 Seth Shapiro vs. Josephine Dorado - Mediamatic RFID Hackerscamp 08 - Challenge someone with your web popularity, and show other people how high up you are. The iKWiN project was developed by Simon Claessen, Axel Roest and Mathias Forbach, in one week at Mediamatic RFID Hackerscamp 08, prior to the PICNIC08 conference. There's a table where you put the ikTag on and your challenger does the same. You both go on the elevator, press the red buttons and then the elevators go up. The higher you are on Google, the higher you go. At the end, if the result is not… uɐɯʞuǝɯ ɐsoɹ

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21-11-2008 Any Media Documentary Workshop- IDFA 2008 - In the run-up to the IDFA Festival, the Any Media Documentary Workshop will take place for five days. Participants are challenged to apply new media techniques in their documentary practice, from GPS systems to visualizing online data. Instructors Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Florian Thalhofer, Louise Berg and Jacob Schillinger will assist the filmmakers. Keynote lectures will be given by Cassian Harrison, Esther Polak, Erik Borra and Alexandre Brachet. On the last evening the results will be presented…

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18-07-2008 Pile of clothes - Ikikik! - Ikikik! concerned DIY fashion and online publishing. It was a continuing exhibition, sewing studio, and story sharing party. All with the aim of looking ravishing on- and offline, while keeping the ecological footprint as small as possible. Activist- and fashion collective Andrea Crews came over from Paris to help us out. With their help, visitors turned 430.000 kilo's of recycled clothing into designer pieces. This was a reference to the 430.000 euros of funding Mediamatic might lose. Katja Novitskova

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28-10-2007 - Moving Image Lab @ B3 Media London - Mediamatic and B3 organized a 5-day workshop about audiovisual projects for current digital media. The workshop participants used their own footage and ideas to design and prototype a project for the media blend of their choice. The workshop was very hands -on- all participants were assisted personally in realizing their projects by smart technical assistants and far-sighted coaches.

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18-11-2010 ikStaar installation - Dev Camp ’10 - Luis and Seth are staring on each other, the ikStaar installation can measure who looses the eye contact first. The ikStaar was developed during Dev Camp 2010 at Mediamatic Bank, Amsterdam. The glue with the blue glasses is Luis, one of the developers. Sensor Fest, 23 t/m 25 november 2010. This year's theme is 'IkSentric' design. The idea is to measure human behavior and human 'output'. Think along the lines of bio-mapping, or measuring weight and length. But we can go a bit… Robert Keil

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13-08-2010 The winner of the MeBike dream bike - MeBike & After Midnight - THE WINNING BIKE made during MeBike 2010 at Mediamatic Bank. MeBike was part of the final Sur Place party. Picture by Attilio Brancaccio. 14 August 2010. We celebrated the final week of Sur Place with the MeBike world championship of dream bicycles, fashion performances by Milena Heussler and Girls on Bikes, and the Subbacultcha! After Midnight party and book launch.

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25-09-2007 The iTea at Picnic 07 - Picnic ’07 - Creation, communication and entertainment are at the heart of PICNIC, a yearly event for professionals in the area of creativity, cross media and innovation. Urban streetgame festival ‘Come Out & Play’ after huge success in New York now in Amsterdam. Mediamatic surprises visitors to PICNIC08 with interactive installations and wearables (electronic clothing). Every visitor gets a special 'I' tag with an RFID chip, the technology that is also used in the OV chip card and with… Anne Helmond

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25-08-2007 the first Arabic chocoladeletter - El HEMA - The first, publicly accessible FabLab of the Netherlands will open on Saturday 25 August at Mediamatic. The FabLab is a public workshop where ordinary people with digitally controlled machines can turn ideas into tangible products. The first Dutch FabLab will be used for the EL HEMA design competition. The Fablab is an intensive collaboration between the Fablab.nl foundation, the Waag Society and Mediamatic. The NRC wrote an article about this special day. In other media it was written that the…

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07-05-2008 Mystic Melanie & Karmic Kinga - Mediummatic - Mediummatic, 5 days of alternative communication was een voor iedereen toegankelijk programma met performances en workshops met een spiritueel tintje tijdens de Sleep-Inn . Melanie Bonajo en Kinga Kielczynska plaatsten een 'material spiritual'-installatie in de tentoonstellingsruimte, maar boden ook specifieke activiteiten aan op iedere dag. De thema's The Art of Permanent Laughter , Experitism , Trance Travelling en Ritualism gaven de bezoekers de gelegenheid om o.a. een lach

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01-01-2008 De Empanada chef - Nostalgia and Chaos - Aimee Zito Lema deals with her questions about social memory and the body as a means of resistance, using large photographic prints, sculptural installations and video. Born in Amsterdam and raised in Buenos Aires, the artist strongly identifies with historical stories from both countries. Her work has been exhibited at Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (PT) 2018; Kunsthall, Trondheim (SE) 2017; MACBA, Barcelona (ES) 2017; the 11th Gwangju Biennial (ROK) 2016; Kunstmuseum Bonn (DE) and the Centre…

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28-05-2008 Say Yes to No - Say Yes to No was the first in a series of evenings about the power of negative thinking, based on a concept by Melanie Bonajo and Kinga Kielczynska. This evening Timothy Moore was the guest to talk about the Development of Self in the 21st century. During his performance, the audience was divided into a 'yes' and a 'no' group and challenged to take a critical stance. Photo by Zapdelight, found on Flickr.

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11-04-2008 Kate Bush Film - Kate Bush Party - Prior to the TV screening of the documentary 'Come Back Kate', made by Quirine Racké and Helena Muskens, Mediamatic held a Kate Bush Party with them where the film was shown as a special pre-tv premiere on a big screen. But the documentary was not the only reason to come! Visitors could also make their own Kate portrait or 'Wuthering Heights' video clip in the photo- and videobooths, which were then published directly on the net. There was music by DJ 'All Out Kate', a… Andrei Tchernikov

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28-06-2007 Presentation of het Arabische Alfabet - El Hema Koopavond - El Hema Koopavond 2. Starting point of the El HEMA are Arabic digital fonts and the book Typographic Matchmaking by Huda Smitshuijzen Abifares of the Khatt Foundation. On this second evening Huda and designer Tarek Attrisi will talk about Arabic writing and the possibilities for design in the Arab world. 28 June 2007: El HEMA Koopavond 2. During the Koopavonden (Buying Evenings), designers from the Middle East and the Netherlands talked to visitors. Together they thought about El HEMA products…

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07-08-2007 El HEMA T-shirts - Aug 07 - Jan 08: Hema is the manifestation of Dutch culture. With an eye on Arabic-Dutch art, Mediamatic wondered what an Arabic Hema would look like. El HEMA was born. Five new Arabic fonts were launched, and a design competition was set up to track down the ultimate EL HEMA products. During a fashion show burka-clad girls strutted the catwalk, only to have their burkas playfully lifted by a gust of air, revealing models wearing t-shirts with Arabic pick-up lines. Throughout the opening… Willem Velthoven

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24-08-2007 EL HEMA modeshow at Mediamatic - EL Hema - El Hema fashion show at the UitMarkt, 24-08-07 During UitMarkt 2007 24 August 2007. The Hema is the manifestation of Dutch culture. With an eye on Arabic-Dutch art, Mediamatic wondered what an Arab Hema would look like. El HEMA was born. Five new Arabic fonts were launched, together with a design competition for the ultimate El HEMA products. Girls in Burka walked along the catwalk during the fashion show at the Uitmarkt. When the wind blew up their Burka, t-shirts with Arabic opening sentences… Marieke Bijster

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08-06-2008 Taking books - Distributed Library - When the Distributed Library opened, hundreds of members of the Mediamatic community dropped by to pick up their favorite titles. The books were linked to their profiles. Hundreds of members of the Mediamatic community came the first day to meet and pick up their favorite titles. Jun 08: Protesting the impasse between the Raad van Cultuur and Minister Plasterk concerning cultural subsidies, Mediamatic decided to give away all her books. The public was invited to come and have their pick from… Willem Velthoven

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07-01-2007 The Girlfriend Experience - Jan 07 - Mar 07: Online social behavior is paradoxical. It's at the same time completely anonymous and unbelievable intimate. This fact led Martin Butler to conceive The Girlfriend Experience, an interactive installation consisting of four real-life avatars. Viewers could connect with them through Skype, get to know them, give them tasks and see how far they could and would go. This event took place at Mediamatic, Amsterdam. Willem Velthoven, martin butler

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10-12-2006 Arduino Workshop - Arduino is an open source computer platform. The Arduino project began in 2005 as a program for students at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Ivrea, Italy, with the aim of providing an inexpensive and simple way for beginners and professionals to create devices that communicate with their environment using sensors and actuators. The first Arduino workshop in the Netherlands took place at Mediamatic and the Arduino has become an indispensable concept in the world of open-source prototype…

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06-10-2006 Aux Raus Drive In at Mediamatic - Radios with CARS attached. A gabba punk band and their copycats. A car park full of boomcars and passenger vehicles. Cranked up, FULL VOLUME. This was the Audio Drive of Sasker Scheerder and Aux Raus.

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06-12-2006 exhibition overview - Night Garden - Nov 06 2006 - Jan 07: Night Garden was a subtechnical indoor garden in which new technology, next nature, contemporary art and its consumption came together to form an interactive bio-technical habitat. Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau presented Interactive Plant Growing, one of the most innovative interactive works of the previous century. Ralf Schreiber and Christian Faubel developed tiny robots who lived autonomously in the garden. There were workshops, food, self-regenerating flowers…

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15-02-2006 Mobtagging Workshop - Mass Controlled Metadata - Mediamatic presents a two-day workshop on social tagging or Mobtagging. Mobtagging is what happens when groups of users freely apply labels (metadata) to online information. This allows road users to specify, index, search and share information on their own terms and conditions. This practice has become popular on sites such as Flickr, Del.icio.us and Technorati and is developing into an important alternative to centrally organised information structures on the web. Nadya Peek

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15-07-2006 The Cosplay Show - Cosplaying is a transformation into your favorite anime, manga or video game character. After creating these costumes, you will come together with other cosplayers during special events or on random sunny days. During The Cosplay Show Mediamatic organized an exhibition of forty of the best Dutch cosplay costumes on her ground floor gallery of the Post CS building. During the summers, cosplay inspired films, animations and animations were shown and workshops were organized.  Willem Velthoven

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05-02-2006 Symbolic Table onderdelen - So the sophistication of the Symbolic Table is beneath the top. This picture shows a variety of RFID tags. The smallest tag is as big as a grain of rice. The bugs and other accessories are injected with this RFID tag. In this way "tagged" objects can be read by the table and then linked to one or more sounds or videos. Nadya Peek

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18-03-2006 No title, HENK BOVERHOFF - Le Mepris - Le Mépris (or) Contempt. In Le Mépris Voulon wanted to show 'the construction of fear' and the conscious creation of a sense of 'loss of identity'. The 'postmodern' merging and intertwining of fiction & reality - characteristic of both contemporary art and the real world - has created an ambiguous atmosphere. While Godard preluded this ambiguity in the film, it already seemed to be the time for further analysis. Le Mépris evokes the anonymous atmosphere typical of a… Marco Wessel

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30-10-2005 Food Facility by Marti Guixé - Mediamatic Exhibition 2005 at Mediamatic Tentoonstelling, Mediamatic Post CS, 30 October - 11 December 2005 30 October - 11 December 2005. Food Facility was a prototype restaurant of Marti Guixé. Instead of a central kitchen, the restaurant was connected to existing take-out restaurants in the area. Visitors could visit the Food Advisor for tips. By negotiating a bit with other guests it was possible to eat Tom Ka Ka as a starter, then spareribs as main course and Tiramisu as dessert. Food… Martí Guixé

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01-05-2005 Flickr Peep Show - Mediamatic Exhibition 2005, photo by Willem Velthoven at Mediamatic 1 May to 18 June 2005: Interactive exhibition Flickr Peep Show in which social networks by phone and internet were linked by visual communication with mobtags and keywords.... what?! This exhibition by Mediamatic on the ground floor of the Post CS building was about Flickr.com, the photo website developed by Ludicorp. Flickr is not only a free service for digital photos, but has made it possible to create a social network of…

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11-08-2005 Een tarantula zorgt voor absolute veiligheid - Mediamatic Exhibition 2005, photo by Arne Hendriks for Mediamatic

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05-05-2004 Digitaal Joods Monument -   In 2004 Mediamatic Lab developed the Jewish Monument, an online community that keeps alive the memory of the Jewish victims of WWII. It is the interactive website of the Digital Monument. Digital Monument to the Jewish Community is a memorial to some 105,000 Jewish Dutch citizens who died. The memory is kept alive on the community website, through the active participation of next of kin. By adding information such as family relationships, photos or a biography, a living community is created.

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12-12-2004 Eva Meyer Keller, "Death is Certain" - "Re-enact, Performance Night, December 12, 2004 photo by Mediamatic (Bea Correa) Re-enact at Mediamatic Re-enact at Mediamatic December 12, 2004. "Re-enact", Performance Night: an active, hopeless evening, where no less than 12 performance artists expressed their strong desire for authenticity. With performances by L.A. Raeven, Martin Butler and Auxraus, Lars Eijssen, Nezaket Ekici, Lawrence Weiner, Yingmei Duan, Eva Meyer Keller, Mai Ueda, Natascha Hagenbeek, Daisuke Nishimura

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06-03-2000 Kinderen met Laika - Mediamatic Salon at the BABY club is all about robot dog Laika, the AIBO of Mediamatic. A choreography will be performed with Laika in the leading role. AIBO is a company robot in the shape of a dog, made by Sony since 1999. The robot is made and programmed in such a way that it does not harm people, the dog will never bite the calves. Because of the high price very few people own an AIBO.  Jans Possel

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07-06-1998 Uitnodiging Auteur in Nieuwe Media - 1998/1999 A series of workshops organised by Mediamatic on authorship in interactive media. In these workshops writers, artists, theorists and designers worked together to develop the artistic, editorial and content possibilities of the Net. 1998/1999 1998/1999

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01-06-1997 Screenshot Geheugen van Zeist - Mediamatic develops the Memory of Zeist: its first community website. It is a gathering place for stories and memories of residents of Zeist. This results in a community network in which family and friends from Zeist, young and old, can add stories and connect with the city and other residents. Geheugen van Zeist is a starting point, from which the other narrative sites of Mediamatic such as Geheugen van Oost and Geheugen van Almere originated.

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06-06-1998 Joachim Sauter - 'Auteur van de informatieruimte' workshop. - Part of the workshop series Author in New Media. How do you let new media do what you want? In 1998 and 1999 Mediamatic organised a series of workshops in which writers, artists, theorists and designers worked together to develop the artistic, editorial and content possibilities of the Net. At the end of the 1990s, the Internet was on the rise and a 'hot topic' for discussion. However, Mediamatic thought it was time for action and organised four workshops on the Author in New Media.

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13-10-1993 Cover of "Doors of Perception 1" cd-rom - Doors of Perception 1 Conference by the Netherlands Design Istitute. DoPRom produced by Mediamatic IP 30-31 October 1993. This interactive CD-ROM covers the events of the Doors of Perception conference. Together with the Netherlands Design Institute, Mediamatic organized DoP 1: a groundbreaking conference with leading thinkers from the world of graphic and industrial design, architecture, information technology, philosophy, computer science, business and media. They came together to research…

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Mediamatic Magazine Archief - Mediamatic published paper journals from 1985 to 1999. The magazine was a platform for discussions on media, art and television. With Mediamatic Off-line Mediamatic continued to irregularly publish CD-ROM collections and DVD projects after the last paper magazine. After 9 volumes of each (about) 4 issues it ended to make a restart as Mediamatic Off-Line in the 21st century. All issues can be found here.