Collectors and Gatherers

Biotalk: Thursday Nov. 17. 20:00

This edition of Biotalk we will take the position of the artist as gatherer. The modern day bio-scavenger who conduct his research onsite and meticulously browses his environment for unique properties and versatility. What can be found in the cracks of old Amsterdam buildings, the volcanic areas in Iceland or on board of an industrial fishing ship? And how to re-contextualise the often overlooked attributes of dust particles, extremophiles or by-catch?

Talks by: Pavel van Houten, Xandra van der Eijk and Arjanne Bode.

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With: Arjanne Bode


Xandra van der Eijk
Site specific research into colour changing extremophile bacteria. From Iceland, to France and all the way back into the lab.

Pavèl van Houten
Honouring dust, the tiny particles that function as physical reminder of everything that has ever happened at a specific location. Pavel will speak about his current exhibition Stofpluizen, which will be exhibited at Mediamatic from 17 - 24 October.

Arjanne Bode
About the problematic effects of the new 'aanlandplicht'. A rule that forces fisherman to bring their by-catch to land.


Mining Salt - Xandra van der Eijk looks into the color changing abilities of some extremophile bacteria. Xandra van der Eijk


Dust Particle, found at Mediamatic Biotoop - This microscopic image of ad dust particle is part of the exhibition: Stofpluizen. Where artist Pavèl van Houten highlights the non-valuable but beautiful dust particles from different locations in Amsterdam. Pavèl van Houten

Opening Exhibition: Stofpluizen

This day also marks the opening of the temporary exhibition: Stofpluizen. A collection of dust that was collected here at our Biotoop. By magnifying the results you are able to see the beautiful shapes and colours of the dust particles and gain insight into is composition. The dust samples were sent to a laboratory in order to determine it's consistence. And guess what.. one of the samples holds a mystery particle! Which still needs to be defined.

Biotalk: Collectors and Gatherers
17 November, 20:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam

Tickets: Students €5,- / Pre-sale €7,50 / Door €10,-
Part of the We Are Public Selection.
Please note: this event is given in English.

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