Mediamatic 2017

Scroll down for a quick overview of our highlights, go here to see the full overview our our 2017 program or click here to view who we worked with this year. Or for an image report with the best of Mediamatic click here.

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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

Odorama and the Aroma Lab

With Caro Verbeek, the Odorama program has been expanded with subjects related to smell: for instance, smell in relation to memory, the influence of smell on sexuality, or the effect of smell on food. These were 2017's Odorama editions: Scent as Storyteller, The Aroma Lab, Scent and Wellbeing, Smell/Memory/Dementia, Animal Smell, Perfumed Words, Scent & Scentsuality, The Good Taste. In addition to the Odorama program, in 2017 we started the Aroma Lab, for designers who want to experiment with smell. Klara Ravat, artist in residence at Mediamatic with the AFK Three Package Deal, was the first to use the lab. With her, workshops were organised such as 'The Scent of Amsterdam', during which participants create their own smell. Artist Caroline Jacob used the Aroba Lab for her project wASH, for which she used Mediamatic's waste flows to create a detergent.

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Presentation by Caro Verbeek during Odorama: The Good Taste - Taste is not isolated at the the tongue or in the eye of the beholder. Moreover, it stands as a sensory amalgam. On this crossroads, what constitutes good taste? Or rather, who determines good taste and with what criteria? This edition of Odorama takes a historical-psychological route into the psychology of smell and taste.  Anisa Xhomaqi

With: Caro Verbeek
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Aroma Jockey spreading scents through a fan during Odorama. -

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Workshop Scent of Amsterdam in the Aroma Lab - Olfactory artist and experimental filmmaker Klara Ravat presents the workshop The Scent of Amsterdam: Distilling Odors of an Urban Landscape. Over the course of 5 hours participants collectively explored the neighbourhood of Mediamatic Biotoop, visited aromatic urban spaces and learned how to distill a scented memory of Amsterdam. Anisa Xhomaqi

Fashion Machine

A new edition of art installation Fashion Machine, a concept created by artist and fashion designer Conny Groenewegen. The fleece sweater, one of the most characteristic cast-offs of the modern clothing industry, plays the starring role in this project, in spite of itself. Over a period of three months, an unimaginable number of fleece sweaters were systematically cut into ribbons, which were then turned into huge spools of fleece thread. From these, an artwork was created all around Mediamatic. Visitors were invited to knit along in the workshops and, in doing so, learn about manual knitting, clothing recycling and the influence of disposable fashion. In addition, a special FAMA (Fashion Machine) T-shirt was designed.

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Cut the Crap met Conny at Mediamatic - The installation Fashion Machine is presented at Mediamatic in spring/summer 2017, a space invading installation of knitted flags made from fleece strips. Elise Jansen

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FAMA Entrance - The installation Fashion Machine is presented at Mediamatic in spring/summer 2017, a space invading installation of knitted flags made from fleece strips. Piet van der Meer


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Cut_the_crap_people.gif - Crys Leung, Chiara Barraco

 

Uitmarkt

For the first time, the Uitmarkt took place on the Navy yard next to Mediamatic. This kicked off the Expeditie Oosterdok collaboration, during which the surrounding organisations joined forces to promote the Oosterdok area by means of a route passing by, amongst others, the Openbare Bibliotheek (public library), Nemo, Het Scheepvaartmuseum (the Maritime Museum), Arcam and Mediamatic. During the Uitmarkt, Mediamatic opened the (bio)cultural season with a Fashion Machine-themed fashion show, a raised middle finger to fast fashion. The Artsy Onesie Tango Rave was a fashion performance where the best and strangest creations were enthusiastically celebrated. Also, the Cleanlab was open to those interested, and 'Plant Life' tours were given by Diana Scherer and Jasmin Moeller.

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Artsy Onesie Tango Rave - The Fashion Machine Show - Met 2000 kilo afgedankte fleece truien pakte designer Conny Groenewegen het gebouw van Mediamatic in om aandacht te vragen voor de enorme omvang van afval van de dolgedraaide fast fashion industrie. Tijdens de Uitmarkt presenteert Fashion Machine de beste stukken van deze verknipte truien in een nooit eerder vertoonde eclectische modeperformance; Artsy Onesie Tango Rave. Chiara Barraco

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Artsy Onesie Tango Rave - The Fashion Machine Show - Met 2000 kilo afgedankte fleece truien pakte designer Conny Groenewegen het gebouw van Mediamatic in om aandacht te vragen voor de enorme omvang van afval van de dolgedraaide fast fashion industrie. Tijdens de Uitmarkt presenteert Fashion Machine de beste stukken van deze verknipte truien in een nooit eerder vertoonde eclectische modeperformance; Artsy Onesie Tango Rave. Chiara Barraco

Neo-Futurist Dinners

In 2017, the Neo-Futurist Dinners started up. At these gastronomic performances, food, art, and science come together, in a multi-sensory experience, inspired by the original Futurist cookbook. This first edition, hosted by Me and Chef Watson, featured a 7 course meal designed by artificial intelligence. Assisted by the Symbiotic Autonomous Machine, a robot bar. Martin Butler and Alexander Gershberg's Chromatic Dinner centered on the 5 elements, and synesthesia.

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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, Margriet Craens

Tempeh Ware

Fermentation, mycelium and food design come together in Tempeh Ware, edible tableware. In the Cleanlab, tempeh's properties were resarched with the cradle-to-belly concept, which created a waste-less product: Tempeh Ware. This dish was made from Tempeh and is completely edible. Assited by experienced tempeh grower Sasker Scheerder, the Cleanlab team has started optimal production so Tempeh Ware can be used in Mediamatic ETEN.

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Tempeh Ware - 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

 

Spectrum Crops

With Spectrum Crops, artist Diana Scherer researched the impact of colored light on plants. What happens to plants when they only receive red, green, or blue light? During the summer, Diana carried out the experiment with five different-colored greenhouses. Photographs were taken of the results, which clearly show how the various crops developed under the various lights.

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Spectrum Crops installation - Artist Diana Scherer researches the impact of colour on plant development in her new Spectrum Crops project initiated at Mediamatic. Chiara Barraco

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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

Secretopia and Museumnacht

With Secretopia we brought our attention to human excretions like blood, urine and sweat. The film/discussion-evenings each had a different theme; for instance, a sci-fi film about human bloodstreams, a documentary on mestruation or the film The Great Sperm Race. We also organised the tear-event Crying Out Loud where visitors were requested to donate their tears. Museumnacht 2017 was all about squirting. With a talkshow, a consultation clinic and installations, we broke the taboo of female ejaculation. This program won us the N8 Award Culturele Instelling 2017

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Imaginarium of Tears- A crystallised tear. - Maurice Mikkers

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Squirt Consult - Femmes Fontaines giving guidance, answering questions and sharing their experiences with visitors in an intimate space inside the booths, during Museumnight 2017. Anisa Xhomaqi

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Bed Girls interview - Artist Isabelle Griffioen interviewed at her installation Bed Girls , during Museumnight 2017. Anisa Xhomaqi

 

Kool Kabbage

The 2017 cabbage harvest was good. So good, that it created a surplus. In the winter, Mediamatic took in 10,000 kilos of abandoned cabbage. During the winter program, surrounded by mountains of cabbages, Mediamatic looked for the value of cabbage, with performances by Anastasia Loginova, workshops on how to make your own sauerkraut by digging a hole, or making white cabbage kimchi. With artist Arne Hendriks we dove further into the white cabbage surplus: how do we deal with abundance?

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Nineteen crates with dirty Cabbages - The coal harvest picked up well this year. So good, that farmer Krispijn could not get rid of his coal from the paving stones. What to do with this coal surplus? The weekend of December 16, Mediamatic kicked off with a coal-stack party. This sop is certainly worth the cabbage. People were having fun with the stirring coal music and an Oedipus beer and helped us and Krispijn to get rid of the coal. There was free cabbage soup for everyone who helped stacking! Anisa Xhomaqi

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Mattia with Cabbage - Anisa Xhomaqi

 

Collaborations

We are also proud of our 2017 collaborations with the following partners: Das Mag, Extra Extra, Subbacultcha, ROTZOOI, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Food Coop Noord, Slow Food Youth Movement, Hackers & Designers, Annemieke Hendriks, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Transnatural.

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wASH bottles - wASH - Laundry detergent, ash, bokashi juice and fresh herbs Caroline Jacob

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Close up installation wASH your dirty linen in public, at Looiersgracht 60. - Iris Box

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Wearing red blindfolds - Participants wearing red blindfolds during the green starter during the Chromatic dinner Anisa Xhomaqi

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Second course from the Chromatic Dinner: Red Course on a mirror plate - Anisa Xhomaqi

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Making Tempeh Ware - Making Tempeh Ware in the Clean Lab Anisa Xhomaqi

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Tear Donation for Crying Out Loud - Crying is often associated with weakness and is seen as useless. Yet it is a healthy behaviour both biologically and in its important social role. Through showcasing the works of the different artists, this evening shows how beautiful, practical and important tears are.    Chiara Barraco

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Bed Girls - bed and magazines - Bed and magazines as part of the installation Bed Girls by Isabelle Griffioen. This is part of Museumnacht 2017 at Mediamatic.  Isabelle Griffioen, Anisa Xhomaqi

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Bed girls installation, Museumnight 2017 - Visitors watching the Bed Girls documentary.  Anisa Xhomaqi

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Cabbage stacks in the Sluisdeurenloods - Deze winter biedt Mediamatic onderdak aan 10.000 kilo verlaten kool. Temidden van de kolenbergen zoeken we naar waarde temidden van overvloed. Wat doe je als je ergens teveel van hebt, en hoe breng je waarde terug in iets waarvan er zoveel aanwezig is? Mies Raadgever

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Mixing the ingredients for tempeh - Workshop: Tempeh Anisa Xhomaqi

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Panoramic of Powder to the people workshop - Guests enjoy an introduction to emulsifiers before diving in to create their own Anisa Xhomaqi

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Grow your own Fungi Workshop in process - Wouter pouring the spawn on straw during the Grow Your Own Fungi workshop.  Giulia Menicucci