Mediamatic 2018

Scroll down for a quick overview of our highlights, go here to see the full overview of our 2018 program or click here to view who we worked with this year.

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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

Kool Kabbage

The winter of 2017/2018 delivered an abundant cabbage harvest. This resulted in a surplus in farming, and farmers were unable to sell the harvest for a fair price. This prompted Mediamatic to take in the surplus cabbage and devote our winter program to food surplus, value and abundance. We've stacked, fermented, buried, learned, eaten lots of cabbage soup, and with that, reinstalled value into something the economy deems valueless.

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Tolstoy by Anastasia Loginova - Caitlin Sarah Watson

Various artists found different ways to connect with the white cabbage. Anastasia Loginova read them Tolstoj, Tomislav Feller wrapped himself in the white leaves for a dose of sonic manipulation. For Arne Hendriks, the abundant harvest mainly asked towards the 

mostly prompted him to ask questions regarding satisfaction in the midst of abundance.

Kool Abundance

Together with artist Arne Hendriks we organised a series of Tuesday nights on which we started a conversation about the current food economy. With several guests and chefs, we tried out the best cabbage dishes. This resulted in a white cabbage in a salt crust, a sushi made entirely from white cabbage and discussions and conversations regarding the value of our food in times of globalisation.

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Arne and Monica talking during Abundance Dinner - Anisa Xhomaqi

Abundance Dinner

Eventually we mainly celebrated the abundant harvest with our festive Abundance Dinner. This dinner, during which the dozens of dishes all featured white cabbage as their main ingredient, was put together by Arne Hendriks and chef Thorwald Voss. Together with various speakers, we tried to find a future wherein there exists a balance between supply and demand, desire and satisfaction, and abundance and shortage.

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Super Skinny Thai white cabbage roll - A delicious light and zingy street food dish - a super skinny Thai fresh spring roll of white cabbage. Crisp finely sliced vegetables such as green beans and a lots of fragrant herbs wrapped in cabbage paper and served with delicious soy sauce.   Anisa Xhomaqi

Communication through Smells

In January, we organized our first international multi-day smell symposium. Together with artist Klara Ravat and Saskia Wilson Brown, director of the Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles, we invited dozens of smell professionals. During a two day program, they attempted to find new systems for classifying smells. How does one categorize things as immediate as smells, and is it even necessary?

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Smelling during Hackathon - Giulia Menicucci

Endorphin-dinner

After the succesful start of our Neo Futurist Dinners in 2017, we organised new spectacle dinners, for which we invited various artists to come into our kitchen. Fashion designer Schueller de Waal and the chefs from Haagse Hapjes brought a dinner that was entirely made up of substances that promote happy feelings. From slurping together, to a course of meditation and edible frustration during dessert, our guests went home well-fed.

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Endora and her guests during meditation - Giulia Menicucci

Expeditie Oosterdok

2018 also saw the festive start to the collaberation between the eleven programming institutions surrounding the Oosterdok. On April 21st, we organised an open day together, where there was much to see and do, in and around the Oosterdok. In our CleanLab you could get a tattoo done of your favorite microorganism, as they were drawn by Ernst Haeckel. To complement this, we exhibited the most beautiful of Hernst Haeckel's Kunstformen Der Natur posters in our lock gate warehouse. This exhibition can be visited during the spring.

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Visitor getting a Haeckel-tattoo by Gentle Ink - Giulia Menicucci

With: Gentle Ink

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Haeckel-tattoo - Giulia Menicucci

Workshops

With our workshops we give our audience the opportunity to learn to use various techniques and materials, themselves. During the winter, we had various workshops about white cabbage. For instance, we taught people to make Kimchi with European cabbage, rather than the Asian cabbage variety, and we explored an authentic pit fermentation technique.

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Bury the cabbage - Anisa Xhomaqi

In addition, we continued our (now) regular basic workshops about new biomaterials: Mushrooms and Tempeh, and urban-farming

 

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Tomislav Feller during Cabbage, No Cabbage - Chiara Barraco

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Making tempeh -

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tempeh diy box - Workshop: Tempeh Anisa Xhomaqi

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Endor-Fine Dining - Photography: Henri Verhoef Hair and Make-up: Yokaw Pat

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Claus Noppeney during his presentation - Giulia Menicucci

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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. Click here for the full program. Mies Raadgever

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Gentle Ink at Expeditie Oosterdok - On April 21st 2018 we publicly kicked off the collaboration between 12 art centers around the Oosterdok in Amsterdam with an open day for all. Mediamatic offered (among other things) Haeckel-tattoos during the "Open Dag Expeditie Oosterdok". Visitors could pick their favorite Haeckel organism and get a permanent tattoo by  Gentle Ink. Giulia Menicucci

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The crew of DimensionAir - Giulia Menicucci

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Workshop: Experimental Perfumery - Chiara Antoniacomi

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Mixing chemicals to make soap -

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Beauty Kit from Female Farm products - Isabel Burr Raty

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The main character of the day - synthetic tiger penis! - Tia Török

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Smelling during Hackathon Convention - Giulia Menicucci

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Open Session Scent-Making for all levels and interests - Saskia Wilson-Brown

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Cell Phone Smelling - Saskia Wilson-Brown

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Enfleurage Trial at Mediamatic -

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Kendra Gaeta, the fabulous game show host - The nose (and you) knows more than you think! Be amazed by your knowledge and compete in Kendra’s Smelly Game Show . Ever watched a spectacular game show and thought: 'Hey, I could do this much better'? Well, now’s your chance. Step into this live studio experience and prove the power of your sniffer-whiffer! Saskia Wilson-Brown

With: Kendra Gaeta
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Eating spaghetti with hands at test Neo-Futurist Dinner: A La Mano - Anisa Xhomaqi