Hi! My name is Anna Lina, and I'm working on the A/Artist project here at Mediamatic.
I started as a programme and events intern from February until June 2022, and am now happy to stay for a few more months to continue my work on this project - organising discussion rounds for artists, writing blog posts, and researching about the topic of art and autism.
My background is in Linguistics, which I studied for my Bachelors at Leiden University. During my degree, I also completed a minor in Sustainable Development, and I’m interested in exploring the intersections between the humanities/art and sustainability.
During my internship, I was curious to learn about everything that happens behind the scenes of an exhibition or performance. This is exactly what I got to experience in my first couple of weeks at Mediamatic through the Sin Eaters dinners, which I helped to prepare and got to be part of as AV support and ticketing assistant. I even had the chance to be part of this event in a more direct way as a live musician, as I noticed that the music during the course 'Anger' sounded quite similar to my own instrument, the euphonium.
I also got the chance to assist and participate in many workshops: I helped produce the Freestyle Kinstugi and Knitting for Survival workshops, attended Observational Plant Drawing and the open Costume Lab, and attempted to smell like a strawberry during Smelling like another Being in the aroma lab.
I was also responsible for the restoration of the Casting Doubt installation, which consisted of repairing the growbeds by replacing rims, sanding off graffiti, and hammering many, many nails, as well as identifying and fixing issues with the seed card reader, printer and computer and glueing together more seed cards. Next to developing my own practical skills, I also learned how to ask my fellow interns for help and to divide tasks effectively together with them.
For most of my internship, my focus has been the A/Artist project. The heart of this project at the moment are our biweekly discussion rounds with autistic artists, which I have helped to organise for the past four months by sending invitations and corresponding with the artists, as well as making sure everything goes smoothly on the evenings themselves and writing articles about the discussions for the A/Artist blog.
I am now happy to continue my work on this project for a while longer!