Exhibition:

All Senses Operative

BlindRom v0.9 x Chill Cave

11 Dec 2022
26 Feb 2023

On the 10th of December a new exhibition opens at Mediamatic presenting one of the first examples of CD-ROM art BlindRom v0.9, the Prototype. Designed and produced by Gerald van Der Kaap in 1993, BlindRom was created as a prototype of the first interactive multimedia magazine where text, image, video, music, computer animation construct a unique, anarchic and multilayered world. Now, after almost 30 years of technological progress, BlindRom comes alive again and invites us to immerse ourselves into a kaleidoscopic maze full of blind paths. To fully immerse yourself into total hoverty and "chill your brains out" follow the path to Kaap's Chill Terminal. An almost religious trip in a dream-like space with endless horizon. 

BlindRom v0.9, The Prototype

BlindRom by Gerald van der Kaap was published in 1993 by The Blind Trust, and is considered one of the first multimedia interactive CD-ROMs. BlindRom reveived international recognition for its radical and innovative design. It was voted as the best CD-Rom at the Berlin Video Festival of 1995, as “an anarchic intervention into interactive technology, a kaleidoscopic and fragmentary work in which the personal and social combine” and has been featured in many exhibitions, such as Burning the Interface at the Melbourne Museum of Contemporary art in 1996. Hidden- or even forbidden- rooms and buttons, anti-menus, blind paths construct an immersive and stimulating world where nothing is what it seems. A fusion of art, mayhem and music.

Gerald van der Kaap

Gerald van der Kaap was born in 1959 in Enschede, the Netherlands. From 1978 to 1980 he studied at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten St. Joost in Breda and contributed since then in key moments of the Dutch and International artistic scene. Using photography as his starting point, his work constantly explores the possibilities and limits of digital and media art through digital photography, video art, installations, the internet, TV shows and live performances. His work has been exhibited, among others at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum Folkwang, Centre Pompidou, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Art Institute of Chicago. Alongside his artistic practice, Gerald van der Kaap was a professor of new media at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam from 1992 to 2002. 

Loading Senses

BlindRom is an on-screen mayhem of stimuli and emotions. It opens a portal to a chaotic and confusing world where literature, photography, philosophy, politics, techno music, sex and drugs that hover in an never-ending rave. It is an invitation to a floating space beyond the senses. BlindRom will get you confused or even angry. It will make you think, dance, laugh and fall in love. All you need to do is let yourself go and discover a new world where there is no right or wrong, good or bad. When a door shuts, another one always opens!

The Chill Terminal 

Alongside BlindRom, this exhibition features another work by Gerald van der Kaap The Chill Cave. Created in 1992, The Chill Terminal is an interactive installation where the senses come together in a very different multimedia experience. Lying on a comfort bed and with their heads in a tube, the visitors are presented with a panorama of moving images leading to total relaxation and escape of reality. A very intimate and unique feeling of total hoverty.