We start the year with a sandmapping performance by Esther Polak, Ivar van Bekkum and Bert Kommerij. Using a bottle filled with sand, a rope, and a stick, they create a real life interpretation of the location service on your smartphone.
Designers, cooks and other artists share the enormous, leaking and unheated space of the van Gendthallen. They form theFreezing Favela and start with weekly gatherings at the end of 2012, the so called Slum Sessions. During the Slum Session on january 29, the future inhabitants of the Freezing Favela present their building plans.
In january 2013 they start with building and inhabiting this city. The Freezing Favela consists of the following projects:
A pop-up bamboo restaurant on the ground floor of the Mediamatic Factory, run by Andrea Sossie and Robert Bochove. The restaurant opens each Sunday for a child friendly lunch, workshops and more.
Old technologies in a new light: Paper Universe creates and sells affordable furniture made out of reused paper and cardboard. They also organise workshops, in which you can learn to book bind, draw and more.
With the help of others, Arne Hendriks builds a Pigeon droppings Tower, containing of briquettes made of reused paper. When pigeons can produce fertilization for, for example, urban farming projects, their status will grow (just like bees that produce honey) and they will be more appreciated by humans.
This small aquaponics installation looks nice and is sustainable. Plants and fish are growing together and help each other to survive. The Miniponics is more than just a PET bottle, rope and some bamboo: it provides your household or class sustainable food. It is a nice addition to your living room, balcony or bar. During the workshop you learn how this system works and how you can build your own.
Inside The White Whale
Studio Vacant NL, a master at the Sandberg Institute, creates dynamic spaces out of container bags to work, meet and research. These 'white whales' exactly fit the interior of a sea container, and are normally used for the transport of coffee, for example. However, in the Van Gendthallen the whales are presented as a new concept to boost the temporary use of empty buildings.
Performance artist Gareth Wynne Fitzpatrick like to get in physical contact with his art. In the Mediamatic Factory he starts building a human-sized bird's nest.
De Tosti Factory
The Tosti Factory unravels the mystery of a toasted ham and cheese sandwich by showing you all steps in the production process. It is a living art project, including a field of grain, three cows and two pigs. During 7 months we will feed, milk, harvest and eventually slaughter. The Tosti Factory organizes tours and workshops for children, adults and everyone else who wants to learn more about the origin of their food. This project by Vera Bachrach wins the Impact Award on december 14, 2015.
Echokamer is a series of events in which musicians, composers and other sound creators can experiment with sound in, and the sound of, the Mediamatic Factory. On february 17 the first edition takes place, titled Speakerspong. Using only two microphones and speakers, the small sounds of the Mediamatic Factory change into a huge, disorienting flying carpet of noise. A physical sound experience. Composers Harpo 't Hart and Joay Richartz were the first captains of the Echokamer.
Again, we organize a couple of Ignite evenings in 2013, in which artists, photographers, designers etc. pitch their ideas in only five minutes. For locals, by locals.
In 2013 Mediamatic starts organizing Troost evenings on Monday: the dish of the day together with short performances.
Mediamatic office in the van Gendthallen
In 2013 the Mediamatic office moves to the van Gendthallen. The barn is made ready for the winter by using straw and clay.
Park is a research space and bottom-up exhibition in the Mediamatic Factory, in which the concerns of the Gezi protests are investigated through a forum, exhibitions, a movie premiere and party. The protests in Turkey are directed against privatization and control of space, and focused on freedom of press, community and expression.
What is the Gezi spirit and how can we translate this to a different context? On October 8 journalist Froukje Santing of the Volkskrant interviews a panel of those involved in Gezi during Me and Gezi: Public Confessions. Afterwards, a ritual takes place: everyone is invited on the stage to share why Gezi is important for them, after which they receive blessing from the water of TOMA.
On november 16 we celebrate the opening of the exhibition during A day in the park, with traditional Turkish music, food and a film.