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AUTO: Media Technology MSc exhibition

Friday 7 December 2018 - Saturday 22 December 2018
Old School
Pieterskerkhof 4-A
2311 SR Leiden

Invitation AUTO

Come, and immerse yourself in autogenous authenticity, autopia, or in some arbitrary autodestruction!

The Media Technology MSc program proudly invites you to this year’s semester project exhibition with the title AUTO. We are a creative research masters within Leiden University's Computer Science Department and encourage students to develop alternative approaches to academic research. Scientific explorations include the creation of installations, games and other forms of experiences. These practices are showcased every year within the scope of the semester project exhibition. This year, the exhibition’s theme is AUTO, with each individual exhibited work having its own auto-related sub-theme.


We have chosen ‘AUTO’ as global theme for this year’s semester project. From this global theme we derived multiple sub-themes: Autodestructive, Authentic, Arbitrary, Autocreation, Autopia, Autogenous, Autoregulation and Autogenesis. The students work in groups of three and two, each with their own sub-theme.

The semester project has three phases. First, students are asked to explore their theme in the broadest sense (social, mathematical, biological, etc.) and discover what it could possibly relate to. After gaining sufficient insight they formulate compelling statements related to the theme. Only once this stage is completed they translate their statements into installations. Together these installations form the semester project exhibition.

Exhibition Host: Old School

The host for this year’s exhibition is Old School in Leiden. Old School is a flourishing cultural initiative located right next to the Pieterskerk. It is a gallery, an intimate cinema, a cozy theater and a coffee bar in one, a place that shares the same creative and exploring approach as we do.

Exhibition Dates

Free admission. The exhibition is divided in two periods:
December 7, 8 and 9 the works are exhibited as ‘preview’ from 11:00-18:00. This means the students can still make small changes and learn from the audience’s reactions.
The final works are exhibited December 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22 from 11:00-18:00.

Exhibition Opening

The formal opening of the exhibition takes place on Thursday, December 13th at 17:00 hours and lasts till 20:00 with a ceremonial event at 17:30.

Events Parallel to the Exhibition

  • On Saturday December 15th two Media Technology MSc alumni will speak about how they came to do what they do now.

  • On Sunday December 16th Maarten Lamers will give a lecture on Artificial Creativity and its historical context.
    Free admission, registration by e-mail.

  • On Friday December 21st we have the honor to present two lectures by Simon Kirby, professor of language evolution at University of Edinburgh. The first lecture 'Cultural Evolution in the Lab shows how Language is Built' will be about his work in academia, the second 'Robotic Wardrobes and Forgetful Musicians: how a Cognitive Scientist Ended up Making Device Art' on his work in art including the FOUND collective.
    Free admission, registration by e-mail. Please note: these lectures are held in the Gravensteen building, around the corner of Old School where drinks, before, in between and after the lectures are served.

Summary exhibition and events AUTO

Date in December Time Activity
Friday 7th 11:00 - 18:00 Preview exhibition
Saturday 8th 11:00 - 18:00 Preview exhibition
Sunday 9th 11:00 - 18:00 Preview exhibition
Thursday 13th 17:00 - 20:00 Opening
Friday 14th 11:00 - 18:00 Exhibition
Saturday 15th 11:00 - 18:00



Alumni event

Sunday 16th 11:00 - 18:00



Lecture by Maarten Lamers

Friday 21st 11:00 - 18:00 Exhibition
  13.30 - 14.30 Lecture I by Simon Kirby
  15.30 - 16.30 Lecture II by Simon Kirby
Saturday 22nd 11:00 - 18:00 Exhibition


AUTO - Media Technology Exhibition

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