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Media Technology exhibition PATTERN in V2_ gallery space

  • Experience science-inspired works by students
Friday 9 June 2023 - Sunday 11 June 2023
V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media
Eendrachtsstraat 10
3012XL Rotterdam

We are delighted that our annual "Science to Experience" exhibition will again be hosted by the V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media. Students were challenged to communicate their own science-inspired statements as experiences within the exhibition, this year along the theme "PATTERN".

You are cordially invited to attend the public project exhibition by students of the Media Technology MSc program. In small groups and through their own process, these students have created experiences for a public audience, this year around the theme PATTERN.

PATTERN is the resulting exhibition with 9 works, each with a different take on the overall theme.

Public exhibition, free of charge
V2_ Exhibition Gallery, Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012XL, Rotterdam
Formal opening
Thursday June 8, 17:00 - 19:00h; ceremony at 17:30h
Public opening hours
Friday June 9 - Sunday June 11, 12:00 - 18:00h
Additional evening opening
Friday June 9, 18:00 - 21:00h
Poster for the exhibition
Poster for the exhibition "PATTERN" at V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media
PATTERN - Project Texts
PATTERN - Project Texts

V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media

As in previous editions, the exhibition is presented by the V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, an interdisciplinary center for art and media technology in Rotterdam. V2_ presents, produces, archives and publishes research at the interface of art, technology and society, and offers a platform for artists, designers, scientists, theorists, and developers from various disciplines to discuss their work and share their findings. It aims to create a context in which issues regarding the social impact of technology are explored through critical dialogue, artistic reflection and practice-oriented research.

V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media has hosted many previous editions of the Science to Experience exhibition.

Science to Experience

The course Science to Experience is a good example of the general approach of the Media Technology MSc program: students are challenged to translate their own science-inspired statements into works that communicate these statements as experiences within the exhibition. We find that modern researchers must be capable of creating installations, games, books, etcetera as meaningful output of their academic research.

Media Technology MSc student working on a project; photo by Alireza Samiei 2021
A student working on their installation for the "MUTATE" exhibition (photo by Alireza Samiei, 2021)

Parallel Events

During the exhibition period we organise two parallel events at V2_ gallery space.

What’s Next?
Friday June 9th, 15:30-17:00h
Casper Schipper and Sabrina Verhage, two Media Technology alumni working in the field of interactive and immersive design, will speak about their current work and talk about how they came to do what they do now.

Lecture by Bart Barendregt
Saturday June 10th, 15:30-17:00h
Bart Barendregt is a professor in the anthropology of digital diversity at the Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. His research and teaching straddles the fields of religious, media and area studies with a particular focus on the study of meaning-making processes through new emergent technologies.

Works in the Exhibition

The following nine student works can be experienced at the public exhibition.

Artur Dobija, Trent Eriksen, Fatima Mashood
How willing are you to lend your ears to a stranger when communication is a challenge? Our installation simulates the struggle of understanding another person’s perspective from afar. Please, please stay on the line!

Isa-Jane Ensing, Phila Hillie, Anna Sivera van der Sluijs
Time is objective and subjective. Throughout history, across the world and for each individual, time is experienced differently. In our timeless space, a second lasts an eternity, while hours fly by. Feel how time harmonizes with our  different states of mind and body.

Fanny Erkhammar, Christina Irakleous, Yiming Tong
Do you worry about forgetting things often? Is this necessarily a bad thing? This work explores the balance between remembering and forgetting, and the value of filtering some things out. Will the drawing tool challenge your ideas around these things through art?

— Merel ten Braak, Max Rentmeester, Adhivira Theodorus Adhivir
Physically engage with the interactive behavioural system composed of synthetic fibers suspended from the ceiling that are dynamically manipulated in real-time. Contribute to the projection of emerging patterns and experience how humans create meaning by organizing their sensory data while interacting with the environment.

— Femke Mostert, Roos Smeets, Annefie Tuinstra
Every person’s hormonal cycle is unique and may deviate from the known cycle imposed by science. To demonstrate how research on this topic is lacking, giving people a false sense of pattern, this work gives an ironic but critical view on the science and stigmas around the menstrual cycle.

— Vinnayakk Bangarwaa, Chiini Lin, Daphne Varekamp
A pattern is a regularity in the world, their elements repeat in a predictable manner. But what happens when the predictability ends? When does a pattern stop being a pattern? Explore the mysterious realm of pattern creation where imperfections become intriguing.

— Tessel Glas, Rick Heemskerk, Annelies Vaandrager
Presented with a wall full of pictures and information, visitors are invited to actively explore the art of connections and to find hidden links and string them together. The work allows participants to showcase their ability to perceive and forge connections, unveiling a hidden truth behind the pictures.

— Pragya Jain, Sybil Liu, Xiaotian Ma
Are the processes of knowledge expansion becoming less disruptive? For centuries, the pursuit of knowledge has led to significant progress and upheaval. This interactive work invites you to explore the paradoxical nature of the (contemporary) academic practices and dive deeper into this expanding matrix of (stagnating) novelty.

— My Andersson, Arkadiusz Marut, Michael Olthof
Humans are social creatures that rely on cooperation to solve difficult problems and develop and grow societies. But growth will increase complexity, making it harder to keep society sustainable. The work lets you build your own society, manage resources, and see it grow. But beware of growing complexity, as it can threaten stability.

Detail photo from student work exhibition CERTAINTY in 2019; photo by Mitchell Bosch
Students and visitors at Science to Experience exhibition "CERTAINTY" in V2_ (photo by Mitchell Bosch, 2019)
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