[July 4, 8pm CET] OPEN - Online expo and livestream talk show
Posted: 28 June 2020 02:53 PM
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Come and join us for the New Media New Technology online expo themed OPEN, by student researchers of the Leiden University Media Technology MSc program. The works will be presented during a livestream talk show on July 4, 8-930pm CET, along with interviews with the makers, flashbacks from the last ten years of New Media New Technology expos, a video columns by Bas Haring and more. Livestream URL will be posted here and on the links below.

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Works will be documented on the expo web site, livestream details will be posted here as well when closer to the event.

From https://sites.google.com/site/newmedianewtechnology2020/

OPEN - ABOUT THE EXPO

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

We have been hiding in our high tech caves for a couple of months, and societies are now opening up again. Will we go back to the old days or to a new normal? It’s no coincidence there has been an explosion of debate now on the lack of openness of certain groups, politicians, institutions and systems, and that we want to change this. And more generally, despite economical restrictions, we seem to be a lot more open now to change and design new futures with respect to society, politics, nature and technology. Being confined to our homes has not only given us think time, but being physically distant but digitally close has given us new perspectives and ways-of-seeing of the digital-natural universes we live in, and open the doors of perception.

In this online expo creative researchers from the Leiden University Media Technology MSc program will imagineer new realities, blending art, research and technology.  It’s not static expo, more a playful research lab that mixes scientific approaches to art with creative approaches to science, for all audiences.

In the spirit of open-mindedness we have asked them to research the theme “OPEN” from as many different angles as possible. The researchers work from personal inspiration and create physical/digital works to explore concepts and engage the visitor to evoke ideas or questions. Some are early studies and prototypes, others will be more polished end products. The expo spans a continuum of works created out in the open, in public space, to more intimate works created in the confinements of our homes.

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