Media Technology MSc

Media Technology exhibition: Obsolete

OPEN│Makers aan de Markt presents Media Technology MSc exhibition

January 20th – 22nd, 14:00 - 20:00 January 26th - 29th, 14:00 - 20:00
OPEN│Makers, Aalmarkt 15, Leiden

With the Media Technology MSc programme we have taken OBSOLETE as the global theme for this year's semester project exhibition. Our intent was to explore this theme in the broadest sense (social, philosophical, biological, etc.) and make associations with terms like unique, useless and mutation. The students have been collaborating in groups of three where each group has been asked to choose one of the sub-themes.

The semester project has three phases. First of all the students are asked to look into their themes and come up with everything that is possibly related. After gaining insight in the theme they are asked to formulate compelling statements. Once this is done they are asked to translate their statement in a work that can be exhibited in a group exhibition.

The students will host the exhibition themselves and are open to answer any questions related to the process they've gone through. Although the exhibited works should speak for themselves we believe it is interesting to hear what has taken place before and is not included in the final work.

You can also download the complete flyer.

Friday January 28th - Graduation presentations

Three graduation projects by Media Technology MSc students will be presented. These presentations are public and open for anyone that is interested to attend. See "the schedule and topics":

Saturday January 29th – Meet the Makers

Get to know the what and the why behind each student project. In short presentations, each project team explains how their work came about and what lies behind it. Discuss the works with their makers, and as them any question you wish.

Featured Projects

Luis A. Gomez, Niels van Zon, Patrick Heneise
Uselessness is obvious and obsolete in our society. Nobody wants a broken phone or a lighter that doesn't work. However, the questions arise when something becomes useless? Where and how does something become useless? When we think about chopsticks and spoons, broken chairs, chairs in eastern society and many other different aspects of usefulness and uselessness, "usefulless" is an approach to exhibit how useful useless things sometimes can be in a different context.

Save as...
Azita Amini, Barry Borsboom, David Graus
Loss of information is inherent to the process of copying. Because with each copy you make, information is lost. When a certain threshold of this information-loss is reached, loss of function follows. An object with no function is useless. Whether in the realm of the digital, the physical or mental, copying results in a useless reproduction of an original…‘Save as…’ explores the imperfection of copying.

The Prejudice Machine
Klaas-Jan Govaart, Friso de Hartog, Auke ten Hoopen
Prejudices are natural. We constantly make split-second decisions about others, and these gut feelings are almost never grounded in scientifically proven facts. While some of our ungrounded opinions are certainly incorrect, others might have some truth to them. How do we know which are which? Do you have prejudices where you thought you were completely rational? Do you trust science over your instinct or vice versa? What are the consequences of your biases? Find out at THE PREJUDICE MACHINE!

The Footsteps to Mutation
Jan Jaap van Assen, Manuel Lorenzo, Veneta Andersen
Are the possibilities of delivering a meaningful sentence endless? Can sentence meaning transform into a higher level of poetic art through language? Experience the mutations of sentence meaning as Dutch sentences take their first footsteps to mutation...

Ali Elgin, Roland Brouwer, Heike Sperber
It feels so good to be certain. Complexity and indecision disturb our mental equilibrium. Seeking escape from ambiguity our brain often invents patterns to offer meaning and orientation. Nuances are abandoned in the favor of absolutes to regain a sense of self-control.

Boredom is change
Marijke van Gorp, Marilena Kollia, Athanasios Souliotis
Can you find your way into the labyrinth of boredom? Repetition, time, creation, meditation, waiting, exploration, imagination and curiosity will guide you through. A perspective on your own existence, where you will realize your own insignificance in the greater context. “If you do something that is boring for two minutes, do it for four minutes. If it’s still boring, do it for eight minutes, then sixteen, and so on…” Let boredom swallow you.

Are {you} 2 - nique?
Rene Coenen, Nisaar Jagroep, Oxalis Atindriyaratri
We don’t like copies, we like unique things. We even want to be unique ourselves. But is this not something that advertisements try to sell us? Why is it so important to be unique? People always think they are unique. But are they actually unique? And why do they want to be unique, anyway? In our installation we try to make people think about this concept. In some sense, we want to make them reflect on their own uniqueness or even upon their non-uniqueness. Can you in the first place say that something is unique or not unique? Is it possible to copy unique things? We try to give some clues to these questions.

Alice Bodanzky, Peter Curet, Machteld Dekens
We often catch ourselves wishing to go back in time and undo things, without realizing that the possibility of reliving them is constrained to our memory. As we progress towards an increasingly digital world, the illusion of reversibility strengthens itself through technology. Will the irreversibility of actions ever become obsolete? Will time and space just like our remembering process, allow regression without loss? An experimental, interdisciplinary research into 'regress' takes form as an installation in which the spectator's choice, memory, and tangible experience play a central role.


20 - 29 January 2011