23.05.2019 MISSION TECH at DUTCH TECHNOLOGY WEEK. Focused on making children aware of the fact that technology is interwoven with the whole world. Eindhoven.
06.02.2019 TALK: Research & the Process of Making. Willem de Kooning Academy. Rotterdam.
17.11.2018 – 28.10.2018 Highlight. Delft.
26.9.2018 – 30.09.2018 FUTURE FAST FORWARD @ Art The Hague curated by Kers Gallery. Group Exhibition with David Bade, Koen van Mechelen, Stefan Yordanov, Paul Segers, Pieter W Postma, Marina Visic, Ole Nieling.
06.09.2018 – 09.09.2018 YoungBlood exposition. GOGBOT festival 2018 Enschede. Nominated for YOUNGBLOOD Award
This is a short overview, made june 2019, of ongoing research and visual exploration on the impact of technology on our imagination. Early version of this reserach has been nominated for the Bachelor Research & Hybrid Publishing Award 2018 at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.
In 2018 Reawaken was created in conjunction with this research.
A phone is a small tablet, a tablet a small laptop, and so on. These are all devices that we encounter in our daily lives. The question whether this makes people arrogant and unimaginative, together with the technological developments that are becoming increasingly invisible, such as algorithms, have been my starting point. Further research is in line with the historical development and context of printing machines, typewriters and psychosis. This led to the creation of this mechanical and extraterrestrial structure that produces prints.
Another underlying idea is that man in earlier times made his own tools and therefore knew what they were serving for. There was a bond between man and tools. Due to the enormous technological development, this bond has been broken. Thanks to automation, we no longer have to think and our brains become weaker. Dreaming about radical new technologies is decreasing. Man becomes alienated from the technological landscape that surrounds him. Can man reinvent himself and connect with technology again? Or will the aliens see the demise of the estranged man with the technology as the ultimate winner.
Imagine humanity through the eyes of aliens. Wouldn’t we look magical from space? From afar, humans seems to generate light. On closer inspection you would see that they actually have frail bodies, and they dominate their habitat through the use of tools.
Over time perhaps you could see the shift. The dawn of an industrialised civilisation. For a time humankind flourished in their mass-produced utopia. Great tools were built, of a scale easily visible from space. These creatures became enslaved to automatisation. With no need for thinking, their brains grew weaker, and their ability to dream of radical new technologies faded. The magic of these tools got lost in utility, as humans become estranged from the technological landscape surrounding them.
How will they re-insert themselves and reconnect with their tools? Will they start imagining again when they are empowered to understand their tools? Let us take a step back in time and space to obsolete technologies. Is there anything to be gained from resurrecting lost techniques?