WARD JANSSEN

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PLAY (YOUR PART)

CINEKID MEDIALAB

Exhibition (annual MediaLab) about digital thinking, feeling, touching and experiencing in isolation, on several locations in Amsterdam. What can this absurd moment in time trigger as new experiential approaches? And how can the digital sphere be a space we can feel and live at home?

The MediaLab 2020 is online (at Cinekid PLay) and in physical form on several festival locations in Amsterdam and The Netherlands.

COMMISSIONED ARTISTS:
Eden Mistenmacher, TeYosh, Geoffrey Lillemon, Alice Wong & Simpson Tse

FEATURED ARTISTS & COLLABORATIONS:
The Hmm, Studio Olafur Eliasson, Sander Veenhof & Leonieke Verhoog, Tangerine Tree, Kissinger Twins, XR Lab, Next Empire, a.o.

GENERAL:
location Eye Museum, Studio K, Meervaart, De Krakeling/Westergas Theater
supported by Mondriaan Fonds, AFK, KunstLoc Brabant, Fonds 21, VSB Fonds, Ministry of OCW
2020



UPCOMING:

PREPPER PARADISE

EXHIBITION

Upcoming exhibition about the aesthetics of prepper culture. Preppers save and prepare for the expected downfall of society: preparation for DIY survival in the aftermath of annihilation events, pandemics and all out chaotic uproar. The exhibition will explore the ethics and aesthetics of prepper culture as a debate for design fiction solutionism and proposes visual utopias for dystopian times.

Project in development.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
TBA

GENERAL:
location Bureau Europa, Maastricht
image by Rustan Söderling
2022



UPCOMING:

HAPPY CHAOS, FINAL FANTASIES

EXHIBITION

Upcoming curatorial project in collaboration with fashion house Maison the Faux for upcoming exhibition programme about fashion in chaos mode regarded through activism and corporate greenwashing, fantasy models in flux, ugliness aesthetics as chic neo-grunge, experiments in visual effects marketing strategies and Instagram maximalism. 

Project in development.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
TBA

GENERAL:
location TBA
images by Frederik Heyman, Max de Waard for Balenciaga, Gucci, Fecal Matter
2022



HELLO WORLD

CINEKID MEDIALAB

Exhibition (annual MediaLab) about optimism in digital worldviews, the emotional function of ambient images, tactile code testing experiments and the question how digital technology can hinder or stimulate emotional connection and socially aware introspection in a globalizing pluriform society.

The MediaLab is a 1200m2 digital exhibition featuring media art, interactive installations, independent games and workshops. It is part of Cinekid Festival, Amsterdam.

COMMISSIONED ARTISTS:
Melanie Bonajo, Abner Preis, Studio Pointer, Post Neon, Studio Krom.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Questions Collective, Paloma Dawkins, Lego Bendry, Ian MacLarty, TJ Hughes, a.o.

GENERAL:
location Zuiveringshal, Westergas Amsterdam
supported by Mondriaan Fonds, AFK, Fonds 21, VSB Fonds, Ministry of OCW
2019



MEDIA JUNGLE

CINEKID MEDIALAB

Exhibition (annual MediaLab) about chaos in visual culture, the kaleidoscopic experience of digital glitches, games as glorious mazes.

The MediaLab is a 1200m2 digital exhibition featuring media art, interactive installations, independent games and workshops. It is part of Cinekid Festival, Amsterdam.

COMMISSIONED ARTISTS:
Anouk Kruithof, Stefan Schafer, Philip Schuette, Interactive Architecture Lab & Studio Overvelde, Florian Dussopt, Miranda Moss.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Cassie McQuater, Terry Cavanagh, Matthew Keff, Kristin Lucas, Sokpop Collective, Geoffrey Lillemon, Peter Burr, Brenna Murphy, Joris Verleg. a.o.

GENERAL:
location Zuiveringshal, Westergas Amsterdam
supported by Mondriaan Fonds, AFK, Fonds 21, VSB Fonds, Ministry of OCW, Creative Europe Culture
2018