WARD JANSSEN

CURATOR

Exhibitions, projects, writing and talks about visual culture, digital culture, contemporary art and design.

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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



DIGITAL WORLDS

CINEKID MEDIALAB

Exhibition (annual MediaLab) about digital environments as digital worlds, digital safe spaces and the misconception of game environments as entertainment dreamworlds.

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:
TeYosh, The Rodina, Dept of New Realities/Wieden Kennedy.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Rafael Rozendaal, Kristin Lucas, Moniker, David O’Reilly, Rosa Menkman, Theo Triantafyllidis, Manja Ebert, Adriaan de Jongh, Thalia de Jong, Rick Silva, Philip Schuette, Front404, a.o.

GENERAL:
location Zuiveringshal, Westergas Amsterdam
supported by AFK, Fonds 21, VSB Fonds, Ministry of OCW
2017