Location: Het Huis
A selection of short films on the magic of our technologically driven world, specifically, the spectacle and dubious ethics of augmented reality and the city.
Hyperreality (2015) 6 min, Keiichi Matsuda (GB)
Renderlands (2017) 12 min, Liam Young (AU)
The Centrifuge Brain Project (2011) 7 min, Till Nowak (DE)
Teacher of Algorithms (2016), 5 min, Simone Rebaudengo (IT)
Our Friends Electric (2017), 6 min, Superflux (GB/IN)
Lessons on Leaving Your Body (2014) 14 min, Nadav Assor (IL/US)
Food Only Exists on Pictures (2017) 9 min, Marlene Maier (AT)
KEIICHI MATSUDA― Artist
Keiichi works as an independent design consultant, and runs a multidisciplinary design studio at the intersection of technology, media and architecture. The studio works on built installations, concept design, interaction and more, exploring how emerging technology will impact our future lives
TILL NOWAK― Artist
Till Nowak is an award winning digital artist, designer and filmmaker, born July 28, 1980, working as a professional computer graphics artist since 1999 on his own independent projects and for high profile clients. He graduated 2005 in media design at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. Between 2008 and 2015 he was based in Hamburg. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles. Till is the brother of Berlin based artist Nik Nowak. Till’s work has been exhibited in hundreds of international film festivals, featured in books and at SIGGRAPH 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011 and was awarded with more than 70 awards, for example in Annecy, at Anima Mundi or at the AFI Fest Hollywood. He also is responsible for several large scale public light art installations on historic buildings, such as the Rendsburg high bridge. Besides his studio work Till has given lectures about his workflows in international events, such as Gnomon Schoool of Visual Effects in Hollywood, universities in Korea, Germany and Australia, at the 361° conference in Mumbai and the NIFFF in Neuchatel and worked as jury member in a number of film festivals, such as Tampere International Shortfilm Festival or the SIGGRAPH Coputer Animation Festival 2016 and 2017. Till is a member of the European Film Academy, the German Film Academy, ASIFA Hollywood and the Art Directors Guild (Local 800).
LIAM YOUNG― Artist
Liam Young is an Australian born architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is founder of the think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a group whose work explores the possibilities of fantastic, speculative and imaginary urbanisms. Building his design fictions from the realities of present, Young also co-runs the Unknown Fields Division, a nomadic research studio that travels on location shoots and expeditions to the ends of the earth to document emerging trends and uncover the weak signals of possible futures. He has been acclaimed in both mainstream and architectural media, including the BBC, NBC, Wired, Guardian, Time Magazine, and Dazed and Confused and his work has been collected by institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has taught internationally including the Architectural Association and Princeton University and now runs an M.A. in Fiction and Entertainment at SCI-Arc.
NADAV ASSOR― Artist
Nadav Assor’s (IL / US) work explores the unstable condition of the hyper mediated body, the “new flesh”, constantly transformed by technology, in its immediate social, political sensory, and emotional environment. His videos, installations and performances were featured in film festivals, museums, galleries and live venues across North America, Europe, and Asia. Recent venues for his work include the Oberhausen Film Festival, Video Vortex XI at Kochi-Muziris, India, Hong-Gah Museum Taipei, Centre Arts Santa Monica Barcelona, Hyphen Hub NYC, Edith-Russ-Haus Oldenburg, Transmediale Festival Berlin, the Koffler Center, Toronto, Julie M Gallery Tel Aviv, and many more. Assor’s work was reviewed in publications such as Artforum, the Creators Project, Vice Motherboard, Art Monthly UK, and Haaretz. He is an Assistant Professor of Expanded Media Art at Connecticut College in the US, where he is also the Associate Director of the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology.
Marlene Maier (b. 1989, AT) is an artist and filmmaker. Her practice engages modes of speculation, fiction and structures of visual representation. Exploring visual aspects of technological transformation, her works address withdrawal and invisibility in relation to the production of images as well as the absence of human bodies and subjects. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her work has been exhibited in Germany, Japan and Austria. Recently her video essay Food only exists on pictures was awarded Preis der Kunsthalle Wien, resulting in the exhibition Everything a Hand Can’t Take, opening in November 2017.
Superflux create worlds, stories, and tools that provoke and inspire us to engage with the precarity of our rapidly changing world. Founded by Anab Jain and Jon Ardern in 2009, the Anglo-Indian studio’s early work brought speculative design approaches to new audiences, working for some of the world’s biggest like Microsoft Research, Sony, Samsung and Nokia, and exhibiting work at MoMA New York, the National Museum of China, and the V&A in London. Over the years, the studio has gained critical acclaim for producing work that navigates the entangled wilderness of our technology, politics, culture, and environment to imagine new ways of seeing, being, and acting. The studio’s partners and clients continue to grow, and include Government of UAE, Innovate UK, Cabinet Office UK, UNDP, Future Cities Catapult, and Forum for the Future.