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New collaboration with Werktank

Privacy in contemporary visual culture

The introduction of new technologies brings up the issues of privacy, data protection, as well as social and ethical concerns. This year, IMPAKT is collaborating with Werktank, a production platform for media art, to explore this notion of Privacy in contemporary visual culture.

Werktank strives to realise and distribute art that investigates the relation between technology and perception. The works produced at their media-factory form a bridge between the past and the present by deliberately mixing new and old media. They often combine the latest digital technologies with old craftsman-like techniques, always maintaining the focus on the content and imaginative force of the artwork.

The collaboration will welcome two resident artists: from the Netherlands and Belgium. The first Dutch resident artist of this collaboration is Marijn Bril. Marijn Bril is a Rotterdam-based media designer, researcher, and curator. With an interest in digital culture in all its complexity and foolishness, she explores topics ranging from networked images, technological mediation, to digital metaphors. She reflects upon these predominantly through writing, video, and curation. Marijn graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in the department Media & Culture and studied Media Studies at Maastricht University. Her work has been presented at Dutch Design Week, the Wrong Biennale, 60 Seconds Festival, PloktaTV, and her writing published at Institute of Network Cultures.

In January, Marijn was invited to CPDP (Computers, Privacy and Data Protection) in Brussels, a conference attended by national and international speakers, policy makers and scientists working within the field. Her project explores workplace surveillance, questioning the metrics through which productivity is measured. The artists will further connect and experiment with the gained knowledge in her residency project at IMPAKT and Werktank.


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