EXPO STRP 2020

Several artists

A Scenario ticket includes free entrance (same day) to STRP EXPO 2020.

When: April 2-5, 12:00-20:00

In our exhibition, STRP EXPO, you can see 13 works of art, of which 8 works are premiering at STRP. We are super proud that we have been able to realize the ACT Award again. The winners of the ACT Award 2020 are Miyuki Oka, Nonhuman Nonsense and Antoine Bertin.

Participating artists of the exhibition are Anaïs Tondeur, Anna Ridler, Antoine Bertin, Dominique Koch, Emke Idema, Floris Kaayk, Justin Brice Guariglia, Forest 404, Marleine van der Werf, Miyuki Oka, Nonhuman Nonsense, Polymorf and Universal Everything.

Besides these works in the exhibition, there will be a presentation by three Design Academy/ Information Design students.

Deep Hanging Out

STRP’s festival hangout. Here, friends and strangers meet to reflect upon STRP EXPO and the conversation itself.

Artists & Artwork

Anais Tondeur

Anaïs Tondeur - Carbon Black

From high up in the stratosphere to deep within our bodies: particles travel everywhere. Carbon Black follows the trail of such a traveling particle: black carbon, the “man-made meteor”.

In print, photography, and samples, the installation Carbon Black visualizes the intertwined storylines and carbon levels in the air. Wearing breathing masks and bringing a self-build walking device, the artist and her team were able to capture and make use of black carbon as ink, utilized to print all photographs.
Carbon Black
encourages to see the danger we impose on ourselves, the impact it makes on everything around us and the unfairness of it all. Who is responsible? Is it its invisibility or our indifference that results in us taking little to no action against carbon emissions?

'Carbon Black’ is a collaboration between visual artist Anaïs Tondeur and atmospheric scientists. Previously, Tondeur has worked together with anthropologists, philosophers, oceanographers, and geophysicists. Anaïs explores the limits of the scientific experiment, research, and traditions. The visual choices she makes resonate with a quiet longing, back to a time when the scientist could be a scientist as well as an inventor, explorer, and artist.

Anna Ridler credits Jonathan Jones

Anna Ridler - Mosaic Virus & Myriad (Tulips)

Inspired by the tulip mania that gripped Europe four centuries ago, Anna Ridler explores parallels with the contemporary speculations around cryptocurrency: digital currencies that offer an alternative to the more familiar monetary systems we have known for so long.
Mosaic Virus, a work generated by an AI system, shows you how a flowering tulip is ‘designed’ and controlled by the latest Bitcoin prices.

During STRP EXPO you can meet Anna Ridler in person and see her working on Myriad (Tulips), the training set for the algorithm. Ten thousand – a myriad pictures of tulips will be manually labelled and selected by Anna herself. A peek behind her screens reveals that her project is, in the end, actually curated and defined by the artist herself. Did you expect so much human work to go into machine learning?

Anna Ridler is an artist and researcher, interested in gathering information and self-generated data sets. Using a wide variety of media, Ridler creates new, unusual storylines that investigate what happens when something does not fit into a specific framework. Ridler is currently carrying out research into the intersection between ‘machine learning’ and nature and what we can learn from history.

ACT1 Antoine Bertin Species Counterpoint

Antoine Bertin - Species Counterpoint

How much difference is there between you and a plant? Not so much if you asked our DNA. Although a plant and you - generally - look very different, you share the same 4 nucleotides (A, G, C, and T) and a large part of the “data" contained in your DNA. Crazy. But also pretty, when you have an ear for it.
Species Counterpoint makes the harmony between our "human DNA" and that of plants audible. A transformed mechanical piano plays the code that makes us human/plant. When you listen closely, you hear two different sequences playing alongside each other. When you listen a bit longer you will start hearing the similarities: two melodies, two genes, which, if only for a moment, are the same in sound, in unison. Does this bring us back to a universal song? A place where everything starts? Spire your ears and dream away with the soundtrack of our DNA.

Antoine Bertin is one of the winners of the ACT Awards 2020. When it comes to science, feeling and exploring his surroundings, Antoine follows his intuition. His work is a mixture of compelling soundscapes, interactive stories, and tangible experience. His work has been seen (and heard) in Tate Britain, Serpentine Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, Kikk Festival, NTS Radio. He runs his own sound experience studio: Sound Anything.

Dominique Koch Norbert Miguletz

Dominique Koch - Holobiont Society

"Not all theory is story and not all story is theory, but the contact zone between the two is really thick." With this statement by philosopher Donna Haraway, Dominique Koch opens Holobiont Society. The film and audiovisual installation reflects the artists' favorite themes: language as a code or tool, physical materiality, sound, and nature.

In Holobiont Society, Koch reflects on the concept of scientific knowledge. By leading multiple conversations, such as philosopher Donna Haraway, and combining these into one story, the artist intends to understand molecular biology as a metaphor for the current social and political state. As such, the film continuously seeks to find solutions to act differently tomorrow.

Koch speaks with Haraway, who became known for her poetic thinking, her struggle against essentialism and her criticism of the idea of one universal, feminine unity; and philosopher, sociologist, and activist Maurizio Lazzarato, who criticizes capitalism, the wars that continue to emerge from it and the current, neo-liberal state. Both philosophers come to the same kind of conclusion in Koch's film, namely that a suitable vocabulary is missing to capture a reality that is not clouded by dominant theories or "common sense". But by assembling both conversations into one work, Koch challenges a tension where there is room for new possibilities and ideas. It is there, in that space between language and reality, where Holobiont Society flourishes.

Dominique Koch creates installations that can best be described as "thinking laboratories", in which she brings together various fields of research. The hybrid forms that result from this often lead to unlikely intellectual encounters that focus on themes that would normally be lost in our sea of images and information.

Emke Idema Forest

Emke Idema - FOREST

An area of rainforest the size of over a thousand football fields, kilos of CO2 and countless fossil fuels – this is what a day of ‘modern man of Earth’ costs our planet. Year after year, the influence of humans on the climate has been confirmed by scientists all over the world. And with every new dent we make in the composition of the atmosphere, new disaster scenarios arise.

It is perfectly clear that we have made a right mess of things. Why then are we unable to – now really – do something about the climate crisis? Have we become numb to what is happening to the world around us? Or is there talk of a crisis of imagination?

In FOREST, a theatrical game by theatre-maker Emke Idema, you place yourself in a world in which our human role as a world leader is by no means taken for granted. In groups of 10, you design a new world order in which the way that humans and plants co-exist is questioned and tested. While playing, you learn to imagine a new society in which humans and trees exist inequality side by side, and you discover just what can change if we see things from the perspective of a plant.

Emke Idema makes theatre pieces that do their thing as a platform, playground of ideas or social laboratory. Her work exists on the cutting edge of theatre, visual art, sociology, and gaming. Idema’s work is investigative and questioning, thus creating interventions in which the visitor – consciously or subconsciously – always plays an active role. FOREST is a co-production with STRP.

To take part in this new world order, you will need a time slot. Keep an eye on our website and socials for more information about how, where and when to make a reservation.

Ground Station Floris Kaayk Next Space Rebels

Floris Kaayk - Next Space Rebels

‘Who owns space?’ is a question that continues to engage scientists, political leaders, managers and philosophers alike. So, let’s reformulate it: Who does not own space?

Next Space Rebels is a game by filmmaker and digital storyteller Floris Kaayk in which you get to work making your very own Do-It-Yourself rocket. From pencil drawing to a rocket launch, you learn how, as an amateur rocket builder, to build your very own spacecraft and – with a little luck - learn how you can reach a low orbit around the Earth.

Inspired by the current (amateur) spacecraft world, you follow in the footsteps of a club of activists who plea for a space that is democratic and accessible for all and a new, independent internet – free from censure, control, and commercialization.

Why wait until space is conquered by governments and mega businesses like SpaceX and Blue Origin? Nobody is (yet) the boss in the new Wild West.

Floris Kaayk knows like no other how to blend fact and fiction seamlessly together. He became known for his fictive documentaries ‘The Order Electrus’ and ‘Metalosis Maligna’ in which he explores the boundaries between technology and biology. He achieved international recognition with Human Birdwings and The Modular Body: about ‘Jarno Smeets’, who made online reports about his self-built flying machine, and Oscar, the first human, modular prototype in the world. ‘Next Space Rebels’ is Floris’ first, self-playable narrative. The project is a co-production with STRP.

Justin Brice Guariglia

Justin Brice Guariglia - REDUCE SPEED NOW!

Can we have a talk about planet Earth?

On solar-powered LED-screens that you would normally only see along the side of the motorway, REDUCE SPEED NOW! Displays the rules and statements of writers, philosophers, and poets from all over the world in relation to the climate crisis. The piece explores how we as humans can navigate through a globally shared emergency situation and the difference in languages we speak, through displaying texts written by thinkers from Japan, Siberia, Mexico, Nepal, Sweden, Colombia, Australia, Brazil, Gabon, Botswana, Alaska, and the US.

What do you have to say about planet Earth and the influence we have on it? And how does your opinion relate to the ideas of others?

Justin Brice Guariglia is a visual and conceptual artist, known for his spatial installations in which he investigates the relationship between humans and the natural world. Guariglia regularly works together with philosophers, poets, scientists, and writers – including space agency NASA and ‘ecological being’ Timothy Morton – in order to, together with them, come to a better understanding of our impact on planet Earth.

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Forest404

Forest 404

What does a rainforest sound like if you’ve never heard it before?

In the post-biological podcast Forest 404, we hear how Pan, in a not-too-distant-future, finds a sound recording of tropical rainforest in Sumatra. What follows is an environmental sci-fi thriller in which facts, fiction, and soundscapes confront us with climate change, extinction, and loss.
The podcast is paired with The Forest 404 Experiment: an online experiment in which listeners from all over the world react to sounds from nature. Sounds that we will one day perhaps be sorry to have lost.

Forest 404 is a project by director and producer Becky Ripley. Ripley works for the BBC, where she can be heard as presenter of wild science stories and “arty farty stories” in Radio 4’s Naturebang and Sketches. For Natural History Ripley presented and produced ‘Blue Planet II: the podcast’ (2017) and Planet Puffin (2019). She has won various prizes for her work. Forest 404 was written by Timothy Atack, the sound was designed by Graham Wild and the music composed by DJ and electronic musical artist Bonobo. Pearl Mackie can be heard in the leading role of Pan.

Marleine van der Werf The Living Dead

Marleine van der Werf - The Living Dead

Just suppose you know for sure that you have no organs. That you are completely convinced that you are nothing more than skin and a few bones. And that you experience life - as if you are dead.

 With The Living Dead,  filmmaker and audiovisual artist Marleine van der Werf researches people suffering from Cotard’s syndrome: a rare disorder that leads a person to believe that they do not have organs and are dead or simply do not exist. A mystery that is hard to fathom, and which neuroscientists suspect could actually hold the key to our human consciousness.

The Living Dead  sharpens your senses and confronts you with your own physical body. Based on true stories, it immerses you in a sensory experience. You get a glimpse of what goes on inside the head of ‘the living dead’ and possibly come closer to understanding the key of our ‘being’. Do you have a body or are you your body?  

Marleine van der Werf is one of the winners of the ACT Awards 2019. In her work, van der Werf researches whether and how you can experience the reality of another. The Living Dead is a collaboration between international artists and scientists. The works that will be shown at STRP Festival will be an almost finished version, with which the concept will be further explorered together with the audience. The project has been developed within the Next talent development program. And is produced by Basalt Film and is a co-production with STRP.  

In order to experience death alive, you will need a time slot. Keep an eye on our website and socials for more information about how, where and when to make a reservation.

ACT2 Miyuki Oka

Miyuki Oka - Ikitoshi

Virtual churchyards, organic funerals, compost... It seems that the possibilities, after your death, to be buried, cremated or otherwise ‘processed’ are endless. But they are often not really very environmentally friendly. How do we remember and honor the dead – in a world in which we as humans no longer play a leading role?

With this question in mind, experience designer Miyuki Oka researches and designs a worthy way of saying goodbye to the dead without doing damage to the living world around us. What if the flowers on our grave were made from us? And the ‘dirt’ – the mud and the micro-organisms – under the shoes of the loved ones we leave behind us, would further nourish the earth beneath which we are buried?

The poetic installation Ikitoshi brings together humans and the world around us in order to experience what such a tribute could be like. Together we take a moment to consider everything that is – and has been.

Miyuki Oka is one of the three winners of the ACT Awards 2020 - 2021. She graduated in 2018 as a scientist in chemistry and bioscience. Now she is studying further as an ’information experience’ designer at the Royal College of Art, in London. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and Japan and she has won various prizes with her research and workshops.

Nonhuman Nonsense Sara Kollberg

Nonhuman Nonsense - Planetary Personhood: Martian Matters

Three hundred thousand years ago, Allan Hills landed on a planet that was, to him, unknown: our planet. He has been kept in Houston, Texas, USA ever since. Behind locked doors in the Johnson Space Centre, Allan was declared by President Bill Clinton in 1996 as living proof of life on Mars. And, oh yes, Allan – is a stone.

Planetary Personhood: Martian Matters stands up for the rights of Mars – the planet that is seen by so many of us as a new beginning: the pristine reset button for a world that we used to have control over.

In this installation by Nonhuman Nonsense, you research just how ethical it would actually be to explore, change and conquer Mars. You immerse yourself in the planet and its ‘inhabitants’ – the Martians – and ask yourself how we could best welcome them here and vice versa. Would it not be much more ‘human’ to just let Mars be – and remain – itself?

Nonhuman Nonsense is one of the three winners of the ACT Awards 2020. Driven by research, the design duo explores the boundaries between art, science, technology and philosophy. They create fairy-tale-like scenarios from the near future that lies somewhere between utopia and dystopia. By naming and testing political and ethical issues, the duo challenges the existing structures of power and creates space in our field of experience for other entities alongside humans.

Polymorf Symbiosis

Polymorf - Symbiosis

Symbiosis imagines what a post-human society could look like: What would our bodies look like? How would we relate to other entities? Which characteristics would we take on? Could this be how new lifeforms develop?

In this performative, multi-sensory experience, the interdisciplinary design collective Polymorf investigates how new, social connections can develop if we, as humans, take on a more respectful and equal position in relation to ‘the rest’.

You experience these social structures by using your own body as the muscle that guides a virtual body. Using a soft robotic wearable, you will see and experience how your body – and those of the beings around you – will change in this post-human society. Who knows, perhaps you’ll never want to come back.

You know Polymorf from ‘Famous Deaths’ (STRP 2017): the mortuary in which you died a world-famous death by experiencing scent and storytelling at the same time. The collective is known for its multi-sensory experiences that incorporate as many mediums as possible to create an often theatrical, but lifelike sensation. With ‘Symbiosis’ they go a step further by putting the physical body on alert, as well as the senses. ‘Symbiosis’ is a co-production with STRP.

Universal Everything

Universal Everything - Emergence

Everyone is different. But together we are all unique. In Emergence, a compelling VR experience by Universal Everything, you fight for the primary desire to maintain your ‘own’ identity while also being part of a bigger picture. Lost in a crowd of thousands of people, you try to carve out your own path through the group. A mysterious light source is your only support. The virtual reality experience helps you see and feel how incredibly frightening it can be as an individual to relate to a crowd. One for all and all for one?

Universal Everything is an artistic collective of video artists, experience designers and future thinkers with a digital art practice. Together with big names (Radiohead), organisations (MoMA) and companies (Apple, Nike) the collective develops compelling video art, (light) installations and events. It was founded by graphic designer and technical/botanical illustrator Matt Pyke in 2004, and has grown to become a global entity.

Note! In order to escape the crowds, you will need a time slot. Keep an eye on our website and socials for more information about how, where and when to make a reservation.

All Dates
& Times

  • 2 Apr
    12:00 – 20:00
  • 3 Apr
    12:00 – 20:00
  • 4 Apr
    12:00 – 20:00
  • 5 Apr
    12:00 – 20:00

How to get there?

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