digital art

Digital Canon?!

For the practical research project Digital Canon?! Born-digital art in the Netherlands, LIMA researches how the importance of an artist, artwork, movement or development can be indicated – and how this can ultimately result in a canon.

Cultural Matter: Harm van den Dorpel (Pt.I)


The internet is dominated by controlling and selecting (and censoring) structures and algorithms. Dutch artist Harm van den Dorpel questioned how he as an artist could intervene in these structures, and built a complete up and running digital social network With this work, van den Dorpel wants to undermine the dominant linear structures which are central to the feeds of mainstream social media.

Cultural Matter: Nicholas O’Brien (Pt.I)

The third solo exhibition in the context of Cultural Matter is the work The Trolley (2017) by artist Nicholas O’Brien. The Trolley is, in the artist's own words, an essay game artwork. It revolves around the progressive disappearance of a mode of public transport in the urban landscape. The game is made into an installation and the story is a metaphor for the changes in public space and infrastructure in the US. A both medium specific and politically relevant work - that pushes the boundaries of traditional and new media.

Cultural Matter: Klaas Kuitenbrouwer on Olia Lialina (Pt. II)


Wednesday December 20th, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut), will take the work of Olia Lialina as a starting point for a talk and screening programme. The influence of technological developments on our culture as well as society will be his main focus. What does the internet mean to the arts and visa versa? Is the internet ephemeral, or is it matter, actual material you can work with?

On the speaker
Kuitenbrouwer is an expert in the field of interactive media. He teaches, writes and lectures on various crossroads of culture and technology. He studied contemporary history, became an artist for a while and plays improvised music and develops sonic games in OORBEEK – a collective of artists, musicians and theorists.

Since 2009, Kuitenbrouwer works at Virtual Platform (now Het Nieuwe Instituut) where he develops crossover programs to share knowledge and practice on different aspects of electronic culture.

On the artist
Olia Lialina is part of the movement. Her work is canonical in the field of internet art, and of lasting influence. Today Olia Lialina describes herself as a web artist and animated GIF model. She also writes on digital folklore and user culture. Lialina is a professor for New Media at Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany.

On Cultural Matter
In a series of presentations, screening and talks LIMA provides a platform for the international discussion of digital art and aims to develop new strategies for the presentation and preservation of these artworks.

Lecture by Klaas Kuitenbrouwer
December 20, 7.30 PM
7,50 / 5
Free with Cineville

Attend the Facebook event here

November 24, 2017 - January 3, 2018
Every day 5 - 11 PM
LIMA (in the basement of LAB111)
Entrance is free

Cultural Matter: Olia Lialina (Pt. I)

Olia Lialina’s online browser-based artwork Summer (2013) is the work in focus for the second exhibition of LIMA’s Cultural Matter programme. In this animated piece by Lialina, we see the artist swinging back and forth, infinitely looped, basking in bright sunlight. Cut out against a gradient background of blue and white, the swing is hung from the location bar of the browser.

Cultural Matter: Willem van Weelden on UBERMORGEN (Pt. II)

On Friday, November 3, Willem van Weelden will give a lecture within the framework of Cultural Matter. UBERMORGEN's work and exhibition Chinese Gold, will be the starting point. Van Weelden will dig into the (hidden) histories of the artist duo. Can the work be analysed from an art historical perspective? Or does that do more harm than good? Van Weelden's reading of UBERMORGEN is as controversial as the duo itself. Think art, politics, discussions and anecdotes!
On the speaker


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