MAF / LUNA 2021

Here and Now

The Media Art Festival 2021 took place from September 24 to October 10 in the Stationkwartier in Leeuwarden. For almost three weeks we were able to enjoy media art by young talent from home and abroad in the Stationskwartier in Leeuwarden, alongside special MAF Specials, meetings and workshops within the festival theme Here and Now. Of course grateful that after 1.5 years we were allowed to set up another festival like this and that we were able to enjoy so much support and cooperation from local entrepreneurs and sponsors.

Every edition is a special gathering of various artists and makers. Also special this edition was the arrival of the TEXT ME: Young Curators, an international project by i-Portunus with young curators who visited our festival. In addition, the final presentation of the Noordenaars, which presented the result of 2.5 years of collaboration between twelve northern organizations in the visual arts that are committed to talent development in the region.

Below you will find the Young Masters exhibiting in 2021, who won the YMAs and the program booklet. LUNA Urban Night Adventure took place from September 30th – October 2nd: check out the artists that took the Leeuwarden city centre as a stage for media- and light art in 2021!

THEME

Here and Now was the theme that Media Art Friesland came up with in the autumn of 2019 for the 2020/21 edition of the Media Art Festival. The idea was that we are always running, looking far ahead and usually years ahead of things. Artists and scientists take us into what technology, media and art can create, now and in the future, and reflect on this critically. We had no idea that our intention to put a stop to it and intensively pay attention to the Here and Now would be overtaken by the reality called ‘corona’ before the festival even started. The theme programme Hier en Nu was the only item of MAF 2020/21 that could actually go on this year.

Three evenings in december ’20 artists and scientists shared their ideas in livestreams that are relevant to this day. They talked about art and economy, culture and nature and about not knowing. The common factor was the sheer urgency of these themes and the role artists can play in developing a vision of how we could shape our world and society – from local to international – to make it more sustainable, liveable and inspiring.

In the autumn of 2021, corona and the associated measures, but also the new views that the virus entails, will still determine a large part of our thoughts and actions. In the peripheral programming, artists and other thinkers and makers once again have their say. They share with the public what concerns and moves them, and they seize the opportunity to show what they have made during months of pandemic. Together we enjoy this moment of peace, reflection and representation and we see ourselves confirmed in our thoughts from two years ago: the Here and Now may be difficult and uncertain, but with art it is also a wonderful time to to live.

Young Masters 2020/21

MADELIEF VAN DE BEEK • fuck. I think I’m doing feminism wrong

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JORIS BOSMA • DERAILED

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Joris Bosma Derailed Joris Bosma evokes the sensation of travel by using light. Sight can immerse humans in visual fields, shaping everyday experience. But light also shines in our memories, activating feelings, stories, and sensations. DERAILED creates a visual...

BRITT VAN DEN BOOGAARD • TRANCE MACHINE

BRITT VAN DEN BOOGAARD • TRANCE MACHINE

Britt van den Boogaard Trance Machine Britt van den Boogaard invites visitors for a personal experience aimed at inducing a state of trance. Her machine works by translating frequencies into different types of stimuli: visible, audible and tactile. With input and...

MARTINA DAL BROLLO • POLARIZED VIEW

MARTINA DAL BROLLO • POLARIZED VIEW

Martina dal Brollo Polarized View “Polarized view” is the product of Martina dal Brollo’s research on plastic pollution. Though we hear much about this problem, actually changing our ways of producing and using plastic is a slow process. Driving this point home, the...

TESSA LANGEVELD • THERE’S SOMETHING WARM IN EVERYTHING

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Tessa Langeveld There's something warm in everything A “breathing” lamp offers soft, rhythmic illumination at the heart of a multimedia installation. Slowly, fragments and impressions appear and disappear. Drawings, videos, and objects are carefully placed, calling...

DAWID LIFTINGER & CAMILO SANDOVAL • RGBW

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Dawid Liftinger RBGW “RGBW” is an immersive, 360° light installation that plays with color image generation, and challenges the conventional definition of film. By stripping film to its core elements—light and darkness, movement and color—it highlights the interplay...

GEORGE MAZARI • DREAM OF DESERT LAND X1

GEORGE MAZARI • DREAM OF DESERT LAND X1

GEORGE MAZARI Dream of Desert Land X1 “DREAM OF DESERT LAND X1” is a short film about a city that disappeared into the desert of Afghanistan. No physical traces remain; only words and written records. When places are lost, how do memory and imagination carry on?...

PAULA NISHIJIMA • GAME OF SWARMS

PAULA NISHIJIMA • GAME OF SWARMS

Paula Nishijima Game of Swarms In Western societies that privilege individuality, collaboration is considered a value—but not a standard. In contrast, “Game of Swarms” explores how living organisms work together, without central control or hierarchy, in order to adapt...

HAIFA OUERFELLI • IMAGINARIUM

HAIFA OUERFELLI • IMAGINARIUM

Haifa Ouerfelli Imaginarium “Imaginarium” is a site-specific installation that transforms damaged and broken mirrors into a poetic light artwork. A projector shines on an arrangement of mirrors, so that their cracks and stains are reflected onto the surrounding space;...

SAMANTHA PELLARINI • THE NON-HUMAN INSTITUTE FOR HUMANITY

SAMANTHA PELLARINI • THE NON-HUMAN INSTITUTE FOR HUMANITY

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] SAMANTHA PELLARINI The Non-Human Institute for Humanity  In a globalized era, outdated models of “humanity” have reached their limits. The Non-Human Institute for Humanity is a post-human institute investigating...

ELIF SATANAYA ÖZBAY • BOXER, RING, CYCLE

ELIF SATANAYA ÖZBAY • BOXER, RING, CYCLE

Elif Satanaya Özbay Boxer, Ring, Cycle“Boxer, Ring, Cycle” is an immersive, multi-channel installation that explores topics such as representation, masculinity, and identity. The visitor is confronted with a dark boxing ring, which they must enter in order to activate...

ALCAEUS SPYROU • ANINA

ALCAEUS SPYROU • ANINA

Alcaeus Spyrou Anina A container ship is not an inanimate object. It travels thousands of miles on the high seas, and is full of life, stories, tragedy and hope. “Anina” is a psycho-geographic film essay that documents the ethnographic tendencies of the industrial...

LAN HSIN TU • COULD THEY BE WORN OR NOT

LAN HSIN TU • COULD THEY BE WORN OR NOT

Lan Hsin Tu Could they be worn or notLan Hsin Tu’s intricate textile pieces appear delicate and fragile, yet tempt our curious hands. Is fashion always made to be worn and touched? Why must paintings and sculptures sit quietly in place, rather than move and walk...

SAMIRA ARRAMI • PULSE

SAMIRA ARRAMI • PULSE

Samira Arrami Pulse Screens hypnotize us. They appeal to our senses and touch our wishes, fears, and desires. But what happens when their glossy surfaces are shattered? Can they become something new? “Pulse” is an installation assembled from broken and cracked LCD...

Young Masters Awards 2020/21

All 14 participants in the Young Masters exhibition had a chance to win the MAF Young Masters Award and the Audience Award. The Young Masters Award offers the winner a month-long residency in a talent development program at AADK Spain in the Spanish city of Blanca. Elif Özbay won the Young Masters Award this edition with her artwork Boxer, Ring, Cycle, chosen by an international jury. The Audience Award went to Alcaeus Spyrou with his cinematographic artwork Anina.

ELIF SATANAYA ÖZBAY | WINNER MAF YOUNG MASTERS AWARD 2021
Elif Satanaya Özbay won the MAF Young Masters Award 2021 this year. The international jury praised her work for the balance between concept and use of material, the quality of the execution and the interaction with the audience and the space.

Özbay gets to stay for a month at the AADK Spain artist residence for artistic research and production in the inspiring environment of the Spanish city of Blanca. The working period is supervised by the professional team of AADK Spain.

This year’s international jury consisted of Aymen Gharbi (TN), artist and curator and co-director of the International Light Art Project Interference, Ksenia Fedorova (PhD, RU) curator and researcher of media and media art at Leiden University and visual artists Ingo Wendt (DE) and Guiliana Grippo (ARG). Grippo has also been working at the artist residency AADK Spain since 2017, where she is active in concepting and project organization.

ALCAEUS SPYROU | WINNER MAF AUDIENCE AWARD 2021
The public chose Alcaeus Spyrou’s work Aninaas their favorite. Aninais a psychogeographic film essay that documents the ethnographic properties of the industrial landscape and its malignant effects on the individual.

Photo credits: Maarten Dikken

LUNA 2020/21

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POPFABRYK / NNW (NL) – KOMPOST | CAFÉ Z

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KATSUKI NOGAMI (JP) – YAMADA TARO PROJECT | WILHELMINAPLEIN

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JILDAU NIJBOER (NL) – FRAMEWORK | STATIONSKWARTIER

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ALEXP (NL) – MAPP

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MR. BEAM (NL) – KEYS OF LIGHT | OLDEHOVE

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ANNE ROININEN (FI) – CAR SHOW | STATION

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LEONID TISHKOV (RU) – PRIVATE MOON | OP HET WATER

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QUIET ENSEMBLE (IT) – MECHANICAL BALLET | GOUVERNEURSPLEIN

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WERC (NL) – BACKLIGHT | DE KLANDERIJ

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AFTERMOVIE 2020/21