TEXT ME • Young Curators

TEXT ME • Young Curators

Visiting curators at MEDIA ART FESTIVAL Leeuwarden – Feedback from an international exchange

Het TEXT ME – Project

TEXT ME was an exciting new program focused on curatorial writing and cross cultural communication. A group of emerging Young Curators selected by our international partners visited the 2020/21 Media Art Festival from the 1st to the 10th of October, 2021. Here they were introduced to artists, got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into our festival, met our collaborators, and attended lectures and co-working sessions.

Drawing from their different cultural contexts and on-site research and exchange, each curator produced a text that dialogues with the work of a MAF Young Masters artist. In addition to the visiting team, a number of local curators also joined in the TEXT ME activities and writing program. Check out the results on this page: a collection of long reads that will offer you in-depth, extra knowledge about the 2020/21 Media Art Festival!

TEXT ME • About the project

TEXT ME • About the project

TEXT.ME Young CuratorsText Me. About the project By Irene Xochitl Urrutia & Bettina Pelz Het TEXT ME - Project In the beginning of October 2021, we met to see the MEDIA ART FESTIVAL (MAF), an exhibition project featuring emerging light and media artists, in...

TEXT ME • Anne van Lierop – Polarized View

TEXT ME • Anne van Lierop – Polarized View

TEXT.ME Young CuratorsStaying suspended in motion On Martina dal Brollo's 'Polarized View'   By Anne van Lierop The last time I spoke to Martina was a little over a year ago. Coincidentally, it was about the exact same work. Martina was graduating from the Frank...

TEXT ME • Giuliana Grippo – Derailed

TEXT ME • Giuliana Grippo – Derailed

TEXT.ME Young CuratorsStaying suspended in motion On Joris Bosma's 'Derailed'   By Guiliana Grippo Placed in the very last corner of a labyrinthic exhibition space we find ‘Derailed’, a work by Joris Bosma. The piece consists of a 150 cm tall, tubular structure,...

TEXT ME • Syrine Bettaleb ali – Game of Swarms

TEXT ME • Syrine Bettaleb ali – Game of Swarms

TEXT.ME Young CuratorsIS THE ARTWORK ONLY WHAT WE SEE? On Paula Nishijima's 'Game of Swarms'   By Syrine Bettaleb aliVisual art has served for hundreds of years to ensure the documentation and archiving of traces of human life. This documentation was first...

TEXT ME • Neja Kaiser – Pulse

TEXT ME • Neja Kaiser – Pulse

TEXT.ME Young CuratorsA second life On Samira Arrami's 'Pulse'   By Neja KaiserRichard Wagner based his idea of 'the consummate artwork of the future' on Gesamtkunstwerk, frequently translated as 'total work of art', according to which all or many art forms are...

TEXT ME • Jan Herman de Boer – Anina

TEXT ME • Jan Herman de Boer – Anina

TEXT.ME Young CuratorsA cold metal world floating on an even colder sea On Alcaeus Spyrou's 'Anina'   By Jan Herman de BoerIt is dark and silent on board the MS Anina, as well as in the infinite vast sea, indifferently lifting the motor ship. Unrecognizable...

TEXT ME • Bettina Pelz – Could they be worn or not?

TEXT ME • Bettina Pelz – Could they be worn or not?

TEXT.ME Young CuratorsNew Material World On Lan Hsin Tu's 'Could they be worn or not?'   By Bettina Pelz One of the artworks on display at the entrance hall of the Media Art Festival is by Lan-Hsin Tu. It is an installation composed of a series of textile...

TEXT ME • Kenza Jemmali – Trance Machine

TEXT ME • Kenza Jemmali – Trance Machine

TEXT.ME Young CuratorsA synaesthetic experience On Britt van den Boogaard's ‘Trance Machine’   By Kenza Jemmali Entering the Young Masters exhibition of the Media Art Festival, I heard many sounds, perceived light and, as I started walking through the exhibition,...

TEXT ME • Emily Sarsam – Dream of Desert Land X1

TEXT ME • Emily Sarsam – Dream of Desert Land X1

TEXT.ME Young CuratorsTIME IS A DESERT OF BEING THAT SURROUNDS US On George Mazari’s 'DREAM OF DESERT LAND X1'   By Emily Sarsam In 2016, the artist George Mazari came across the traces of the ancient desert city of Balkh during a family trip to his parent’s...

TEXT ME • Famkje Elgersma – Imaginarium

TEXT ME • Famkje Elgersma – Imaginarium

TEXT.ME Young CuratorsThe cycle of creation in three layers On Haifa Ouerfelli’s 'Imaginarium'   By Famkje ElgersmaThe quiet and calm atmosphere invites the audience to the main hall. The various installations make the light shimmer in different colors and soft,...

TEXT ME • Sara Mari Blom – Boxer, Ring, Cycle

TEXT ME • Sara Mari Blom – Boxer, Ring, Cycle

TEXT.ME Young CuratorsThe ordinary fight or fighting the ordinary? On Elif Satanaya Özbay’s ‘Boxer, Ring, Cycle’   By Sara Mari BlomClose your eyes. Listen. Pounding beats, insistent, irregular grunting. Familiar and eerie at the same time. Following this loud...

Text Me • Katerina Kallivrousi – TNHIFH

Text Me • Katerina Kallivrousi – TNHIFH

TEXT.ME Young CuratorsEver felt like you don't belong? On Samantha Pellarini's The Non-Human Institute for Humanity   By Katerina KallivrousiSamantha Pellarini's project The Non-Human Institute for Humanity offers a platform where you can freely explore your...