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UPCOMING EVENTS
ST LAB 2022 at Billytown

Every Saturday during September, we invite you to a colorful mix of events with workshops, performances & lectures.

Please see our program below. We are excited to see you at Billytown.

UPCOMING:
Friday, 23 September 2022  | HOOGTIJ #70
13:00 - 18:00

During the day the exhibition can be visited during the regular opening hours of Billytown. Please come by and have informal talks with the participating artists of this year's Sensory Threshold Lab.

19:00 - 23:00
SYMPOSIUM
On the 23rd the project culminates in a colorful symposium with lectures, performances and an After Party. We will have some inspiring talks by inspiring humans, and we will connect with Sala de Espera in Tijuana through our video call installation and the trashcan-portal.

19:00
Lecture
Dr. Rob van Gerwen : Against the grid. The online is not present
The internet is like a spider's web. Our data are taken and assorted by algorithms, and the more we believe in the internet's reality the more influence the algorithmic categories have on us. Yet, the real grid is social, a web of interactions shared with people we meet -- of shared meanings, experiences, actions, and gazes. In human interaction we assess our power balance, our psychological repertoires, and the phenomenology of what is shared. The internet is not on our side, but the arts are.

About Dr. Rob van Gerwen
Rob van Gerwen is a writer and philosopher, publishing in the philosophies of art, ethics and science. He argues that art is a moral practice, but also that ethics does not consist in a set of principles but rests on the aesthetic factors of human interaction. He currently works at University of Utrecht, is director of Consilium Philosophicum and is connected to various Dutch art schools.

20:00
Lecture
Sabine Winters : Off the Grid - How can film make us think about time?
Film can help us think about the world, about our experiences. Film does this in a variety of ways, for example, by magnifying a situation. In what ways can film make us think about time? In this short lecture from a series on "film as philosophy," Sabine Winters shares her thoughts on how film can make us think about time through various film fragments.

About Sabine Winters
Sabine Winters is a freelance philosopher of science and gives lectures in the fields of film and philosophy, philosophy and technology and future thinking. She creates interdisciplinary programs where science, art and technology meet and she regularly gives workshops on the (role of) imagination in science.

21:00
ST LAB Artist Talk

"HOLY GRID!" moderated by Davide Ghelli Santuliana
with Dr. Rob van Gerwen, Katherina Heil,
Alexander Heil, Rik Möhlmann, Dr. Amir Vudka

language: EN
reservation not needed
free entrance

22:00 - 23:00
After Party and live music



PAST:
3 September 2022
13:30
Public Tour
Katherina and Alexander Heil : Introduction HOLY GRID!
Katherina and Alexander Heil invite you to join a public tour through the gallery space of Billytown, giving an insight into the project and the working process of the participating artists.

15:00
Presentation
Alexander Heil : Honden van Tijuana kennen geen internet!?
Pt. 1 - Introduction: How to find and print a dog

'Dogs of Tijuana don't know the Internet!?' is a work emerging from my doings in the ST LAB 2022. At this time it may be described as a meandering journey of thoughts, through an imaginative society of Tijuana Dogs.

About Alexander Heil
Alexander Heil is a conceptual artist working at the intersection of art, nature, and architecture. He holds degrees in ArtScience (M.Mus. Royal Conservatory The Hague) and Architecture (B.Sc. Technical University Berlin). He studies landscapes and architectures, their elements, their shapes, the spaces they create, and the ones surrounding them.

17:00
Movie screening
ST LAB 2021 : Ohriversum
‘Ohriversum’ took place as part of last year's Sensory Threshold LAB - 2021. A group of artists explored the inaudible dimensions of our reality, forming new collaborations, narratives and metaphors at De Fabriek Eindhoven. From this project a film emerged, that takes you through the diverse landscapes of a sonic universe, the 'Ohriversum' [Earverse].

18:00
Drinks & Hang out
Meeting online with Sala de Espera in Tijuana

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10 September 2022
14:00
Performance/ Interactive Installation
Farzaneh Nouri : Platonia
The installation questions the definition of time as a standard grid in machine listening. It aims at exploring alternative means of machine listening design and communication with a reactive or collaborative machine in computer-assisted and computer generated music. Platonia speculates how the listening and interpretation of a machine from sounds, influences its perception of its environment, and therefore its contribution as a creator and
collaborator.


About Farzaneh Nouri
Farzaneh Nouri (Farzané) is a musician, researcher, and sound artist. Her pieces explore complex systems, natural algorithms, and human-machine interaction. The focus of her current research is on artificial intelligence methods in live electroacoustic music improvisation.

17:00
Performance Lecture
Rik Möhlmann : An algorithm for getting lost
In this performance lecture, Rik Möhlmann will do a live coding session in which the grid is being used to create an off-grid experience. During this hike into the procedurally generated wild we will sit and contemplate on the metaphysics of gameplay, touching the ancient art of Go (an abstract board game) in the face of future a.i.

About Rik Möhlmann
In his work, Rik Möhlmann uses computer graphics and synthetic sound with an inquisitive and hands-on approach. His digital paintings, installations and live compositions are an ongoing exercise in liberation within the confines of contemporary toolsets.

19:00
Movie Night & Lecture
in collaboration with Dr. Amir Vudka & Marlene Langbein (from DNR)
Movie
TRON (1982 by Steven Lisberger) Action/ Sci-Fi, 96min.
When brilliant video game maker Flynn hacks the mainframe of his ex-employer, he is beamed inside an astonishing digital world...and becomes part of the very game he is designing. In his mission through cyberspace, Flynn matches wits with a maniacal Master Control Program and teams up with Tron, a security measure created to bring balance to the digital environment.

Lecture
Dr. Amir Vudka : The (im)possibility of getting off grid
The lecture will discuss the (im)possibility of getting off grid, in Tron, as well as other movies that the film inspired (most famously, The Matrix). The grid separates - and at once connects - reality with virtual reality. We will look at grid aesthetics as key to the concept of getting on/off and navigating media. We’ll further contemplate the virtual grid as a philosophical concept (from Plato’s cave to Baudrillard’s simulation and simulacra) and as one of the most pressing technological and conceptual challenges of our time.

About Dr. Amir Vudka
Amir Vudka is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Additionally, he is the film programmer at theater De Nieuwe Regentes (DNR filmclub) and the artistic director of the Sounds of Silence festival for silent film and contemporary music. His upcoming projects include a research of virtual realities, and the Altered States festival at DNR.

Stick around after for some drinks and further conversations!

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17 September 2022

14:00
Workshop
Tatiana Kolganova : The way you look at it…
Does our verbal language have similar qualities to a grid? In everyday life, we interact through the mediation of words. Language helps us to distinguish and separate objects, our perceptions and feelings. Do not these aspects of language resemble the function of a grid that organises a space? To what extent is physical reality a construct of our mind? In the workshop we will experiment with objects, our perceptions, and the language to varying degrees. Bring your imagination, and let’s see what can happen!

About Tatiana Kolganova
Tatiana Kolganova has an education in ArtScience and Fine art and Design. She works with a variety of media focusing on the human-nature relationship and the perception of reality through a conceptual framework.

16:00
Workshop
Jiajia Qi : The Gazing Instant
The workshop will be centred on the question: “How do we use architectural space as a tool to break the balance of the perception of body and self-consciousness, leading to an ultimate change of perspective?” Participants are invited to interpret the grid-shaped daily object into a large-scale architectural space in their own way.

About Jiajia Qi
Jiajia Qi is a Netherlands-based Chinese artist who currently works and lives across Europe and Asia. She creates experiential site-specific installations that incorporate interactive settings, spatial structures, and sculptural elements.

18:00
Presentation
Alexander Heil : Honden van Tijuana kennen geen internet!?
Pt. 2 - TBA

In this presentation Alexander Heil will talk about dogs, lines of movements, and streets for people: 'Emiliano Zapata 7269 is not the same dog anymore. It became another dog, Emiliano Zapata'. This or something like this could be the start of a story about a dog on a photograph, which most probably is dead by now. A story, even though meandering through various of topics and actors, always has a red thread. Where it leads us, we might find out in this experiment which is mostly unplanned.

About Alexander Heil
Alexander Heil is a conceptual artist working at the intersection of art, nature, and architecture. He holds degrees in ArtScience (M.Mus. Royal Conservatory The Hague) and Architecture (B.Sc. Technical University Berlin). He studies landscapes and architectures, their elements, their shapes, the spaces they create, and the ones surrounding them.

20:00
Movie Night & Lecture
with Dr. Amir Vudka and Marlene Langbein (from DNR Filmclub) and Justine Knijn
Movie
CLOTHESLINE (1982 by Roberta Cantow) Documentary/ Short, 32min.
As we see the clothes flapping in the wind, we realize that doing laundry calls forth deep feelings about one’s role in life. Some remember when their mothers and grandmothers tackled the same chores using washtubs and washboards, or even river streams. This engaging film pays homage to the commonality of women’s experience. Most of Clotheslines was shot in New York City, Brooklyn and Queens.

Lecture
Justine Knijn: 'The (In)visible Grid of the Clothesline

Justine Knijn will give a brief introduction before the film, followed by a short lecture. The lecture will be based on her master’s thesis, with a link to the concept of grids. She will explain clotheslines as both a visible grid throughout cities, and as a “invisible grid,” as women’s labor is hidden in the clothesline, which signs towards the forgotten history of everyday life.

About Justine Knijn
Justine has just graduated her masters degree in Film Studies at UvA, and works as a film programmer and distributor. In her academic thinking she focusses on connections in film and the world around her that might not be visible, but become apparent in the act of exploring.




Stick around after for some drinks and further conversations!

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UPCOMING
23 September 2022  | HOOGTIJ #70
13:00 - 18:00

During the day the exhibition can be visited during the regular opening hours of Billytown. Please come by and have informal talks with the participating artists of this year's Sensory Threshold Lab.

19:00 - 23:00
SYMPOSIUM
On the 23rd the project culminates in a colorful symposium with lectures, performances and an After Party. We will have some inspiring talks by inspiring humans, and we will connect with Sala de Espera in Tijuana through our video call installation and the trashcan-portal.

19:00
Lecture
Dr. Rob van Gerwen : Against the grid. The online is not present
The internet is like a spider's web. Our data are taken and assorted by algorithms, and the more we believe in the internet's reality the more influence the algorithmic categories have on us. Yet, the real grid is social, a web of interactions shared with people we meet -- of shared meanings, experiences, actions, and gazes. In human interaction we assess our power balance, our psychological repertoires, and the phenomenology of what is shared. The internet is not on our side, but the arts are.

About Dr. Rob van Gerwen
Rob van Gerwen is a writer and philosopher, publishing in the philosophies of art, ethics and science. He argues that art is a moral practice, but also that ethics does not consist in a set of principles but rests on the aesthetic factors of human interaction. He currently works at University of Utrecht, is director of Consilium Philosophicum and is connected to various Dutch art schools.

20:00
Lecture
Sabine Winters : Off the Grid - How can film make us think about time?
Film can help us think about the world, about our experiences. Film does this in a variety of ways, for example, by magnifying a situation. In what ways can film make us think about time? In this short lecture from a series on "film as philosophy," Sabine Winters shares her thoughts on how film can make us think about time through various film fragments.

About Sabine Winters
Sabine Winters is a freelance philosopher of science and gives lectures in the fields of film and philosophy, philosophy and technology and future thinking. She creates interdisciplinary programs where science, art and technology meet and she regularly gives workshops on the (role of) imagination in science.

21:00
ST LAB Artist Talk

"HOLY GRID!" moderated by Davide Ghelli Santuliana
with Dr. Rob van Gerwen, Katherina Heil,
Alexander Heil, Rik Möhlmann, Dr. Amir Vudka

language: EN
reservation not needed
free entrance

22:00 - 23:00
After Party and live music