At the end of 2015 the Dutch Media Fund gave us, five music enthusiasts, the possibility to produce an (interactive) documentary about the emerging electronic music scene in China. In the course of four weeks we’ve travelled from Beijing to Shanghai to Chengdu to Chongqing and we’ve spoken to most of the key figures in the wonderfully interesting music scene that the country has to offer.
The trip was, of course, very inspiring. It was a big eye-opener for me in terms of globalisation and culture. China often seems like the total opposite of our Western society but the research beforehand and the production itself taught us that there’s a whole range of common denominators. That being said, there are of course also a lot of differences. I think I, as a westerner, can learn a lot from the patient and balance-focused philosophy of the Chinese. The documentary will be released in an interesting timeframe, one where the global economy is shifting towards a different configuration. This makes it important for citizens to open themselves up to different cultures. This is the end-goal of our product.
Besides that, we wanted to show that the Chinese dance scene is very interesting and has been so for quite a while. Al be it smaller than the alternative music scenes we are used to here in Europe. Chinese people tend to be a bit shy (untill you get to know them) and we think that we have made a good connection between the West and China in terms of their electronic music communities.
We’ve started a new tradition at MAMDT, namely that of creating a printed magazine every year. At the moment we’re working on transforming the print magazine into online articles. I’m currently busy editing the texts I’ve written for the print magazine into online texts. It’s great to have been able to interview many interesting people that are somehow involved with our academy and to turn their stories into entertaining content on behalf of the academy.
This academy was formerly only known as Communication & Multimedia Design (CMD), but in 2014 we’ve merged with the academy of Visual Communication (VISCOM) and started our own academy: Maastricht Academy of Media Design & Technology (MAMDT).
This fusion means that students of CMD can combine their knowledge of new media with the knowledge that students of VISCOM have of good design and autonomous art. With the fusion or merger comes a new vision, one of educating designers that create and work towards a new world. MAMDT educates designers that know that our world is changing and that can take a stance in this process.
An interesting project in which we examine the possibilities of blockchain technologies for sharing economy platforms. We’re creating a token that makes it possible for users to take their data with them and be tangibly rewarded for their efforts in interacting and rating others on sharing economy platforms.
We do this by making users confirms skills of one anther. As soon as a skill is confirmed, tokens are created on the blockchain that they can then read with any wallet app. This way the data is spread in a more compartmentalised way and users are not left in the dark when a sharing economy platform changes its policy of how to show the data you’ve generated on their platform.
This project is meant to be an extreme abstraction of the scientific data that is freely available on the interwebs around the issue of climate change. We all know that the climate is in bad shape and that nobody knows exactly how bad the situation is. We tell ourselves stories every day that justify the bad ways in which we treat the environment. The question, however, is not how we are going to save the climate anymore, the question is whether we even can.
This installation is made for listening to in a dark room with as little external stimuli as possible so that the viewer can deeply enjoy the movement that the climate has gone through in the past 167 years.
The software used to generate this piece are Max4Live and Ableton, which were used to turn data-sets into frequencies that were subsequently used to arrange a piece of audio in Ableton. Visit SoundCloud for some clips of the project.