In 1964, Marshall McLuhan wrote about the concept of the global village and that “we have extended our central nervous system itself in a global embrace, abolishing both space and time as far as our planet is concerned.” Almost sixty years later we’re still asking how different forms of media can bring us together across time and space, and tonight we want to explore just that. This event must be one of our most challenging experiments this year and, as far as we know, it is the first time something like this has happened in the Netherlands! The Hmm @ 4 locations is a decentralised event that takes place simultaneously at four locations in four provinces in the Netherlands.
The idea for this hybrid format emerged during our conversation with live-ness researcher Esther Hammelburg, who questions the importance of being together in one place in order to create a sense of togetherness. Tonight, we will investigate whether that is really the case. You can attend The Hmm @ 4 locations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven, and of course you can also follow the event online. Taking the shape of our Hmm fast events, we have invited eight speakers to join us across all four locations. Each location will have two speakers physically present there and the other speakers will be followed via a livestream in each location.
You can physically join at:
– Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam
– Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
– MU, Torenallee 40-06, Eindhoven
– IMPAKT, @Theater Berenkuil, Biltstraat 166, Utrecht
In Rotterdam you can also join the Thursday Bite from 6pm: a bite sized vegetarian or vegan meal, from the kitchen of chef Manuela Goncalves Tavares and her team. You can book the Thursday Bite via our ticket options up to one day before the event. This ticket is non-refundable.
And we’ve got another surprise for you! 👃 During this very special event we’ll also be launching our new Hmm scent, Hmmosphere 🥳 For tonight only we’ve got a special deal where you can get a ticket for the event and a bottle of Hmmosphere for only €30. You can pick up the scent at the event location or have it shipped to your home in the Netherlands (order before Friday April 22nd, end of day, to get it in time!) to turn your own space into a The Hmm atmosphere. Read all about our experimentations creating Hmmosphere together with artist Cesar Majorana here.
Ester van Vugt
Ester has 100k followers on TikTok, where she makes videos about her addiction. She was addicted to GHB for seven years, and even made the drugs herself to save money. Now she’s been clean for several years and shares her experiences of her own addiction and life as an ex-addict on TikTok. Link
Ola, Timo, and Kwan
We might think we only interact with Google when we’re searching online, but how present is Google really in our lives? Ola Bonati, Timo Meilof, & Kwan Suppaiboonsuk will be joining us tonight to tell us all about Googless, a project exploring the utopian vision of the internet where Google is barred from constant access to our data. The project features a browser plugin which reveals the omnipresence of tracking tools that Google uses to maintain its online presence and power. Link
How is ketamine related to the neoliberal world Gen Z finds itself in? Why do young people film themselves snorting coke on TikTok? Is alcohol losing popularity and are drugs losing their bad stigma? Does the mega-hit series Euphoria play a part in this trend? Süeda, a 24 year old investigative journalist for the NRC (and it’s first meme editor!) will be joining us to answer all these questions and talk about the rise in drug-related meme accounts and posts on social media. Link
Ying-Ting Shen and Yu-Ching Chiang
Can online platforms extend our body awareness and state of emotion during video chats? Ying-Ting Shen a.k.a TING.S and Yu-Ching Chiang are cross-disciplinary artists and designers, currently based in Rotterdam. Their works investigate both tangible and virtual space through new media, spatial sculpture, and interactive installation. They’ll be joining us tonight to talk about the Enter online residency they are part of with their project Chat Plannnnnnnnnet: an experimental video chat platform that uses a geographical coordinates system. Link and Link
Ananya is a graphic designer and visual artist whose practice revolves around collecting and reconfiguring materials, forms, gestures and stories to forge new constellations of meaning. Their aim is to expand the definition of design itself to accommodate indigenous knowledge-making techniques, placing craftsmanship at the centre of their practice. They will be joining us to talk about their work ‘Self-sufficient nodes’, an examination of the labor that upholds the internet infrastructure through the misuse of cloudsourcing micro-work platforms such as Amazon Mechanical Turk. Link
Lulu van Dijck
During the pandemic, galleries, museums and other exhibition spaces shut down, but grocery stores always stayed open. Lulu is an artist and designer based in Amsterdam whose work revolves mostly around the body; ranging from AI generated and live–coded voice experiments to (visual) essays on mind–body dualism. She’ll be joining us tonight to talk about ‘Hacking the grocery store’, a web–based augmented reality platform which makes use of the existing infrastructure of Albert Heijn stores throughout the Netherlands, as a means to exhibit artworks made by young artists. Link
With over 150k followers on Instagram (and 250k on Twitter!), Buff, Wally & Conan are some of the most popular guinea pigs in the Netherlands. Ted is the self proclaimed ‘pig dad’ of this very cute trio, and he started posting photos and videos of his guinea pigs on social media six years ago. What started off as content geared for family and friends has now grown enormously, with fans all over the world from the US to Thailand to Taiwan. He’ll be joining us to talk about their world of Pigopolis that he and his family created and what it’s like to live in and manage this guinea pig paradise. Link
Have you ever heard of Dark Forests on the internet? Marta is a student in the New Media and Digital Culture MA and is interested in digital subcultures and how they contribute to artistic/knowledge production. She’ll be joining us to talk about the idea of the internet’s Dark Forests, understanding them as a subcultural response to an increasingly tech-hegemonic environment. She’ll draw from her own experiences of DFs, especially on Discord, as well as highlighting the critiques of these otherwise seemingly utopic spaces. Link