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art commissions

Exit Night, Enter Light

A digital zine created by the first-year master's students in Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven

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mystics

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Ghosthood and the Uncomfortable Familiarity of Haunting

Milo Sharafeddine   

now you tell me I remind you of a friend, but one that you can't seem to name

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A neon palindrome, lessons from the crouching man

Charlie Jermyn    Mel Keane   

“In the name of contemporary art, Spain has finally embraced the whitewash technique of the iconoclasts.“

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mystics

video

Air

Milo Sharafeddine   

Nonlinearity is not just a collision of times, but an indifference to time

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fiction

Ötza and the Open-Ended Becoming of the World

Levi van Gelder    Mitchel Peters   

Confessions of a Cryodesiccated Fanfiction Entrepreneur From the Neolithic.

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director's commentary

video

Director's Commentary: Femke Hears a Who by Clementine Edwards and Alexander Iezzi

Clementine Edwards    Alexander Iezzi   

Femke from Brabant explores life in Rotterdam, attracting the detritus of memories and encounters like a magnet as they go. For this Director’s Commentary, Clementine Edwards and Alexander Iezzi have written a voiceover for a previously voiceless video.

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Where the Magic Happens

Katherina Gorodynska    Geke Zaal   

I find a room in the basement and a room in the attic and while sifting through these rooms, I realise that the room of my dreams has always been a room to work in.

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video

Release Screening: Amulet by Molly Palmer

Molly Palmer   

Stay tuned for Molly Palmer’s Amulet, the fifth art commission for The Couch. The commission, a video work, will be the final act in the Mystics of the Chthulucene research programme.

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mystics

music

Singing To The Machine: Orpheu The Wizard

Orpheu The Wizard    Rustan Söderling   

This mix by Orpheu The Wizard consists of a selection of songs loosely revolving around the themes of Mystics of the Chthulucene. First up in a new mix series, where artists, selectors, and music geeks connect sounds to a broader and recurring artistic research theme that weaves through The Couch.

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mystics

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Escape From the Internet

Eleni Maragkou    Milo Sharafeddine   

“Remember when on the internet no one knew you were a dog?"

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fiction

I Become You

Isa Mazzei    Hussein Shikha   

“I love your face. I guess if I had to look at it every day, it wouldn’t be the worst.”

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art commissions

Farzané & Arash: Embedded/Embodied

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mystics

essay

Dasha’s Kitchen: My magical grilled cheese sandwich recipe

Dasha Ilina    Naomi Hettiarachchige–Hubèrt   

Dasha Ilina tricks the search algorithms that might read her essay about algorithmic surveillance into thinking it’s just a recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Dasha's Kitchen: My magical grilled cheese sandwich recipe

Dasha Ilina   

A grilled cheese sandwich is sometimes used as a metaphor for an algorithm. Making a grilled cheese sandwich is so easy! It only takes a few simple steps, just like a basic algorithm.

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feature

Under the Spell of the Sensuous: What David Abram’s Environmental Philosophy Can Teach Us

Hannah Pezzack    Anja Kaiser   

“We can navigate the intricate workings of the planet without the need for absolute mastery, embracing uncertainty and opening ourselves to unexpected insights and interlocutors, be they human or more-than.“

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The Image of an Image is a Memory: Clash of the Imperial Gaze

Bhavneet Kaur    Maria Vorobjova   

Today, a walk in the museum is a walk with a camera. Is the hegemonic narrative of the exhibition questioned by the camera? Or does the camera become an accomplice to the museum?

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director's commentary

video

Director's Commentary: Rabbit 314 by Hsu Che-Yu

Hsu Che-Yu   

Hsu Che-Yu secured the body of a dead rabbit from the animal research facility where his grandmother used to work in her youth. Together with scriptwriter Chen Wan-Yin and a glove puppeteer, they made the rabbit come alive– as imagined by humans.

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mystics

video

Androids Dream

David Blandy   

A temporary screening of a work by British artist David Blandy, the guest on the fourth episode of our collaboration with Future Artefacts FM.

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mystics

podcast

Future Artefacts Episode 4: David Blandy

Future Artefacts FM   

For the fourth episode of our collaboration with Future Artefacts FM, hosts Nina and Niamh talk with David Blandy. While revisiting his work, they explore the ends of multiple worlds, from family illness, the foundations of a political system shattering and the end of a 17 year old magical gaming world, Asheron’s Call.

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art commissions

Asa Horvitz: Ghost

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on hosting

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and then we danced, on hosting ghosts and ghosting

Eva Susova    Geke Zaal   

In my dance, I host ghosts, their multi-headed presence, their sounding breath coming out of their numerous mouths. I befriend the strange, and the otherness becomes my condition.

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podcast

Crit Club Ep. 3: Farid Rakun and Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu

Cem A.   

In this third episode of Crit Club, curator, writer and educator Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu and artist Farid Rakun debate the question: should artworks be preserved or recycled after exhibiting?

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