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is a media designer, researcher, and curator. With an interest in digital culture in all its complexity and absurdity, she explores topics ranging from networked images to digital metaphors. She reflects upon these predominantly through curation, writing, and (moving) images.

Marijn graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in the department Media & Culture and studied Media Studies at Maastricht University. Currently she is a graduate student at the Erasmus Mundus programme Media Arts Cultures. She has worked with the Young Curators Academy, The Wrong Biennale, CIVA Festival, IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture, and Institute of Network Cultures.

In Defense of the Burning Image at IMAI Play (online)
curated film programme

Building on Hito Steyerl's famous essay, the poor image is literally and figuratively on fire. A flow of images crushes whatever it encounters. Its movement leaves its traces: as the image is uploaded and downloaded, uploaded and downloaded, uploaded and downloaded - eventually it gets devoured by green flames.

The image embodies a balancing act between mass media entertainment and the arts. It never quite belongs to either, continuously an outsider. Industry fetishises the image through seductive high-quality footage and produces uniformity through strict guidelines. Does the image have no other fate than an economy of meaningless templates?

When the image manages to escape its standardization, it is too politically unstable to be held in one's hand for long. Capturing protests, police brutality, and fire, the image burns with immediacy and urgency. The lack of resolution and stability seemingly intensify the violence it depicts. The revolution is televised (today by the thousands). But not without risk of being unplugged. And when it's shut off, the image continues to burn, exploding on the screen.

• 1:1 – Cain Karawahn (1991, 00:03:19)
• Video Theory II – Delbrügge & De Moll (1992, 00:06:00)
• Me, Myself, and I in the Age of Download – Thomas Kutschker (2010, 00:04:14)
• Stock Exchange – Nate Harrison (2006, 00:12:23)
• Man With A Video Camera (Fuck Vertov) – Paul Garrin (1989, 00:05:57)
• Off – Franziska Megert (1989, 00:02:15)

Full programme available online via stiftungimai.de