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is a media art curator and researcher. With an interest in digital culture in all its complexity and absurdity, she explores topics such as networked image culture, digital metaphors, and human labour and productivity in the face of technology. She reflects upon these predominantly through curated programs, publications, and interventions in the exhibition space.

Marijn has worked with IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture, the Young Curators Academy, The Wrong Biennale, CIVA Festival, and Institute of Network Cultures. Currently, she studies in the Erasmus Mundus Joint Excellence Master Media Arts Cultures, at the universities of Krems (AT), Aalborg (DK), and Łódź (PL).

Are you there? (MicroPOM Transition Regimes Aalborg)
Sound intervention in the Fritz Koch Kiosk on Nytorv (Aalborg, DK, 10–11/05/2022)

Are you there? re-imagines a former phone kiosk as a dedicated time and space for listening and connecting in a time of crisis. The project uses a simple phone call as an abstracted way to receive signals and experience distant ambiences in real-time.

Inside the 1896 Fritz Koch Kiosk on Aalborg’s Nytorv, listeners pick up the phone and experience an intimate one-to-one sonic connection. In a context of conflict and war in Europe – during which people and infrastructures are under attack – the ‘old’ medium of phone calls is an important means of communication. Going back to a time when information technologies were not yet ubiquitous, listeners are invited to bridge geographical distances and understandings through sustained focus.

Sound artists from Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and Colombia perform a musical composition to reflect on Russian aggression against Ukraine and the experience of war in general. During the performance, each participant will be invited inside of the kiosk and will be given an opportunity to listen to a sound performance through a real analogue phone in real-time. The project aims to encourage international audiences to pay attention to the war from a personal viewpoint and review the instability of our reality.

With sound interventions by Piotr Madej (PL), Sebastian Milewski (PL), AЙKTRONER (UA), Ricardo Arias (CO), Sk.ein (BY), Aleksandra Słyż (PL), Camilo Cantor (CO), AETHER.mcrt (UA), and Maskitol SAE (UA).

Are you there? is a collaboration between Sonia Milewska, Marijn Bril, Laura Palma, Hanna Hrynkevich, and Hugo Sant’Ana and is supported by Aalborg Universitet, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, and Aalborg Kommune. It was presented during the MicroPOM Aalborg Transition Regimes, a subformat of the Politics of Machines symposium.