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is an independent curator and researcher in the field of contemporary art with a special focus on network cultures. Her research explores topics such as systems, productivity, memes, artistic strategies, archiving, and knowledge production and materialises in the form of exhibitions, discursive programs, talks, and essays.

Marijn has curated programs and exhibitions for IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture, Art Central Rotterdam XL, The Wrong Biennale, and CIVA Festival. Her essays have been published by Mister Motley, rekto:verso, the Institute of Network Cultures, Archined, and VIEW Journal. Additionally, she has delivered talks at V2_Lab for the Unstable Media, the RE:SOURCE Media Arts Histories conference, the Young Curators Academy, and iMAL.

She holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Excellence Master’s degree in Media Arts Cultures, awarded by the University for Continuing Education Krems (AT), Aalborg University (DK), and The University of Łódź (PL).

In Defense of the Burning Image (imai Play)
Curated film programme for inter media art institute (online, published on 01.11.2021)

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 (1991), Cain Karawahn
Video Theory II (1992), Delbrügge & De Moll
Me, Myself, and I in the Age of Download (2010), Thomas Kutschker
Stock Exchange (2006), Nate Harrison
Man With A Video Camera (Fuck Vertov) (1989), Paul Garrin
Off (1989), Franziska Megert

Full programme available online via stiftungimai.de