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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).

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 – 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