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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 productivity. She reflects upon these predominantly through curated programs and essays.

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 Search of Silence's Image
Essay published online at Simulacrum.nl on 27/10/2020
Reading as part of the conference stiltestillness.org 27/10/2020

In a world in lockdown, many sounds are muted. There is almost no one on the streets after the curfew, no commute between home and work, no nightlife, and not a single open restaurant. Day in day out I sit in my apartment with closed windows, only once in a while I hear the zooming sound of a car passing by. Yet in this state of isolation, real stillness is still hard to find. As soon as I pick up my device, phone or computer, the imagined silence is broken. With ongoing police brutality, political turmoil, and daily reports of COVID-19 infection rates, the media feels louder than anything. In this chaos, my Twitter feed floods in opinions and counter-opinions, BBC notifies me of BREAKING NEWS on a regular basis, and my phone lights up to inform me of yet another government press conference. It is never silent on the internet.

Further reading via simulacrum.nl