New Media New Technology


New media, art, science and technology come together in the New Media New Technology Open Lab Expo by creative researchers from the Media Technology MSc programme, and hosted by Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives, The Hague on June 6, 2014, 2-9 pm, free admission. 

The Open Lab will not be a static expo, more a playful research space that mixes scientific approaches to art with creative approaches to science, for all audiences. The researchers work from personal inspiration and curiosity and create physical works to explore their concepts or engage the visitor to evoke ideas or questions. Many installations are interactive, some are early studies and prototypes, others will be more polished end products. The makers will be around to discuss the concepts, inspiration, ideas and methods behind their work, and even hack some more on the fly.

See below for the expo projects and to delve deeper see the student portfolios on the right. For photos of the expo see our Facebook event


Arjana van Berkel, Georgios Lampropoulos  & Yasser Arenas Rebolledo
Mixing real time video and dance in a live performance 

by Daan Krijnen, Sabrina Verhage & Carolien Teunisse
Control the fourth dimension with physical movements

Homo Sapiens 3.0
by Dirrik Emmen, Coen Dekker & Tom Rijntjes
Neuroscientific efforts propel increasingly accurate methods of mapping brain activity to stimuli. What if these mappings were recorded and represented outside grey matter

From Left to 10
by Donna Piët, Sam Verkoelen & Jules Verdijk
Revisiting a study by Galton from 1881 about number form. We allow visitors to discover their own number form and those of others. 

Interactive Shoal
by Yang Chen & Natalia Rios Rivera
Have you ever wondered what causes the behavior of a shoal?

Jungle Dance-Off Extreme
by Daan Oldenhof, Livia Teernstra & Marcello Gómez Maureira
Suit up and get ready to play the 750 year old game in a new format

Heart sync 
by Sue Haldemann, Ayelet Levin & Beryl Noë
Do soulmates' -or expo visitors'- hearts really beat in sync like the idiom suggests?

Analogue Algorithm
by Eva Aussems & Marjolijn Ruyg


I Wish I Were A Woman
by Lisa Rombout
What would be the meaning of gender in a world where technology gives you the option to change your sex at will

by Rinus Bot
Looking for patterns in the movement of masses: Visualizing movement pattern of big crowds in the form of digital snow tracks.

by Mike Rijnierse
Electromagnetic Field Synth

by Arnaud Loonstra

The Social Breakdown
by Laimonas Zakas
Extreme social media browsing performance

Side projects:

An Interactive 'No Exit'
by Ayelet Levin & Beryl Noë
Using Space to turn Sartre's Play No Exit into a non linear narrative. 
(Space project)

by Daan Krijnen
Drone homing in on faces it discovers: complex interaction through basic mirroring behavior, 
(Space project)

Retro Avengers
by Dirrik Emmen, Coen Dekker & Tom Rijntjes
What would a 2012 spectacle film have looked liked as an early 1900s silent movie? And does the story still work?
(Old New Media project)

For other works developed during New Media New Technology explore the portfolios to the right.

We are honored to be hosted by Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives in The Hague, on Friday June 6 2014, 2-9 PM. This pristine white space will be turned into an interactive open lab buzzing with creativity, curiosity and interactive installations. 

Quartair, Toussaintkade 55


This exposition is the closing event of the New Media New Technologies class of the Media Technology MSc Programme, Leiden University,

In new media one trend, technology or fad quickly follows the next. For anyone with an interest in media technology it is important to be up to date with the latest and greatest, from augmented reality to creative science, and from fabrication to responsive environments. However it is equally important to be able to critically reflect on these trends, to identify what is really novel and what is merely a hype. 

The New Media New Technology class explores the latest new media and creative science technologies and concepts, organized by more timeless themes such as new media history, social relationships, space and intelligent perception and action, so that these technologies can be placed into perspective and context. The course follows a tinkering approach and is a mix of lectures and practical assignments, and students are asked to create products that incorporates a new technology or concept and motivate why it is not just a gimmick or hype. Prototypes and end results will be presented at an exposition open to the general public.

New Media New Technology is a course in the Media Technology MSc Programme at LIACS, Leiden University, The Netherlands. The Media Technology MSc programme is a place where students are encouraged to formulate their own scientific questions, and to translate personal inspirations and curiosities into their own research projects. To answer these questions, students create actual products, because we are convinced that by doing and creating, new scientific insights into the underlying question are encountered. 

Past editions of NMNT can be found here (2011), here (2012) and here (2013)

Contact p.w.h.van.der.putten at for enquiries or comments..