Karen Lancel & Hermen Maat


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'I am part of the networks and the networks are part of me...
I link, therefore I am.'
William J. Mitchell, ME++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City.

Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat design objects, projections and digital networks to create ‘meeting places’ in city public spaces. These ‘meeting places’ are designed as seductive, visual performances and installations. Each ‘meeting place’ or social sculpture functions as an artistic ‘social lab’ in which the artists invite their audience as co-researchers. The audience is invited to experiment and play with social technologies; to reflect on their perception of the city, and their experience of body, privacy, presence, identity and community.
Through their artworks Lancel and Maat research contemporary social systems in a mediated society; in smart cities and augmented / immersive spaces. For every ‘meeting place’ they deconstruct existing communication technologies and strategies; and design a new innovative, integrated montage and process of embodied and virtual interaction.
The 'meeting places' are shown internationally in dynamic urban public spaces such as museums, squares, theatre halls, trains stations; among others in the cities of Seoul, New York, Melbourne, Shanghai, Istanbul, Paris, London, Amsterdam. Through audience interaction Lancel and Maat show social portraits of urban mediated life.

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Ars Electronica, Linz Austria // ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany //
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam // ISEA 04, Helsinki //
Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, NL // Technical University, Delft //
Artfair Artforum, Berlin // Urban Screens 08, Melbourne AUS //
Biennale Villette Numerique, Paris // Rijksmuseum Amsterdam //
Art Center Nabi, Seoul South-Korea // De Appel Amsterdam //
World Expo 2010, Shanghai DCC - Mobile Platform //
Chinese-European Art Center CEAC, Xiamen China //
V2_LAB for Unstable Media, Rotterdam // Eyebeam, New York // Urban Screens 05, Amsterdam // ISEA 2011, Istanbul //
Dutch Institute for Media Art, Amsterdam (NIMK) //
Banff New media Institute Canada // Transmediale, Berlin // Shanghai International Science and Art Expo, China //
2nd New Media Art Exhibition at Millennium Art Museum, Beijing //
2nd TASIE Art @ Science Exhibition, Tsing Hua University, Beijing //
3rd TASIE Art @ Science Exhibition, Science & Technology Museum, Beijing //

Lancel is currently artistic PhD candidate at Technical University of Delft: ‘Participatory Systems Initiative’ (prof dr Frances Brazier, dr Caroline Nevejan). She was member of the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK) research group ‘ARTI’ (Artistic research, Theory & Interpretation) of Professors Marijke Hoogenboom and Henk Borgdorff 2008-2011.
Maat teaches media art at the Minerva Art Academy Groningen, and is part of the Minerva Academy research group on ‘Image in Context’ of dr. Anke Coumans. Lancel headed the interactive media art department (IME) at MFA Frank Mohr Institute Groningen (core lecturer) 2005-2008.

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