Fri 15 Feb '19 - Art / expo

EXPO // Hackershandshake / ☒ (x inside a rectangular box)

Tobias Groenland, Jeroen Rijnart and Jochem Walboomers

Free during Kunstavond, 19h – 21h
On show during The Performancebar, 21h – 02h, damage 3 euros

Hackers Handshake – Photo exhibition brings helpful hackers up close!

Hackers are generally portrayed in the media with hoodies, masks, or shadowed faces to underline their criminal intent. This exhibition displays helpful hackers who seek, find and report vulnerabilities in computer systems in order to improve security. They report their findings to the owners of the vulnerable systems first and then to the hacker community, governments and businesses that may have a concern in such a system. This practice is currently known as Responsible Disclosure, or Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure. The Netherlands is spearheading this way of collaborating with hackers.

Between 2014 and 2018 Photographer Tobias Groenland collaborated with writer Chris van ‘t Hof to shine a spotlight (through words and pictures) on this diverse group of helpful hackers. Each hacker was asked to think of their favourite programming language or hacking technique during the photography session.

The term ‘handshake’ refers to the process of setting the rules of communication between two computers. Once both sides agree, they can establish a trusted connection, recognisable, for example, in the ‘s’ (for ‘secure’) in ‘https:’, and in the small lock displayed in your web browser. This exhibition aims to establish a trustworthy connection between the viewer and hacker to disclose vulnerabilities, fix them, and make the internet safer together

The following individuals and their portraits are included in the exhibition.

Nick Brands, Elger Jonker, Manon de Vries, Rickey Gevers, Mischa R. van Geelen, Melanie Rieback, Arnd Marijnissen, Stef van Dop, Zawadi Done, Tabitha Vogelaar, Jeroen van der Ham, Victor Gevers, Edwin van Andel, Wesley Neelen, Rik van Duijn, Oscar Koeroo.

Videofeedback – (x inside a rectangular box)

With their latest work, Rotterdam based artists Jeroen Rijnart and Jochem Walboomers fiercely attack the human systems of perception with an abstract audiovisual composition in which they use the interplay of motion, rhythm, light and sound to create a compelling and hypnotizing experience. The piece was made using their own partially analog, partially digital system utilizing a feedback chain in which noise is created, modulated, tamed and amplified.