Fri 12 Jul '19 - Art / expo

OPENING Xpub graduation show / Piet Zwart Institute

The Experimental Publishing Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design present graduation projects

The show:
Upsetting Settings presents graduation projects initiated by Alexander Roidl, Alice Strete, Angeliki Diakrousi, Joca van der Horst, Natasha Berting, and Zalán Szakács. The concept of this exhibition arises from the idea of the default setting, a situation in which a specific mode of interaction is selected automatically, pre-configured to work out of the box without the need to tinker with its underlying apparatus. Every system comes with default settings predefined by its creators, and most of the time, these settings remain unchanged by us, the users of such systems. These defaults do not represent our needs but are possibly the materialisation of biases from the system’s makers, from corporate or political interests, from a society at large. The projects engage with the concept of default modes and propose interventions in their core structure/source/root so as to start thinking collectively about better places from which to begin. You are invited to become root users, active listeners, smart speakers, intentional eaters, counter trolls, sensorial spectators!

XPUB Piet Zwart 
The Experimental Publishing Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design (XPUB) is a two-year course that prepares students to critically engage with societal issues and social practices within the fast changing field of art, design, and cultural production. More specifically, XPUB focuses on the acts of making things public and creating publics in the age of post-digital networks. XPUB’s interests in publishing are therefore twofold: first, publishing as the inquiry and participation into the technological frameworks, political context, and cultural processes through which things are made public; and second, how these are, or can be, used to create publics.

Graduates 2019
Angeliki Diakrousi (GR)
Let’s Amplify Unspeakable Things challenges the default mode of authoritative voices, that establish exclusive speech platforms, through an intervention that creates a safe space for excluded voices to be explored, in situated meetings and on an online audio archive.

João Pedro van der Horst (NL/BR)
The Smart Speaker Theatre questions the default mode of smart speakers as digital assistants, through an intervention that involves kidnapping a Google Home and having it interrogated by a team of rogue speakers and by you, their user.

Alexander Roidl (DE)
Poetic Software challenges the default mode of software as a tool where functionality and productivity are predominant through an intervention that involves software as a non-functional, emotional, and cultural object of artistic practice.

Alice Strete (RO)
Is it time to eat, or is there no more time to eat? questions the default mode of techno-solutionism through an intervention that subverts the culture of reviews, peering through the lens of food to shed light onto an ideology built on patterns of authoritativeness and bland lifestyle choices.

Zalan Szakacs (RO/HU)
Eigengrau challenges the default mode of rituals in the club space through an intervention that involves a collective experience while creating a transcendental oneness for body and soul through help of light, sound, and space.

Natasha Berting (NL)



Upsetting Settings presenteert afstudeer projecten van Alexander Roidl, Alice Strete, Angeliki Diakrousi, Joca van der Horst, Natasha Berting, and Zalán Szakács, allen verbonden aan het Piet Zwart Instituut te Rotterdam. Centraal in Upsetting Settings staat het rollenspel rondom standaardisatie en hoe dit te ondermijnen. 



The Experimental Publishing Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design (XPUB) van het Piet Zwart Instituut is een tweejarige opleiding die studenten leert over maatschappelijke kwesties en de samenleving in samenhang met kunst, ontwerp en culturele uitingen. De nadruk ligt daarbij op de publieke openbaarmaking van werken. 


Friday, July 12

Opening and presentations

Saturday, July 13

Workshops and activities

Graduation Ceremony, July 13

Closed for the general public

Check the full Graduation show 2019 website WDKA & Piet Zwart here.