Agenda

DESIGNING DEATH

Have you ever thought about what you would wear when you die? This fall, we will breathe new life into an old Dutch tradition with a series of workshops. The workshop invites participants to actively think about their passing and to design their own burial shroud. 

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First, funeral director and Still Life curator Susanne Duijvestein will introduce you to the tradition of the burial shroud, including its meaning and practicalities. Then, with the help of Margherita Soldati, you will start designing your own death shroud. More information here.

When: 13.10.2019
Where: Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam

 


 

ENDLESS LIFE

“Life is finite: cells in our body age and this decay eventually leads to our death. Recent scientific discoveries show that this aging can be delayed and that some cells can even become younger again. Endless life is a deep desire that is expressed and imagined in many cultures. Scientists hope to prevent decay through new organs, smart implants, gene therapy or even with a balanced diet.”

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Margherita will be participating with four tactile pieces alongside other artists such as Isabelle Andriessen, Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Daan Couzijn, Robert Glas, Nathaniel Mellors (UK), Katja Novitskova (EE), Temra Pavlovic, Rustan Söderling (SWE), JCJ Vanderheyden en Hannes Wiedemann (DE), Daan Roosegaarde.

When: 12.9.2019 – 29.3.2020
Where: Diependaalsedijk 17, 3601 GH Maarssen

 


 

PARKSESSIES

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When: 17/18/19/20 July
Where: Haarlemmerhout

 


 

BEAUTY LUNCH 

With the ‘Beauty Lunch’ project, Margherita and Krisztina Czika will share how to take care of the skin by using completely natural products which, unlike commercial cosmetics, do not contain traces of microplastic.

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The beauty products are designed in the form of a menu of 7 courses, each of them is meant to be applied on the skin and later on be consumed along with a side dish. Participants are asked to eat and apply the beauty products in couples to promote the connection between skincare, food and senses.

When: 11 & 12 July at 1pm and 4pm
Where: Bankito Festival, Hungary

 


 

BARTALK #16 SENSORY ECOLOGIES

BARTALK is a lecture-performance-storytelling series taking place in different bars in The Hague. For the 16th edition of BARTALK the artist Marit Mihklepp is curating a program around sensory ecologies. Margherita is invited next to Masha Ru, Katerina Sidorova and Sissel Marie Tonn.

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It will take place on the roof of the former New Farm (now Mensen Van Overal “لكل الناس“) to speculate on sensory ecologies where our bodies meet other-than-human bodies, our fingers touch the uncomfortable, our tongues taste the earth we walk on, and our brains are challenged with encountering homo ignoramus.

When: 15th June 2019 from 19:30 – 23:00
Where: Televisiestraat 2, 2525 KD Den Haag, Nederland

 


 

MUSEUM CAMP 2019

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On Thursday 13th of June Margherita is invited to talk about senses and tactility at the start of Museum Camp 2019. MuseumCamp is a three-day program in which museum and heritage professionals together explore the boundaries of the profession and challenge each other. The concept comes from the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, where director Nina Simon launched the first edition in 2013. The Allard Pierson brought this idea together with Waag to the Netherlands in 2016 and has so far organized three successful editions.

When: 13, 14 and 15 June
Where: The medieval Muiderslot


 

RETHINKING PLASTIC 

On June 8th, World Oceans Day, Searious Business, Dutch Design Foundation and Yksi Expo want to honor and highlight products and projects that approach the plastic crisis as a design challenge, through using materials that matter and designing with purpose.
Uncomfortable‘ is invited to join the exhibition.

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Designers from the Netherlands and beyond are collectively showcasing their designs to challenge our current use of plastics, inspiring people to think differently. 

When: 8thJune – 22ndJune
Where:Yksi Expo, Torenallee 22-04, 5617 BD Eindhoven

 


 

LECTURE AT MEDIAMATIC

During her lecture at Mediamatic, Margherita Soldati will talk about the function that tactility has in her practice, and how she developed her more recent works.

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You will hear the story of how Margherita started to experiment with “touch” in a clinic designed for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The project began three years ago and still runs today. She will also demonstrate a few unconventional techniques that she uses to manipulate textiles in 3 dimensions. The lecture will be a moment to listen, learn and touch touch touch!

Moreover, Margherita will give a small insight into the story of her last tactile work which was produced in Aruba with plastic waste collected from the island.

When: Friday 31st of May, 18:30 – 19:30
Where: Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam

 


 

VERS KUNSTWEEKEND

On the 18th and 19th of May, the tactile works of Margherita will be exhibited at Bergarde Galleries together with the works from other 12 talented young artists.

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When: 18.05.2019 & 19.05.2019
Where: Het Buitenland 1, 2995 TP Heerjansdam

 


 

WORKSHOP @ IAAD

On the 3rd of May, Margherita will give a one day workshop at IAAD (Istituto di Arte Applicata e Design) in Turin together with the psychologist and psychotherapist  Davide Tomatis. After years of exchanging ideas and opinions on each other’s practices, they decided to share them in a workshop.
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When: 03.05.2019
Where: Via Pisa, 5, 10152 Torino TO, Italy

 


 

EXHIBITION ‘ABSURD BEINGS ON SKIN’

AbsurdBeings, founded by Anne Lakeman, Irina Djojoatmodjo, Margherita Pauline Soldati, Meret Zimmermann and Mirre Yayla Séur, is an inclusive platform that organizes exhibitions which enable the exchange of knowledge and critique.

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For this edition, Absurd Beings bases the exhibition on a section from Sarah Achmed’s “Thinking Through Skin” – hence the exhibition’s title: “AbsurdBeings on Skin”.

Skin is where you touch and are touched, by both human and non-human. It is both public and private. It is the outline of self and the distinction of others. Skin as a location where political and social conflict arises, as the border between inside and out. The questions we pose are: what is the dynamic function of skin in a time where people are separated and sub-grouped more and more? Where is the distinction between self and other, and how is that used politically and intimately? Do we end at our skin?

More information here.

When: 01.05.2019 – 04.05.2019
Where: Kunstkapel, Prinses Irenestraat 19, Amsterdam

 


 

ARTIST RESIDENCY

Margherita has been invited for one month at Atelier ’89 an art residency from Aruba, to research how to use the plastic waste collected from the sea to create a tactile installation and to give workshops on how to use waste material as a resource to produce tactile surfaces. For more information read about the project here.

Thanks to the precious help of Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, Bank Giro Loterij Fonds, Mediamatic and private donors.

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Where: Oranjestad, Aruba
When: 10.03.2019 – 13.04.2019

 


 

OBJECT ROTTERDAM 2019

OBJECT is the fair for contemporary design and a platform for the latest limited editions and one-offs from well-known and upcoming designers working in different design disciplines and with various materials.

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Where: HAKA building, Vierhavensstraat 38-42, Rotterdam
When:  from 8.02.2019 till 10.02.2019

 


 

“NAAKT OF BLOOT?” – Exhibition @ Museum Jan Cunen

The work of Margherita will be part of the exhibition ‘Naakt of Bloot’.

Nude or naked? The female nude in Dutch painting 1875-1925
 and Naked or exposed in contemporary art. Museum Jan Cunen feels the necessity to view and discuss the current social discussion regarding nude and exposed. It illustrates this discussion with two exhibitions in which the female nude is central and the beauty of the naked body is celebrated. 

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Where: Molenstraat 65, 5341 GC Oss
When: 3.02.2019 – 19.5.2019

 


 

MEET UP – exchanging ideas

Are you stuck with your project? Close to finishing your finals at the art academy? Do you need advice on how to work with textile structures? The conversations with Margherita are meant for anyone who has a special interest in how objects and materials are in relation to our bodies and senses, and how these relations create a secondary effect on human behavior.

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You can sign up for the meetings starting  by sending your request to workshop@mediamatic.nl

Where: Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam
When:
30.11.2018, 14.12.2018, 18.01.2019, 15.02.2019

 


 

Exhibition Opening  “The Skin is an Extension of the Brain”

The three pieces of the collection “The Skin is an Extension of the Brain” are now installed at Mediamatic Biotoop. The opening of the exhibition will take place during Museumnacht Amsterdam 2018.

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The work explores the relation that connects textile structure with the physical and social space by analysing the boundaries between space, tactile perception and textile surfaces. With these installations Margherita is diving into a new personal research on how to blur the line between the traditional function of surfaces and more stimulating encounters with our daily surroundings.

Where: Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam
When: 3.11.2018 at 17:00 (opening) – ongoing

 


 

Fabric Manipulation Workshop

On the 13th of October Margherita will teach how to create samples of various manipulation techniques on a few different types of fabric, both in the traditional technique and in the modern experimental version. The workshop also includes a research-based part in which we will work and continue the manipulation by altering our textiles with different mediums.

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To register for the workshop follow the instruction HERE.

Where: DIY Textile School Amsterdam, Tussen de Bogen 36, 1013JB Amsterdam
When: 13.10.2018 from 10:00 till 16:00

 


 

Scents Apparatus for Het Parfum

Mediamatic, in collaboration with The Institute for Art and OlfactionPlay the City and five perfumers, develop a sensuous game around city planning. Five tailor-made fragrances give expression to various prospective visions of the city. Het Parfum is a game that stimulates people to think together about the use of the Navy Terrain. People are brought in contact with the use of scent and encouraged to discuss future possibilities.

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The fragrances are made by perfumer Spyros Drosopoulos, known for his perfume line Baruti, scent artist Maki Ueda, IFF perfumer and winner of the Art and Olfaction Awards Ricardo MoyaNiklaus Mettler of In’n’Out Fragrances, and last but not least, Alessandro Gualtieri, the nose of perfume house Nasomatto.

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Where: Uitmarkt, Navy Terrain Amsterdam
When: 25,26.08.2018 – ongoing at Mediamatic Biotoop