Past events

[The Brain] 24 Nov 2018 at 20:00

Discover what it’s like to be part of a collective brain: a self-organizing, complex system that generates autonomous output.

Doclab Live: Jacco Gardner’s Somnium 23 Nov 2018 at 20:00, 22:00

Sensory live performance in the ARTIS planetarium of Jacco Gardner’s new album Somnium and the kinetic installation Volverium by Thijs Biersteker.

DocLab Academy: Workshop Day at Lava Lab 20 Nov 2018 at 9:30

A full day of hand’s on workshops by several professionals, taking place at design and technology innovation lab Lava Lab.

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Mirror Cookie

At a dressing table-cum-hall of mirrors, the Chinese-American actor Bai Ling recites her monologue packed with self-validating mantras.

“The pics and video[s] are just for your #entertainment, but my cookies are the real meaning in my posts,” writes the Chinese-American actor Bai Ling on her Instagram feed. In this installation, a combination of a dressing table and a hall of mirrors, the self-validating nuggets of wisdom are reflected to us by way of a six-foot-tall screen.

For years now, Bai Ling has been surviving in what the Qatari-American video artist Sophia Al-Maria calls the “misogyny-industrial complex” of Hollywood. Al-Maria has been following Bai Ling’s blog for some time, and was inspired by her apparent indifference to the racism, homophobia and sexism that she’s subjected to on social media and in the tabloids.

Most of all, the artist was intrigued by the constant stream of “cookies” that Bai uses to end her posts. Al-Maria’s Mirror Cookie installation presents an intentionally disjointed monologue that references a self-help technique known as “mirror work.” It gradually develops into an impassioned improvisation delivered directly to the camera, as if the fourth wall she’s breaking is a reflection. As Bai Lings writes in one of her cookies, “We are our own mirror, reflecting the lights within.”