Auto Exhibition
Auto Exhibition

AUTO – Media Technology Exhibition
December 14–16 & 21–22
Opening: Thursday December 13, 17:00h
Preview: December 7–9
Hosted at Old School, Leiden

Media Technology MSc Program

Media Technology – AUTO exhibition logoWithin Leiden University’s Media Technology MSc program students are encouraged to develop a playful and creative approach towards science. Students are educated to translate personal interests and inspiration into research projects. We are open to unusual questions, unconventional research methods and alternative forms of scientific output besides written articles. This includes installations, games and books as a possible result from academic research. The semester project is a good example of our approach: students are asked to translate their statement into a work that functions within an exhibition context.


We have chosen ‘AUTO’ as global theme for this year’s semester project. From this global theme we derived multiple sub-themes: Autodestructive, Authentic, Arbitrary, Autocreation, Autopia, Autogenous, Autoregulation and Autogenesis. The students work in groups of three and two, each with their own sub-theme.

The semester project has three phases. First, students are asked to explore their theme in the broadest sense (social, mathematical, biological, etc.) and discover what it could possibly relate to. After gaining sufficient insight they formulate compelling statements related to the theme. Only once this stage is completed they translate their statements into installations. Together these installations form the semester project exhibition.

Exhibition Host: Old School

The host for this year’s exhibition is Old School in Leiden. Old School is a flourishing cultural initiative located right next to the Pieterskerk. It is a gallery, an intimate cinema, a cozy theater and a coffee bar in one, a place that shares the same creative and exploring approach as we do.

Exhibition Dates

Free admission. The exhibition is divided in two periods:

December 7, 8 and 9 the works are exhibited as ‘preview’ from 11:00-18:00. This means the students can still make small changes and learn from the audience’s reactions.

The final works are exhibited December 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22 from 11:00-18:00.

Exhibition Opening

The formal opening of the exhibition takes place on Thursday, December 13th at 17:00 hours and lasts till 20:00 with a ceremonial event at 17:30.


Parallel to the exhibition we organize a number of events. On Saturday December 15th two Media Technology MSc alumni will speak about how they came to do what they do now. On Sunday December 16th Maarten Lamers will give a lecture on Computational Creativity and its historical context. On Friday December 21st we have the honor to present two lectures by the language evolution professor Simon Kirby. The first lecture will be about his work in academia, the second on his work in art including the FOUND collective.


Old School
Pieterskerkhof 4a
2311 SR Leiden

Canal Cups
Canal Cups
28 dec - 20 jan

Na het Leidens Ontzet viste biologiestudent Auke-Florian Hiemstra samen met medestudenten duizenden bekers uit de gracht. ‘Waar blijven die eco-bekers?’, vroeg hij zich samen met Liselotte Rambonnet af, in een opiniestuk in Mare.

Wat is er sindsdien allemaal gebeurd?
‘We zijn blijven kanoën, en hebben uit een stuk gracht van 800 meter nog eens duizend bekertjes opgevist. Die hebben we niet weggegooid: dan zou de gemeente van het probleem af zijn. We willen ze juist vastleggen, en elke dag zo’n beker onder de neus van de wethouder duwen. Zo van: “Kijk eens! Het probleem is er nog, en de volgende 3 oktober komt er alweer aan!” Nu liggen er dus duizend bekertjes in mijn badkamer.’

Hoe ruikt dat?
‘Een beetje vissig, alsof er iets dood ligt te gaan. Voor mij nog meer motivatie om te zorgen dat er iets gebeurt: dan kan ik eindelijk weer normaal douchen.’

Waarom bewaar je ze dan?
In januari exposeren we de foto’s van de bekertjes – die we nu al laten zien op Instagram – samen met de bekertjes zelf, in de Old School aan het Pieterskerkhof. Daar zullen we ook de Leidse politiek uitnodigen voor een borrel. Met drank uit ecoglazen, uiteraard.’