Daring to be different
Mediamatic isn’t an organisation that can be easily defined but look no further if you’re on the prowl for events and educational workshops that go beyond the norm. In recent years, it has hosted interactive exhibitions devoted to the history of video games and seminars about sustainable and locally-produced foods. One of Mediamatic’s most popular and more whimsical recent efforts involved gigantic playground swings located in one of Amsterdam’s old warehouses.

To the future and beyond
Check Mediamatic’s website for information about current events. And as the old cliché suggests, expect the unexpected.

[Image: Simone Schoutens]

In an ultimate combination of man and nature, Zeger Reyers has created an enormous living art installation that climbs down from the exterior second floor level of the Mediamatic Biotoop building in Dijkspark into the Mediamatic Restaurant. Hard Water was constructed using over 1000 ceramic plates, soil and different species of grass, including Gaura and Crocosmia. These grasses are long and thin, and produce bright-coloured flowers at the tips in the Summer months. Additionally, bulbs have been planted throughout the soil in the installation and so will also make an appearance and flourish as time passes. The half-inside, half-outside; half-organic, half-man-made structure is naturally nourished by rain water.

The immense piece, designed and specially installed on location in our restaurant greenhouse, explores the tension between nature and man-made objects by confronting the artificial with biological processes.