21 August 2018 • Gideon Wille
Bubble Art Unveiled at Opening of Academic Year
Together with students, artist Johan Nieuwenhuize worked on a photographic work of art revolving around filter bubbles. The art work will be unveiled during the opening of the academic year on August 23rd. Employees and students can still contribute to the work by going to a dedicated website and clicking on their favourite photographs.
Nieuwenhuize wants his artwork to get us thinking about the phenomenon of filter bubbles. He has spent the past few months working hard taking photographs which form the basis for his artwork. The final version consists of a database of the pictures to be shown alternately on three monitors.
In deciding on the subject matter of the pictures, Nieuwenhuize received input from seventy THUAS students. He asked a wide range of questions via WhatsApp, from ‘What are your favourite shoes?’ to ‘How do you get your news?’ The responses inspired him in taking the pictures.
Employees, lecturers and students can still contribute to the work by going to a dedicated website and clicking on their favourite photographs , thus creating their own bubbles as it were. A special programme searches the database for mirror images and, in doing so, creates anti-bubbles. The results are personal sets of bubble and anti-bubble photographs. These selections of images are then displayed in random order on three monitors.
Opening of Academic Year
‘The Bubble’ will be displayed on the first floor of the Ovaal next to the entrance to the library. The artwork will be unveiled during the opening of the new academic year on August 23rd. All staff members are welcome to attend the opening, which will start at 4:00 pm with a few words of welcome by Leonard Geluk, after which new Executive Board member Rajash Rawal will give a lecture on inclusivity. The work of art will be unveiled at 4:45 pm.
Johan Nieuwenhuize is very happy with the location of his art work.