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We are all cyborgs (video + blogpost)

The video titled ‘We Are All Cyborgs’ is a short introduction and artistic interpretation of Donna Haraway’s ‘Cyborg Manifesto’ (1985). What is a cyborg you might ask? Well, as most of you are by now well aware a cyborg is defined as “a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device.” This means that each…

Digitally preserving and reconstructing cultural heritage

In the last couple of years we have seen multiple instances in which cultural heritage was destroyed, either due to intentional destruction by humans or because of an unfortunate accident. In 2014 we saw terrorists destroying historical artefacts across Syria and Iraq, in 2018 the national museum of Brazil was heavily damaged in a large fire, and just this year both the…

From Love Letters To Smartphone Screens

In my first blog post, I mentioned that I am a tv-maniac who can watch series all day every day if possible. There is something about them that captures me, makes me question certain things from my real life and maybe even set expectations (which I know is not healthy 🙂 ). Besides all this, I think my favorite feature is transparency. …

“OK, boomer” Vol. 2: Climate Change Kills

On my way to Leiden I witnessed a conversation that literally made the hairs in my neck stand up, much akin to a pissed off cat. I was sitting in the train on a Tuesday afternoon, minding my own business as you do in a crowded train, when two people sat down in the seats across from me. At first I ignored…

“OK boomer” Vol. 1: Pride Comes Before the Fall

The other day I went shopping in a garden centre. You know, one of those very large ones that require a map to navigate. Why I  was there is of no importance; the fact of the matter is that I was there, and that I got lost. In my own –very human- hubris, I had decided to not follow the clearly laid…

In Memory of r/Place

Whenever I hear the term ‘social experiment’ these days, my mind immediately goes to this awful trend of various internet personalities doing increasingly rude things to random people in public and using the excuse of ‘it’s a social experiment!’ to justify their unacceptable behavior. This is of course a replacement for the equally loathsome ‘it’s just a prank. bro!’ argument. However! Despite…

Assassin’s Creed, between game play and history

Today I would like to say a few things about Assassin’s Creed. The main motivation for this choice is personal interest and a slight obsession with Ancient Egypt. Yes, I am talking about Assassin’s Creed Origins. I would like to give you readers a warning, in case you have never heard about/played any of the Assassin’s Creed games yourself.  It is not…