Invitation – Art Exhibition by ArtEZ Students

Event date:


Thursday 30 September, Novio Tech Campus, Building M

10:00 presentation in Dutch

11:00 presentation in English


NXP wants to keep the history of technology alive, which is why, for the past three years, we have been working with students from ArtEZ University of Applied Sciences to use old technologies and machines as a source of inspiration for art. This not only brings our illustrious past (back) to life, but also results in beautiful art. Once again with surprising results, which we want to present to NXP employees, the Novio Tech Campus and other interested parties in the form of a mini exhibition. 

On September 29 and 30 you will be able to admire their artwork at the Novio Tech Campus, Building M. The students will be there, of course, to present their work, answer questions and show which particular objects from our semiconductor history inspired them. On both days there will be sessions in Dutch and in English. 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we have limited capacity, which is why we request that you send an email to nederland.nxp@nxp.com if you are interested in coming to one of the presentations.

There is a brief description below of the three graduation projects. 

Erik de Geus – Data storage in plants

Data storage technology is already small, but data is still taking up too much space. We store an additional 15 million gigabytes of data every day and huge server farms are springing up all over the world that use a great deal of energy and take up a lot of space. That is why scientists are looking into new ways of storing data. This speculative design by ArtEZ student Erik de Geus was inspired by the research that is currently being conducted in various laboratories into using plant DNA to store data, i.e. plant-based digital data storage, in particular because this could stop deforestation, minimize the amount of space taken up by data centers and could change our relationship with plants and data.


Wessel Bosscher – Square World

 Wessels’ project came about as a result of a fascination with the shape of a wafer, a round disc containing rectangular chips. When you look at a smartphone – the microchip, the manufacturing process and the design of the device – the square shape keeps coming back at different levels. Even the pixels are square when we zoom in far enough. Our lives are even organized in ‘squares’ in  schedules and planning. Wessel has translated this fascination into a ‘vertical’ film, which moves from an atomic to global scale, and tells the story of our tendency to make everything ‘square’.


Berend te Linde – Core Computing

Designing chips used to be a real craft, with one person spending weeks designing a specific circuit that would serve one purpose. However as chips have become far more complex in recent years it now takes teams of hundreds of people to work on just one chip. As a result, no one person has a complete overview of how the chip works. Berend’s artwork called Core Computing is a sculpture that takes us back in time to the basics of the chip. The work is based on the SN7480, also known as the ‘full adder’. It shows how electrical components in the core are able to do additions. A ‘full adder’ lies at the heart of all computers and is an important element in virtually all chips. With his sculpture, Berend wants to convey his appreciation and respect for the chip designers who have unwittingly helped shape our daily lives.


See also: https://innovationorigins.com/nl/technologiehistorie-nxp-goudmijn-voor-kunstenaars/

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