InScience Film Festival

Exposition: Pluralities of Scale

From November 3 to December 10, Pluralities of Scale will take place in Huis van de Nijmeegse Geschiedenis, an exhibition that brings the past and present of the chip to life. Visitors of InScience 2023 already saw a preview of this exhibition.

The impact of the chip on society is explored along four thematic lines: the technical, the visual, the social and the global scale. Together they show how the chip creates both social opportunities and dangers and how this technology has penetrated the very fabric of society – from geopolitics to art aesthetics. The exhibition gives a face to the chip, and the manpower and processes behind it.

Pluralities of Scale

Pluralities of Scale explores seventy years of chip developments at multiple technical, visual, social and global scales. Within these four scales, historical objects from the archive of the LINK Foundation and testimonies from (former) employees, will be presented alongside artworks by contemporary artists. Together, they unfold the layered beauty, cultural-technological significance and the impact of the chip and semiconductor industry in the Netherlands.

Pluralities of Scale is an initiative of Stichting LINK. This foundation stems from a collaboration between NXP and the Department of Design Art Technology at ArtEZ, Arnhem. LINK’s mission is to preserve and promote cultural-technological heritage, with a focus on the history of chip technology in the Netherlands. The exhibition presents a selection from NXP’s rich archive (now managed by the LINK Foundation) and places these unique objects in dialogue with contemporary work by artists Benjamin Earl, Michelle Feelders, Bram de Groot, Oscar van Leest, Alina Lupu and Soyun Park.

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