Festival data May, 11 - 14 2017
FIBER Festival attracts over 50 participating speakers and artists, 2500 visitors and a wide selection of local companies and organizations, who will connect in the city of Amsterdam to create a dense program of audiovisual performances, live/DJ sets, installations, conference talks and labs. FIBER connects with both a local and international audience of young, professional creators and enthusiasts who are operating at the frontiers of digital technology, to create or consume immersive and mind-bending experiences.
Through the lens of cutting-edge artistic works, FIBER explores the impact of technology on culture, society and nature. The festival gathers artists, thinkers and an adventurous crowd to experience new narratives that give insight to complex topics like artificial intelligence, bots, digital production techniques, hybrid materials and questions how technology can influence the future.
Festival Theme 2017
The theme Prima Materia allows FIBER to connect the work of today’s artists, designers and musicians to a renewed interest in the old field of alchemy. Back in the day alchemists speculatively worked with matter to understand the design of the universe. Their main focus was reaching the mythical Prima Materia, the metaphysical matter that would connect everything in the cosmos.
For a long time alchemy was considered a mystical pseudoscience, but it now becomes unmistakably clear that it is a precursor for contemporary science and the development of our knowledge about matter. FIBER points out extraordinary similarities between the work of alchemists and the modern interdisciplinary artists, designers, programmers and engineers. Prima Materia explores their search in hybrid materials, data, alternative instruments, magical thinking and artificial life like bots and machine learning. Through the theme Prima Materia FIBER presents new narratives and irrational ratios between man, machine and nature.
The Early Bird passe-partout provides the full FIBER experience: an extensive two-day program of conference talks, a public exhibition, two nights of AV performances and live electronic music. The exhibition, organized together with the Looiersgracht 60, carries the same name Prima Materia and will be opened on Thursday evening May 12. The 2-day conference, the meeting place for genre-breaking makers, researchers and an adventurous audience, will start Friday morning at The Brakke Grond location. At night the Brakke Grond will transform into a magical concert hall where the FIBER public can wander through a setting of AV installations, live music performances and Dj-sets. The FIBER audience will spend Saturday night at the new club Shelter where they’ll be immersed in a series of live performances and a spherical club night with a special scenography and alchemic sounds from today’s club culture. We’ll close the festival weekender Sunday night with a special evening program.
Conference: Friday 12/5 & Saturday 13/05 – De Brakke Grond
Concert Evening 1: Friday 12/5 – De Brakke Grond
Concert Evening 2 + Club Night: Saturday 13/5 – Shelter
Closing Evening: Sunday 14/05 – location tbc
Exhibition: Friday 12/5 – Sunday 21/5 – Looiersgracht 60
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 11/05 – Looiersgracht 60 (evening)
Lab programme: see below
For more information: www.fiberfestival.nl