After a break of almost three years, the Amsterdam-based FIBER Festival returns on May 15 & 16 with a packed programme of audiovisual art, immersive performances, electronic music, workshops and a symposium.
The 2015 edition is focused on the theme The Subterranean: Exploring Networked Tools and Matter and questions the often invisible influence of digital technology on our daily lives. FIBER festival takes place at three cultural hotspots A Lab (meetup, exhibition) Volkshotel (symposium) and club Radion (performances & club night) in Amsterdam.
With this year’s theme The Subterranean: Exploring Networked Tools and Matter, FIBER investigates the use of digital tools to create and at the same time navigate and excavate networked landscapes.
The festival will be a subterranean journey that offers a peek into the networked and ‘smart’ landscapes that have emerged from a worldwide explosion of digital technology. This edition focuses on the following questions: What is the influence of this often invisible technological layer fusing with our daily lives? Which worlds, processes and entities lay hidden behind the surface of our computer screens? And how can we, users of digital instruments, influence these structures and processes to make them controllable for us – instead of the other way around?
During the two days of FIBER Festival, answers to these questions can be found while being sucked into immersive installations, participating in workshops or while getting lost in audiovisual performances, DJ & live sets. For those who seek to dive deeper into the subject, there will be a symposium with keynotes, artist talks and panels and a meetup between artist, designers, coders, theorists and a dedicated crowd from the Netherlands and abroad.
– Exhibition – Fri 15 until Mon 18 May | A Lab | Opening Fri 20:00
– Workshops & Meetups – Fri 15 May | A Lab | 10:00 – 18:00
– Symposium – Sat 16 May | A Lab | 10:00 – 18:00
– AV, & Music Performances – Sat 16 May | Radion | 21:00 – 23:00
– Club Night – Sat 16 May | Radion | 23:00 – 7:00
Symposium, Exhibition and Education | Friday 15 & Saturday 16 May at A Lab
During the symposium and exhibition, cutting-edge artists and progressive researchers and designers will explore the influence of software, code and digital infrastructures on art and society. The installations, talks and workshops investigate the following question: in which ways does the often hidden layer of technology influence our daily lives? And how can we, in return make these structures controllable for ourselves instead of the other way around? With a.o.: Gaspar Battha, Filip Visnjic, Michelle Kasprzak, Dennis de Bel & Roel Roscam-Abbing, Peter Kirn and Matthew Plummer-Fernandez (see full line-up & ticket info below and at the festival website).
Club & Performances | Saturday 16 May at Radion
The evening and night programme at Radion starts with audiovisual- and music performances by local and international talents. Expect to be sucked into a complete Subterranean experience of algorithmic and modular systems, atmospheric visuals and sounds, a film screening gallery, experimental techno and art at night at the industrial club Radion. Field Records will contribute by hosting their own stage, other contributions are: Felix K, London Modular Alliance, Neel, John Osborn and Daniel Berio