During the fourth edition of the FIBER festival, I was proud to call myself one of its ambassadors!
I wrote a Guide-to-FIBER for the Friday and Saturday program. A short introduction of the FIBER Festival's theme: PRIMA MATERIA:
"Three days filled with alchemical thinking and making in art, design and music! The fourth edition of FIBER Festival takes place from 11 to 14 May in Amsterdam and remains THE international hub for lovers and makers of innovative digital culture, audiovisual art and electronic music. FIBER Festival attracts over 50 participating speakers and artists, 2500 visitors and a wide selection of local businesses and organizations, who will gather in the city of Amsterdam. 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 encounter immersive and mind-bending experiences."
New day, new focus. I’ll go into my Saturday at FIBER seeking for some more fellow new age alchemists. Particularly, the ones that speculate on how technology moves from being a novel species of the world to one that is part of the established order in the next era.
The morning show of JaJaJaNeeNeeNee-radio will be the best way to slow-start my second day at the conference. It's always nice to freshen up on the talks I carefully chose. Even more so, when it is the curators of FIBER themselves who are refreshing my mind.
Apparently, his main inspiration comes from his “own anxieties about the future”, though these anxieties don’t make him fixated on weird or scary details. Instead, in his talks he creates historically aware narratives filled with catchy and often surprising examples, making his talks at the top of my all-time favourites. Together with his Haunted Machines partner Diana Keene, alchemy has already been the topic of their one-hour radio show for the Serpentine's Transformation Marathon, making me curious what more he has to say. I must watch myself saying all these things, as I want to save myself a seat...
I know, what the future beholds must remain a mystery, but this tarot card reading will be for the common good. Call it the mystical but hands-on alternative to SWOT or SMART - or any other way to justify it for yourself to ‘predict’ the future - but I am going!
JJJNNN-RADIO: Emerging Talents // FIBER X V2_ Emerging Practices
Rather than having to google for all the new emerging talents, they are brought to the stage. I'm curious, and happy with the Q&A at the end!
After the introduction of the new talents, its nice to hear some reflection on what impact Art fairs and festivals have on the development of emerging talents. Taking time to discuss such topics and opening them up to the public is something I personally like about the organization of FIBER.
As said, today's focus lays on finding those that help me understand the status quo technology might have when it is become another established species of our planet earth. Darius Kazemi, is such a new age alchemist. Being inspired by the book 'Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing' by Ian Bogost (who has become a fan of Kazemi himself), Kazemi develops technological creatures that can think on their own. Amongst them is Prof. Jocular explaining to you what is funny about (even the not-so-funny) tweets. Where I'm proud to understand that suggestions on Facebook and Bol.com are done to seduce me into a selffulfilling prophecy of having good taste, this talk hopefully brings me enlightenment about the species called 'the internet'.
Prof. Giaccardi's does some interesting design research. With her thing-centered research she is an activist for the emancipation of things - an inevitable part of the process for something to reach the established order. Curious to hear how she enables things to speak out for themselves, she might even address how things can re-invent themselves. Does this mean that things will soon understand their evolutionary processes better than we humans understand our own?!
Elisa's talk has been replaced by the brilliant Iohanna Nicenboim
At the exhibition, the work 'Material Want' by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez and JODI explores how bots can assembly new forms by selecting 3D-works from online databases. Yes, Giaccardi's thoughts about things re-inventing themselves might already not be that speculative anymore... Source: vimeo.com