The 10-day exhibition in collaboration with Looiersgracht 60 shows works of Semiconductor (UK), JODI (NL) & MFP (UK), Quadrature (DE) and Ralf Baecker (DE). The Conference presents Memo Akten (UK), Refik Anadol (TR/US), Jussi Parikka (FI/UK) and Femke Herregraven (NL). They are just a few of the names that fill the two-day international conference at De Brakke Grond. The music- and performance program accomodates Sendai (BE), Sky H1 (BE), Pita (AU) and Recent Arts (DE/ CHL). The FIBER team was inspired by the connections between today’s experimental art and a renewed interest in the ancient field of alchemy. Through an extensive program of conference talks, a public exhibition, AV performances, and live electronic music, the festival explores the theme Prima Materia; alchemical thinking and making in art, design and music.
Prima Materia shows the work of artists and designers who question and reimagine the relationship between man, technology and matter. Technology has a profound effect on nature and can help us find a sustainable and emotional relation with the earth. At the same time it is getting harder and harder to predict our future as a human race in the context of fast technological developments of things like artificial intelligence, big data and decentralised networks - developments that feel almost like organic, all-encompassing forces of nature. The human scale and the tools that we use to interpret the world with are being radically transformed. We seem to be caught in the middle of invisible forces.
See the full program here.