I’m asked to help promote a project called Disquiet TV. A unique and interactive virtual auditorium for contemporary music, established in conjunction with the multimedia label Disquiet. No other digital concert hall lets its audience get as close or as interactive with the music. Viewers can not only watch live streams of contemporary music events, but also choose from multiple video feeds, chat with other audience members using Twitter or through the website itself, talk to performers in backstage interviews and even direct the cameramen.
‘Taking over the world 22tracks at a time’ is the first documentary of the Firestarter Files, a series of short documentaries about new initiatives and start-ups. The first Firestarter File is about the story of Gilles de Smit & Vincent Reinders, or better known as 22tracks; the digital jukebox with 22 playlists. Firestarters followed Vincent and Gilles to Paris where the launch of 22tracks Paris took place and then continued the journey to Brussels, Amsterdam and London. Check out the story of 22tracks in a nutshell and see how they are taking over the world, track by track.
Impakt presents critical and creative views on contemporary media culture. They organize an annual festival in Utrecht and all year through events, internet projects, residencies and workshops. For their Mixed Media education program IMPACT asked me to teach the kids from the Leidsche Rijn College something about social media and music promotion. Other guest teachers are Bas Vermolen, Hoax, Henk Loorbach and Sarah Marhilde Domogala.
Firestarters is a platform for innovation on topics regarding film & photography, gaming, sustainability, eHealth, art & creation, fashion and music. Firestarters aims at connecting innovators by offering them possibilities to interact. Blueprint Media asked me to help them find interesting speakers and topics for the Firestarters events. In August and September I will be working as program coordinator together with partners PICNIC, n8, voordekunst, GUP, Food Film Festival and many more..
During the entire month of May 2012 I have been traveling through Japan. I visited big cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and experienced some special zen moments in small town villages like Hakone, Tsumago, Magome, Nara and Miyajima. One of the many highlights of my trip is the Naoshima island. The island is known for its many contemporary art museums. For example, the Chichu Art Museum (literally, “in the earth”) houses a number of site-specific installations by James Turrell, Walter De Maria and paintings by Claude Monet. Designed by Tadao Ando, it is located on one of the highest points of the island, and various exhibits and facets of the museum’s architecture take advantage of its commanding view. Another contemporary museum (and hotel) is Benesse House, also by Ando. Another is the Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum, with an outdoor sculpture garden. There are some pictures on my Flickr.
What is a festival without a good aftermovie? Feel the vibes of 5 Days Off 2012 and enjoy the special track made by Presk & Cinnaman.
The 5 Days Off campaign started this week with a press release announcing the first artists: Madeon, Gui Boratto, Ben Klock, Jessie Ware, Monolake (live) and The Gaslamp Killer. Check out the promo teaser video with music made by Presk (prizewinner of the ‘Grote Prijs van Nederland 2011‘).
Excited to be working on a new communications project for 5 Days Off (7-11 March 2012). The two most renowned music venues Paradiso and Melkweg host the annual festival which doesn’t only focus on electronic music but also on a diversity of art disciplines which manifest in the ever evolving club culture. Therefore the festival also collaborates with the Dutch Institute of Media Art, NIMk. You can find more information about the festival at www.5daysoff.nl.
I am really excited about the Patterns + Pleasure Festival that’s coming up. It’s great to work on this project together with the people from STEIM and see how much lover there is for music. Check out the website and the trailer below. Patterns + Pleasure Festival, 26, 27 + 28 September at Frascati.
During nightly hours I like to work on my personal project Antenna. A new electronic music night I started this year together with some friends. The first edition in May was a success and the next one will be even better. Because we are invited to organise a new party during the Amsterdam Dance Event 2011. ADE is the leading electronic music conference and the world’s biggest club festival for electronic music. You can find more information about the line up and location here.
photo: Maart in ‘t Groen
Apart form my job at STEIM, I’ll be working on a project for Virtueel Platform this summer. Virtueel Platform is the sector institute for e-culture in the Netherlands. Its mission is to stimulate and strengthen cultural innovation by sharing knowledge about e-culture and increasing its visibility and scope. My job is to promote their event HOT100 at PICNIC Festival 2011. The HOT100 brings together the crème de la crème of the Dutch art academies, universities and universities of applied science in the fields of design, theory, communication or development skills. These talented students will soon be working or have recently started working in the new media sector. More information about VP and HOT100 here.
This summer I will be working for STEIM as PR manager on the Patterns + Pleasure Festival (Sept 26, 27, 28). STEIM (STudio for Electro-Instrumental Music) is a center for research and development of new musical instruments in the electronic performing arts, located in Amsterdam. STEIM supports artists in residence such as composers and performers, but also multimedia and video artists to develop set-ups which allow for improvisation and performance with individually designed technology. For more information about the Patterns + Pleasure Festivalgo to patternsandpleasure.com.
A little post about my personal project Antenna, a new party in Amsterdam. I’m the promoter of Antenna and resident dj together with Max Cole. On Saturday May 21 we’re organising the first edition of Antenna at Canvas Amsterdam. With guest performances by DJ Ken and Ahy’Kah. Listen to Antenna on Soundcloud or Spotify and follow us on Facebook.
Momenteel werk ik aan een website voor Ensemble Labyrint. Het eerste concert van dit nieuwe ensemble heet ‘The Factory’ en is geïnspireerd op de legendarische avant-garde rockgroep The Velvet Underground en hun geestelijk vader Andy Warhol. Het concert maakt niet alleen gebruik van de muziek van The Factory die door Warhol is geproduceerd. Ook het beeldend werk van de kunstenaar speelt een belangrijke rol in de vormgeving van het digitale onderdeel van het project. De nieuwe website van Ensemble Labyrint zal eind juni online te zien zijn.