CHI PLAY is an international and interdisciplinary conference (by ACM SIGCHI) for researchers and professionals across all areas of play, games and human-computer interaction (HCI). We call this area “player-computer interaction.”
The goal of the conference is to highlight and foster discussion of current high quality research in games and HCI as foundations for the future of digital play. To this end, the conference will feature streams that blend academic research and games with research papers, interactive demos, and industry case studies.
CHI PLAY grew out of the increasing work around games and play emerging from the ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) as well as smaller conferences such as Fun and Games and Gamification. CHI PLAY is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI).
FIBER Festival is an international meeting place for lovers and creators of art, music and digital culture. The 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 renowned artists who are operating at the frontiers of digital technology, to create or consume immersive and mind-bending experiences.
Alchemical thinking and making in art, design and music
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 of 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.
World’s very first Virtual Reality Cinema opened it’s doors! It’s located in the heart of Amsterdam, but you will feel like you are in far away countries, animated worlds or places you could never go before. The VR Cinema is a place where everybody has the possibility to get acquainted with virtual reality and experience what it is like to see the finest selection of VR movies that are unfolding around you in 360 degrees. We hope to welcome you in The VR Cinema soon.
The VR Cinema Amsterdam:
1011 AD Amsterdam
What exactly is the ‘modern body’? We are inclined to think of our bodies as limited to what is contained within our own skin, but technology, philosophy, spirituality, religion, and science all challenge this idea. Modern Body Festival (MBF), an initiative organized by artists / makers / performers Stephanie Pan and Stelios Manousakis in The Hague, the Netherlands, strives to examine the nature of our current existence, as it were, through the perspective of the ‘modern body’. Our second edition, Modern Body Festival 2016: I/WE/THEY, explores the social body; how we exist and belong in today’s globalized society. For this edition, we collaborate with cutting-edge Taiwanese architecture platform Dezact, to create a 5-day event made up of workshops, exhibitions, symposia and performances.
For this year’s edition we expand our reach beyond the physical body to the social body, and explore the cultural borders of a networked world. We are particularly interested in the effects of architecture, technology and digital communication, as they are fundamentally transforming the way we exist as a society, culture, species. We focus on identity and community: how we interface with I/WE/THEY. Where do the limits of the self extend and where do the social bodies of group and community begin? How do we understand and position ourselves as individuals, while still feeling a sense of belonging and connection to an expanding global community? How do we exist, identify, and interact?
How do we redefine physical space and the art of documentary storytelling in the digital age? The one-day DocLab Interactive Conference is one of the festival’s highlights. Every year, digital pioneers and artists present their most provocative works, lessons learned and visions for the future.
This year’s DocLab Conference will be held on Sunday, November 20. Tickets will cost €37,50 and will go on sale with all other festival tickets on November 7, 19:00 CET. Accredited guests can buy tickets in pre-sale from November 3 noon CET at a discount rate of €27,50.
The program for the 2016 DocLab Conference will be announced soon.
From 12 until 19 November 2016, Eindhoven will be all about Light Festival GLOW. Around 40 light artists have created light installations, sculptures, projections and performances. These all offer the visitor of GLOW a surprisingly new perspective on the city. GLOW can be visited, free of charge. Over 730.000 people visited GLOW last year.
GLOW NEXT, where new projects are based on experiments which are shown for the very first time. Eindhoven is a pioneering city and a breeding ground for creative, artistic and technical talents who show their skills at GLOW NEXT.
A 5 day showcase and celebration of the creative image. For those who are curious, brave and step out of the box.
Presenting the best and brightest of contemporary animators, vfx artists, game developers, sound & graphic designers. Workshops, performances, screenings and artist talks. Please be invited to meet extraordinary filmmakers and audiovisual artists. See groundbreaking and breathtaking stuff and have a great day.
The Value of Authenticity in the Post-Digital Age
Impakt is thrilled to announce the 2016 programme theme.
Does Authenticity still matter? In our hyperlinked network culture, it seems that the valuation of characteristics like hybridity and reproducibility have shifted. At the same time, omnipresent marketing and self-representation strategies more than ever emphasise sincerity as both a life goal and an experience. How may we understand this paradox? Throughout 2016 Impakt, appointed curators Barbara Cueto & Bas Hendrikx will map the compelling new notions of authenticity from the perspectives of arts, technology and society, culminating in the Impakt Festival from 26 – 30 October 2016.
The dominant definition of authenticity as being ‘of undisputed origin’ and not a copy, may need reconsideration, or even a redefinition to accurately apply to the post-digital realm and its configurations. Authenticity, traditionally perceived according to Romantic notions of introspection, has shifted meaning in the post-digital age and as such rather presents itself now as a marketing strategy or self-branding tool.
Every autumn, Cinekid organises the Cinekid Film, Television and New Media Festival for children during the school holidays. The international festival will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in October 2016. The ten days’ event in Amsterdam and throughout the country (30 cities in the Netherlands) covers all aspects of the media industry for young audiences and offers workshops and masterclasses as well as high-quality media. Every year more than 50.000 children are given the opportunity to visit over 500 media productions selected by the festival: feature films, children’s documentaries, short films, animations, television series and single productions, cross media productions, interactive installations and set-ups as well as workshops.
TodaysArt is an international platform for trans-disciplinary creativity and digital culture. TodaysArt operates as a network organization specialized in the presentation and development of contemporary visual, performing arts and emerging culture.
Its main activities are the annual TodaysArt festival and Bright Collisions symposium in The Hague. Besides these activities, TodaysArt organizes and participates in a variety of international events, exhibitions and presentations and acts as a co-producer for the development and distribution of artists and projects.
Bright Collisions Symposium
The fifth edition of Bright Collisions takes place on September 23 + 24 in The Hague. Bright Collisions integrates into the TodaysArt Festival 2016 program which runs on the same dates.
Bright Collisions is an international symposium and meeting point dedicated to creativity, digital culture and society, with the aim to promote trans-disciplinary ideas, talent and opportunities in the creative industries.