The subtitle of this sixth edition of STRP cleverly sums up what we are: 10 days of hybrid art, music and technology for people with curious minds. STRP offers a collection of thrilling works of art on the cutting edge of life and technology.
The theme of this year’s exhibition is City of Cyborgs. Both our day-to-day lives and the STRP programme are swarming with virtual applications and clever robotics. When we hear the word ‘cyborg’ we will often think of man/machines like Bladerunner, The Terminator, or Robocop. But when we think about it, we are all becoming cyborgs in a way these days. We are welded to our smartphones, part of worldwide networks thanks to the many digital social media, and improved thanks to ever cleverer implants. Man and his machines can no longer be separated. Not always very useful, sometimes even completely useless: welcome to the New Machine Era.
What are the alternatives for an oil-based mass production era? If we take a closer look at nature there are many qualities in organisms that can be applied to new production methods and material development. Formafantasma does just this, using for instance the excrements of insects (Shellac) to produce 3d printed objects. Or how about Thomas Vailly and Laura Lynn Janssen who grow stoneware, and Aagje Hoekstra who creates new bio plastics from beetle wings? Where do the future of 3d printing, art and bio-materials intersect? Come to this Biotalk to learn more.
The recent Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands of twinkling stones inspired by ‘Starry Night’. The path combines innovation with cultural heritage in the city of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883.