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?
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.