VR Days Europe 2017 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

VR Days 2017 equals three days of inspiring keynotes, expert sessions, workshops and seminars with the best brains and the most creative content, a co-production market, writers’ room, VRackathon and an exhibition of the best VR & AR companies in the world.

Our speakers include Samantha Gorman & Danny Cannizzaro of TenderClaws, creators of one of the best (if not the best) VR productions around: the Google Daydream game Virtual-Virtual Reality, Boo Aguilar from FlagCX, São Paulo and Michael Gourlay Principal Development Lead at Microsoft/HoloLens.

VR Days is a three-day celebration of creativity in the heart of Amsterdam.

Robotic Couture – Anouk Wipprecht Solo Exhibition (Enschede, Netherlands)

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What would the world look like if our clothes could protect us, influence our perception, or play games with us?

Fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht is renowned for her innovative designs and makes technology portable. She creates futuristic designs that light up, move or shoot video without the wearer having to do something about it. Anouk works together with different computer modules and sensors to transform a person’s biometric information into automated responses. Of Smoke Dress That Produces Smoke When You Get Closer And Spider Dress Attacking With Spider Paws When Somebody Enters The Personal Space Of The Carrier, To The Agent Unicorn Headset That Can Help Children With ADHD And The DrinkBot Dress: A Cocktail-Making Dress That Makes The Viewer challenges a game of truth or dare.

Fashion in a broader perspective, Wipprecht is like no other. In this first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, Anouk shows a statement in each design and makes them the spectator part of the design process. With Robotic Couture she bridges technical innovations, design and art.

Anouk’s work makes a connection between Tetem’s Programming Driving Technology and local textile history. The exceptional way Anouk combines technology and fashion and designs experiences, provides a new context for the former textile city of Enschede and its desire to develop into a Smart City. A confrontation with a Wipprecht dress is irrevocably a special event and makes one curious about the future of clothing.

Robotic Couture will be open on Thursday 18 May at 17:00 by Anouk Wipprecht, followed by a walking act and the opportunity to make your own cocktail by the DrinkBotDress.

On Saturday, May 20th, Anouk Wipprecht will lecture during the Maker Festival Twente about Robotic Dresses & Biomimicry.

Group Exhibition: On Alchemy and Magic (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Photo credit:
‘The Finite State Fantasia’ (2016), Tobias Revell. Photo © Kristof Vrancken
‘Subsecond Flocks – When you startle awake at four in the morning it’s not because you’re feeling happy’, 2016, Femke Herregraven.

From automated consumer electronics and computer information systems to high frequency trading, complex systems are mapping, intervening and creating the experience of the everyday in contemporary society. Their internal logic seems to be hyper-rational, beyond what most human minds can come to understand, intentionally designed to surpass it. But in its far-driven logical functioning, these systems seem to be touching that which goes beyond the rational. Is there a bridge to be made between the hyper-rational and the irrational? How do we make sense of it? And how can concepts such as ‘alchemy’ and ‘magics’ assist in a different understanding of these systems? Will this in fact result in a different relation with these systems? Or do we continue to struggle in a distanced dark?

With Tobias Revell (GB), Frederik De Wilde (BE), Femke Herregraven (NL), RYBN.ORG (FR), Natalie Kane (GB) en Verena Friedrich (DE).

Curator: Karen Verschooren / STUK.

STRP Biënnale 2017 (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

STRP Biënnale emboldens creative technology for the inquisitive guest. In it’s ten year existence, STRP has exhibited enthralling installations, experimental performances, pioneering music and strong voices. In the immense space that is the old Philips Klokgebouw, the ten-day festival will bring the future to the here and now.

The theme of the 2017 STRP Biënnale is ‘Senses and Sensors’, which is all about perception. The way we perceive ourselves and the world around us and the many ways in which technology alters perception and stretches its boundaries.