‘Digital culture, audiovisual art, speculative design, and forward thinking music culture’ will round out the Dutch’s festivals 2020 experience.
By Bubba Krishnamurti
Featured image from Sébastien Robert’s ‘Rite of Passage’
Amsterdam’s FIBER Festival is set to feature a dynamic lineup at this forward thinking event. Held yearly at Tolhuistuin, the event hosts a few dozen speakers, musicians, filmmakers, and new media artists all dialed into one annual motif. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘instability.’ Sounds appropriate for 2020.
Like many other syncretic festival experiences bubbling up in recent years, FIBER is hard to explain. Similar to heady North American festivals such as Mutek and Day for Night, the convergence of artistic disciplines rules the day. FIBER explains:
“Through the lens of the arts the festival reflects upon the ever shifting impact of technology on society and the environment. We explore these topics collectively through lectures, installation art, performances and by learning from pioneering creative making-processes. With the theme Instability the 2020 festival invites a new generation of interdisciplinary makers and thinkers, who each offer a new perspective on the relationship between humans and their environment. They create stories and experiences that invite us to question our position within the planet, addressing climate change and geological activities in new ways. The theme for this year’s event is instability. Through audiovisual art and artistic uses of technology, FIBER will explore the human influence on the world – from climate change to social and economic inequalities.”