FIBER Festival 2020 took place from 24 – 27 September at De Brakke Grond, Tolhuistuin and online. The festival encompassed a conference programme, an exhibition, workshops and a performance evening all curated in response to theme of Instability. With this theme we set out to explore new ways of understanding and adapting to an age of planetary and societal changes.
Linked to the urgency of climate change and ecological crisis, this year FIBER was looking for new insights, non-human ways of thinking and possible strategies in order to perceive our world in alternate ways. What opportunities are open to artistic making and thinking to contribute to this necessary transformation?
Our two-day hybrid conference programme invited a multitude of perspectives—from artists to activists and scientists—and allowed us to look at environmental crises and its related social challenges in alternate ways. Our studio set-up in De Brakke Grond became the control room where our international and local speakers converged in time and space, expertly led by our moderator Michelle Kasprzak.
Participating speakers: Abdelrhman Hassan; Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg; Anab Jain; Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan; Angela Chan; Arif Kornweitz; Bayo Akomolafe; Darko Lagunas & Theun Karelse; Holly Jean Buck; Kim Stanley Robinson; Michaele Büsse; Ruben Jacobs; Sébastien Robert; Suzanne Dhaliwal; Tega Brain; Yara Feghali & Viviane El-Kmati.
Performances: Mark IJzerman & Sébastien Robert and Wanderwalle at De Brakke Grond.
Our exhibition at Tolhuistuin responded to the transformative impact that humans have on Earth by delving into the topic of the ecological crises and its underlying social and economic inequalities through artistic thought, experience and imagination.
Participating artists: Luiz Zanotello; Irene Stracuzzi & Alice Wong; Sissel Marie Tonn; Thijs Ebbe Fokkens; Tivon Rice; Tom Burke; Sébastien Robert; Vanessa Opuku & Lion Sauterleute; Whitespace (Anni Nöps & Casimir Geelhoed).
Interdependence by Mat Dryhurst and Digital Swarming Research by Tools for Action & Floor van Leeuwen.
INSTABILITY STREAM | SCREENINGS
The Instability Stream was the online programme of FIBER Festival 2020, including the full conference sessions, artists’ statements, experimental films and video art. Each broadcast highlighted the changing relationships between technology, ecology and society in daring new ways; by dealing with interactions between human and non-human perspectives, new sensorial capabilities towards environmental topics, climate change, planetary infrastructure, worldbuilding, and speculative futures.
Artists: Mark IJzerman, Pierce Warnecke + Matthew Biederman, Refik Anadol, Lorem X De Santis Shabara, Mark Jan van Tellingen + Sjoerd ter Borg, Deborah Mora, Rick Farin, Annie Riga, Boris Acket & Vincent Rang, Benjamin Earl, Sabrina Ratté, Above & Below, Formafantasma, María Molina Peiró, Jan Locus and Stijn Demeulenaere, Jaehun Park, Joshua Ashish Dawson, Pandelis, Laura Cugusi, Chiara Di Leone, Anastasiia Noga, Jaromir Mulders ft. Daspo, Eduardo Castillo Vinuesa, Iuliia Gankevich, Andrey Shevlyakov, Alberto Novello, Pablo Iglesias / Geso, Keiken + Geoorge Jasper Stone and Zeno van den Broek
MUSIC & VIDEO
Videography: Tanja Busking
Editioral: Rhian Morris, David Lopez-Cotarelo, Jarl Schulp
Visual Identity: Irene Stracuzzi & Leeza Pritychenko
Track Introduction: 708 + lost (bonus track) – Zohar