Reaching for greater artistic heights - literally - as Today's Art invades a 19-story building. (That's a skyscraper if you're Dutch.) And the results bathe us in more sound, light, and interaction. All photos (CC-BY-ND) Rene Passetti; see the Dutch-language writeup at DJBROADCAST (Web/iPad).

Reaching for greater artistic heights – literally – as Today’s Art invades a 19-story building. (That’s a skyscraper if you’re Dutch.) And the results bathe us in more sound, light, and interaction. All photos (CC-BY-ND) Rene Passetti; see the Dutch-language writeup at DJBROADCAST (Web/iPad).

Art in light and sound is routinely spread across venues, or sprawling through buildings in the horizontal.

Not at TodaysArt. The festival in The Hague, Netherlands went vertical. Taking to the nineteen-floor tower of the former Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations (Binnenlandse Zaken) and the Atrium of the City Hall, the festival established their own space, even going as far as building a custom club (to house the likes of Clark, 2562, and Untold).

In images and a beautiful documentary video, you can take a tour of the range of work they curated. It reveals that the latest trend in art is all of the above – from brainwave interaction and vision to optical, non-digital (post-digital?) rotating wheels of light.

This is the way to do a proper post-festival documentary wrap-up. You get a lightning tour of each work, with thoughtful capsule statements on each, not just the usual music video-style montage. (It’s more effort, of course, but here it pays off beautifully. I wish I could document every event I go to this way.) And so for those who were there, it’s a packed recap; for those of us who weren’t, we get a survey of what we missed.

TodaysArt Festival 2013 from TodaysArt on Vimeo.

Details:

Music:
Saschienne – Unknown – Unknown – Kompakt – 2012
– Atom™ – Strom – HD – Raster-Noton – 2013
– Oneohtrix Point Never – Along – R Plus Seven – Warp Records – 2013
– Jackson and His Computer Band – Billy – Glow – Warp Records – 2013
– Rone – Let’s Go (Clark Remix) – Feast / Beast – Warp Records – 2013
– Patrice Baumel – Tactile (Nuno Dos Santos Mix) – Trouw – 2011
– Mohammed Assaf – Live in Concert at TodaysArt Festival – 2013

Featuring (in order of appearance):
– Joris Strijbos + Daan Johan (Macular)
– PARSEC
– Marina Abramovic Institute: Suzanne Dikker + Matthias Oostrik + Peter Burr + Matthew P. Curry + Diederik Schoorl
– The Mutual Wave Machine
– Atom™
– Ryoji Ikeda – test pattern
– Diamond Version + Atsuhiro Ito
– Gangpol & Mit
– Morton Subotnick + Lillevan
– Oneohtrix Point Never
– Cocky Eek
– Sphæræ
– Evelina Domnitch + Dmitry Gelfand – 10000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid
– Jackson and His Computer Band
– Matthijs Munnik – Citadels: Lightscape
– Staalplaat Soundsystem – Kids-Cobra: The Philharmechanic Cobra Youth Orchestra
– Lars Kynde
– Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a) – Labyrinth Psychotica
– Interactive/Media/Design
– Media Lostness
– Teun Verkerk + Joris Hoogeboom – Buqs
– Mariska de Groot + Dieter Vandoren
– Ben Dalton
– Chattr
– Type & Media
– Nuno Dos Santos + Arnout Hulskamp
– Yosi Horikawa
– Philipp Gorbachev
– Clark
– Mohammed Assaf

More pictures:

Repurposing architectural space.

Repurposing architectural space.

Interfacing with the brain in the latest bio-art.

Interfacing with the brain in the latest bio-art.

Ryoji Ikeda.

Ryoji Ikeda.

And the pics come from a terrific (I think, from what I can read) write-up in Dutch at DJB, focusing in particular on the club program:
DJB REPORT: TODAYSART 2013 – SERIEUS KIJKENDE KERELS EN EEN HIPPE POP-UP NACHTCLUB

Official Site:

http://todaysart.nl/

  • Mattijs Kneppers

    Todays art was a lot of fun. Highlight was definitely Nenad Popov’s piece in the Sperae. If you ever get the chance to see his work, don’t skip it!

  • Tanja Busking

    Thanks for your words Peter! For more of my video work, please visit my website http://www.tanjabusking.nl