Festival: TodaysArt 2019 in The Hague

Orbihedron, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, 2019

TodaysArt is an annual international festival of art, music, and technology taking place in The Hague, Netherlands. Since its inception in 2005, TodaysArt has been committed to pushing boundaries and has stood out in the festival landscape presenting visually immersive art, innovative sensory experiences, experimental music along with top club headliners. TodaysArt is a network organisation that continuously engages in multinational collaborations, forming close working relationships with leading artists, and acts as a platform to connect creatives and thinkers from around the world with each other and with audiences. 

TodaysArt returns for its 15th edition to a world very different from the one it was first born into, reflecting on its past and looking forward to the digital future and the emerging possibilities. From September 19th to 22nd the city of The Hague will light up with multimedia installations, immersive experiences, pioneering audiovisual performances, electronic music, conferences and much more, expanding the limits of digital art like never before. 

This year’s multifaceted topic of Consciousness examines themes of digital consciousness, artificial sensations, environmental fragility and rebirth while discovering novel avenues of creativity.

TodaysArt will consider how awareness can substantially alter our attitudes about the world and explore the importance of creativity and philosophy in accelerating humanity into the new digital universe. Instead of dwelling on the tired stereotypes of apocalyptic worlds and insubordinate AI, the theme will instead concentrate on the diverse possibilities that the technological revolution will bring. It will ponder fundamental questions about humanity’s significance and responsibility in our technological tomorrow, the relevance of art, philosophy, and morality, and how large the divide between biology and technology really is. Rising avant-garde creatives will produce unusual and impactful ways of engagement, subjecting the audience’s senses to extraordinary optical and auditory experiences generated by new technology. 

Sound artist Aïsha Devi, who creates music that is ritualistic and spiritual and believes in making the audience part of the performance, has collaborated with visual artist MFO to introduce her newest show ∞E=TRv. Artistic duo Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand will create sensory immersion environments that unite physics, chemistry, and information technology with unusual philosophical customs. The famed Japanese expert of synaesthetic composition, Ryoichi Kurokawa, will showcase his work based on 3D data of Ruins, and the London-based patten, renowned for its digitally advanced energetic audiovisual shows. Another A/V composer and programmer, artist Tarik Barri, displays his virtual piece produced employing his self-made software in teaming with artist Leo Fabrikant, who fuses mankind with electronics using live A/V input. 

Text by CLOT Magazine (Twitter @clotmagazine)

Website https://todaysart.org/
(Picture courtesy of TodaysArt)

07 Sep 2019