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Creating a dynamic interaction between natural elements with Nicky Assmann

17 April 2014

“I let myself be inspired by scientific research and natural phenomena. I experiment with the properties, behavior and aesthetics of materials. The different stages and processes that materials can go through fascinate me. ”- Nicky Assmann. Presented in DOTS today…

“I let myself be inspired by scientific research and natural phenomena. I experiment with the properties, behavior and aesthetics of materials. The different stages and processes that materials can go through fascinate me. ”- Nicky Assmann. Presented in DOTS today is ‘Solaris’, an installation consisting of six soap films placed in a row that can be lifted up manually. It invites you to look at the inner movement of colors created by the interplay of light, space and reflection.










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Creating a dynamic interaction between natural elements with Nicky Assmann

17 April 2014

“I let myself be inspired by scientific research and natural phenomena. I experiment with the properties, behavior and aesthetics of materials. The different stages and processes that materials can go through fascinate me. ”- Nicky Assmann. Presented in DOTS today…

“I let myself be inspired by scientific research and natural phenomena. I experiment with the properties, behavior and aesthetics of materials. The different stages and processes that materials can go through fascinate me. ”- Nicky Assmann. Presented in DOTS today is ‘Solaris’, an installation consisting of six soap films placed in a row that can be lifted up manually. It invites you to look at the inner movement of colors created by the interplay of light, space and reflection.










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Where Hand-made meets Machine-made with Sougwen Chung

10 April 2014

Chinese-Canadian artist Sougwen Chung (based in New York) likes to explore and blur edges. The edges in her installation Chiaroscuro (2013) are light and dark, the tangible and intangible, the old and new. It combines drawing, physical structures, light- and…

Chinese-Canadian artist Sougwen Chung (based in New York) likes to explore and blur edges. The edges in her installation Chiaroscuro (2013) are light and dark, the tangible and intangible, the old and new. It combines drawing, physical structures, light- and projection mapping, also with a visible role for the natural elements at hand, like shade, contrast and reflection. No wonder this piece was dubbed Chiaroscuro.










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A Fresh Wind is Blowing – Co-existing with Nature

10 April 2014

However small and urban a space is, like between paving stones, or big and “concrete,” like an abandoned industrial zone, nature always knows how to conquer its place within urbanization. DOTS is curious to see how this develops in the…

However small and urban a space is, like between paving stones, or big and “concrete,” like an abandoned industrial zone, nature always knows how to conquer its place within urbanization. DOTS is curious to see how this develops in the digitization of this day and age. The penchant for crafts and natural materials is growing, and the appreciation for nature’s beauty is increasing. Does this mean that we’re moving “back to nature?”










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Spring Recap – SENSES. So Much More than Eye-catching

03 April 2014

What does a painting smell like? What do woodworms sound like? And what does, say, Buckingham Palace taste like? We can almost hear you thinking: “What the beep are we supposed to be thinking of now?!” Here at DOTS we…

What does a painting smell like? What do woodworms sound like? And what does, say, Buckingham Palace taste like? We can almost hear you thinking: “What the beep are we supposed to be thinking of now?!” Here at DOTS we like to focus on eye-candy, but also like to search the world for other sensory experiences that are on offer. Open your ears, switch on your taste buds, and, above all, try to keep your balance for these stunning projects.










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From Evolution to Technolution. The human being – NOW with added options.

27 March 2014

How close is the day that technical gadgetry will actually become part of our bodies? Super smart gadgets like Google’s smart contact lenses are just around the corner… Since the beginning of mankind, our bodies have continually adapted to changing…

How close is the day that technical gadgetry will actually become part of our bodies? Super smart gadgets like Google’s smart contact lenses are just around the corner… Since the beginning of mankind, our bodies have continually adapted to changing conditions. Today, we’re seeing something different: conditions are changing to fit us. In addition, more is being styled to our individual needs and no longer to increase our chances of survival.










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A vision of human-robot interaction in BOX by Bot & Dolly

20 March 2014

Can you imagine working together with a robot so intensely that you compliment each other perfectly? Teamwork so smooth, it almost seems like a highly trained routine between two dance partners? “Performing with robots can be intimidating for people who…

Can you imagine working together with a robot so intensely that you compliment each other perfectly? Teamwork so smooth, it almost seems like a highly trained routine between two dance partners? “Performing with robots can be intimidating for people who are not used to working around heavy machinery, but once you get used to their presence they become very reliable collaborators,” says Tarik Abdel-Gawad, Creative & Technical Director and part of BOX.










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Eindhoven. A city of working class heroes and Gyro Gearlooses by Anke Langelaan

13 March 2014

Inventive. That’s Eindhoven in a word. And not just because it’s where most Dutch patent applications come from. During its long history (Eindhoven was enfranchised way back in 1232!), the city has proven its ability to reinvent itself over and…

Inventive. That’s Eindhoven in a word. And not just because it’s where most Dutch patent applications come from. During its long history (Eindhoven was enfranchised way back in 1232!), the city has proven its ability to reinvent itself over and over. In 2014, Eindhoven – the Netherlands’ fifth largest city and dubbed the motor of the Dutch economy – is becoming the European equivalent of Silicon Valley and an international leader in the field of design. Not bad for a city that only at the end of last century was on the brink of bankruptcy.










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Infinite Renew by Mariko Mori

06 March 2014

What we see and experience is only 4% of what actually exists. Japanese artist Mariko Mori explores universal questions at the intersection of the cosmos, life, death, reality, spirituality and technology. Her message is intriguing if you think about all…

What we see and experience is only 4% of what actually exists. Japanese artist Mariko Mori explores universal questions at the intersection of the cosmos, life, death, reality, spirituality and technology. Her message is intriguing if you think about all that we already see from day to day, and the growing number of impressions with all the new media and technology. The new bulk of invisible zeros, ones, data, and signals all around us. In the exhibition “Infinite Renew” at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo she made a solid point at a perfect time with this message of invisible energy.










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The Science in Fiction by Philip Fokker

27 February 2014

Writing is Philip Fokker’s way of giving perspective to ordinary and extraordinary life in our rapidly changing world. For this weeks article in DOTS, he asked himself the question: how long will it take for people to get the hang…

Writing is Philip Fokker’s way of giving perspective to ordinary and extraordinary life in our rapidly changing world. For this weeks article in DOTS, he asked himself the question: how long will it take for people to get the hang of using state of the art science when it’s no longer fiction? The science in science fiction is quickly oozing into our lives. What does that mean for our realities? You can read all about it in the new column by Philip Fokker in your DOTS app-magazine!










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Machines that could one day be as creative as we are. Games by ANGELINA

20 February 2014

Angelina: an up-and-coming artist working with code? You could say that’s right, but the thing about her is that she’s not human. ANGELINA is the PhD work of Michael Cook at Imperial College’s Computational Creativity Group. The project investigates the…

Angelina: an up-and-coming artist working with code? You could say that’s right, but the thing about her is that she’s not human. ANGELINA is the PhD work of Michael Cook at Imperial College’s Computational Creativity Group. The project investigates the ways in which software can design creatively. ANGELINA is an AI system that can intelligently design video games.










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The Mutual Wave Machine. What does it mean to lose oneself in someone else?

13 February 2014

The Mutual Wave Machine is the third joint project by artist Matthias Oostrik and neuroscientist Suzanne Dikker in a series of interactive neuroscience installations that explore the transfer of energy between performer, public, and participant. The first project, Measuring the…

The Mutual Wave Machine is the third joint project by artist Matthias Oostrik and neuroscientist Suzanne Dikker in a series of interactive neuroscience installations that explore the transfer of energy between performer, public, and participant. The first project, Measuring the Magic of the Mutual Gaze, was set up in collaboration with Marina Abramovic. Again Abramovic was closely involved with this third project, through the Marina Abramovic Institute. Together they create hybrid art-science projects. The ultimate goal? To “merge science and interactive performance art in an effort to understand the brain basis of human connectedness.”










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From Creation to its Ultimate Explosion with Dimitri Stankowicz

06 February 2014

“As a big fan of astrophysics, I thought it would be a good idea to tell the story of a star, from birth to supernova and black hole.“ Ever since his graduation from ENSAD (École National Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs)…

“As a big fan of astrophysics, I thought it would be a good idea to tell the story of a star, from birth to supernova and black hole.“ Ever since his graduation from ENSAD (École National Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) in Paris, French director Dimitri Stankowicz has been working on animation using different techniques and styles. In the  project presented here, the video “Bye Bye Macadam” made for fellow Parisian and musician Rone’s song (2013), reminded us of the place of the human body at a turning point of technology like the one we seem to be at today.










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A dance with technology by Van Grimde Corps Secrets & CIRMMT

30 January 2014

What powers or restraints can be brought by an extension to our body? In a performance entitled Les Gestes this experiment or search is clearly visible. Les Gestes was first performed in 2013 by a quartet of two musicians and…

What powers or restraints can be brought by an extension to our body? In a performance entitled Les Gestes this experiment or search is clearly visible. Les Gestes was first performed in 2013 by a quartet of two musicians and two dancers, directed by Isabelle van Grimde and Sean Ferguson. The Ultra-sensitive and multi-functional instruments, designed by researchers and students of CIRMMT (Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media) and IDMIL (Technology Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory) in collaboration with Van Grimde Corps Secrets, are the result of a three year research project at McGill University.










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Big Data, The New Crude Oil

23 January 2014

Did you know that we produce as much data every two days as the entire of humanity did from the first cave drawing until 2003? So said Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google. All devices combined, from smartphones, to digital…

Did you know that we produce as much data every two days as the entire of humanity did from the first cave drawing until 2003? So said Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google. All devices combined, from smartphones, to digital cameras, wearables and computers, generate an incredible amount of data and the rate at which this is happening is only increasing. Is this a problem? No, says Sander Duivestein, researcher at Sogeti’s VINT trend lab, “There can never be too much data; the more there is, the better our insight is.” In this article on Big Data’s developments, we also show you a variety of artists working with Data: Nickolay Lamm, Stefan Wagner (image) and Onformative.










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Discover what’s on

16 January 2014

DOTSPOT is a place for all new talents, creative projects, blogs and a lot more. Discover what’s on and what you don’t want to miss. Check out Jillian Mayers tutorial on how to hide from camera’s, and the way Quayola…

DOTSPOT is a place for all new talents, creative projects, blogs and a lot more. Discover what’s on and what you don’t want to miss. Check out Jillian Mayers tutorial on how to hide from camera’s, and the way Quayola approaches Classic Aesthetics with contemporary means and technology, make your own Geometric Jewelry (which you can also win!!), see how humanity is digitalized by Marleen Maathuis and more.










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Rethinking Productivity by Thomas van Manen

09 January 2014

As young and ambitious professional, Thomas van Manen dives into subjects such as the impact of Big Data & Sensor data, Wearable Computing Technologies & Gamification. Especially for DOTS Thomas looked into the meaning of productivity in this new age….

As young and ambitious professional, Thomas van Manen dives into subjects such as the impact of Big Data & Sensor data, Wearable Computing Technologies & Gamification. Especially for DOTS Thomas looked into the meaning of productivity in this new age. It may be hard to believe, but before the end of this century 70% of today’s occupations will be replaced by automation. The future asks for rethinking human productivity. Why? You can read all about it in this brand new column by Thomas van Manen.










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Pushing the limits of live action and CGI storytelling with Dvein

02 January 2014

Pushing the limits of live action and CGI storytelling, experimenting, and thinking outside the box. Dvein is a collaborative collective that was formed in Barcelona in 2007. “Magma”is their first music video. It portrays a journey through surreal, topographical landscapes…

Pushing the limits of live action and CGI storytelling, experimenting, and thinking outside the box. Dvein is a collaborative collective that was formed in Barcelona in 2007. “Magma”is their first music video. It portrays a journey through surreal, topographical landscapes of paint, mountains, and faces, where liquids and colors fuse together. It puts the body in a new perspective and makes you question what yours is actually made of. Images and atmosphere that we felt fit in perfectly with the redefinition of the body that we are examining this quarter.










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Become One – Our body as interface

02 January 2014

“On the bank at the end of what was there before us, gazing over to the other side, on what we can become.” With these words, Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom reveals the turning point at which we find ourselves. Science…

“On the bank at the end of what was there before us, gazing over to the other side, on what we can become.” With these words, Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom reveals the turning point at which we find ourselves. Science fiction is not fiction anymore. Digital and physical are no longer parallel worlds, but more and more often melt into one. How are we dealing with this and what is the role of our body? Are we becoming a human interface?










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Christmas Recap – Pieces of Nature by Studio Roosegaarde

26 December 2013

It is the season and we want to wish you happy holidays! To this occasion, we’ve decided to treat you to a special ‘christmas recap’ article on the great work of Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde. We wrote and first published…

It is the season and we want to wish you happy holidays! To this occasion, we’ve decided to treat you to a special ‘christmas recap’ article on the great work of Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde. We wrote and first published ‘Pieces of Nature’ in July 2012, DOTS #2. But since Daan’s work has taken a flight over the last year, it is still highly relevant. In this article you can read all ins and outs on his studio and projects like Lotus, Intimacy, Dune and  more. Have lots of seasonal fun, enjoy ‘Pieces of Nature’ and see you next year!










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A whole new species by Wonbin Yang

19 December 2013

The world of Wonbin Yang almost seems like another dimension or a cartoon in which everything could suddenly start moving, walking or even talking. The Species that he creates are surreal, such as live snacks that are attacked by pigeons…

The world of Wonbin Yang almost seems like another dimension or a cartoon in which everything could suddenly start moving, walking or even talking. The Species that he creates are surreal, such as live snacks that are attacked by pigeons or dancing umbrellas. Yang created a series of autonomous robots that explore the hidden dimensions of the city ecosystem through their histories of emergence, adaptation and evolution.










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The Design of Life, science and art working together in Bio-Art

12 December 2013

Life, death and everything in between is a popular subject in art, and has been for centuries… Artists express themselves in a wide variety of ways in an attempt to give meaning to life. Usually by using “non-living” materials. An…

Life, death and everything in between is a popular subject in art, and has been for centuries… Artists express themselves in a wide variety of ways in an attempt to give meaning to life. Usually by using “non-living” materials. An emerging group of Bio-Artists has strayed from this path and has chosen to use “living” materials and organisms to give meaning to their work. Bio-Art is a recent art movement in which science and art work together closely. We take a closer look and present the projects Playing with Pigs, Thermophores and the Aqua vita Project.










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Shifting Architecture. The Redefinition of the City by Afaina de Jong

05 December 2013

In it’s very first Video Portrait, DOTS presents Afaina de Jong, a creative do-it-all who is passionate about redefining the ways we share information in public spaces to improve our cities and our personal wellbeing. As an architect and a cultural entrepreneur with…

In it’s very first Video Portrait, DOTS presents Afaina de Jong, a creative do-it-all who is passionate about redefining the ways we share information in public spaces to improve our cities and our personal wellbeing. As an architect and a cultural entrepreneur with an eye for innovation, she has been recognized as a leader in developing new strategies for rethinking the design of our cities.
International cities like New York, San Francisco and Sao Paolo inspire her to create innovative projects. She uses her camera to capture things that stand out, and she collects her ideas. She incorporates them in books that she publishes, and also uses them for events or projects, like in her latest project, Façade, a photo exhibition of “forgotten” facades. Of course, her birthplace, Amsterdam is also a great source of inspiration and at Ultra de la Rue she passes on that inspiration to others.










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Chaos in order by Ryoichi Kurokawa

28 November 2013

Life, our world, the universe… Everything shows signs of continuous fluctuations. A balance is reached when the lifeline quietly babbles on. With a few highs and lows here and there. But the really interesting things – tense and scary, but…

Life, our world, the universe… Everything shows signs of continuous fluctuations. A balance is reached when the lifeline quietly babbles on. With a few highs and lows here and there. But the really interesting things – tense and scary, but also beautiful and inspiring – follow from a disruption of this balance. This causes great dynamic and intense energy. The Audiovisual sculpture Oscillating Continuum (2013) by Ryoichi Kurokawa demonstrates this process.










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Abstract Architecture through Light and Projection Mapping with Nonotak

21 November 2013

Collaboration between an artist/illustrator and an architect/musician brings together many disciplines and specialties. Maybe that’s why Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto, a.k.a. NONOTAK, are so successful at using and combining space, image and sound in their audiovisual performances and installations….

Collaboration between an artist/illustrator and an architect/musician brings together many disciplines and specialties. Maybe that’s why Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto, a.k.a. NONOTAK, are so successful at using and combining space, image and sound in their audiovisual performances and installations. Noemi treasures the value of the kinetic visual (visual movement generated with lines and primitive geometry) and Takami approaches sound as space and space as sound and allows them to create dreamlike environments in which spectators are encouraged to submerge themselves.










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Where Technology meets a good storyteller – with Evan Boehm

14 November 2013

A real bookworm is how you could describe Evan Boehm during his childhood. Sitting and reading… On the bus, in class and at home to avoid doing his homework. In the end, all that reading turned out to be the…

A real bookworm is how you could describe Evan Boehm during his childhood. Sitting and reading… On the bus, in class and at home to avoid doing his homework. In the end, all that reading turned out to be the basis for the way Evan Boehm now brings his interactive stories to life via innovative techniques.










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Painting with water and light, with Antonin Fourneau

07 November 2013

In preparation for GLOW Festival in Eindhoven, we came across a project that mixes technology, natural elements, interactivity and street art: Water Light Graffiti by Antonin Fourneau (produced by Digital Art International), a recent favorite of ours. That’s why we…

In preparation for GLOW Festival in Eindhoven, we came across a project that mixes technology, natural elements, interactivity and street art: Water Light Graffiti by Antonin Fourneau (produced by Digital Art International), a recent favorite of ours. That’s why we wanted to surprise you with an “extra” article. When we were growing up, we were always taught not to get water too close to electricity. Of course, technology changed and lights no longer catch fire when they get a little wet, but the use of water to activate light really wowed us!










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MONTRÉAL DIGITAL – LOW-TECH HIGH-TECH MEETING POINT: By Nathalie Bachand

31 October 2013

One could say Montréal is a meeting point of both the highest and of the lowest technical developments in digital creation. Here, “low tech” is taken to mean a truly innovative approach to artistic creation through a diversity of DIY…

One could say Montréal is a meeting point of both the highest and of the lowest technical developments in digital creation. Here, “low tech” is taken to mean a truly innovative approach to artistic creation through a diversity of DIY practices, electronic craft explorations, experimental performances, etc., as well as venues and events specifically dedicated to the more risky side of media and digital arts. In Montréal, we have an amazing pool of artists and organizations that evolve between the complexity of the high-tech side of digital technology and its creative potential and the ingenuity of the low-tech one.










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Plot the Change? by Philip Fokker

24 October 2013

Change is everywhere, all the time. That’s why the whole “Change” campaign by (now) president Obama was a bit of a weak statement. But as with many weak statements in modern society, it was wrapped in a powerful and very…

Change is everywhere, all the time. That’s why the whole “Change” campaign by (now) president Obama was a bit of a weak statement. But as with many weak statements in modern society, it was wrapped in a powerful and very intelligent PR campaign. Voters in the US bought the change, cast their vote for change and got change.

And that’s where I am at the moment, The United States of America. For the last three months, I have been fortunate enough to reside in this interesting country and see lots of art, people, nature, highways and even get a glimpse of my inner self, which I will not bother you with. Changing the plot in the art world is something that is mostly achieved in retrospect.










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Discover what’s on

17 October 2013

DOTSPOT is a place for all new talents, creative projects, blogs and a lot more. Discover what’s on and what you don’t want to miss. Ever seen communicating bacteria? Curious how your portrait turns out if you give computer- code…

DOTSPOT is a place for all new talents, creative projects, blogs and a lot more. Discover what’s on and what you don’t want to miss. Ever seen communicating bacteria? Curious how your portrait turns out if you give computer- code a free hand? DOTSPOT will show you. We also celebrate the 10th anniversary of Label Dalbin, a French innovative & creative agency, and you can check out what the independent game designers of Spaces of Play are up to, and maybe even win one of their creations!










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Visuals & Music with Heather Shaw and Tarik Barri

10 October 2013

Heather Shaw has set herself an incredible challenge with the launch of Amon Tobin’s new album, ISAM. The goal was to come up with a show that no one had seen before, to deliver innovation and development, and to design…

Heather Shaw has set herself an incredible challenge with the launch of Amon Tobin’s new album, ISAM. The goal was to come up with a show that no one had seen before, to deliver innovation and development, and to design a mind-blowing stage.

What was it like to work for Amon Tobin?
He is a vionary with amazing depth and texture and not afraid to try new things. After listening to his blend of organic and technical music, something amazing happened. I saw each song as a digital sculpture, so carefully crafted and organized. It resonated visually and I wanted to get into the roots of the tracks.










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On dreaming and the intelligent overlap, by Delia Dumitrescu

03 October 2013

I believe it is part of our nature, as human beings, to wonder about the future. As kids we were dreaming our future. We, girls, imagined becoming ballerinas and you, boys, were dreaming of saving the world. Well, with minor…

I believe it is part of our nature, as human beings, to wonder about the future. As kids we were dreaming our future. We, girls, imagined becoming ballerinas and you, boys, were dreaming of saving the world. Well, with minor differences from case to case. But ain’t I right? Things got messy with time and later on, as professionals, we also had to predict the future and not only dream of it to create intelligent futures strategies. That was when we still believed in the power of statistics, extrapolation and linear thinking.

In the meantime, technology grew exponentially. Today, in order to gain a competitive advantage in a fluid, technology & real-time driven business environment, we are asked to create the future. We need to constantly innovate in our jobs, for ourselves and especially for the world in need.










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A Triumph of Transparency; TodaysArt Festival, The Hague (NL)

27 September 2013

The economic climate has changed. The cultural climate has changed. The festival has changed. New ambitions mean using all the available opportunities, so the ninth edition of TodaysArt Festival won’t be the festival you would normally expect. This year, TodayArt…

The economic climate has changed. The cultural climate has changed. The festival has changed.
New ambitions mean using all the available opportunities, so the ninth edition of TodaysArt Festival won’t be the festival you would normally expect. This year, TodayArt is taking advantage of the rising vacancy and a physical shift in the seat of governmental power. Shifts in power create new opportunities and new modes of operation. This year’s edition, full of adventurous visual and performing arts, architecture and digital culture, unfolds in the former ministry of the interior and kingdom relations in The Hague (The Netherlands). In 2004 Olof van Winden established TodayArt and, together with Curator Remco Schuurbiers, he has been watching over the festival. Over the past 10 years, TodayArt has become one of the foremost art, music, and technology festivals in the world. Finally we got to speak to Olof and Remco about their motivations and future dreams of this adventurous festival.










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Computational, algorithmic and generative environments with Paul Prudence

27 September 2013

Prudence’s work Cyclotone (2012), on the cover this quarter, introduces the development of DOTS and the new theme. With this work, he’s dared to build a bridge towards the unknown. Generative Art lets part of the decisions fall outside the…

Prudence’s work Cyclotone (2012), on the cover this quarter, introduces the development of DOTS and the new theme. With this work, he’s dared to build a bridge towards the unknown. Generative Art lets part of the decisions fall outside the artist’s control. This can easily cause an extraordinary Change of Plot and thereby even inspire confidence in technology and innovation.










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Change the plot

27 September 2013

Daring to dream is the source of progress! Optimism is slowly making headway. Especially in the world of art and design. From every far-off corner, DOTS is recording active searches for new ways to give our world a positive boost….

Daring to dream is the source of progress!

Optimism is slowly making headway. Especially in the world of art and design. From every far-off corner, DOTS is recording active searches for new ways to give our world a positive boost. Waiting is, as they say, passé. This way of thinking has opened some eyes. Increasing rules and control has not always worked out well in recent years. At a time when we want to break through boundaries and make progress, we almost stopped ourselves. And that’s not getting us anywhere! DOTS examined the margin for the experiment, the Big Try.What’s happened to the time for reflection and, above all, the change to dream?

DOTS has taken this issue’s theme, Change the plot, and invited philosophers, artists and scientists who demonstrate the need for dreams…. They inspire us to go off the beaten track by sharing their dreams with moxie.

Paul Prudence, maker of the cover video, shows how generative art can have more than surprising outcomes. We also introduce “Bioart”, a recent artform that allows creatives to take science to a whole new level. A little while later, Evan Boehm takes us on a journey through the world of new ways of storytelling. These and many other creators dare to share their dreams with us here in DOTS. They show us how they make them come true and contribute to progress in an inspiring way! So wake up and dream …










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Studio Life of New York Artists: by Art Reviewer

01 July 2013

There are thousands of practicing visual artists in New York City. There are almost as many galleries, most notably in the neighborhoods of West Chelsea, the Lower East Side, Soho in Manhattan and Bushwick in Brooklyn. New York visual artists…

There are thousands of practicing visual artists in New York City. There are almost as many galleries, most notably in the neighborhoods of West Chelsea, the Lower East Side, Soho in Manhattan and Bushwick in Brooklyn. New York visual artists are challenged by how to make ends meet, how to maximise time in the studio, where to do professional networking, and how to break into the scene?










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04 June 2013

DOTSPOT is a place for all new talents, creative projects, blogs and a lot more. Discover what’s on and what you don’t want to miss. This time with ANTIVJ a visual label in Europe, web gallery Society6 and HUB-BUB a…

DOTSPOT is a place for all new talents, creative projects, blogs and a lot more. what’s on and what you don’t want to miss. This time with ANTIVJ a visual label in Europe, web gallery Society6 and HUB-BUB a creative space based in Spartanburg USA.










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Return to the essence of creation

17 May 2013

The double-dip recession has hurt the Greeks in Europe. A very different, positive effect is that the crisis turned out to be a wake-up call for the creative sector. Arty Athens is stirring! The radical social and economic changes resulted…

The double-dip recession has hurt the Greeks in Europe. A very different, positive effect is that the crisis turned out to be a wake-up call for the creative sector. Arty Athens is stirring! The radical social and economic changes resulted in diverse and often uncontrollable development. This gave rise to new initiatives, especially in the art world. Chaos rules the daily lives of Athenians. But that chaos also provides energy and a reason act. Even despite all the budget cuts!










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The “post-apparatus” age, by Olga van Oost

15 March 2013

2013, a new beginning. Another one! There is hope; we’re looking forward to renewal. Desire for renewal seems to be embedded in our genes. The creed of modern man could be “renewal = progress = improvement.” Whether this is always…

2013, a new beginning. Another one! There is hope; we’re looking forward to renewal. Desire for renewal seems to be embedded in our genes. The creed of modern man could be “renewal = progress = improvement.” Whether this is always true, is another matter. It depends on what you mean by “progress.” In times of crisis, like the one we’re currently in, progress may not be financial or material in nature. So then what is it?

Olga Van Oost focuses on the future, looking at what “the digital” means to art, museums and cultural heritage. Her research examines transitions in museums, galleries and cultural heritage in late modernity and the network society.










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Shifting into an open world

03 March 2013

Crisis or no crisis, the world is changing. Large commercial organizations have been swept off their pedestals and consumers are getting a far greater say. Power to the people! In this day and age, sharing information has become child’s play….

Crisis or no crisis, the world is changing. Large commercial organizations have been swept off their pedestals and consumers are getting a far greater say. Power to the people! In this day and age, sharing information has become child’s play. It has made individual successes less important and has put an emphasis on collaboration. There is so much knowledge and data available that it’s almost a waste not to share it. Open Source technology contributes a great deal to this change.










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21st century expression, with Anarchy Dance Theatre

01 March 2013

Do you know the expression: “He was all up in my personal space?” Anarchy Dance Theatre is a young, modern dance company that visualizes that feeling. Human behavior and emotions are an important theme in the performances of Taiwan’s Anarchy…

Do you know the expression: “He was all up in my personal space?” Anarchy Dance Theatre is a young, modern dance company that visualizes that feeling. Human behavior and emotions are an important theme in the performances of Taiwan’s Anarchy Dance Theatre. In 2011, this dance company sought a way to translate their performance to the digital expression forms of the 21st century, but to retain the spirit of traditional theater. The answer was the Seventh Sense project, developed with technical partner UltraCombos.

 










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The best art festivals and exhibitions from all over the world

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art

UNITED KINGDOM, GLASGOW • APRIL 4 – 21

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Biennale of Sydney

AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY • MARCH 21 – JUNE 9

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Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art

UNITED KINGDOM, GLASGOW • APRIL 4 – 21

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Biennale of Sydney

AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY • MARCH 21 – JUNE 9

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European Media Art Festival

GERMANY, OSNABRUCK • APRIL 23 – 27

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Culture Lab Detroit

USA, DETROIT – MICHIGAN • APRIL 24 – 26

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FITC Toronto 2014

CANADA, TORONTO • APRIL 27 – 29

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BIAN Montréal

CANADA, MONTRÉAL • MAY 1 – JUNE 19

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Pictoplasma Conference 2014

GERMANY, BERLIN • MAY 1 – 3

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WEBDOX 2014

BELGIUM, LEUVEN • MAY 7 – 10

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Art Basel Hong Kong

CHINA, HONG KONG • MAY 15 – 18

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Sight + Sound Festival

CANADA, MONTRÉAL • MAY 20 – 25

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DEAF 2014

THE NETHERLANDS, ROTTERDAM • MAY 21 – 25

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Mapping Festival

SWITSERLAND, GENEVA • MAY 22 – JUNE 1

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EM15

CANADA, MONTRÉAL • MAY 27 – JUNE 1

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DMY International Design Festival

GERMANY, BERLIN • MAY 28 – JUNE 1

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Sónar International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art

SPAIN, BARCELONA • JUNE 12 – 14

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Currents Santa Fe International New Media Festival

USA, NEW MEXICO – SANTA FE • JUNE 13 – 29

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Art Basel Basel

SWITSERLAND, BASEL • JUNE 19 – 22

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