Audience view during ‘As Above, So Below’ | Photo: Pieter Kers

The performance evening of FIBER Festival 2020 is centred around the theme of instability with a main focus on the instability of ecological environments. In the next two hours we will experience two confronting, maybe even awkward, sonic and visual representations of deforestation and receding coastlines, both consequences of human actions. The first, As Above, So Below, is a live audio-visual ambient set by sound artist and researcher Sébastien Robert and media artist Mark IJzerman. The second is a live electro-acoustic ambient set by the duo Wanderwelle called All Hands Bury the Cliffs at Sea. Due to another unstable biological…


Malacca Sand Dunes | Michaela Büsse

The Radical Streams began by following sand and its uses across the globe. The stories of sand exposed environmental issues and made us speculate on alternative ways of relating to our surroundings. These different narratives, which included military interventions in Europe, the Middle East and the South China Sea, a real-estate development project in the Strait of Malacca and Chinese environmental governance, illuminated the collateral damage that the logistics of progress are doing to the planet — the dark side of progress. They showed how overusing resources to shape the environment to human interests is pushing life on the planet…


Installation view of Resurrecting the Sublime by Daisy Alexandra Ginsberg at Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne, March 2019. Vitrines with smell diffusion, lava and limestone boulders, animations, and ambient soundscape. Photograph: Alex Cretey-Systermans.

Sensing Place reiterates artistic practices that make unstable concepts such as ‘unseen’ and ‘unknown’ visible and more graspable. By interacting with hybrid instruments and engaging in experimental try-outs, the speakers Sébastien Robert, Yara Feghali and Viviane El-Kmati (FollyFeastLab) and Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg engage with forgotten narratives, speculative futures and alternative ecosystems.


A rainy day. After joining the General Climate Strike, I arrive at the conference location: De Brakke Grond. My Dutch friend tells me it means something like “infertile land”. As I walk into the conference room, I see four large screens, many chairs separated as dictated by COVID-19 rules. Smoke creeping in. I think I am already in a posthuman territory: a room ruled by a virus that’s changed the way we do things. I have never been in a conference room like this, and I wonder how the space will affect my perception of the conference.

View from the studio audience during Posthuman Territories | Photo: Pieter Kers

Today’s session has…


Becoming Unstable at FIBER Festival 2020 | Photo: Pieter Kers

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

What will happen if we try to see how we each play a role in the history of the world? I believe that we could discover that all organisms have agency and therefore are interdependent in creating the history of the world.

How can we learn to become sensitive to issues relating to our environment in a context where rational knowledge is valued more than sensory knowledge? To do so…


Models For Environmental Literacy

Tivon Rice — Whisper Poems

FIBER Festival 2020 will take place from 24–27 September. With the festival theme of Instability we explore new ways of adapting to an age of planetary and societal changes. Leading up to the event, we are investigating the unstable layers of four subdomains: Becoming Unstable, Sensing Place, Radical Streams and Posthuman Territories. Within Posthuman Territories, we aim to investigate how artistic engineering can play a role in developing an inclusive and sustainable technological infrastructure. What invisible conflicts may emerge due to the changing landscape? …


Eccentric engineering, the fantasy of neutrality and giving a language to uncertainty

Tega Brain, Julian Oliver & Bengt Sjölén — Asunder

FIBER Festival 2020 will take place from 24–27 September. With the festival theme of Instability we explore new ways of adapting to an age of planetary and societal changes. Leading up to the event, we are investigating the unstable layers of four subdomains: Becoming Unstable, Sensing Place, Radical Streams and Posthuman Territories. Within Posthuman Territories, we aim to investigate how artistic engineering can play a role in developing an inclusive and sustainable technological infrastructure. What invisible conflicts may emerge due to the changing landscape? Over the next few…


Instability perspectives: Tools for subverting the Anthropocene

Making the invisible visible: Camera Obscura Photo by Raphäelle Mueller, 2017

FIBER Festival 2020 will take place from 24–27 September. With the festival theme of Instability we explore new ways of adapting to an age of planetary and societal changes. Leading up to the event, we are investigating the unstable layers of four subdomains: Becoming Unstable, Sensing Place, Radical Streams and Posthuman Territories. Within Posthuman Territories, we aim to investigate how artistic engineering can play a role in developing an inclusive and sustainable technological infrastructure. What invisible conflicts may emerge due to the changing landscape? Over the next few weeks, we begin our unstable…


Exploring multi-sensory mapping; the interface between body and world.

From 9 to 13 September 2019, the Cartographies of the Vanishing Now Lab took place in Amsterdam, organised by FIBER Festival. This five-day art-science laboratory investigated how sensory art, cartographic design and speculative storytelling can contribute to a better understanding of a new unstable world under the influence of climate change.

More than 40 makers and thinkers — artists, designers, scientists, creative coders, performers, scholars and speculative writers — came together to work on new knowledge development and artistic prototypes. The Lab set out to capture the impact of the growing…


Questioning our human relationship with technology as a collaborator.

From 9 to 13 September 2019, the Cartographies of the Vanishing Now Lab took place in Amsterdam, organised by FIBER Festival. This five-day art-science laboratory investigated how sensory art, cartographic design and speculative storytelling can contribute to a better understanding of a new unstable world under the influence of climate change.

More than 40 makers and thinkers — artists, designers, scientists, creative coders, performers, scholars and speculative writers — came together to work on new knowledge development and artistic prototypes. The Lab set out to capture the impact of the growing…

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Amsterdam based platform and festival for audiovisual art, digital culture and electronic music. Upcoming events: FIBER Festival 2020, September 24–27.

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