I’m very excited about the upcoming Freemote festival, a gathering of electronic artists from all over Europe. Freemote is providing a stage for contemporary creative communities to share ideas and to collaborate. We will be participating in this creative event and our students will take part in the Freemote academy program. And as it’s all about audiovisual and electronic art here’s the festival trailer just to get you into the flow.
Freemote will consist of a main program offering an insight into the works of a wide range of electronic artists and creative organizations, workshops and master classes on topics like video mapping, open hardware, event organization and data visualization just to name a few. These all circle around the festival theme: threshold, crossing borders and finding tipping points. It’s about finding borders or limits that somehow withhold us from progressing to a new state. Can we reinvent ourselves?
It’s hard to name the-one-big-thing-you-can’t-afford-to-miss as born digital has provided such a wide and varied program. Still I am happy to see the Utrecht based Setup Medialab will be present and I’m also looking forward to seeing Sander Veenhof’s recent projects. Visual Berlin will be present with a pretty large crew of different VJ’s and performance artists and there’s so much more. While it’s great to see such a varied line-up of intriguing artists all gathering in Utrecht I am most excited about the upcoming academy program.
Freemote academy will offer students an inspiring and intense three-day program, resulting in a project presentation on the main floor. Many of the guests present at the event will also take part in the academy program so students will be able to work with some of today’s most original and profound artists. As the central theme threshold is all about crossing borders students from different schools and universities will be working together in mixed teams, and all will be facing one key question: How can media be part of a real world environment, and where can media be manifest using new technology and new ideas? Will they be able to find a new context for video outside the traditional screen? Can contemporary dance and performing arts step beyond reality into an augmented environment? How will they produce content if the city is their canvas?
While one could approach these questions from either a philosophical or scientific point of view it is both intriguing and inspiring to see a much more down to earth artist approach. Somehow an artist interpretation can include both the question and the answer in a much deeper and poetic form. Could it be that exploration and experience makes you understand how things relate, and where they conflict? I hope we can provide an environment in which students feel free to explore those borders and go beyond the usual university’s threshold.