How can your festival experience be something unforgettable? According to Youngworks, ‘doing things together at festivals’ is a high priority of the youngsters this year (M. van der Maal). For example, helping to build the decor at the Solar Weekend Festival or even to perform at Magneet Festival. You can say these are forms of co-creation, which is used at music festivals to get the crowd more involved with the festival and to create an even more memorable experience.
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You can call me a sentimental guy, but at the end of each year I always need a moment to look back at the beautiful moments. At the end of 2012 I have the honour to write the last blog of the year. Therefore I would like to take the opportunity to highlight this year’s major projects and results at our Crossmedialab. At the same time I want to look forward to a promising new year.
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Performances, festivals, theatre play, live heavy metal concerts and techno parties all have one interesting thing in common; it is said that you have to be ‘there’, that you have to fully immerse in the physical event to fully understand and appreciate the event. According to Phelan ‘performance honors the idea that a limited number of people in a specific time/space frame can have an experience of value which leaves no visible trace afterward’ (1993: 149). Thus ‘live-performances’ seem to be the exact opposite of that what is essential to mass media that are designed for duplication rather then uniqueness (see Benjamin, 1936). But how do new; digital and interactive media fit this dichotomy?
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Where would one find her (or him) self to be chasing a white rabbit holding a (broken) watch, fall down an endless hole, be attending a wicked tea party, meet a mad hatter and see a lobster and a mock turtle perform a pervasive song? Besides the obvious answer, the famous Alice in wonderland novel by Lewis Carroll, a visit to a music festival could offer just these elements as a part of their program. Whereas there still are festivals that concentrate on the main stage, headline acts and plenty of alcohol, the audience also can choose from a wide variety of immersive experiences. In our research program on festivals we explore how these experiences are designed, promoted and how the audience participates.
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In about one and a half week Crossmedialab proudly presents its book about festivalexperience at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht. Like in Harry van Vliet’s blog (15 September 2012), I would like to focus here on a part of the content. After a few years of measuring the motivations of people to go to a festival, measuring the use of social media before, during and after a festival and the satisfaction of the visitors, I thought it was time to measure my own festivalexperience. What are my motivations to go to a festival and which media do I use during the festival? The surveyresearch in our book focuses on four national festivals. My own festivalsummer, however, was national (Lowlands festival) and international (Les Ardentes in Liege Belgium and Outsidelands in San Francisco USA).
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During our research on motivations for visiting festivals I was struck by a peculiar term I had not heard of before: Dark Tourism. This refers to the fascination of tourists with sites of death, disaster and atrocities. Other words used to describe this are: heritage that hurts, thanatourism and morbid tourism. It may sound weird but it is not that uncommon, think of Dracula tourism in Romania, Jack the Ripper walks in London, visiting the battlefields of the first world war in Belgium, prisons (Robben island), slavery locations, the Anne Frank House, Ground Zero, etcetera. But the darkest examples are those of death camps of the Holocaust and the genocide camps in Cambodia, with Auschwitz as epitome. The Lonely Planet (2010) lists Auschwitz among its ‘‘top picks for Poland.’’
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Last Friday I was present at the gathering of Dutch media labs and new media festivals at the Dutch Electronic Art Festival (DEAF). It was exciting to meet not just one of our fellow media labs but instead to see the whole wide spectrum of labs gathering. Besides the book presentation Nederland labland by Virtueel Platform in which an overview of all currently active labs is presented, it was above all an opportunity to share ideas. Four mayor themes, innovation, business models, events and internationalization, were discussed in round table sessions; and two speakers gave an insight in how public funds will operate in the nearby future.
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Even though we are researching in the digital space, and my main passion lies at the internet and digital media, I will always have a soft spot for magazines, Especially independent magazines. Next to my iPad, I always have a big pile of magazines waiting to be read. I read magazines offline as well as on my iPad. I must say, reading magazines on a digital device leaves something to be desired. For instance, you don’t have the tactile feeling of knowing how far you are in a magazine. It doesn’t have a nice way to flip the pages fast, just to get a feel of the magazine. That’s why I will keep reading magazines in print. This led me to the Facing Pages festival in Arnhem this weekend. An intimate festival to celebrate independent magazines worldwide. Where else would you find magazines on Meatculture right next to a stencilled personal ‘zine dedicated to DWDD’s presenter Matthijs van Nieuwkerk? The festival revolves around three rooms: The lecture room, the exhibition and the lobby with magazine store. To start with the last. Amsterdam based Atheneum Bookstore runs the popup store with a great selection of magazines. I have found some great titles with outrageous designs. Some of the magazines have their digital counterpart, but to tell you the truth, they don’t hold up to the real thing in your hands.
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