Last week, the Fabricatorz dispatched me on a three-city tour of the Netherlands to play some gigs and tour art spaces in Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Rotterdam. I kicked things off with Sharism Presents Amsterdam hosted by our great friends at Kennisland on November 1st. In attendance we had Paul Keller, Nikki Timmermans, Maarten Zeinstra and Thijs van Exel (Kennisland), Alper Çuğun and Lex Slaghuis (Hack de Overheid), Jaak Vlasveld (Consortium Green IT), and Natalia Sanchez (Unfold Amsterdam); plus John Haltiwanger (dripping digital) in absentia. Maarten and Jaak deserve props for learning the Flickernoise scripting language for the Milkymist One by writing (and then performing) their first patch in under 20 minutes!
I followed that up with an appearance at the IMPAKT Festival in Utrecht (now in it’s 22nd year), where I gave a talk during the Getting Rough with Media: The ‘Right to Know’ Summit, and showcased the MilkyMist video synthesizer in a live collaborative performance with Chilean noise artist elpueblodechina. I spoke alongside Sunil Abraham (Centre for Internet and Society), Tatiana Bazzichelli (Networkingart), Rui Guerra (INTK), Alejandra Perez Nuñez AKA HIMW a.k.a. elpueblodechina, Ghalia Elsrakbi and Lauren Alexander (FOUNDLAND), and Alejandro Duque. Ghalia and Lauren deserve a special shout-out for their art project on Syria, Watching revolution through a hole in the wall. Also, at the same time as the summit our friend Bjorn Wijers (Burobjorn) was participating in the A Hack a Day at IMPAKT.
The ‘Right to Know’ Summit was curated by Fabricatorz friend and collaborator Stephen Kovats. Stephen served until recently as artistic director of transmediale, where in his final year he helped sponsor the book sprint for An Open Web. Before that Stephen was chief program curator at V2_, and is now the Project Director of McLuhan in Europe 2011. I’m looking forward to what Stephen has in store for 2012!