• The fair grounds at the base: New workplace and experience

  • 800 m2 of innovation and "creative disruption"

  • an inspiring environment for your (online) event

  • Specialists in interactive and immersive design

  • pioneers in popular culture, heritage, arts and technology


The Water Arch at SXSW Festival March 12-15

DROPSTUFF MEDIA has developed a new installation, ‘The Water Arch’; an interactive installation that playfully brings the ever-increasing use of water to the attention of a wider audience.

It is an abstraction of a classic Dutch barrel organ. By turning a big wheel, the water comes to life. While playing songs from long forgotten days, water is pumped up through a system of tubes and transparent bubbles. Eventually the water collects in a large container above your head. At 134 liters the water is released. Protected by a large transparent dome you experience the power of daily water usage at an instance. 134 liters* is the amount that every person in The Netherlands uses every day on average. In the USA this goes up to 310 liters.* The music is an adaptation of a recording of a famous barrel organ from the 1950s and 1960s from the archive of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

From March 12-15, 2023, The Water Arch will be on display at the SXSW Festival Creative Industries Expo in Austin, Texas, USA. *drinkwaterplatform.nl / epa.gov

‘Fair at the Base “- new workshop and experience

Dit jaar liep wat anders dan vooraf gedacht. Maar we zijn omdenkers, dus zijn we op zoek gegaan naar nieuwe kansen en mogelijkheden.

Daarom is onze werkplaats verhuisd naar Park Vliegbasis Soesterberg. En daar presenteren we nu ‘Kermis op de Basis’: een 800 m2 media playground met de installaties van De Koude Kermis als unieke setting voor innovatieve dagprogramma’s gericht op het creëren en versterken van innovatie- en transformatievermogen.

De ruimte is daarnaast uitermate geschikt voor uw eigen workshops, heisessies, hybride of online bijeenkomsten tot 25 personen. Uiteraard met goede catering en opties voor grotere events tot 450 personen, straks in betere tijden.

Voorlopig volledig ingericht op 1,5 m afstand. We zien er naar uit om elkaar weer snel in het echt te ontmoeten! Meer info? 035-6771912 of kermisopdebasis@dropstuff.nl


DROPSTUFF MEDIA is a pioneer in media design and creates immersive and interactive public experiences. DROPSTUFF conceives, realizes and presents both autonomously and on commission.

Immersive Media Installations
DROPSTUFF MEDIA is a specialist in the development of media installations and exhibitions in public spaces, in inner cities, at festivals, for museums, cultural organizations and during various events.

We depict messages and stories for broad audiences by connecting new techniques to substantive stories and exciting experience concepts. Active participation and audience reach are the keywords in many of our productions. We have experience with the use of artificial intelligence, motion detection and virtual and augmented reality techniques in public experiences.

The Fair Grounds
The Fair Grounds is the playground of the new media art collective DROPSTUFF MEDIA. The project builds a collection of artworks where amusement rides are presented as art installations. New narratives have been added to fairground attractions as well as to old forms of folk culture. Each ride has been updated with rich stories of cultural heritage, the imagination of the arts and the wonderment of new technologies. The result is a truly new fairground where every ride has been modified, enhanced and now tells a surprising story to a mix of generations: folk culture meets high tech and high art!

Educational program
The DROPSTUFF Educational Program consists of various types of media literacy workshops, subdivided into various topics & themes that (young) people are confronted with in daily life. All workshops have both a theoretical and a practical element, so that students can immediately practice the transferred knowledge in practice. The workshops are given by a team of young and driven professionals with knowledge.

LED-Schermen rental
DROPSTUFF MEDIA rents out mobile LED screens for festivals and events. You can use the LED units with 4 mm or 8 mm pixel pitch as a mobile stage, DJ booth, exhibition stand or presentation room. Custom installations are our specialty.


Concept map of The Fair Grounds, 2020©: DROPSTUFF MEDIA

DROPSTUFF MEDIA presents The Fair Grounds: popular culture meets high tech and high art!

The Fair Grounds is a truly new fairground where ‘folk culture’ meets ‘high tech and high art’.The Fair Grounds consists of multiple independent installations where traditional amusement rides have been updated with new artistic or social narratives.
Bumper Ballet is part of the official selection of the SXSW Art Program 2020©: DROPSTUFF.nl

‘Bumper Ballet’ selected for prestigious SXSW 2020 Art Program!

Bumper Ballet is a bumper car track with the world's first self-driving bumper cars, created by Dutch new media art collective DROPSTUFF MEDIA. Between 15 and 21 March 2020, these AI-driven bumper cars can be seen at SXSW 2020, one of the most innovative art and technology festivals in the world.
Bumper Ballet op Park Hilaria, 6 augustus 2019©: Barbara Medo

‘The Fair Grounds’ nominated as finalist for the 2020 SXSW Art Program!

We are proud to announce that 'The Fair Grounds: Bumper Ballet', a project by DROPSTUFF MEDIA, is nominated as a finalist for the 2020 SXSW Art Program.
Bumper Ballet - Dutch Design Daily - 20 November 2019©: Dutch Design Daily

Bumper Ballet featured on Dutch Design Daily

Check this out! Bumper Ballet is featured on Dutch Design Daily. Dutch Design Daily is an online platform featuring every day a new topical subject from the broad field of Dutch Design.
©: Leids Dagblad

The Fair Grounds at Lammermarkt: bumping at the Beyond Human Festival in Leiden

A gondola ride through Venice is popular, but not cheap. At the Kerme Kermis on the Lammermarkt, visitors can imagine themselves in a virtual world at the popular holiday destination.
©: De Betovering

Who dances at Festival de Betovering? Man or Machine?

Who dances at Festival de Betovering? Man or Machine? In these bumper cars you become a driver and subject and you experience what it means to lose control when computer systems take over.
Bumper Ballet at THE ARTS+ Future of Culture Festival, Frankfurt Buchmesse 2019©: DROPSTUFF MEDIA

Viel Spaß! Bumper Ballet smashes to succes at THE ARTS+, Frankfurter Buchmesse

Bumper Ballet at the THE ARTS+ brings some of the most innovative thinkers and practitioners from around the world together to explore, debate and shape the future of culture and creativity in the digital age

‘The Fair Grounds’ present in Hilversum at the Open Studio Dagen 2019

The 12th edition of the Open Studio Days are a wrap. An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at radio and TV, with plenty to do and discover for young and old and a special place for the installations of 'The Fair Grounds'