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The Fair Grounds is coming to LekArt, ARTS+ Frankfurt, Cinekid and de Betovering!

The Fair Grounds is an artistic project by media design collective DROPSTUFF.nl, consisting of a collection of artworks where a amusement rides are presented as art installations. A new narrative has been added to pre-existing attractions and old forms of entertainment have been updated. Likewise, new concepts and designs have been loaded with traditional stories and customs. The result is a fairground where every ride has been modified, enhanced or completely redesigned: popular culture meets high tech and high art!

At The Fair Grounds, nothing is as it seems. Take a ride on’ ‘The Fair Grounds 1.0‘, a virtual reality rollercoastride with 6 converted kiddy rides, have a gamble with the Grab the Pussy refurbished claw crane, choose from one of 20 tasty & fresh e-numbers at the ZOET!-candyfloss truck, go for a spin in the Carnaval des Moutons merry-go-round – an ode to the zoetrope – or get your picture taken as a freak of the future in the Photobooth Freakshow!

Brand new: Time Travellers, escaperoom on wheels;

From 2018 onwards, The Fair Grounds will travel to existing carnivals, fair grounds and festivals and present itself to a broad audience. At each large event, an new ride will be unveiled and added to the collection. Scheduled for release are bumper cars where the cars will perform a dance, being controlled like drones from a distance, or a virtual de-friending shooting gallery where you can clean up your online friend-list… come all and enjoy The Fair Grounds!

TOURLIST THE FAIR GROUNDS 2018:

• Preview: Kermis Amsterdam Westerpark – 09 t/m 18 march 2018
• Preview: MESH Festival for Creativity and Design – 23 march 2018
• Koningsdag and 100 jaar Mediastad Hilversum – 27 april en 27 may 2018
• MediaBites – VondelCS Amsterdam, 6 ’till 8 june 2018 (preview Carnaval des Moutons)
• Batjes, Roeselare (België) – 22 ’till 24 june
• Milkshake, Amsterdam – 28 and 29 july 2018 (Grab the Pussy)
• Lowlands Biddinghuizen – 17 ’till 19 august 2018
• Dutch Media Week Hilversum – 1,2, 8 and 9 september 2018
• Hogeschool van Amsterdam – 7 september 2018 (The Fair Grounds, Tijdreizigers, ZOET!)
• LekArt, Culemborg 28 ’till 30 september 2018 (The Fair Grounds)
• ARTS+, Frankfurter Buchmesse, (Tijdreizigers, Carnaval des Moutons, ZOET!)
• Cinekid Festival Amsterdam, 20 ’till 26 october 2018 (complete opzet)
• De Betovering Den Haag, 20 ’till 27 october 2018 (The Fair Grounds)
• Lets Gro, Groningen, 31 october ’till 3 november 2018 (The Fair Grounds, Grab the Pussy, ZOET!)

The Fair Grounds is supported by BankGiro Lotery Fund, Prins Bernhard Culture Fund, CLICKNL Fieldlab Virtual Worlds

In collaboration with: Het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum en EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam.

DROPSTUFF.nl & TeYosh win the Cinekid Golden Lion Audience Award!

During the Cinekid Media Award Show on 25th of october 2017, the installation ‘The Fair Grounds‘ by DROPSTUFF.nl won the Golden Lion Audience Award! The VR-installation, this time paired up with the special animation Bananza by TeYosh, managed to gather by far the most audience votes for most popular attraction. The installation can be seen from 21 to 27th of october 2017 at Cinekids Festival, Westergasfabriek Amsterdam

‘Grab the Pussy’ launched at Lowlands festival!

During Lowlands 2017, the latest DROPSTUFF’s addition to the ‘The Fair Grounds’ has been launched; ‘Grab the Pussy’. ‘Grab the Pussy’ is an art project where you can try to grab an old-fashioned kitten. No industrial plush, but even knitted by grandmothers from all over the Netherlands! After Lowlands, the project travels through the Netherlands. Check our website for the tour list!

About DROPSTUFF.nl

The Media Network for Digital and Interactive Experiences
DROPSTUFF.nl is a pionier in media design and creates public experiences. DROPSTUFF.nl conceptualises, realises ánd presents interactive media projects, audiovisual productions for public screens and an educational program about media knowledge.

Media projects
Through exciting new experiences, DROPSTUFF.nl translates messages and stories to a broad audience. By applying new techniques we aim to increase public outreach and participation. Therefore we use the latest media technologies, encompassing smartphones, motion-tracking, digital screens, virtual and augmented reality and combine them with spacial and analogue design.

Artcasting: public screens program
DROPSTUFF.nl broadcasts an interactive artistic program on a network of ‘urban screens’ on central locations such as stations, public squares and other high-profile areas.

Educational program
DROPSTUFF.nl offers a media educational program to Dutch highschools consisting of five public workshops that teach the intrinsic value of monitoring new media in a critical way. These workshops differentiate according to the average age, the size and the level of the classes.

LED Rental
DROPSTUFF.nl rents out mobile LED-screens to a multitude of festivals and events. These LED-screens are not only functional, but they are also eyecatchers by being multi-purpose stages. These LED-screens are excellent options to use as a temporary stage, DJ-booth, festival stand or pop-up presentation unit. We are specialists in tailor made installations.

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