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

The Fair Grounds is an artistic project by media design 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. Both have been updated with the 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 and enhanced and now tells surprising new stories to a mix of generations: popular culture meets high tech and high art!

See ‘The Fair Grounds’ in 2019:

• Kermis Amsterdam Westerpark (NL) – 8 – 17 March
• Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany (DE) – 5 – 7 April 
• Kingsday Amersfoort (NL) – 27 April
• Preview: ‘Bumper Ballet’ – La Biennale di Venezia, boatstop ‘Arsenale’ (IT) – 8 – 10 May
• Premiere  ‘Bumper Ballet’ – Dutch Technology Week Eindhoven – presented by Eindhoven Museum (NL) –  20 – 26 May
• La Bonne Aventure Festival, Dunkirk, France (FR) –  21 – 23 June 
• Sunny Side of the Doc / Pixii, la Rochelle, France (FR) – 24 – 27 June
• Festival de Onderstroom, Vlissingen (NL) – 5 – 7 July
• Olala – Internationales Straßentheaterfestival, Lienz Austria (AT) – 26 – 27 July
• Park Hilaria Kermis Eindhoven (NL) – 2 – 11 August
• BigArt Hembrug Zaandam (NL) – 11 – 15 September
• INNOVATE Arnhem (NL) – 3 – 5 October
• Dutch Media Week Hilversum (NL) – 12 – 13 October
• THE ARTS + / Frankfurter Buchmesse (DE) – 16 – 2o October
• De Betovering The Hague (NL) – 19 – 25 October
• Beyond Human Festival Leiden (NL) – 4 – 10 November

‘Bumper Ballet’ 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. It is part of a selection of 33 installations that were narrowed down from hundreds of entries to make it to the final round. Now the SXSW Art Program Advisory Board – including Cezanne Charles of Creative Many, Suhair Khan of Google Arts & Culture, Kim Cook of Burning Man, and more – will review these proposals and select the final program which will be announced in January 2020.

About DROPSTUFF.nl

Interactive Experiences and Media Design

DROPSTUFF MEDIA is a pioneer in media design and creates immersive and interactive public experiences. DROPSTUFF MEDIA conceptualizes, realizes and presents both autonomously and commissioned interactive installations and experiences.

Immersive Media Experiences
DROPSTUFF MEDIA creates experiences that share the same characteristics: combining new ways of storytelling with artistic content design and new technologies. We work together with partners that we believe in: designers, artists, museums, schools, universities. We are confident that mutual learning occurs in the heart of collaboration.

The Fair Grounds
The Fair Grounds is an artistic project where amusement rides are presented as art installations. New narratives have been added to fairground attractions as well as old forms of folk culture. The rides have 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: popular culture meets high tech and high art!

The ambition to marvel
We believe it is important to create experiences that make the audience marvel through storylines. Our projects encourage people to actively explore the crossovers between stories in cultural heritage and art in one hand and experimental (media) technologies in the other. Technical improvement is never the core of our projects, nor do we aim to solve the world’s problems – but the projects displayed on this page give an impression on where our passion lies.

Education program
DROPSTUFF MEDIA has a program of workshops that stimulate students to think about ‘the power of the media’ and teach them to think in a critical way about the images and impulses they receive everyday.


Previously

©: Dutch Design Daily

Check this out! Bumper Ballet is 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
©: DROPSTUFF MEDIA

'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'
Innovate Arnhem 2019 - © Michèle Giebing© Michèle Giebing

De Koude Kermis at Innovate Arnhem festival is 'an instant hit'

The Innovate Festival in Arnhem was a resounding success. More than five thousand visitors went and had a great time this Saturday afternoon in the creative hotbed of inventors and inventions in the former Coberco milk factory near the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem. The combination of The Fair Grounds with the Arnhem Technology Day turns out to be a direct hit.

René van Engelenburg is a guest at New Business Radio

On Thursday 19 September René van Engelenburg will talk at New Business Radio about the future plans of DROPSTUFF.nl and the project 'The Fair Grounds'.
The Fair Grounds - Gooisch Bierfestival - 15 September 2019 ©: DROPSTUFF MEDIA©: DROPSTUFF MEDIA

'The Fair Grounds' makes a stop at the Gooisch Bierfestival 2019

Dutch Media Week, the media festival of the Netherlands, takes place this year from 4 to 13 October in Hilversum. Be surprised and inspired!