Entries by Tim Meijerink

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.

The Fair Grounds featured at the Grijs en Wijs Mediafestival 2019

With over 400 visitors, the Grijs en Wijs Mediafestival 2019 in the Dutch Institute of Sound and Vision past 9 November was a great success. Young and old were able to immerse themselves in the possibilities of digital media during this kick-off event of the Week of Media Literacy, de Week van de Mediawijsheid

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.