The Fair Grounds — where amusement meets art

The Fair Grounds is an artistic project by media design collective DROPSTUFF.nl, consisting of a collection of artworks where 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 outfitted 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 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;

As of 2018, The Fair Grounds is travelling to existing carnivals, fair grounds and festivals to present itself to a broad audience. At each large event, a new ride will be unveiled and added to the collection. Scheduled for release in 2019 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 2019:

Come March 2019, the tour list for 2019 will be revealed here ..

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.

New in 2019: Bumper Ballet & The Puppet Player

Scheduled for release in 2019 is our Bumper Ballet, where the bumpercars will perform a dance, being controlled like drones from a distance. The cars will make their dancing debut on the Venice biennal 2019 at the Arsenale-square, from which point on they will be added to the regular collection of The Fair Grounds

Later on in 2019, we will focus on releasing The Puppet Player: a bungee-trampoline with four squares attached to a large, metal figurine. Is this puppetplayer controlling you, or are your jumps controlling it? Come and visit The Fair Grounds to find out!

DROPSTUFF.nl presents The Fair Grounds at THE ARTS+

We are proud to present certain key rides from The Fair Grounds at the Frankfurter Buchmesse during THE ARTS+, 10 to 14 october 2018. Come and see our carnivalesque attractions and amusement rides augmented with immersive technologies. Take a seat on the Fiat Panda time traveller to participate in a virtual racing game, put on an AR gear and see what happens! Also, don’t miss out the Candyfloss Stand ZOET!

The Fair Grounds is made in collaboration with the EYE Filmmuseum, and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. THE ARTS+ – with the subheading “Future of Culture Festival” – is a festival dedicated to the future of the creative and cultural industries and takes place at the Frankfurter Buchmesse in hall 4.1.

Rides at Hall 4.1 N87 / R87 / Q109

 

 

DROPSTUFF.nl creates Omdenken pop-up train quiz

For one week only on Utrecht Centraal: the Omdenken pop-up store. Made especially for this concept, DROPSTUFF.nl presents an interactive train-quiz: answer the questions and find how much of an Omdenker you are!

Through the use of our interactive game, you can find out in 5 minutes how much of an Omdenker you are. You can play the game while you are waiting for the next train. The winner receives a special Omdenken-book!

 

The Omdenken Treinquiz is made in assignment of A.W. Bruna Uitgevers and Store for Brands

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!

 

Second screening of ‘The 5 Seconds’ starts in Amersfoort & Hilversum

Starting this summer at the public media-screens in Hilversum & Amersfoort, DROPSTUFF.nl is launching a second season of ‘The 5 Seconds’. Over 16 cultural organisations have responded to a call to submit images of cultural historic objects from their collections. These have been processed, and every week one organisation gets to place the spotlight on a certain theme in their collection. Showcasing images of objects, paintings, figurative art or photography – for a duration of 5 seconds repeated throughout a day, seven days a week, every organisation has a chance to show their cultural heritage.

Dutch Minister of Culture Bussemaker opens The Fair Grounds

Outgoing Minister of Culture Jet Bussemaker was present in Venice on the 10th of May 2017 to open the ‘The Fair Grounds’ during the Venice Biennale. She hopped into one of the kiddy-rides, one of the former children rides refurbished into an art-installation designed in the colours of Mondriaan’s ‘De Stijl’.

Using a VR-headset, she as well as other passerby’s in Venice can take a virtual ‘rollercoaster’-tour through either the canals of Venice or Amsterdam — in 360 degrees ánd full 3D video !

The art installation ‘The Fair Grounds’ tackles the issues of turning classic European inner cities like Amsterdam and Venice into touristic hotspots and the effect it has on the authenticity of those cities.

Directly after the Venice Biennale presentation the installation will travel to two locations in The Netherlands: 
– 18 & 19 may during the Mediabites at VondelCS in Amsterdam
– 20 May during the Maakfestival at the Groninger Forum
– 23 May during the Mediawijzer Netwerk Experience  in het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum

‘The Fair Grounds’ at Venice Biennale 2017

From Tuesday the 9th of May until Sunday the 14th DROPSTUFF presents the media art work ‘The Fair Grounds’ during the preview days of the International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Situated directly opposite Vaporetto stop ‘Arsenale’, we organize -for the fifth time since 2007- an alternative Dutch contribution to the Biennale. Unlike other years, this year we present a work of DROPSTUFF itself. ‘The Fair Grounds’ is a concept and design of René van Engelenburg and Gijs ten Cate in realized collaboration with filmmaker Ard van der Veldt.

‘The Fair Grounds’ is an interactive multimedia artwork that will be placed in Venice during the preview days of the International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. From May 9 to 14 the project will be displayed at Vaporetto-stop Arsenale, on the Riva Ca’di Dio, the route from San Marco to Giardini. This is the same route that the art-loving crowd traverses daily to come and visit the Biennale. A place on the street, in the public space, where a mixture of Biennale-visitors, tourists and the occasional remaining citizen can meet.

The work consists of six nostalgic so called ‘kiddy rides’: carnivalesque attractions restored to their former glory and covered in a high gloss unicolor polyester layer. Colored in the template of ‘De Stijl’, the famous Dutch modernist art movement of Piet Mondriaan and Gerrit Rietveld. The objects are placed behind one another, lining up to make a small coaster train. Passerby’s are invited to take place: they can choose between a motorbike, a horse, a race car, a helicopter, a ‘Pikachu’ and a clown seesaw. Once seated, they don a VR-headset. A big red button will activate the whole ‘coaster train’. Every ride moves autonomously from each other in its own manner.

Inside of the virtual reality the participants are raced through both Venice and Amsterdam in a high-speed roller- coaster experience. The Fair Grounds turns Biennale-visitors into tourists and tourists into art-connoisseurs.

Download here the full Press Release

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Hilversum Plays! Outdoor-game afternoons at the station of Hilversum!

Starting this Spring, all of Hilversum is invited to come & game at the station of Hilversum. Using the large outdoor public LED-screen, we will transform the stationsquare into a large outdoor gaming zone. Selecting such gaming classics as Jazz JackRabbit or showcasing new gaming talent with the help of iconic figures like Pacman and a large, fully functioning Commodore-joystick. The message is clear: come out & play!