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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

‘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. 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

Bumper Ballet op Big Art 2019. Foto: Jan Willem Kaldenbach©: Jan Willem Kaldenbach

Check out the gallery edition of Bumper Ballet at BIG ART!

Full throttle on BIG ART with Bumper Ballet! On this 'gallery version' of our bumper car track you can experience what it's like to lose control of technology. Who dances, people or machines?
DROPSTUFF Photobooth Rembrandt & De Gouden Eeuw 2019©: DROPSTUFF MEDIA

DROPSTUFF.nl Photobooth 'Rembrandt & De Gouden Eeuw 2019' at Uitmarkt Amsterdam

At the Uitmarkt Amsterdam you can be immortalized in the unique, life-sized Rembrandt & De Gouden Eeuw 2019 photo booth!
The Fair Grounds op Festival Onderstroom, Vlissingen 2019 - © Tim van Kleunen© Tim van Kleunen

Come & see The Fair Grounds at the coast at Festival Onderstroom, Zeeland

In the summer of 2019, from 5 to 7 July, The Fair Grounds will lay itself out at Onderstroom Festival in Vlissingen. For three days, Festival Onderstroom is the best place for street theater, music by the sea and lots of performances in a unique setting: the city of Vlissingen itself!
2019-06-27 The Fair Grounds Sunny Side Of The Doc©: DROPSTUFF MEDIA

Bonjour! The Fair Grounds is present at the Sunny Side of the Doc 2019 festival in La Rochelle, France!

In the summer we travel to the beautiful La Rochelle in France for the Sunny Side of the Doc 2019 festival. We have the honor to showcase 'The Fair Grounds' and 'Time Travelers' for the first time at PiXii in France!
©: DROPSTUFF MEDIA

Dive into the world of The Fair Grounds at the AV Festival 2019 in Amsterdam

Come and discover the virtual installations of The Fair Grounds at the AV Festival 2019 where we showcase our attractions The Fair Grounds & Carnaval des Moutons in Westergas Amsterdam.
©: Eindhovens Dagblad

Look back on the wonderful Dutch premiere of Bumper Ballet at Dutch Technology Week

We look back on a wonderful Dutch premiere of Bumper Ballet at the DTW - Dutch Technology Week, where thanks to the Eindhoven Museum many visitors could experience a ride in the self-driving bumper cars!
FeelGood Market Eindhoven 2019 - fotograaf: Barbara MedoFeelGood Market Eindhoven 2019 - fotograaf: Barbara Medo

Bumper Ballet premieres at the DTW - Dutch Technology Week!

On May 20, 2019, Bumper Ballet premiered at the DTW - Dutch Technology Week! Bumper Ballet is the newest attraction within the De Koude Kermis project made in collaboration with the Eindhoven Museum  and the designers Peter de Man and Douwe Hibma!
Minister van Engelshoven bezoekt Bumper Ballet op Biënnale van Venetië

Dutch Minister van Engelshoven visits Bumper Ballet at the Venice Biennale

On 8 May 2019, Minister van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science, visited the media art installation 'Bumper Ballet' at the Biennale in Venice!