Bumper Ballet

Bumper Ballet is a new installation of media art collective DROPSTUFF.nl and the latest addition to the ongoing artistic project The Fair Grounds, where an amusement ride doubles as an ‘art installation’ and a vendor doubles as a ‘performer’.

A small bumper car track of about 6 x 12 meters contains four bumper cars. The drivers of the bumper cars initially drive as normal. After a few minutes ‘the system’ takes over and the steering wheel no longer works. Visitors become a subject to the cars and experience what it means to lose control when the computer system takes over. From that point on the cars perform a dance choreography with each other: a bumper ballet is born.

This installation demonstrates the experience of losing control to new technology and the presumed contrast between ‘colliding’ and ‘dancing’.

Bumper Ballet is a collaboration with Eindhoven Museum and the designers Peter de Man and Douwe Hibma.

Preview at Biennale Venice: May 8 – 11 , 11.00 – 19.00 h

• 8 May 16:30 — Visit from Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

Premiere in Eindhoven: May 19 – 24, 12.00 – 19.00 h

More Info: 
Do you want to know more or would you like to place Bumper Ballet at your event or festival?  Call: +31(0)35 – 677 1912 or send an e-mail to: info@dropstuff.nl

Bumper Ballet is part of The Fair Grounds

Self driving and dancing bumper cars


A project by

In collaboration with
Eindhoven Museum, Peter de Man and Douwe Hibma.

The Fair Grounds
Bumper Ballet is part of The Fair Grounds: 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. The result is a fairground where every ride has been modified, enhanced or completely redesigned: popular culture meets high tech and high art!