[ISEA2020] Institutional Presentation: Viola van Alphen & Nikol Vetronova — Manifestations: Art & Technology

Institutional Presentation Statement n.a.

  • Viola van Alphen (NL) is an activist, writer, and former director of multimedia event GOGBOT, which was awarded as the Most Innovative Event of the Netherlands. She is now the creative director of Manifestations, an annual Art & Tech festival in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, with 35000+ visitors. With themes like Will the Future Design Us?, Internet-of-Women-Things, Superpower-to-the-People, Technology-as-Your-Perfect-Boyfriend, Monsters–Free-the-Byte, the festival addresses issues that create controversy and encourage the visitors to be more actively engaged in technology and the role they want technology to have and to not have in the future. Over 500 articles written about me and my work in the last 10 years • Co-developed the Atompunk theme with best-selling sci-fi author Bruce Sterling • Mentioned as trendwatcher and innovator • Delivered over 40 invited presentations at universities, museums, and businesses around the world within the last 10 years. Chosen in 2006 as Time magazine’s Person of the Year. 😉 manifestations.nl
  • Nikol Vetronova, Creative Director Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator Manifestations – Stichting Art & Technology. Nikol has a background in tourism management, events and administration. For the past 3 years she has gained experience in event management and connecting internationals together with different organisations. Nikol left her corporate career path to have greater impact on local communities. Since 2019, she has been the office manager and coordinator of Manifestations, an annual Art & Tech festival in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, which gives young talents a platform to showcase their work and makes art more accessible to people outside of the “art bubble”. Nikol views ISEA2020 as an exciting opportunity to grow Manifestations network, represent the Dutch art culture internationally and work with world-class entrepreneurs. manifestations.nl