[ISEA2022] Institutional Presentation: Viola van Alphen & Agnes van Dijk — Manifestations – art, tech & fun festival

Institutional Presentation Statement 

CCCB Auditorium, June 13th Session: Medialabs, research and practices

Keywords: Art, technology, innovation, digital_activism, robots

Manifestations is a nine-day festival in the field of art and technology during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Manifestations showcases the (mis)matches between people and technology and aims to raise awareness on the role of technology in our society and in our future.

Manifestations is a yearly Art & Technology festival in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. During the Dutch Design Week in October (350.000 visitors), we present 50-100 innovative and talented artists that develop accessible installations and artworks for a broad audience. All the artwork is about a more human technology – a lot of the work and projects we present are later in large international museums or festivals. At Manifestations we offer interactive artworks for events or festivals. We work with more than 5.000 international artists that create art using technology. We focus the spotlight on art and technology with a human dimension: sometimes confrontational and other times the perfect match, but always critical, playful, recognizable and awe-inspiring. Think of robot acts, performances with electronic music, exoskeletons, e-fashion art, data & privacy installations, artworks that integrate AI, sustainability, hackers, crypto nails, food printing and more.

The festival also reaches a non-art audience to prevent preaching to its own choir.

Other participants of the festival which will also present at ISEA2022 are: Maartje Dijkstra, Jip van Leeuwenstein, Tim Dekkers, Daniëlle Ooms, more.

  • Viola van Alphen 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.
  • Agnes van Dijk (NL) https://agnesvandijk.nl