The GOGBOT festival is an annual festival, organized by PLANETART. The festival deals with subjects on the area of multimedia, art, music and technology. GOGBOT is a free entrance festival and wants to take art of international quality out of the museums and make it accessible for a broad audience, by presenting it in public space. Also part of the yearly program are lectures, a film program and the Youngblood award. Here the work of graduates of Dutch art academies are presented. The festival takes place and takes place in Enschede, near the German border in the Netherlands, on a yearly base and counts around 20,000 visitors.
The name GOGBOT originally exists of two parts: BOT because of the admiration of robotics and GOG because of its double meaning, on one hand the reference to the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, on the other hand GOGO, which means "a bit crazy".
GOGBOT always works with a controversial topic that responds to developments in the news. Previous years' themes were Mediapolis, Steampunk, Atompunk and Technological Singularity. The festival originates from several festivals that PLANETART organized earlier in the center of Enschede, i.e. in empty warehouses, on squares, in Music venues, examples are the Gods must be Crazy, Op Drift, Sociale Dienst, RealAudio, Exploding Digita, Astro Friezen, etc. In 2010 the 7th edition of the festival takes place. GOGBOT is founded by Creative Director Kees de Groot. Wilja Jurg was Managing Director from 2004 until 2007, after that Viola van Alphen took her place in the festivals' organization.
go to: Gogbot festival website
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