todaysart 2008 - LAb[au]

todaysart festival
26 -27 September 2008
The Hague, Netherlands

featured projects by LAb[au]
framework f5x5x3 - kinetic light art installation
EOD02 - new media installation
( Frederik De Wilde & LAb[au] )

Festival Program
Special feature about MetaDesign by LAb[au]



Fans of adventurous and groundbreaking creativity in music, technology, design, art, fashion, modern dance, photography, art-science, theatre, film, presentations and debates. Check out the annual TodaysArt Festival, which takes place in The Hague (The Netherlands).


Every year, for one weekend, the TodaysArt Festival transforms the city centre of The Hague into an inspiring stronghold of creativity and audiovisual experiences. This year, over 200 artists


will contribute to the festival, where many different art disciplines are represented, such as film, modern dance, visual art, photography and music. The fourth edition of the TodaysArt Festival will take place on the 26th and 27th of September, at 20 in- and outdoor locations. The title of the festival is Blue Light District, referring to the trademark blue artwork of the festival.

For the first time in TodaysArt-history, the Dr. Anton Philipszaal will be a part of the festival terrain next to annual venuas such as the Paard van Troje, De Nieuwe Kerk, Theater ah Spui and the Atrium (city hall). 1.890 Chairs will be removed to make this impressive concert hall fit for a large amount of festival visitors.

The Blue Light District, is the name of the festival area, in which a variety of art projects and installations are presented in interaction or confrontation with the urban infrastructure and architectural spaces. Consequently, there is the opening concert Station to Station from Staalplaat Soundsystem, Erik Hobijn en Mike Rijnierse, including trains as musical instruments and using the environmental sounds to create a sound composition. Even the thousands of bicycles in front of the station will be integrated in this sound piece. In addition there are several project anchored around the spectrum of artificial light producing stunning visual effects at various locations around the festival terrain. Many of the festivals activities take place in the public space where we created an infrastructure of large transparent greenhouses sheltering temporary galleries, project spaces, bars and restaurants.

Another highlight is the presence of State of Sabotage, an internationally recognized micronation in the city hall of The Hague. 1,000 official passports will be printed for visitors who bring a photograph. Also LAb[au], the meta designers from Brussels that transformed the Dexia tower in Brussels into an interactive canvas, will be presenting several special projects, including EOD02. An installation containing fishes that communicates with electrical signals, which are collected and transmitted into sound.


Frameworks f5x5x3, interactive installation

f5x5x3 is an interactive kinetic light sculpture, extending the bi-dimensional screen space, by transposition of its pixel resolution to the physical space. Conceived as a modular infrastructure, 16n _ f5x5x3 is a communication and computation system, propagating in form of light and sound, the events it inhabits. Presence and motion create and alter the transmitted data, and propagation of this data becomes a space-time parameter.
@ ATRIUM, Spuiplein The Hague

EOD02, new media installation

EOD02 is an installation from Frederik De Wilde created in collaboration with LAb[au]. The project is a new media installation founded on special species of fish that perceive, electro-sense, their environment and communicate with each other by emitting electric signals, either in pulses or waves. The project explores the normall communication mechanisms of electrical fish, including JAR (the means by which a fish avoid attempts by other fish to jam its frequency) and thus investigates communication and non-communication between individual fish as well as between fish and people.
@ KONOTORI (1ST FLOOR), Spuiplein The Hague

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