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ART MACHINES is an audiovisual club night that presents installations and live performances of artists that work on the cross-section of art, technology, and music. At the new cultural hotspots De Nijverheid and De Havenloods Creative Coding Utrecht brings together the history of media art with the avant-garde of digital culture. We invite upcoming and established artists who'll take the audience on a mind-blowing experience that triggers all your senses.

This special evening is made in collaboration with a wide variety of partners. De Nijverheid and De Havenloods gave us the perfect industrial location and facilities. Nuno dos Santos and his fresh electronic music label selected DJs to get the club vibe going. brings his Pentacle Sounds System for which the performing artists could practice prior to the event during a short residency at STEIM in Amsterdam. Between the performances and club there’s also room to chill. have put together a programme of films ranging from historical media art to documentaries and shorts reflecting on the dialogues with (art) machines.

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Performance: Joost Rekveld & BMB con

Joost Rekveld is an artist and experimental filmmaker. BMB con is a performance group working with sound, image, code. They will present an audiovisual piece performed in a web of unpredictable processes. Joost Rekveld developed a software inspired by how social insects such as ants and bees can be intelligent together. This produces images in which swarms of particles cause landscapes, and are influenced by it in return. Performers will respond to each other's images and sounds based on total improvisation.

Performance: Lara Sarkissian

Lara Sarkissian is a sound artist/composer, and filmmaker. Her electronic music focuses on ambient and experimental productions with Armenian influences, sound collage techniques and scoring for films and installations. Lara’s live set is shaped by immersive experiences in physical spaces of spirituality, natural environment and architecture intended for communal gathering. The electronic sound piece is not traditionally ‘spiritual’ nor traditionally Armenian ‘folk’ and instead are twisting elements from both into a forward thinking, future electronic landscape in an experimental non-linear structure.

Performance: Fedde ten Berge

Fedde ten Berge is a Dutch artist who creates work across different disciplines. For Art Machines Event, he will perform with the Pentacle Sound System. The Pentacle is controlled the same way as controlling an audio signal. Spatial positioning of sounds can be “played” live from a digital audio or modular synth system same as how musicians control pitch or tone of notes. It is a powerful, bespoke high fidelity mobile speaker system consisting of 15 speakers and three subwoofers.

Performance: Görkem Arikan

Görkem Arıkan is an interdisciplinary sound artist, performer and producer. He recently graduated from the Institute of Sonology & STEIM masters at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. His work revolves around creating new exciting interfaces for musical expression and he participated in festivals such as ADE, Dutch Modular and Rewire. For Art Machines, Görkem will perform his performance piece “ARMonic”. The performance consists of a wearable interface which gives the ability to shape prepared sounds as well as live-samplings in real-time. Residency provided by STEIM

Performance: Jaromir Mulders

Jaromir Mulders is a programmer, composer and designer. His main interest is creating systems that produce sound based on visual input. Audio-visual performance “Light Scars” emerged as experimentation, includes different aspects of Rekveld‘s films. Working with double pendulum algorithms he creates an organic feel to the visuals accompanied with iridescent colors. Mulders combines his grainy visuals which resemble chemical reaction on film celluloids with sound for the final immersive performance piece. Residency provided by STEIM

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CLUB / DJs: Bas Dobbelaer & Vand

The music of Bas & Viktor feels very spatial: floating melodies, soft percussion pads, and lukewarm bass lines; like ripples that seem to float through the air. Their electronic tunes are an interesting balance between electronica soundscapes and experimental ambient. The duo has two releases on SoHaSo. They will bring records and synths and perform a hybrid set. Curated in collaboration with SoHaSo

CLUB / DJs: Miss Jay

Unbound by set specific in genre and its outing, Miss Jay defines herself by being non-defined, layered with her emphasis on emotionality and story-driven pace she seamlessly flows between aesthetics, mood, and sounds. Curated in collaboration with SoHaSo

CLUB / DJs: Ultrastation

A cosmic gamma ray channel in which the whole spectrum of levitating subsonic sounds are intertwined with heart-rhythm oscillations. Ultrastation is the newly formed duo consisting of Nuno dos Santos and Cosmic Force, their music balances at the interface of space, house and techno. Curated in collaboration with SoHaSo

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Installations: Mauricio van der Maesen de Sombreff RE#3 (2019)

Mauricio van der Maesen de Sombreff is the selected artist of our Recoding Joost Rekveld commission. He combines his technical background with an artistic vision that is influenced by interpretations of different forms of art. He likes to experiment with different visuals and materials. Using vortex stirrer, he creates compelling visuals; combined with different colors that are gathered from Joost Rekveld’s film. The visuals will reflect the data structure gathered from the film in a chaotic way by using light and motion of the water.

Installation: Ibo Ibelings Silent Shouting Devices (2019)

Ibo Ibelings is a media artist & creative coder. His work is mostly based on his fascination on the relationship between human and machine. Ibo will present his work Silent Shouting Devices, an interactive installation that makes aware the audience of the unnoticed sounds that are generated continuously from our devices. Devices we carry with us are always shouting to each other in silence, without human intervention. Silent Shouting Devices sonically amplifies the multitude of signals coming from our devices.

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During ART MACHINES next to the Nijverheid café, you can easily sit down and dive into a film program around art, technology, science and the dialogue between people and machines, provided by ‘t Hoogt On Tour. Also LIMA made a selection of films from their archive and puts Joost Rekveld’s work in context.


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