The FIBER Festival is a new Dutch audiovisual network festival, which took place on January 15, 2011 at ‘De Verdieping’, the basement of the renowned venue of TrouwAmsterdam. It concentrated on a new generation of artists, designers and musicians (DJ’s, VJ’s and producers) who understand the importance of sharing knowledge and combined efforts in order to realise an interdisciplinary experience of audiovisual art and music.
FIBER has been our vehicle to bring together people who are active and interested in the fields of contemporary audiovisual art and electronic music. The festival has been designed as a physical place to meet creators and like-minded to share knowledge and connections. With the 2011 team – consisting of young dj’s, vj’s, producers, coders and communication-experts – we worked on an integral audiovisual experience, which was as close to it’s makers as it is to it’s consumers. Making it possible to enjoy art and music, but also to meet the artists, designers and musicians for personal interests. The EXPO proved to be an open and interactive space where conversations and questions where possible. In the lecture part (called OpenHaard) four influential professionals shared us their vision and stories about their work. It proved to be a wonderful way to unlock the sometimes complex world of audiovisual art to newcomers.
At FIBER we actually felt boundaries between the presenters and the spectators dissolve. This aspect is something we feel is very important for the success and growth of contemporary media art and electronic music in the network environment. It was great to see the different networks connect as people from Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam – and even a few from abroad – met eachother. In the end we can only say FIBER been a success because of all these parties, networks and the people who stepped in and just started to help. This feeling has been such a huge inspirational force during the entire festival, it makes us look into the future to start thinking and talking about a new event.