FIBER Festival 2017

AMSTERDAM May 11-14, 2017



New narratives in digital culture

FIBER Festival is an international meeting place for lovers and creators of art, music and digital culture. The festival attracts over 50 participating speakers and artists, 2500 visitors and a wide selection of local companies and organizations, who will connect in the city of Amsterdam to create a dense program of audiovisual performances, live/DJ sets, installations, conference talks and labs. FIBER connects with both a local and international audience of young, professional creators and renowned artists who are operating at the frontiers of digital technology, to create or consume immersive and mind-bending experiences.

Through the lens of cutting-edge artistic works, FIBER explores the impact of technology on culture, society and nature. The festival gathers artists, thinkers and an adventurous crowd to experience new narratives that give insight to complex topics like artificial intelligence, bots, digital production techniques, hybrid materials and questions how technology can influence the future.

Prima Materia

Alchemical thinking and making in art, design and music

The theme Prima Materia allows FIBER to connect the work of today’s artists, designers and musicians to a renewed interest in the old field of alchemy. Back in the day alchemists speculatively worked with matter to understand the design of the universe. Their main focus was reaching the mythical Prima Materia, the metaphysical matter that would connect everything in the cosmos.

For a long time alchemy was considered a mystical pseudoscience, but it now becomes unmistakably clear that it is a precursor of contemporary science and the development of our knowledge about matter.

FIBER points out extraordinary similarities between the work of alchemists and the modern interdisciplinary artists, designers, programmers and engineers. Prima Materia explores their search in hybrid materials, data, alternative instruments, magical thinking and artificial life like bots and machine learning. Through the theme Prima Materia FIBER presents new narratives and irrational ratios between man, machine and nature.


Limited Early Bird Passe-partout FIBER Weekender

The Early Bird passe-partout provides the full FIBER experience: an extensive program of conference talks, a public exhibition, AV performances and live electronic music. Although our line-up won’t be presented until the beginning of March, we can give you an idea of what’s ahead of you:

  • Conference: Friday 12/5 & Saturday 13/5 – De Brakke Grond
  • Concert Evening 1: Friday 12/5 – De Brakke Grond
  • Concert Evening 2 + Club Night: Saturday 13/5 – Shelter
  • Closing Evening: Sunday 14/5 – location tbc
  • Exhibition: Friday 12/5 – Sunday 21/5 – Looiersgracht 60
  • Exhibition Opening: Thursday 11/5 – Looiersgracht 60 (evening)

We created three types of tickets:

  1. The Regular Early Bird Passe-partout
  2. The Support Early Bird Passe-partout for all you heros out there!
  3. The Business Early Bird Passe-partout for those who visit on behalf of a company

All tickets include exactly the same accreditations


Eventbrite - FIBER Festival 2017



New! Open call has started

FIBER is bringing something new to the table: The FIBER LABS. Throughout the history of alchemy, the laboratory played a pivotal role in the creation of new knowledge. In these often hidden spaces of creation a wide variety of skills and disciplines met and merged. We too can play that game:



Brakke Grond & FIBER invite Choreographic Coding Lab

Date: Kick-Off: 06/05/17; Lab: 07/05/17 – 11/05/17

Location: De Brakke Grond

Are you an artist working creatively with code and digital media and are you interested in movement or contemporary dance? Then come join the next Choreographic Coding Lab hosted by Motion Bank, FIBER Festival and De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam.



Architectural Intelligence LAB: Making site-specific data sculptures with Refik Anadol 

Date: 09 & 10 May
Price: Will be announced soon – preregister now!

Artists, creative coders, architects, data scientists, information designers, social scientists, activists, students and professionals are invited to participate in this LAB. The goal of the lab is to explore a 21st century approach to public art and define new poetics of space through media arts and architecture. By the guidance of media artist Refik Anadol, the participants will work on concepts for unique site-specific data sculptures that has an intelligence, memory and culture.



Act quick! There's only a limited amount of Early Bird Passe-partouts available!

Travel & Accomodation

The FIBER hotel selection

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We love this place!, so they decided to give you a better deal. FIBER ticket holders can book a SIR STANDAARD room including breakfast for 109 EUR a room/ per night.

They play by the following rules: This price only goes for the Sir Standard room. Breakfast is included. A additional fee of 20EUR will be added on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th of May. You can not use other discounts. The price includes all taxes and service charges. The discount is activated from May 10 to May 15 2017. Prices are non commissionable. Check in from 16.00, check out at 12.00. You can cancel without loosing your money till 16.00 the day of arrival, afterwards they charge the first night. You can park at the Volkshotel site for € 17,50 per 24 hours. The lots can not be reserved.

You can find the discount code on your FIBER ticket.

To the Volkshotel website

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Clink Hostel Noord

Another favorite for those on a smaller budget.

This grand old laboratory was the former head office of oil and gas giant Shell.

Clink Hostel is preparing a fine discount for FIBER ticket holders. We expect we can give you a discount code by tomorrow.

To the website


FIBER Festival is kindly supported by