FIBER 2021 presents three nights of audiovisual performances, music and conversations about a mutating world

Save the date! 28, 29 & 30 October at Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam Noord

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Amsterdam, 9 September 2021 — While still navigating through uncertainty and curveball regulations, we are delighted to share some exciting news. On 28, 29 and 30 October FIBER 2021 will settle down at Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam Noord for an adapted festival programme; a three-day physical arts and music event including the possibility to attend some parts online. Fuelled by the now critical quest for human adaptation to a radically changing world – both technologically, ecologically, and culturally – the organization compiles a wide selection of conversations, music and immersive performances in line with its theme Mutation

This fall FIBER returns to their homebase Tolhuistuin to experience, listen and talk for three evenings in a row. FIBER’s playground will consist of several areas within the green cultural hub just across the River IJ. Through art, sound, audiovisual experiences and talks we will explore the (in)ability to change or adapt to strange, unexpected or hostile environments. While we are elated that we are able to welcome you in person again, we have learned from last year’s online efforts: all talks and interactive panels will also be streamed live globally. This October weekend leads up to a regular festival edition we aim to organize in May 2022.

Our 2021 edition launches the multi-year theme Mutation, that we will pursue to discuss during the full festival next May. One of the most well-bespoken cases of mutation are, of course, the current COVID-19 variants and our constant mitigation with these shapeshifting viruses. But also the DNA of our planet is transforming. After an extensive period of stability, our world is now changing at an accelerated pace in terms of extreme natural disasters with the risk of becoming completely uninhabitable due to the collapse of ecosystems. 

Mutation can be seen as an unwanted development but might also present opportunities to change habits and minds. In the face of global emergencies, like the current pandemic and the climate disaster, the Western societies will need to leave behind their illogical separation from ‘nature’ and fluidity. The once-established social binaries to categorise the world must give way to new fusions. Mutation, explored and practiced as the blurring of separations, could provide us with both speculative and actionable manners of moving towards a new existence. From an artistic viewpoint, we examine the (in)ability to shapeshift into new ways of being. 

Our first programme release will be in two weeks from now. Tickets will go on sale simultaneously. Expect a full programme with talks, performances, installations and music.

FIBER 2021 // 28, 29 & 30 October 2021

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FIBER 2021 is made possible with the generous support Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst en Tolhuistuin.


FIBER is an Amsterdam based interdisciplinary organisation, that presents new developments in audiovisual art, digital culture and the experimental and deeper corners of electronic music. The team works year round with a vibrant network of artists, designers, researchers and developers, who aspire to introduce mind bending experiences to a broad audience. Special attention goes out to the support of up and coming talents across numerous creative disciplines.

Next to small-scale events and exhibitions, the team organises the recurring FIBER Festival in Amsterdam, which brings together a diverse crowd of new talent, established artists and curious visitors. FIBER aims to explore hybrid forms of art, the power of media- and network technology, and encourages an exchange of views between the makers and their audience.

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