Symposium

The New Past



→ 1 pm – 3 pm

Symposium #1

Digital archives forever change the relationship between past, present, and future. What does this mean for the practice of art, music, and performance, and for STEIM – one of the oldest media labs in the world? What is the past of the future and the future of the past?

We …

Context Matter



→ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Symposium #2

Where is music meaningful, what old and new contexts are there to play with or in? Context Matter is a discussion on new contexts for music and performance. How does one compose for non-conventional locations and design new instruments that bend our notion of time and form?

Multi-faceted artist & …

Archiving the Unarchivable



→ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Expert Meeting #1

Expert meeting lead by Kristina Andersen and Arie Altena about how we can archive a past that is so embedded in the process and moment. This session is sold out.

→ With: Kristina Andersen, Arie Altena, and more

Intuition & Wonder



→ 10 am – 12:30 pm

Symposium #3

How to know without thinking? Musicians can instantly process time and structure in an utterly unique and creative way through musical instruments. Historically, musical wonder combined with patronage was a key factor for emergence of new technologies.

Hosted by computer music veteran Joel Ryan, mathematician and free-jazz pianist Guerino Mazzola …

Student works



→ 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Lunch Concert #1

Lunch Concert 1 provides a platform for student projects by academic institutions that STEIM is in collaboration with. A brand new live electronics student ensemble by the Conservatory of Amsterdam and a demo by a student project from the HKU will be presented.

STEIM has always taken an active …

Gardening Complexity



→ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Symposium #4

Modern technology has provided us with endless possibilities, but at the same time thrown us into a society that is highly complex and difficult to navigate. Keeping things simple is not always an option. We find complexity as a fascinating challenge for every discipline.

“Next Nature” theorist Koert van Mensvoort …

Teaching new instruments



→ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Expert Meeting #2

Expert meeting lead by Hans Leeuw about how we can teach both designing instruments and create engaging music at the same time. This session is sold out.

→ With: Hans Leeuw and more

Playing by Ear



→ 10 am – 12:30 pm

Symposium #5

Life in the network society is improvised. This is a good thing. We look at the significance of improvisation in the development of musical practice, instrument design, and, possibly, for our everyday life.

Influential writer and musician David Toop is joined by Rutger Zuydervelt (a.k.a. Machinefabriek), Gerco Hiddink, Marcel Cobussen …

Fanfare Instruments / Black Zenith



→ 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Lunch Concert #2

STEIM Fanfare Instruments are a collection of mobile instruments that form an electronic marching band. The first three instruments – youTuba, MeRimba and Drumus were built in 2009-2010 under the commission of Limburg B.V. by Frank Balde, Piet Jan Blauw and Byungjun Kwon. Each instrument is equipped …

Handmade Music



→ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Symposium #6

The closing session will be a celebration of DIY culture and home-brew musical projects. There will be demos and presentations of hand-built, circuit-bent, custom designed, odd and unique instruments selected from an open call. Journalist and digital musician Peter Kirn will host and introduce the various projects. Do it …

Deep Listening



→ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Expert Meeting #3

Expert meeting lead by members of Journal of Sonic Studies, discussing further on how we can listen and how we can improvise. This session is sold out.

→ With: Journal of Sonic Studies and more