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The Machines are coming: not to overthrow us, but to make art with us, to work with us, to dance with us. The ART MACHINES Festival is here to mend your relationship with the robots, the glitches, the algorithms. From the 7th to the 11th December, De Havenloods and De Nijverheid will transform into an interactive site for the whole family: take a stroll, have a bite, rewire your creative circuits.

The immersive art exhibition will be open every evening to captivate your senses, featuring impressive pieces such as Studio Marpi’s projections of fantastical creatures that have charmed visitors all over the world. A movie night, an immersive concert and a new edition of the Algorave will constellate your evenings with mesmerising audio-visual marvels. Want to learn more about how to make your own boundary-breaking digital artworks? Workshops, talks, and tours will run throughout the festival for professionals and beginners of all ages.

Exhibition opening hours:

  • Wed 7 dec: 17:00 - 22:00
  • Thu 8 dec: 17:00 - 22:00
  • Fri 9 dec: 17:00 - 22:00
  • Sat 10 dec: 13:00 - 22:00
  • Sun 11 dec: 13:00 - 17:00

ART MACHINES features performances and artworks by: Andreas Refsgaard, Attrique Orgeat, Aymeric Mansoux, Babusi Nyoni, Blaž Pavlica, Dan Xu & Bram van Klink, digital selves, Edwin van der Heide, Ephemeral Lunch Box, Flor de Fuego, Grigory Gromov, Ibo Ibelings & Jelle Reith, Katpatat, Lars Bijleveld, Lil Bleep, Marpi Studio, MengXuan Sun & Zhiping Bian, Mindy Seu, Niels Janssen, Olivia Jack, Sven Zeijen, Viktoria Arvayova, sasj,, and Yehwan Song.

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Funders and partners: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Gemeente Utrecht, Fonds Cultuurparticipatie, Plat4Mation, VOGELFREI, De Havenloods, De Nijverheid, De Stadsjutters, House of Pint, Hoogt on Tour, LIMA.

  • 7 - 11 December: Exhibition

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    The immersive ART MACHINES exhibition will be open every evening to captivate your senses, featuring artworks both by established artists and up and coming makers from our ReCoding trajectory, a programme that aims to inspire the new generation of makers with the work of the Dutch Pioneers of Media Art.

    Artists in the exhibition are: Edwin van der Heide, Yehwan Song, Marpi Studio, Katpatat, Sven Zeijen, Viktoria Arvayova, Dan Xu, Bram van Klink and De Stadsjutters.

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  • 8 & 9 December: Creative Coding Symposium ITERATIONS


    How do recent technological developments empower makers to generate new creative avenues? How is the creative coding landscape going to evolve in the coming few years? These questions will be explored during the creative coding symposium ITERATIONS.

    Line-up: Aymeric Mansoux + Brendan Howell / Babusi Nyoni / Mindy Seu / Olivia Jack / Sun MengXuan / and Tega Brain

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  • 9 December: A/V Performances

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    Every time warp needs a good soundtrack: get ready to be transported through the (digital) ages. Immerse yourself in the virtual, neo-romantic worlds created by Digitaloser, and feel the beats of past and future merge in the techno-funk performance by Grigory Gromov.

    Date: Friday 9 Dec

    Time: IMPORTANT UPDATE: we will start at 8PM watching the football match together, and at 10PM with the AV Night

    ⁠Location: De Havenloods, Utrecht -> VOGELFREI

    Tickets: €15,-

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  • 10 December: Algorave

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    We’re back with another Algorave! Expect a full immersive experience, where the growing community of live coders take the stage and showcase its diversity of expressions. Dance on the algorithms created on the spot by polyhedric visual artists and musicians, merge with sensational visual effects.

    Line-up: Ephemeral Lunch Box / Niels Janssen / Heavy Lifting / Blaž Pavlica / Lil Bleep / digital selves / Flor de Fuego / / Sasj / Attrique Orgeat

    Date: Saturday 10 Dec
    Time: 22:00 - 2:00
    Location: De Havenloods, Utrecht → VOGELFREI
    Tickets: €10,-


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  • 10 - 11 December: Workshops for youngsters

    To dive even deeper into the machines, you can participate in two workshops during ART MACHINES.

    Saturday 10 December 2022 / 12:00 - 16:00
    With artists Ibo Ibelings and Jelle Reith you bring the BattleBits robots to life.

    Sunday 11 December 2022 / 13:00 - 16:00
    With artists collective Katpatat you can create your own digital face filters.

    These workshops are especially for young people from 12 to 21 years old - Dutch is the main language for this event

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De HavenloodsDe Havenloods: The Havenloods is a collective building for creative entrepreneurs and artists in the Werkspoorkwartier in Utrecht. Since 2019, the building has been in use by more than a hundred creatives from various disciplines. The Havenloods is managed by DePlaatsmaker. The community managers of De Maakruimte are building a lively community and stimulate mutual cooperation between the creatives in the building.
VogelfreiVogelfrei: VOGELFREI is a workshop, exhibition space, event space, idea café, playground for the creative brain and a living room for anyone with an idea that cannot let go.
De NijverheidDe Nijverheid: De Nijverheid is a cultural free port in the Werkspoorkwartier in Utrecht with studios and creative workplaces for more than 50 autonomous artists, designers and creative makers.

At the end of 2017, we started as a free port for the arts: a place where artists can create and exhibit. A place where you can become inspired not only as a maker, but also as an art and culture lover.
Creative Industries Fund NLCreative Industries Fund NL: Creative Industries Fund NL is the Dutch cultural fund for architecture, design and digital culture, as well as every imaginable crossover.
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Cultural Participation Fund Cultural Participation Fund : The Cultural Participation Fund encourages people to actively engage with culture. We support initiatives throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands – at school and in leisure time, and across all disciplines. Culture is created by everyone and it shapes us all. What about you?