PROTOTYPING NEW RITUALS
iii Announces Annual Program 2017 and the opening of a new workspace
The Hague: 2017 is an exciting year for iii, bringing a new public program, a new roster of international and local artists and a new permanent workspace dedicated to exploring connections between Art, Science and Technology.
On April 21st 2017 iii opens to the public its new workspace with the performance program No Patent Pending #27, starting at 19:30, address: Willem Dreespark 312, with performances by: Dmitry Morozov (RU), Jenny Pickett (UK), Julien Ottavi (FR), Philip Vermeulen (NL), RecPlay (NL) and Fauna (NL). The event is €5 at the door and free for We Are Public members.
Reading My Body (2014, Dmitry Morozov)
Under the thematic focus “prototyping new rituals”, iii presents a program of activities including performances, exhibitions, workshops and talks taking place throughout 2017 in The Hague as well as in Den Bosch and Enschede. The thematic focus looks at new tools, instruments and technologies in connection to the sphere of performance and ritual, and asks the question: if rituals are the heritage of tradition, how do rituals come to be codified in the first place? And how do we create rituals responding to our own era?
Rituals are fundamental in giving meaning to experience. We associate rituals with highly codified traditions: Christian mass, Japanese tea ceremonies, Italian opera. In a society obsessed with innovation, these kinds of rituals seem to be out of touch with the present. The maker movement and its fablabs have brought together traditional arts and crafts with electronic circuits, computer programming and industrial automation. But how do we move from creating “gadgets” to meaningful experiences? Here is where it seems necessary not only to create prototypes for new machines, but to think of these machines within a ritual context. “Prototyping new rituals” then is a proposal for a shift beyond technology towards meaningful new experiences.
iii’s program in The Hague is composed of the ongoing performance series No Patent Pending, which will take place at iii’s new workspace in Moerwijk, and the discussion series The Reading Room, which is hosted by Stroom Den Haag. Additionally iii will present exhibitions at Quartair (The Hague), November Music festival (Den Bosch) and Tetem (Enschede). Read more on our agenda.
iii will host a guest residency program in cooperation with DCR guest studios, inviting artists to The Hague to develop and present new work. Confirmed guest residents for 2017 are: Dmitry Morozov (::VTOL::), Yuri Landman, Till Boverman, Bosch & Simons, and Cathy van Eck.
iii is committed to serving the artistic scene in The Hague, facilitating exchanges between international and local artists, and collaborating closely with the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Art Academy of The Hague to support emerging talent. iii’s public program features works by local artists Ludmilla Rodriguez, Marit Mihklepp, Natali Blugerman, Philip Vermeulen and others.
The program of iii is supported by The Municipality of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag and the Creative Industries Fund NL.
10 meters of Sound (2014, Philip Vermeulen)
"iii, one of the most forward thinking and antidisciplinary collectives in The Hague, finally have their own venue. A new location and a new edition of No Patent Pending with an exciting programme. Expect light, sound, technology, sensory experiences and radical practices." - Tim Terpstra (We Are Public)
Since March 1st we have been based in a new cultural incubator in Moerwijk, The Hague, which we are busy developing in collaboration with the artists initiatives Locatie Z and SW2, with the support of Stroom Den Haag and the Municipality of The Hague. iii's new workspace is planned to host 560 m2 of high quality production facilities for interdisciplinary artists working with performance and media technology. The user structure of iii's workspace is based on pooling resources between artists.
iii is an artist-run-platform for research, production, presentation and distribution of radical interdisciplinary practices based in The Hague. iii promotes artistic research and creation centered around the development of self-made instruments and performative media which engage with dimensions of image, sound, space, and the body. Inventing new instruments and presentation formats, iii brings the laboratory to the stage and to offer unique, playful experiences to all audiences.