TodaysArt unveils the first wave of artists for its upcoming 13th edition.
This year the festival, renown for its signature program of pioneering digital art, experimental electronic music and audiovisual performances, includes headlining shows by Hauschka, Ata Kak, Laurel Halo and ‘Still be Here’ with Hatsune Miku. The roving festival also settles in a new venue. TodaysArt is proud to share the first 20 confirmed names for its highly anticipated 2017 edition with further program announcements to follow.
TodaysArt returns to the city centre of The Hague to present its latest edition. The two-day festival takes place in multiple venues of the National Theatre: Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag. For the very first time, TodaysArt is also transforming the city’s classical royal theatre – Koninklijke Schouwburg – into a progressive multifunctional playground housing 4 headlining concerts, 4 clubs and 1 exhibition.
With experimental works inside classical settings, TodaysArt builds a complex reality that deepens the contrasts between location, time, content, creators, and audience. In light with this year’s curatorial theme on the opacity of algorithmic systems, the festival seeks contradictions, the unexpected, clarity and chaos, and occasionally, a disturbing reality check. A full program announcement including art installations, panels, talks and additional performances will follow over the next weeks.
For now, the first names focus on the festival’s multi-textured performance and club program. Over the years TodaysArt has gained a reputation for being committed to truly pioneering live performances that offer audiences enthralling experiences. This year is no different with a program deeply vested into emerging scenes and genuine discovery.
TodaysArt 2017 program highlights
Headliners + Dutch premières
Oscar-nominated Hauschka performs a special live A/V show based on his latest album ‘What If’. Arranged as a one-man-piece, the show takes three prepared player pianos, which are explored for their percussive qualities. Mixed with electronic and noise elements they form the experimental playing field for Hauschka’s distinct imaginative soundscapes. The performance is followed by a special live set from celebrated German producer Christian Löffler.
Ata Kak, Ghanaian artist and icon behind the Awesome Tapes of Africa phenomenon, brings his buoyant live show to the festival. With his energising blend of highlife, rap, funk and electronica, he sets the stage the festival’s explosive club program.
Laurel Halo is performing twice at the festival with two different projects. The critically acclaimed producer premières her newest solo work from her ephemeral and shapeshifting third album ‘Dust’. Additionally for ‘Still be Here’, a hybrid performance piece around virtual pop-idol Hatsune Miku, Halo has composed the the score, as part of a special collaborative commission. ‘Still be Here’ looks at the multiple constructed identity of vocal synthesiser turned cyber-celebrity Hatsune Miku, who will take shape on stage as a 3D hologram projection. After debuting at CTM festival last year, ‘Still Be Here’ is coming to TodaysArt for its Dutch première.
Tehran-based electronic music composer Sote presents ‘Sacred Horror in Design’, a Dutch première in collaboration with musicians Arash Bolouri (santoor) and Behrouz Pashaei (setar). The opening concert of the festival, Sote’s performance sets out to conjure a “Persian techno apocalypse” where electronics merge with traditional Persian acoustic instruments and meld together with a stunning A/V show by visual artist Tarik Barri (Thom Yorke, Monolake and Nicolas Jaar).
Thomas Ankersmit returns back to TodaysArt, with a world première of “Serge & Mondriaan”. A special commissioned piece, Ankersmit is retrieving the musical vision of Dutch modern painter Piet Mondrian and translating it into an electronic composition for a contemporary audience using the first prototype of the Serge Modular synthesiser.
The festival’s line-up is still expanding alongside an impressive selection of audiovisual works and performative installations. More details and additions will be announced over the coming weeks.
As Clone Records marks its 25th anniversary, the legendary Rotterdam label is curating one of the festival’s 7 club sessions inviting Legowelt, Aleksi Perala and Inga Mauer. Further genre-bending dance music comes from emerging talent Tomasa del Real, Clap! Clap! plus SHAPE artists Ron Morelli, Toxe, Marie Davidson, N.M.O. and Olivia. Winning over the crowd with her energetic techno set last year, Charlotte Bendiks returns with Boska for a special live set and Mexico-city-based label collective NAAFI completes the festival’s exciting spectrum of dance music.
TodaysArt 2017 confirmed artists include:
Aleksi Perala | Ata Kak | Boska | Charlotte Bendiks | Christian Löffler | Clap! Clap! | Hauschka | Hatsune Miku (Still Be Here) | Inga Mauer | Legowelt | Laurel Halo | Marie Davidson | N.M.O. | Ron Morelli | NAAFI (Lao + Omaar) | Olivia | Sote + Tarik Barri | Thomas Ankersmit | Tomasa del Real | Toxe