The eleventh edition of TodaysArt, the festival for contemporary art and music in The Hague, will take place on and around a unique location: the Scheveningen Pier. With performances, club programs, installations and a symposium above the waves, as well as interventions on the beach, in the sea and in the air, TodaysArt 2015 promises to be an amazing experience. Exactly 50 years ago, The Pier was the location for ZERO on Sea, a large-scale manifestation of the radical art movement ZERO, which focused on the relationship between natural elements, technology and humanity. ZERO on Sea was cancelled, but TodaysArt drew inspiration from the idea and the location; contemporary makers will present existing projects and works that were made specifically for this location.
TodaysArt will take place from the 24th to the 27th of September. On the 24th of September, the 4DSOUND program starts on a different location, and will run until Sunday. On Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th of September, visitors can experience the full festival, with an extensive program. More details about other locations and programs will be announced soon.
Performances and installations
TodaysArt will present works that are a good match with The Pier and the beach, as well as artists that were willing to make works specifically for these locations. With her work Eunoia, Lisa Park manipulates seawater with sound waves, which she generates with her brain activity. With Eotone, Herman Kolgen and David Lettelier use the wind in Scheveningen and real-time weather data from other locations in the world to generate sound. Mike Rijnierse focuses on the bungee jump-tower; at set times during the festival he makes a heavy church bell bungee jump from the tower, creating a unique sound due to the vertical Doppler effect. Staalplaat Soundsystem will create a huge organ with four 24 meter long tubes that are normally used for sand suppletion. In the sky above The Pier, Zoro Feigl will appear to break the limits of what is possible with kinetic kites.
A club above the waves
On one of the islands of The Pier, TodaysArt hosts intimate performances and club nights above the waves. The program consists of a mix of upcoming talent and established names, as well as many Dutch premiers. This “club on sea” offers a varied program with audiovisual performances, concerts, live sets and dj sets showcasing recent developments in electronic music. In addition, TodaysArt will have several worldwide premiers, including the American Prefuse 73, who starts touring with his new album in November, but decided to do his first performance at TodaysArt. Another highlight is Ellen Allien, an electronic music icon who seems indispensable in the transformation of the former Van der Valk restaurant to a fully fledged temporary club on the sea. Expect further performances by, among many others, Electric Indigo + Tomas Wagensommerer, Group A, Lorenzo Senni, Lotic, DJ Nigga Fox, Rrose, Suicideyear, Young Marco and Zamilska.
4DSOUND is an omnidirectional sound system in which the listener can move through the sound environment. 4DSOUND is currently unique in the world; the technology has made a significant contribution to the possibilities for creating, performing, and experiencing spatial sound. TodaysArt is co-producer of a new version of the system and will host the worldwide premier of the Circadian program, in which leading musicians and makers will explore ways in which sound can influence our perception, consciousness and physical connection with the space, by using feedback from the body and physiological stimuli. After kicking off in The Hague, the system and program will go on a grand world tour. At TodaysArt, a number of musicians will also research the essence of techno music in the Techno Is Space program. The 4DSOUND program, as part of the TodaysArt Festival, will run from the 24th until the 27th of September at a different location than The Pier. More details about the program, location and tickets will be announced in the coming weeks.
4DSOUND [INT]: Circadian (world premier) / Techno Is Space | Electric Indigo + Thomas Wagensommerer [AT] – Morpheme (NL premier) | Ellen Allien [DE] | Gordon Monahan [CA] – Speaker Swinging | Group A [JP] | Herman Kolgen + David Lettelier [CA/QC/FR] – Eotone (NL premier) | Lisa Park [KR/US] – Eunoia (EU premier) | Lorenzo Senni [IT] – AAT (NL premier) | Lotic [US] (NL premier) | Mike Rijnierse [NL] (world premier) | DJ Nigga Fox [PT] | Prefuse 73 [US] | Rrose [US/UK] | Seth Horvitz [US/UK] – James Tenney: Postal Pieces (NL premier) | Staalplaat Soundsystem (Geert-Jan Hobijn + Radboud Mens + Bastiaan Maris) [NL/DE] – Zeero (world premier) | Suicideyear [US] (NL premiere) | Young Marco [NL] | Zamilska [PL] (NL premier) | Zoro Feigl [NL] – Kite
The Pier has a very limited capacity, so tickets are expected to sell out quickly. People are therefore advised to order their tickets well in advance. Due to the summer holidays, the tickets will be sold in two batches, so that those who are not able to buy tickets due to being on holidays will have the opportunity to buy their tickets at a later date. The sale of the first batch of tickets started on Friday, July 17 at 17.00 CET.
Festival Passe-partout (September 24-27): € 50,-
Day ticket (Friday 25 or Saturday 26 September): € 35
Festival Support (full-access, support the festival with an extra contribution): € 100
Other ticket types will be announced later