Amsterdam Dance Event

18/19/20/21/22 Oct 2017

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Open Call: Mayhem Machine (Installation)

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12:00 - 19:00
De Brakke Grond (Hallway) | Nes 45, Amsterdam

Mayhem Machine by Marieke Verbiezen

Mayhem Machine is an interactive instrument that produces synchronised sound, light and animation compositions, controlled by the audience via a custommade interface. The installation features instruments that can be used to control a symbiotic set of animations and sounds, and offers tools to further enhance the audiovisual compositions made by its users.

The audience can use mayhemmachine´s playful tools to invoke audiovisual chaos: The machine aims to challenge its users to experience audiovisual compositions through a variety of tools designed for both construction and deconstruction, using playful forms of interaction.

In Mayhem Machine, Sound, Interaction and Animation create a symbiotic relationship and meaning. The animations and sounds create different stories by showing in non linear sequences which the audience controls in a playful manner. The animations are based on animation principles stemming from Golden Age Cartoons, at the turn of the century.
Golden Age Cartoons, created the meaning “Language of Vision”, the cohesion between cartoon motion and sound; Striving for a symbiotic image and sound experience in which animation could allocate itself a new function in which animations could be created and experienced as a dynamic experience instead of a linear experience.

“The task of the cartoon animator, is to release and bring into social action, the dynamic forces of Visual Energy. This nervous system can aquire discipline necessary to the dynamics of contemporary Moving Image”

Mayhem Machine is a project by Animator & New Media Artist Marieke Verbiesen who works with playful interactive installations & games.

Her works have been showed at various international exhibitions, festivals & public spaces since 2003. Marieke blends the use of animation & obsolete technology like old computerhardware and super8 film with new technologies such as interactive interfaces and motiontracking in works based on B-Movies, Computergames and Science Fiction.


ADE Festival Hangout is accessible only with the ADE Card (€10,-). Limited capacity, make sure to come early.

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ADE Card holders will receive free entrance. 


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