Thursday, November 24, 2011

STRP Festival

Last weekend saw the start of STRP festival at the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven. The festival has a great mix of technology, art and some of the best DJs of the moment such as Amon Tobin, James Holden and Len Faki. 
I was invited to attend the festival and decided to take a look at the Saturday evening programme which featured one of my favourite minimal DJs James Holden. 

 As it is STRP’s fifth edition, the festival presented an overview featuring 50 years of media design. Instead of being presented in a fixed space, the exhibits are scattered around various areas amidst the hustle and bustle of the music-loving folk.
I loved how the party goers got a chance to see some exhibits they would usually probably never visit in a museum. Some of the installations were actually interactive games, such as the Shadow Disco by Paul Vrancken and Klaas van der Molen - I could have danced with my own shadow for hours but enough about that!

Another great feature of the festival was a ‘famous for five minutes’ area in which visitors got to dress up in crazy outfits and create their own music video to a green-screen backdrop. The results were so kitsch, I couldn’t stop laughing. 

I always love a good industrial setting and Eindhoven’s Strijp area really offers the best when it comes to disused warehouses. The great thing about this festival was how the installations, music and visitors just seemed to blend in seamlessly with the backdrop, giving it that unique feel.

STRP festival continues this weekend with performances by Amon Tobin and Aphex Twin amongst others (but I’ll be off partying in a disused warehouse in Amsterdam).

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