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ARTECHNE – Technique in the Arts, 1500-1950


12 May 2017
Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Nes 45, Amsterdam

Thijs Hagendijk will present at FIBER Festival, 12 May in Amsterdam

On Friday 12 May, Thijs Hagendijk will present at the FIBER Festival, an international meeting place for lovers and creators of art, music and digital culture. The festival attracts over 50 participating speakers and artists, 2500 visitors and a wide selection of local companies and organizations, who will connect in the city of Amsterdam to create a dense program of audiovisual performances, live/DJ sets, installations, conference talks and labs. FIBER connects with both a local and international audience of young, professional creators and renowned artists who are operating at the frontiers of digital technology, to create or consume immersive and mind-bending experiences.

Thijs Hagendijk researches the close connection between alchemy and the arts in early modern Europe. In the early modernity, alchemy and the arts were closely connected. Artistic experiments spawned scientific discoveries and many early modern experiments in artisinal techniques are now seen as art. Researcher Thijs Hagendijk shows that this distinction was only formed later. Alchemy was seen just as any other other art form as a way of imitating and even improving nature.