This was FIBER 2021

Thank you for joining us in exploring, discussing and dancing

With an afterglow, we look back on the three memorable days of FIBER 2021. These were days in which, after a long time, we were able to enjoy performances, dance, discuss and bring all our physical senses into action. Thank you for your presence, the inspiring conversations, and for enjoying the music and performances together.

In two evening programmes we explored and shapeshifted from calmly listening beings into dancing creatures. We were kept on our toes constantly and we have learned to expect not to expect. The performances and installations during FIBER 2021 were extraordinary, both hauntingly beautiful and challenging mind and body. The premiere of sound installation Raumklang at Muziekgebouw prompted a unique experience that demands to let go of vision as the primary sense to rely on.

During the talks, we met artistic makers and thinkers, who examined and discussed our state of being in a world that is becoming more and more alienated and uninhabitable. In line with the theme Mutation, topics like mental and physical care, uncovering toxicity, our ideas about what nature is, and the power of storytelling to imagine new worlds were discussed.

On top of all this, our Sound Ecologies Lab was running from 25 — 30 October, simultaneously with FIBER 2021. With Sound Ecologies we boosted interdisciplinary collaborations between sixteen artists, designers, researchers,  musicians, ecologists and scientists in order to raise awareness or make experienceable the invisible effects of the Anthropocene.

We thank all performing artists, installation artists, speakers, moderators, all Sound Ecologies lab participants, our lab organisers and curators Xandra van der Eijk and Mark Ijzerman and the many others who made this edition possible. A very special thanks to our partners Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, creative industries fund NL / Stimuleringsfonds, Tolhuistuin, Muziekgebouw / The Rest Is Noise, De Veemvloer, V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media, Ecology Futures, Glamcult, We Are Public and Subbacultcha.

In the coming weeks we will look back at FIBER 2021, share the online talks for replay (first for those who bought tickets) and also share many of the outcomes of the Sound Ecologies lab.

28 — 30 October / Amsterdam + Online

FIBER is an Amsterdam based festival that showcases contemporary digital culture, audiovisual art, speculative design and forward thinking music culture to enhance other worldviews. We provide a meeting place for fans and creators of groundbreaking digital art and performances.

Through the lens of the arts, our events reflect upon the ever shifting impact of technology on society and the environment. We explore these topics collectively through lectures, installation art, performances and by learning from pioneering creative making-processes.

FIBER 2021 preludes a regular festival edition in June 2022.

With the new multi-year theme ‘Mutation’, the programme will explore the (in)ability to shapeshift into new ways of being. Mutation can be seen as an unwanted development but might also present opportunities to change habits and minds. 

The once-established social binaries to categorise the world must give way to new fusions. Mutation could provide us with both speculative and actionable manners of moving towards a new existence. We do not start from a trans-human approach but we look at ways to open up to more-than-human futures, rooted in an ecological reality.


What to expect


Tolhuistuin, 28 – 30 October

Artefakt (Live), Constanza Bizraelli (Live), DJ Leoni (DJ set), Jonathan Castro (Live A/V), Naone (DJ set), Nelly Dragon (DJ set), Tammo Hesselink & Sjoerd Bartlema (Live performance), Torus & Mark Prendergast (Live A/V), upsammy & Sjoerd Martens (Live A/V), Woody92 (DJ set), Zoë Mc Pherson & Alessandra Leone (Live A/V), Zohar & Jeisson Drenth (Live A/V), Ibelisse (Live), Leeza Pritychenko (VJ), Deborah Mora (Live A/V).

More T.B.A.




Tolhuistuin, 28 – 30 October

Adriana Knouf, Alison Sperling, Camille Barton, Erik Peters, Grow Your Own Cloud, Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, Leanne Wijnsma, Maggie Roberts, Mary Maggic, Orit Halpern, Sahej Rahal, Saša Spačal, Špela Petrič, Stephanie Moran, Thomas D. Moynihan, Victoria McKenzie.





Zeno van den Broek & Robin Koek
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, 28 – 30 October

FIBER 2021 takes a small trip across the River IJ to invite artists Zeno van den Broek and Robin Koek to the Muziekgebouw. For the past four years, the duo have been working on an innovative sound art installation. Raumklang is a sound sculpture that is exclusively observable through hearing, as sensors detect the visitor’s physical movement through the piece.




Tolhuistuin, 28 – 30 October

‘Hybrid Ecosystems’ (2021) – Entangled Others Studio
‘Becoming a Sentinel Species’ (2020) – Sissel Marie Tonn
Anthropocene Monsters (2021) – Timeaus
Light Scenography (2021) – Boris Acket


FIBER 2021 | Mutation (trailer)

Video & Visual Identity: Leeza Pritychenko & Irene Stracuzzi
Track: Torus – Sound Of The Drums


Readings on FIBER 2021

  • Re-considering our Relationship with Nature: a Departure from Ignorance towards Curiosity-driven Involvement
    16/12/2021 Diana Petcov