Each summer many promising young artists and designers bid their art
academies farewell, and graduate. The third Upgrade! Amsterdam,
scheduled September 27th, offers a stage to these new young "hotties"
to pitch their work to a larger audience, under the scrutinising gaze
of a panel of experts and art academy tutors.
Most of the installations will be on display during the program.
With customary cocktails, new Upgrade! Amsterdam paraphernalia, and
pedagogically sound sounds from the good old academy DJ Beatnologic.
Upgrade! Amsterdam is a series of gatherings for and by new media
aficionados, artists, geeks, media makers and breakers, and the
generally curious. Point of departure is the premise: “No upgrade
without a downgrade.”
Upgrade! Amsterdam is organised by Nat Muller & Lucas Evers, is
actively hosted by De Melkweg, and kindly supported by VSB Fonds and
Upgrade! is an international, emerging network of autonomous nodes
united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural
divides. Since April 1999, a group of new media artists and curators
have gathered in New York City. The first meeting took place at a bar
in the east village with Tim Whidden & Mark River [MTAA], Mark Napier
and Upgrade! founder Yael Kanarek.