The eighth edition of the GOGBOT Festival takes place from the 8th to 11th of September 2011 in the centre of Enschede. This annual festival for music, art and technology is organised by Planetart.

The program looks very interesting with again a lot of transhumanistic influences, although maybe not as much as last year, when the theme was “The Singularity is Near – Resistance is Futile”.
This year’s festival theme is ‘Data-Panic, YouTube-poop, Japanoiiid!’.

From the program:

  • Music: eclectic, grime, electronics, electro, minimal, 8-bit rave, glitch, dubstep, beats, noise, bleebs, breakcore, speedcore, terror, disco, drones, psychedelic, metal, drumnbass, circuitbending, experimental, performance.
  • Technology: googlization of everything, we are anonymous, information overload / abundance, cyberwars / cyberattacks, info panic, japanoiiiid, filtered failure, militant modernism, digital folklore, post-internet, singularity 2.0 
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  • The Aesthetics and Beauty of Knowledge

    Shih was the opposite of facts and raw information; shih was the elegance of knowledge, the insight and skill to organize knowledge into meaningful patterns. As an artist chooses colours or light to make her pictures, a master of shih chooses textures of knowledge – various ideas, myths, abstractions, and theories – to create a way of seeing the world. The aesthetics and beauty of knowledge – this was shih.

    – David Zindell, The Broken God, 1993

  • Geek Attitude

    The attitude thing is about flexibility, portability, creativity, sociability and jamming (ran out of suitable “ity” words!). It’s about improvising – in the practical and musical senses of the word; not getting tangled in boundaries and the “right” way to do things.
    Definitely the only way to travel.
    Martin Delaney – “Laptop Music”.