September 27-30, 2016

FORMS is a festival of emergent culture examining the convergence of creativity and technology and its influence on everything from digital life, human connection, urbanism, artistic expression and beyond.

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With a focus on design, civic participation and policy, FORMS Summit welcomes conversations around accessibility to space and displacement, the impact of convergence on the future of work and creativity, the shifting role of public art and public space as well as an introduction to human experience design and biomimicry. Aiming to unpack a common language around sustainable thinking and practice, the summit explores what this all means in an urban context and why we need more of it.

Participants: Karen Wong (New Museum), Alex Josephson (Partisans), Ilana Altman (The Artful City), Shawn Micallef (Spacing Magazine), Klasien van de Zandschulp (Lava Lab, Amsterdam), Dr. Irwin Adam (Future Food Studio), Adil Dhalla (Centre for Social Innovation), Howard Tam (Think Fresh Group), Alexis Kane Speer (The STEPS Initiative), Brandon Vickerd (York University), Jamie Miller (Biomimicry Frontier), Nils van Beek (TAAK Amsterdam), Michelle Senayah (The Laneway Project), Jordan Mandel (University of Waterloo), Markus Heckmann (Derivative), Kate Hartman (OCADU), Leonieke Verhoog (VPRO Medialab, Amsterdam) +more.

Bringing together acclaimed international and local artists who specialize in A/V live performance, interactive art forms, architecture and sound for 3 special nights of immersive experimentation.

Performances + Installations: Laurel Halo, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Jeremy Gara, Nonotak, BAMBII, Facade Montage, Brigitte Bardon't, Sergio Levels,, Lydian, Absolutely Free, Phil Baljeu, Nailbiter, Keita Juma, Stillmonk, Hopkins/Duffield, Anzola, Internet Daughter, Eytan Tobin, Scott Hardware, BSMNT, Lee Paradise, Vision of Excess, Weight, Kehdo, ANIMA, Mutual Wave Machine.


Concept + Programming: Cheryl Maciver + Crispin Giles
International Programming Partner: Hugo Zwolsman (N-Festival, Amsterdam)
Festival Operations: Patrick McCormack
Community Manager: Linda Paolucci
Festival Coordinator: Deborah Egan
Installation Leads: Robert Kidd, Kailee Shearing
Production Leads: Regina Sy, Ryan Clark
Photography: Ivy Lovell, Eugenio Tamburini, Shane Parent
Festival Partners: Absolut, Amsterdam Brewery, Creative Industries Fund NL, Factor, Roland, Moog Audio, Carbon Computing, Hermann + Audrey, Hawker Bar, Fresh, Thump.