Upon its creation in 2005, Mapping Festival revolved around VJing – the creation or manipulation of images, projected in real time, usually in a clubbing context of electronic music shows.
The event was founded by Boris Edelstein, creator of Modul8. The VJing computer programme has since then become an emblematic software used by thousands of people around the world. As for the festival, it was an immediate success and flourished very quickly.
Mapping Festival encourages spectators to discover, experiment and feel artworks that can be encountered and lived in new ways. Unlike contemplative experiences, here the audience is invited to interact with the work, to participate in its deployment and to contribute to its very functioning. With technological arts, the public becomes an actor, a player, an instigator. All at the same time.
Technology allows to integrate playful, entertaining features in artistic endeavours. However, in a context that promotes uninterrupted innovation, it is also important to reflect critically about those attractive technologies. We must question the use of these technologies, omnipresent in our lives. We need to understand the cultural, social and political implications at stake.
For the past 15 years, Mapping Festival has been a multidisciplinary festival dedicated to electronic and deviant cultures. It has established itself as a benchmark throughout the world, thanks to the richness and quality of its programming, as well as its pioneering spirit and the unique space for experimentation it offers. It is considered as a key event and meeting point in the audiovisual field, a place where to create and exchange.
The 16th edition represents a turning point, the result of a critical reflection on the movement that the festival has helped to build and support. Always attached to its primary goal – promoting the avant-garde of the technological and audiovisual art scene – the festival is transforming itself, reconnecting with its DIY origins and its ambition to be a pioneering force for electronic and deviant cultures. One of the specificities of technological creation is its intrinsic ability to cross and mix disciplines, be it music, visual arts, performing arts, IT, science, design, architecture etc. This multidisciplinarity has always been at the heart of Mapping Festival, and is reflected each year through its eclectic and varied programme, which allows to present a wide range of artistic proposals in the form of audiovisual installations and performances, workshops, exhibitions, conferences and round tables. These activities are targeted both towards a public of new media professionals and of curious passers-by, keen on learning more about these practices – now accessible to all.
The festival therefore aims to reach an increasingly large audience, insiders as well as enthusiasts, both local and international. After 15 years organising Mapping Festival, PPING is happy to introduce this year’s micro edition from November 19th to 29th, 2020 !