ECAS Member

Cimatics v.z.w.
Bruxelles, Belgium
Festival: CIMATICS (2003-2009)

Founded 2003 Cimatics stimulated new forms of artistic expression by generating innovative contemporary art projects at the fringe of art & creative technology. Projects were supported by an established international network of artists, creatives and visionary makers.

The importance of the digital (r)evolution is shifting more and more away from specialized areas such as art and technology towards the common social sphere.
Cimatics was inspired by this shift and has the critical ambition to be a cultural organization with the focus on experience, celebration, participation and discovery of contemporary digital culture in the broadest sense. Cimatics was inclusive and empowering.

CIMATICS delivered projects for: Ars Electronica (AT), transmediale (DE), Tate Modern (UK), Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton (FR), Fondation Boghossian (BE), MACBA (ES), BOZAR (BE), EMPAC (US), TodaysArt (NL), Maison des Arts de Créteil (FR), YCAM (JP), Fondation Téléfonica (PER), Itau Foundation (BRA),The National Art Center Tokyo (JP), Centre Pompidou (FR), Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TPE), Arko Art Center (KOR), Mutek (CA), SONAR (ES), ...

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Cimatics Festival

Cimatics festival was a citywide event in Brussels and it’s latest edition (2009) was spread out all over the city with more than 150 artists, 17 venues, 10 days and nights and over 10.000 visitors.
With a focus on audiovisual art and digital culture, the Cimatics festival was unique in Belgium and had built up a strong international reputation.

The Festival was set up in 2003 for a first audiovisual festival explicitly grounded in electronic subculture, afterwards was expanded into a festival for ‘Live Audiovisual Art & VJing’.
The Festival has always been intended to be an event with a meta-narrative, a node where grass-roots, underground and pop or art become mixed. In short, a contemporary happening with a capital ‘H’.

ECAS stages

TodaysArt 2011 Brussels
ECAS Working Period 1 / 29.09. - 01.10.2011 / coop Cimatics & TodaysArt
Cimatics 2013 Brussels - »The Digital Now«
ECAS Working Period 3 / 10.04. - 21.04.2013
»Disruptive Innovation practices for an Unknown Future«
Bozar Festival Symposium / ECAS Working Period 4 / 27.09.2014

ECAS Member Overview

Cimatics v.z.w. was a non-profit art organization with structural funding from the Flemish government and the French community, Brussels Capital Region and the City of Brussels as well as by European cultural institutions like Austrian Kultur Forum, Finnish Cultural Institute, Institut de la Francophonie Numérique and many others.

Cimatics Platform was born out of the annual Cimatics festival (2003-2009), bringing rapidly expanding goals and activities.
On one hand there has been a broadening of vision:
To look at a wider field of experimental audiovisual performances, to tighten the links between audiovisual art, media art and the broader, more popular digital culture.
On the other hand, on the basis of this activity it is building a platform focusing on the production of new audiovisual performances and installations, holding educational workshops and creating publications as well as initiating a great number of multidisciplinary events.

Agency for audiovisual production and distribution.

Cimatics Agency recognized around the world for the direction, production, commissioning and distribution of pioneering audiovisual artworks, performances and installations by world-acclaimed artists such as Ryoichi Kurokawa, Quayola, Telcosystems, Max Hattler, Boris & Brecht Debackere, Arne Deforce, Yutaka Oya and Visual Kitchen.

Cimatcs focused on audio-visual performances, with the emphasis on those that have grown out of VJ culture and digital culture.
Most of the projects revolve around the interaction (live or otherwise) between sound and image: live cinema, visual music, expanded cinema or DJ/VJ.
Next to that there was also a continuous attention for audio-visual installations, experimental cinema, music video and motion graphics.

Agency activities were tour management and bookings for audiovisual, educational workshops, film screenings, conferences, exhibitions and professional meetings.
Most of the artworks produced were also presented at the Cimatics Festival (2003-2009).