Hatsune Miku and Takeshi Ikeda at TodaysArt 2017

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Soon it is time for a new edition of TodaysArt festival in The Hague. The 2017 edition will take place in multiple venues of the National Theatre: Theater aan het Spui, Filmhuis Den Haag and for the first time at royal theatre Koninklijke Schouwburg on September 22nd and 23rd. TodaysArt 2017 is the 13th edition.

TodaysArt is an international platform for trans-disciplinary creativity and digital culture. It operates as a network organization. The 2017 edition has a full program with different performances, workshops, panels and exhibitions. A few activities can be interesting for those who are interested in Japan.

Hatsune Miku

Still be Here looks at the multiple constructed identities of vocal synthesiser turned cyber-celebrity Hatsune Miku, a ‘performing’ 3D hologram projection. Since her 2007 launch in Japan, Hatsune Miku became the ultimate pop star, a globally adored and collaboratively constructed cyber celebrity with a growing user community, countless stadium performances as a 3D hologram projection and more than 100.000 songs released worldwide. After the debut of ‘Still be Here’ last year at CTM festival, it is now coming to TodaysArt 2017 for its Dutch première.

Following an idea initiated and conceptualised by artist Mari Matsutoya, Still Be Here is collectively created with music producer Laurel Halo, award-winning choreographer and visual artist Darren Johnston/Array, virtual artist LaTurbo Avedon and produced by digital artist Martin Sulzer. This special performance is authorised by Crypton Future Media, however, it is not an official Hatsune Miku show.

The show will take place on both days of TodaysArt at Theater aan het Spui, it will start on 22.30. If you only want to see this performance, you can get a single ticket for € 20.00. With this ticket, you can also see the performance of Laurel Halo.

Takeshi Ikeda

The work of Takeshi Ikeda can be seen during TodaysArt 2017. Takeshi Ikeda draws inspiration from experimental music and hardcore punk rock. Ikeda finds the two genres very structured and monotonous, boring even. He actually calls them “Boredom Music”. The artist explores new ways of making ‘boring’ compositions since he considers it a significant quality of music, and life. For the recorded performance Fuck Everything (2017), the artist started off with the idea that “the music is too boring to concentrate on and the music seems individualistic and distant”.

At TodaysArt you can also see the video ‘666 or more malignant songs which should be forgotten immediately after they’re played’, a hilarious take on hardcore punk music, which revolves around the sound of biting into tomatoes.


If you want to visit TodaysArt for the whole day, you can buy a Day Pass for Friday or Saturday for € 35.00, a Festival Pass will cost you € 60.00. If you want to go all out and support the festival, you can buy a Festival Support Pass for € 100.00 and have your seating reserved for headlining shows and more. Tickets can be found here.

Free of admission

Art exhibition at Koninklijke Schouwburg, Theater aan het Spui foyer and Filmhuis Den Haag have free entrance. The same for panels, presentations and talks at the Theater aan het Spui foyer. For workshops, it is advised to send an email with rsvp and title of the workshop to ln.tr1508239573asyad1508239573ot@po1508239573hskro1508239573w1508239573.

Source: TodaysArt

Francisca Hagen

Started with AVO in 2003. Now active as writer, reporter, reviewer, promotor, photographer and tries to rule the world with a forum. Can be found regurarly at conventions and concerts in the Netherlands and sometimes Belgium. Big passion for Japan and music. You can follow me on Twitter: @Seraphinne

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