Did we tell you we really love STRP Festival in Eindhoven? Well, we do. And we’re not just talking about the music here.
The 5th edition of STRP Festival is also about 50 years of Dutch media- and technology art. Together with the pioneers, heroes of today and tomorrow’s talent, the STRP EXPO brings you an overview of the past, present and future.
So that means you can experience the first experiments with electronic music by Dick Raaijmakers in the Fifties, next to the most recent see-through technological installations by Daan Roosegaarde. The first video installations and interactive artpieces like Jeffrey Shaw‘s Legible City, and Erik Hobijn‘s controversial Suicide Machine next to the augmented reality rabbit Tibb.
And not only the EXPO is definitely worth a visit. We’re big fans of Matthew Herbert as well. Matthew recenty helped with Ridley Scott’s ‘Life In A Day’ soundtrack and Björk’s ‘Biophilia’. And he recomposed Mahler’s 10th for Deutsche Gramophon. On STRP he will perform his ‘One Pig‘ project live.
‘One Pig‘ is the story of one farm animal in particular, that was being followed from his birth untill his death and after that. Matthew Herbert recorded it all. He documented the life of the pig from birth to adulthood to, eventually, the slaughter. Due to English laws, he couldn’t record the slaughter itself, but he could document the process before it, the cooking and the consuming. And if that’s not enough, he made instruments from the remaining bodyparts: a drum of the stomach, an instrument based on the blood etcetera.
The result is an ode to the lifecycle of an otherwise anonymous animal. A work that brings up questions and insight in the presence of an animal in a society that underestimates its use and meaning.
Thanks to the great people at STRP, we’re able to give away 2×2 tickets for Matthew Herbert‘s performance, with a visit to the EXPO included on Friday November 18. If you want those tickets mail us the coolest picture of a pig you can find to firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh, and don’t forget to put ‘STRP’ in the subjectline!