Modern Body Festival is an intermedia initiative based in The Hague, founded and curated by artists. Our 2nd biennial edition will be a 5-day event, taking place from November 29 to December 3 2016 in various re-purposed spaces in the city. Modern Body Festival strives to examine the nature of our current existence through the perspective of the ‘modern body’. With this year’s theme: I/WE/THEY, we examine the social body, and explore the cultural borders of a globalized world.


The festival

For this edition, MBF collaborate with cutting-edge architecture platform DEZACT, to create a 5-day event in The Hague in November/December 2016 hosted in re-purposed buildings, made up of workshops, symposium, and a 2-day showcase with exhibitions and performances. The festival is constructed as a total experience for our visitors – one meant to move them viscerally, emotionally, mentally. The showcase itself will be a multi-sensory environment encouraging exploration across disciplines, seeking the modern body primarily within the worlds that emerge when art forms intersect, collide, and modulate each other.


Theme: I/WE/THEY

For the second biennial edition, the theme I/WE/THEY  is to reach beyond the physical body to the social body, to explore how we exist and belong in today’s networked world, and what the cultural borders of a globalized society are. MBF is  interested in the effects of technology, digital communication and architecture as they are fundamentally transforming the way we exist as a society, culture, species. MBF focuses on identity and community: how we interface with I/WE/THEY. Where do the limits of the self extend and where do the social bodies of group and community begin? How do we understand and position ourselves as individuals, while still feeling a sense of belonging and connection to an expanding global community? How do we exist, identify, and interact? Furthermore, how does architecture and technology influence our interactions with each other, and how can we in turn, influence architecture and technology?



Modern Body Festival believes in the importance of re-invented, disused sites in the forming of collectives and grassroots cultural activities in the Netherlands. We work with repurposed, reused locations, allowing ourselves to be influenced and inspired by the buildings and their histories. This year we work with a variety of historical buildings throughout the city. We are very pleased to introduce our four very special locations as the main venues for our 2nd biennial edition:

Theater De Nieuwe Regentes – 2 & 3 December 2016 –

ADDRESS: Weimarstraat 63, 2562 GR The Hague


Paviljoen Baruch – 2 & 3 December 2016 –

ADDRESS: Paviljoensgracht 20, 2512 BP The Hague


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Works shown at Paviljoen Baruch

(former GEMAK/Vrije Academie)


1. REGROWTH: For Toad Hill
Tivon Rice (US) & Weihaw Wang (TW/JP/UK)
Architectural multimedia installation
Exhibition | MBF x DEZACT

Jeroen van Ameijde (UK/NL) & Luis Rodil-Fernández (NL/ES)
Interactive architectural installation
Exhibition | MBF x DEZACT

3.The Woven Memory
Manuel Jiménez García (UK/ES) & Shih Wei Chieh (TW) & Christina Dahdaleh (UK/JO)
Architectural installation
Exhibition | MBF x DEZACT

4.Gem of Lives
Satoru Sugihara (US/JP)
Architectural installation
Exhibition | MBF x DEZACT

5.The Grotto
Ludmila Rodrigues (NL/BR)
Immersive experience
Exhibition | MBF x DEZACT

6.The water within
Stelios Manousakis (NL/GR) & Ping-Hsiang Chen (UK/TW)
Interactive steam room
Exhibition | MBF x DEZACT | Sauna Series

7.Hot Listening Booth feat. Audio-DH
Sound and heat installation
Exhibition | Sauna Series

8.Largo | Slow 
Karel van Laere (NL)
2 short film performances





photo credit: Erin Mckinney