WORM (Rotterdam)

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WORM is a Rotterdam based non-profit foundation and a multi-media alternative cultural centre focused on experimental, new media art, avant-garde and underground art, primarily music and movies. WORM is funded by the Triodos Bank and part of the culture nota 2009-2012 from the Dutch government. The foundation has received the Pendrecth Culture Prize and its venue is part of the Rotterdam culture plan.

WORM organises festivals and concerts, movie nights, runs an independent record label, a radio station. Part of the organisation is also a media lab, a hackspace, and a music studio. The media lab and music studio both run free artist in residence programms for artists and experimental musicians. Experimental musician Lukas Simonis is the programmer of the artist in residence programm for the music studio. The studio has a large collection of vintage analogue synths such as the ARP 2500, ARP 2600, Serge synthesizer, EMS Synthi A, AS8899, EMS VCS 3[1] and Korg MS-20 inherited from the Centrum voor Electronische Muziek (CEM) and a collection of experimental musical instruments built by Yuri Landman. Artists that have been in residence at WORM were Tujiko Noriko, Toktek, Machinefabriek, Jørgen Teller, One Man Nation, Blevin Blectum, Kevin Blechdom, Joe Howe, Eugene Chadbourne, Lucas Crane, Jim Xentos, Knull, Ben Butler and Mousepad, Colin Black, Harry Taylor (Action Beat), Stignoise, Hovatron, and others.

Besides the venue and studio the foundation also has a shop with left field music, art house movies and books about subjects related to the cultural focus of the organisation.

WORM developed the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine. The organisation co-operates closely with International Film Festival Rotterdam,[2] Poetry International, Incubate,[3] State-X New Forms, Museumnacht.[4]

WORM was based at the Achterhaven till 2010. In 2011 it moved to the centre of Rotterdam and is currently located in the building formerly used as the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Dutch Photo Museum) at the Witte de Withstraat.

Comparable Dutch avant garde centres[edit]

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