Is IMPAKT having an IMPACT on your life?

As their press release tells us its nearly time for IMPAKT Festival 2018!

They see Algorithmic superstructures looking over our shoulders. Moving as we move, determining what we see, anticipating what we desire, they have constructed the reality around us. How and when did that happen, and why haven’t we noticed? Algorithms know what we do. Do you want to know what algorithms do? Join them for the IMPAKT Festival 2018!

Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden of Metahaven, who will give a keynote during the festival, have their first major exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum. EARTH is opening this weekend!

Bellingcat, described as the “rock stars of online investigative journalism”, have been in the news for contributing important evidence in the Skripal poisoning case. Eliot Higgins, founder of Bellingcat, will give a keynote about the open source investigation collective during the festival.

The Bellingcat Method Workshop

From 13 to 15 November 2018 IMPAKT, in collaboration with Residencies in Utrecht, are organising a three-day workshop by the open source research collective Bellingcat at IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture. During this workshop Eliot Higgins and other members of Bellingcat will teach you how you can use the Bellingcat Method for fact-checking and investigative journalism.

Anna Ridler, who will participate in the panel Algorithms and Financial Speculation, has been selected to be part of AI: More Than Human, an important museum exhibition about artificial intelligence taking place at the Barbican Centre in London next year. Her work Mosaic Virus, created as part of her EMAP residency at IMPAKT, will also be on display at the Algorithmic Superstructures exhibition.

We will also have the chance to watch Post-truth Cinema: Our New President

Next Wednesday there will be the Dutch premiere of Our New President, organised with Cinema ‘t Hoogt. This satirical art project by Maxim Pozdorovkin is a unique report of the Russian media’s coverage of the last American elections. It consists only of footage from Russian television stations and YouTube responses, and provides a non-Russian audience with a sneak peek into the workings of Russian journalism. Former Russia correspondent Laura Starink will give an introduction before the film!

There is still time to be involved at the festival. IMPAKT are holding an EMAP Open Call where you can apply for a residency at IMPAKT or one of our ten European partner organisations!

The new European Media Art Platform offers residencies for media artists in the fields of digital media including Internet and computer-based artists, filmmakers, and those working in media-based performance, sound or video as well as robotics or bio-art.

Artists with an EU passport can apply for a two-months residency within April and August 2019 (exact timing has to be negotiated with the host) at one of our fellow institutions.

Another fascinating initiative is the IMPAKT Channel where they create an alternative for traditional media sharing websites. It offers more information, a curatorial selection and a critical view specific to the media art context.

There are a host of new programmes!

Down the Rabbit Hole: Is the search for reality like an endless sliding-down-and-into the rabbit hole? Or, is it just a temporary tunnel that can lead to a more stable answer?

The Visual Manipulation of the Mind: In the new Post-truth world every image is ripped out of context and used for the purpose of the message one wants to get across.

 

Is IMPAKT having an IMPACT on your life?

It should be!

What changes do you see?

Does the slow creep of a digital invasion into your life scare you?

Or are you heartened that technology can reach that fat?

What exactly is our future?

Let us know. Join in the conversation.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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