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IMPAKT Screening: Affected Words

A three-day programme will be presented by IMPAKT from 21-23 March about language, technology and post-truth.

Language defines what it means to be human. It makes it possible to name the world around us, to exchange ideas and feelings, and to give or hide information. In the digital era, moods and attitudes are communicated on social media on the same level as information. This endless stream of content makes it difficult to have a productive debate and often only serves to reinforce beliefs.

Curated and introduced by Maria Morata, the selected works in Affected Words explore how technology and language affect each other, questions how language is used to grant authority, and shows how it could be used as a tool of emancipation and self-determination.

All screenings start at 20:00 and take place at IMPAKT, Centre for Media Culture, Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht.

Language defines what it means to be human. This very specific system of symbolic communication makes it possible to name the world around us, to exchange ideas and feelings, and to give or hide information. In the digital era, new technological tools affect the way we think and understand reality. Social Media let everyone participate in the narratives of society, however, moods and attitudes are communicated on the same level as information. The endless stream of emotive communication has made it nearly impossible to have a productive debate and often only serves to reinforce beliefs. How has this new emotional language contributed to our age of Post-truth?

The selected works in Affected Words explore how technology and language affect each other. The programme questions how language is used to reproduce control and grant authority, and shows how it could be used as a tool of emancipation and self-determination.

On permanent display for the duration of the screening programme is “Learn German with Petra von Kant” (2007), a single channel video installation by Ming Wong.

Facts and Fabrications

20:00 Thursday 21 March

This first screening will focus on the power of language to create processes of exclusion, truth fabrications and affect our perception of reality.

With works by Peggy Ahwesh, Peter Greenaway, John Latham, Virgile Fraisse, belit sağ and Harun Farocki.

Distortion regime

20:00 Friday 22 March

This programme assembles works that try to deconstruct authority to reveal the ways language can be used to hide and codify meaning.

With works by Allora & Calzadilla, Richard Serra & Nancy Holt, Jordi Colomer, eddie d, Peter Rose, John Smith, belit sağ and Katarina Zdjelar.

Singing signs

20:00 Saturday 23 March

The works in this programme examine the mechanisms of hierarchies and power structures, and propose a polyphonic spectrum with a new politics of voice.

With works by VALIE EXPORT, Mathilde ter Heijne, Momu & No Es, Samson Young and Jean-Gabriel Périot.

Truth That Lies

Don’t miss Truth That Lies, the exhibition about misinformation in the information age with a historical perspective on the Post-truth era, which closes on 17 March. How are words and ideas used to obscure and manipulate? By looking at the past, can we find out what the future would look like if things proceed from here?

The exhibition is open Wednesday till Sunday, 12:00 – 17:00. Tours of the exhibition start every Saturday at 16:00.

Artists in the exhibition are Keren Cytter, Omer Fast, Harun Farocki, Sharon Hayes, Hrvoje Hiršl & Luis Rodil Fernández, Martine Neddam, Erica Scourti, Mladen Stilinović and The Yes Men.

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Omar Best

IMPAKT at the Meta Marathon 2019 Düsseldorf

IMPAKT will take a delegation of Dutch artists, curators and designers to Meta Marathon 2019, the 42-hours art marathon in the NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf, Germany: live and work, celebrate and drink, love and laugh 42 hours non-stop with robots. The Meta Marathon 2019 takes place from 15 to 17 March 2019 and will be dedicated to the topic of robotics and will transform the NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf into a laboratory for a whole weekend. The programme IMPAKT is presenting at Meta Marathon 2019 will include talks, performances, workshops, exhibitions and more. With: Ine Gevers (ROBOT LOVE), Anouschka Versleijen (RoboValley and TU Delft Robotics Institute), oneseconds, Donna Verheijden, Casper de Jong, Sander Veenhof, Marianna Maruyama, Carolien Teunisse and Katrin Hochschuh & Adam Donovan.

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Jon Wilkins

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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