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New IMPAKT in Utrecht

Last updated 2 years ago by Jon Wilkins

Following on from their highly successful festival, there is a new IMPAKT exhibition: A World Without Us coming to Utrecht.

An exhibition with events about the post-Anthropocene, bio-art and robotics, with works by a.o Mark Leckey, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Anna Dumitriu and Alex May.

This will take place form 24 November till 3 February, Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00-17:00 at The IMPAKT Center for Media Culture, Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht

On Friday 23 November from 17:00 to 20:00


A World Without Us imagines a world without humans. The way we, as a species, currently interact with nature and the environment means that that time will perhaps arrive much sooner than we can conceive. In 2007, American journalist Alan Weisman published a work of non-fiction entitled The World Without Us in which he describes what would happen to the planet if humans were to suddenly disappear. He outlines which traces of human civilization would soon be lost, how cities and houses would tumble into disrepair, which materials and structures would survive longest as well as how the various non-human organisms would develop after humanity’s disappearance. A World Without Us wants to communicate the urgency of working towards improved dealings with nature. The exhibition and the accompanying programme show the damage we as humans cause as well as how the right use of technology can create solutions.

What would the world look like without us? Find out in the exhibition A World Without Us!

There will also be the chance to see the work of:

-ArchaeaBot: A Post Singularity and Post Climate Change Life-form (2018) and Antisocial Swarm Robots (2015) by Anna Dumitriu  & Alex May

-Empathy Swarm (2018) by Katrin Hochschuh & Adam Donovan

-Epokhe (The Last Sixth of the Final Hour) (2017) by IC-98

-Aqua_forensic: Underwater Interception of Biotweaking in Aquatocene (2018) by Robertina Šebjanič  & Gjino Šutić

-GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction (2010) by Mark Leckey

-Homo Stupidus Stupidus (2008) and Zoology Of Genetology (2009-2020) by Maarten Vanden Eynde

-Subocean Botlights (2018) by Taavi Suisalu

-The 3d Additivist Manifesto (2015) and The 3d Additivist Cookbook (2016) by Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke

-The Next Nature Shop


Subocean Botlights (2018) – Taavi Suisalu

Also in the Exhibition there will be

A World Without Us – artist talks & panel

with Anna Dumitriu & Alex May, Katrin Hochschuh & Adam Donovan, Taavi Suisalu and other guests at The IMPAKT Center for Media Culture, on Saturday 24 November, 16:00 – 18:00

The artists A World Without Us will discuss the works in the exhibition as part of their body of work and the questions the exhibition wants to address: What will our future with robots and AI look like? How can artists contribute to change with narratives regarding our impact on the planet? Can we influence human evolution? Should we? What can we learn from the past if we want to look at the future? Is there a planet B?

And from 17 January till 20 January There will be

Future Life – conference, curated by Anna Dumitriu again at The IMPAKT Center for Media Culture, Thursday 17 January – Sunday 20 January

This conference reflects on the themes of the exhibition A World Without Us and explores what life might mean in a post climate change, post singularity future.

What roles art can play in engaging audiences in environmental issues, the development of artificial intelligence and the societal implications of our decisions?

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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