Festival Focus

IMPAKT Festival Focus

IMPAKT is a multi-site celebration of experimental arts. Showcasing a variety of events including video and film screenings, exhibitions and talks, IMPAKT brings some of the most innovative and challenging contemporary artwork to its diverse audiences across Utrecht from 30 Oct – 3 Nov.

Jenna Sutela, Holobiont, [DE] 2018

IMPAKT Festival is a five-day programme that will investigate our present and future interactions with technology and non-humans. The festival features three sub-themes.

Sensory Empowerment, on 31 October will look at how technological advancements can enhance the functionality of our body and senses and the implications of this. School of Non-Humans, on 1 November will delve into human interaction with non-humans, from machines to animals to plants and everything in between and what we can learn from non-humans. Persuasive Tech Lab, on 2 November will examine the power of interfaces on users and the inference of their increased pervasiveness and inconspicuousness. A full programme schedule, with details about all the events, can be found here.

Every day will showcase a number of performances that will traverse the depths of each subtheme using practical arts and tools, techniques and processes, and moral knowledge and great imagination to navigate our everchanging techno-charged world.

Forest On Location 03 Video Still 2018 c Broersen and Lukács

IMPAKT 2019 is vital. Thankfully, members of the Subbacultcha family get free access to one of the most exciting events on Friday, 1 November. It is Forest for the Trees, which kicks off at 13.15. It is a film and video constellation of works that will unlearn and relearn those present through a series of immersive experiences. From ecological soundscapes and astral bacterial dances to digitalised entities floating through the void, Forest for the Trees will play host to an exciting group of digital eco-artists at the vanguard of producing an alternative type of aesthetic and environmental engagement.

IMPAKT 2019 promises to be deeply fascinating and relevant. It is not one to be missed. The Forest for the Trees event will have 20 free spots available for Subbacultcha members. Secure a spot by sending an email to mailinglist@subbacultcha.com with ‘IMPAKT’ in the subject line + your full name in the mail.