Last week one of our two festival curators, the lovely Cher Potter, visited the Impakt headquarters in Utrecht. Cher covers 50% of the curatorial team for No More Westerns, the other half of which is Shanghai-based Samantha Culp. Their fresh, multi-layered (and often witty) proposal for the Impakt Festival 2012 was selected by Impakt in June, making them the main curators for the exhibition, the talks, screenings and music program, from 24-28 October. A first visit from London to Utrecht made all the more sense to get the motor running further.
After getting to know her via numerous e-mails and Skype, we were very happy to have her around in real life and to harass her on a daily basis about everything and more, concerning her curatorial work.
During her short stay Cher got a lot of work done. Her schedule included visits to all festival locations around town, meetings with students from the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) and working late at the Impakt HQ, meanwhile keeping everybody here up to date on the latest beautiful, funny or just plain weird developments in worldwide visual culture.
As the main occupation of everyone involved right now is the forthcoming program, it was great sharing developments, fixing names, inviting authors – in short: building madly towards a final program.
Some epic skype meetings later, we are psyched to make more and more final decisions. Curious to see what Cher and Samantha have in store for you? Only seven more weeks until the festival kicks off, hang out with us online (#NMW ) and be there!