Let Us Praise The Vernacular! Impakt Net Art: Online exhibition 2012

Loes Sikkes, 2012


Impakt Net Art 2012:Let Us Praise the Vernacular!
As we have become indifferent to the omnipresent multinationals, templates and logos and increasingly estranged from specific cultural traditions and folklore, we see at the same time an expanding interest in the local and artisanal. Global is no longer the default mode. For Impakt Online 2012, ‘Let us praise the vernacular!’, Impakt invites artists and researchers to present their works that are an ode to the specificities of places.

Impakt Net Art is Impakt’s platform for online art, previously known as Impakt Online. Impakt Net Art stimulates the development of new art projects on the Internet, and gives structural support to internet art. Special attention is directed at projects that utilize properties of the Internet in a creative way. Yearly, Impakt Online commissions three online artworks that are launched on the website in an online exhibition. During Impakt festival, the works were presented and contextualized. This year’s edition Let Us Praise The Vernacular! is curated and presented by Sabine Niederer and Raymond Taudin Chabot.

Tommaso Renzini and Federica Bardelli (DensityDesign) – National Web Palettes

Federica Bardelli and Tommaso Renzini, of DensityDesign Research Lab present the web research project titled ‘National Web Palettes’. In 2011, Colourlovers.com, the online community for creating and sharing colour palettes and patterns, published an overview of the dominant colours of the web. Looking at the top 100 web brands, the researchers concluded that on the worldwide web, blue was still the most dominant colour. Wondering whether this would also be true for national webs, Italian designers Bardelli and Renzini set out to collect the colours of top websites for a total of 27 European countries. The results show a bright and colourful national use of colours, presented in a set of downloadable palettes and national website design templates.

Federica Bardelli was born in 1987 in Gallarate, Varese, Italy. She’s a communication designer working and studying in Milan at the Politecnico di Milano. She’s currently doing her Master Thesis at DensityDesign Research Lab. She also works as teaching-assistant at the university, “bricoleur” at Atelier Vostok as a trainee and is an affectionate friend of Tipografia Tob.
Tommaso Renzini is a 25 year-old designer from Umbertide (Italy). He has studied Communication Design at the Politecnico of Milan and the Université du Québec à Montréal. He is currently completing his Master degree at DensityDesign Research Lab in Milan.
DensityDesign is a Research Lab in the design department (INDACO) of the Polytechnical University of Milan, Italy, focusing on the visual representation of complex social, organizational and urban phenomena. By rearranging numeric data, reinterpreting qualitative information, locating information geographically, and building visual taxonomies they describe and unveil the hidden connections of complex systems.

Loes Sikkes – EUtopia

For her project, Loes Sikkes has traced national emblems of various European countries from their typical carriers, like currencies. Boiled down to their outlines,  they reappear at once isolated and open to novel interpretations. The emblems can be coloured, regrouped into configurations, and even add up to a pattern representing a new European identity. Visit EUtopia on Colourlovers to start your own experiment. For your colour selection, you can even choose from the national colour-schemes created by Bardelli and Renzini of DensityDesign.

Loes Sikkes has been working as a graphic designer since 2004. Recently she has started a new design agency called Medamo in collaboration with Barbara Lateur. As a team they have been commissioned by CREATE-IT applied research (at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), the Rotterdam Arts Council and RDM Campus. Loes is also course leader of the Visual Communications department at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.
She started researching the visual language of EU countries for her (cum laude) graduation project at Willem de Kooning Academy in 2004. For further information visit her website.


SUFI PLUG INS is an interdisciplinary project dedicated to exploring non-western and poetic notions of sound in interaction with alternative interfaces. SUFI PLUG INS create a space where software design, music tools, encoded spirituality, digital art, and indigenous knowledge systems overlap. The first SUFI PLUG INS are a free suite of seven audio software tools for Ableton Live (Max4Live). They include four software synthesizers hardwired to North African maqam scales with quartertone tuning built-in, a device called DEVOTION which lowers your computer’s volume 5 times a day during call to prayer (presets include Agnostic, Fervent, Devout), and a drone machine.

Download the plugins here.
Check out theSUFI PLUG INS video.

Jace Clayton, better known as DJ Rupture, is an interdisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn, New York. Clayton’s practice has evolved out of his work as a DJ and furthermore has very compelling social concerns and interests, for example how the application of sound and technology in low-income communities, and public space can be used to interact, with an emphasis on Latin America, Africa, and the Arab world. Clayton is currently developing the SUFI PLUG INS together with programmer Bill Bowen, designer Rosten Woo, musician Hassan Wargui , and videographers Maggie Schmitt and Juan Alcón Durán.
Clayton has DJ’ed in a band with Norah Jones, done two John Peel Sessions, and was turntable soloist with the 80-member Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Recent collaborators include guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex) and filmmaker Jem Cohen.

Let Us Praise the Vernacular at Impakt Festival 2012

At Impakt Festival 2012 No More Western, Impakt Net Art previewed Let Us Praise the Vernacular!, with presentations by DensityDesign, Loes Sikkes, Doris Ebner on the Atlas Maior and JanPier on the Subjective Atlas of Friesland.
See also: Let Us Praise The Vernacular!