24 – 28 October
NO MORE WESTERNS
Exhibition, lectures, film, video, music, workshops
24-28 October 2012 on several locations in Utrecht
Festival exhibition in CBKU: 12 – 28 October
Opening exhibition: Thursday 11 October, 20:00h
In 2012, the Impakt Festival heralds the end of the dominance of the Western media culture. Central to the 23rd edition of the Impakt Festival will be the changes within the media landscape as a result of the drastic economical and geopolitical shifts on the world stage.
Two festival curators have been assigned to compile the No More Westerns programme: Cher Potter and Samantha Culp. Alongside them, Indian academic Parmesh Shahani has been appointed festival fellow in collaboration with the Centre for Humanities and the Master’s study programme New Media & Digital Culture at Utrecht University.
We are very comfortable with the West’s leading role in the global media industry. However, in the near future, European and North American countries will have to relinquish this dominant role to a number of rapidly developing economies. Global image culture – as disseminated by TV, the media, the film industry and the internet – will no longer solely be based on ‘our’ culture and history, and inside the next few decades its appearance is set to change radically.
How will this process develop? Which visual language, icons and symbols will be mixed with ours? How will these changes take place in countries where the regime monitors cultural production? The 2012 Impakt Festival’s No More Westerns programme will examine the new guises and myths of this transitioning media landscape?
Impakt has invited two festival curators to develop the No More Westerns theme: Californian curator and author Samantha Culp, who currently lives in Shanghai, and South African researcher and writer Cher Potter who resides in London. They are working on a programme which will highlight the typical elements of the rising super powers’ image industries. The programme’s various elements will be substantiated on the basis of the latter, augmented by contributions from correspondents, experts, curators and artists from around the world. From the festival exhibition at the CBKU [Utrecht centre for the visual arts] to events, workshops and lectures, the 2012 Impakt Festival 2012 will provide an exciting preview of the imminent changes to our visual culture.
No More Westerns: Step into the world of Afrofuturisme, Golly-, Bolly-, Nollywood, c-pop, j-pop, k-pop and the Grass Mud Horse. With bold extrapolations, harmonic ideals, dystopian visions, historical analysis and new myths.
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Video report Impakt Festival 2012
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- DEUS: DUTCH EXPERIMENTS ON URBAN SCREENSWednesday, 24 - Sunday, 28 October 2012In collaboration with DROPSTUFF.NL Impakt will exhibit its DEUS presentations on large urban screens on the Utrecht Jaarbeurs and at the central stations in Breda, Eindhoven, [...]
- How the West was One part 1 + 2Friday, 26 October 2012How the West was One (part 1) ‘Meta-Cowboyism’ How the West was One (part 2) Westerns from the East You can visit both parts of [...]
- IMPAKT CLUB NIGHTFriday, 26 October 2012On Friday 26 October, Impakt Festival NO MORE WESTERNS promises to peak in obscure nightlife credibility, with a NON WESTERN UNDERGROUND CLUB NIGHT that’s action [...]
- Live Stream CanvasWednesday, 10 October 2012The #NMW Live Stream Canvas consists of a flow of references which study and expand on the exhibition’s themes and the festival as a whole. [...]
- Impakt Online: Let Us Praise the Vernacular!Thursday, 25 October 2012As we have become indifferent to the omnipresent multinationals, templates and logos and increasingly estranged from specific cultural traditions and folklore, we see at the [...]
- Festival Exhibition: The Impossible Black Tulip of CartographyThursday, 11 - Sunday, 28 October 2012Opening: Thursday 11 October, 20 – 24:00h With music by D.V. Grammofoon at 22:00h Opening hours: 12 till 23 October: Tue-Fri from 11.00 till 17.00h and on [...]
- Panorama artist in focus: Rubén GutierrezFriday, 26 October 2012Exploring post-isms and their meaning(lessness) is a prominent part of Gutiérrez’s practice. He has made several series like the Post everything drawings, which are in [...]
- Closing Event: YouTube battleSunday, 28 October 2012For all YouTube freaks, cat film lovers and for those who had to miss prior editions, the last film evening will once again be hosting [...]
- Panorama Event #3: Rigid RegimesSunday, 28 October 2012Satirically approaching Syria’s regime is far from risk free. Amid the threatening political situation, the Masasit Mati collective nevertheless tries to put a smile on [...]
- Panorama Event #1: Unstating the ObviousThursday, 25 October 2012Mediengruppe Bitnik enters into an amusing dialogue with the invisibly omnipresent, permanent surveillance system. By hacking the camera system at a tube station in London [...]
Impakt Festival 2012 Newspaper
Read the Impakt Festival newspaper online at issuu.com.
The newspaper contains program information and background essays within the festival theme No More Westerns.