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#062 Magic

Curated by Hristiana Stamou, Suzanne Verras and Xiang Yu Yeung.

Stamou, Verras and Yeung are students at Leiden University. They curated this programme as part of their internship at Impakt, in relation to the themes of Impakt Festival 2017: Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems.

Apps, experiences, and other products are being marketed as if they are magical solutions to problems we may have or seem to have in our lives.

We often do not exactly know how technological innovations or devices work, which is precisely why they are being promoted as full of magic and meant to thrill us in their use. However, these magical technological innovations and devices are not as innocent as they may seem. The other side of magic is full of exclusivity, secretive knowledge and privileged power structures.

Films in this programme

Catoptrophilia
David Ferrando Giraut
(EE/UK 2013, 12:19 mins)
An encounter between two objects whose symbolic functions are, in fact, very closely related: an ancient Egyptian hand mirror and the iPhone...
E-ruqyah
Arya Sukapura Putra
(ID 2013, 2:08 mins)
Ruqyah is an Islamic rite of banning negative energy caused by health problems. Today, the potential of the smartphone has also seeped into ...
Why
Borja Rodriguez Alonso
(ES 2013, 04:53 mins)
The most mundane searches on Google are completed by ‘autocomplete’. It reveals not only a worldwide curiosity but primarily a wide rang...