DREAMING IN EVERYWHEN
IMPAKT Festival 2020 Exhibition
The artists in this festival exhibition seek magic and supernatural experiences in their work. Because of the climate crisis we risk losing not only our habitat, but also nature as a source of spirituality and wonder.
Since the dawn of time, nature has played a key role in human religions, cultures and traditions. Nature used to connect people with one another and with the supernatural. The power of natural phenomena was awe-inspiring, and was often translated into gods and rituals. In animistic religions, people are spiritually connected with the animals and the landscape around them.
Today people seem more remote from their origins than ever. Douglas Rushkoff typifies the changing relationship to nature with a reference to the seventeenth-century English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon and his idea that science should “take nature by the forelock,” hold her down and submit her to our will. But whereas in our arrogance we consider ourselves fairly well protected against natural disasters, and have perfected the extraction of food and resources from nature, one small virus has recently taught us a new lesson in humility.
More and more people now realise that the violence we are inflicting to nature is a threat: to the physical foundations of our existence, but also to our spirituality. It is questionable whether we have enough time left to reverse this process.
With an elaborate exhibition design the exhibition space is transformed into a pristine white space. The map that accompanies the exhibition is your guide that will make you follow a path through a plane of salt. Walking on a black catwalk you can traverse a flooded landscape. The scenery that is created in the exhibition has an apocalyptic feel on the one hand while at the same time it radiates a sublime and supernatural atmosphere. The floorplan of the exhibition shows a very symmetric image. It could be the floorplan of a temple or the outlines of a prehistoric settlement. The exhibition Dreaming in Everywhen shows us the value of nature as a source of religion, connection and wonder.
With works by: Monira Al Qadiri (Kuwait/Germany), Jasper Griepink (Netherlands), Jakob Kudsk Steensen (Denmark/United States), Himali Singh Soin (India), Erik Bünger (Sweden/Germany), Maarten Vanden Eynde (Belgium) and Michel Banabila (Netherlands).
You can book your time-slot to visit the exhibition in our ticket shop.
Due to the recommendations of the Dutch Health Authority RIVM, we allow a maximum of 4 visitors to the exhibition.
Not in Utrecht? You can also visit the exhibition online!
Discover all the artworks, watch the videos in the exhibition and join two exclusive online tours by curator Arjon Dunnewind and artist Jasper Griepink.
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Curator: Arjon Dunnewind
Producer: Bram Koning
Light design: Carl Kohl
Sound design: Michel Banabila
AV: MTS Audiovisual
Exhibition set-up: Propelor
Graphic design: Hoax
DTP: Dotopia Productions
Thanks to: Cardinale, Jeroen, Bo, Whan, and Taciser