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GARDENS OF DARKNESS, GARDENS OF LIGHT

IMPAKT at Ars Electronica

Wednesday 9 September:
14:00 - 14:30 Influencer by oneseconds
16:00 - 17:00 Meme Manifesto by Clusterduck
19:00 - 20:00 Abducting Europa Live artists talks

Friday 11 September:
20:30 - 22:00 Radicalization by Design Live Panel

Saturday 12 September:
13:00 - 14:00 Zero Footprint Live event

In “Gardens of Darkness, Gardens of Light” at Ars Electronica IMPAKT will present art projects and discussions addressing the perils and promises of technoculture at a historical moment when the future seems profoundly uncertain. From the influence of memes and mythology on our imagination of Europa to the responses of artists and radical thinkers on the climate crisis, IMPAKT offers the visitor a survey of contemporary political fantasy as a theatre of Manichaean struggle.

Radicalization by Design
Live panel: Friday 11 September, 20:30 – 22:00
Webproject: available during the entire Ars Electronica Festival

Radicalization by Design will discuss the question of whether our media are radicalizing us: In connecting us, are social media also tearing society apart? How do trolls, conspiracy theories, memes and fringe platforms impact upon politics today? The live panel at Ars Electronica is a continuation of the dialogues in the web project. Speakers include: Sahana Udupa, Richard Rogers, Bharath Ganesh and others to discuss issues of freedom of speech, of extreme speech and of deplatforming.

Abducting Europa
Live artist talks: Wednesday 09 September 19:00 – 20:00
Webproject: available  during the entire Ars Electronica Festival 

Abducting Europa looks at how reactionary movements manifest themselves online and how the European political imaginary is permeated with metaphors of struggle, and dreams of national rebirth grounded in myth. With contributions by Simon Denny, Andy King, Szabolcs KissPál, Annika Larsson, Sulaïman Majali, Dorine van Meel, Liliana Piskorska and Jonas Staal.

Influencer by oneseconds
Live performance: Wednesday 9 September, 14:00 – 14:30

Influencer by oneseconds is a live interactive performance, where the audience decides the faith of the protagonist. Influencer questions the autonomy of the human being in modern times. How far are we influenced by the majority?

Zero Footprint
Live event: Saturday 12 September, 13:00 to 14:00
Programme: available  during the entire Ars Electronica Festival 

Zero Footprint offers a preview of the upcoming IMPAKT Festival, starting 28 October 2020, whose focus is the climate crisis through the eyes of artists and radical thinkers.

MEME MANIFESTO by Clusterduck
Project presentation: Wednesday 9 September, 16:00 – 17:00

Finally the interdisciplinary collective Clusterduck will present MEME MANIFESTO, a transmedia project about Internet Memes, exploring the occult meanings and communicative potentials of memetic symbology, produced as part of an IMPAKT residency in the framework of the European Media Art Platform (EMAP).

 

Artists and Speakers: Clusterduck (IT, DE, FR), Florian Cramer (DE/NL), Simon Denny (NZ/DE), Bharath Ganesh (US/NL), Andy King (GB/DE), Szabolcs KissPál (HU), Annika Larsson (SE/DE), Sulaïman Majali (UK), Dorine van Meel (NL/DE), Liliana Piskorska (PL), Richard Rogers (US/NL), Jonas Staal (NL), Dimitri Tokmetzis (NL).

The programme is curated and produced by: Inez de Coo (NL), Arjon Dunnewind (NL), Saskia de Jong (NL), Daniel Jurg (NL), Marc Tuters (CA/NL).


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