Explore tomorrow’s world together with researchers and artists
— 2 October 2021
The Betweter Festival is back on 1 October! At Betweter you can explore tomorrow’s world together with researchers and artists. This year IMPAKT will again be presenting some remarkable works at the festival: Jeroen van Loon’s video installation Fake News, and Nadine Roestenburg’s offline dating experience Finder.
Fake News shows Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg being questioned before the US Senate, with ample use of Instagram face filters. The work is a visual criticism of fake news, Facebook users’ privacy and the possible future regulation of Facebook. Finder takes online dating back to the physical world: at Betweter you can wear a brightly coloured button to show you’re single, and flirt to your heart’s content. A foretaste of the forthcoming IMPAKT festival 2021 Modern Love.
The Betweter Festival is for all those who want to know how the world works, and enjoy new experiences and a sense of wonderment. Researchers, artists and visitors will meet in a relaxed festival setting to think about tomorrow’s world and today’s big questions – with unexpected scientific stories, music, live experiments, art and film.
The Betweter Festival is organised by Utrecht University. In 2021 the university and its teaching hospital (UMC) are together celebrating 385 years of science and research in the city. Other partners include the Dutch Research Council, Utrecht’s University of the Arts, University of Humanistic Studies and TivoliVredenburg music centre, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Wageningen University & Research.
Nadine Roestenburg― Artist
Nadine Roestenburg is a researcher and curator interested in the influence of digital technology and the internet on art, culture and society. She studies post-digital cultures and focuses on relations between wellbeing and the internet, and reflections emerging from the contemporary arts. This research is based at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, within the Fontys-broad interdisciplinary research theme Creative Economy. It is a collaboration with the University of Amsterdam where Nadine is also a PhD candidate in post-digital artistic discourses and artistic practices. Nadine has worked at art space MU in Eindhoven, where she has co-curated the exhibitions 'Materialising the Internet' (2017), and 'The New Newsroom' (2018). Before, she worked for STRP Biënnale, the Institute of Network Cultures (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), Dutch Design Week, and Museum De Pont. In 2017, her book ‘Van meme tot mainstream’ was published.
Jeroen van Loon― Artist
Jeroen van Loon embeds himself in subjects such as the production of identities through social media (Kill Your Darlings, 2012), pre-Internet societies (Life Needs Internet, 2014–2016), and the evolving market in human genetic data (Cellout.me, 2016). Van Loon makes a significant contribution to our understanding of and relationship to contemporary digital culture and the new realities produced by technological advancement. This contribution is a necessary and timely one, pulling our attention away from the direct, everyday consequences of technology to cast light on its broader impact and structural effects. In an age in which the short-term benefits of new technologies are generously celebrated in the media, promoted through government innovation policies and highlighted in product campaigns, there is a critical need for the efforts of artists like Van Loon to counter this techno-euphoria with an unbiased exploration of technology’s effects on our lives, climate and culture. Van Loon’s work has been displayed in solo exhibitions and international group shows and has earned him a European Youth Award and a KF Hein art grant. He regularly gives presentations on his artistic explorations of technology, both in the art world and through institutions that promote innovation, such as TEDx. Van Loon holds a bachelor’s degree in digital media design and a master’s in European media. He is currently based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. (text by Michel van Dartel)