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 is a Dutch artist researching and visualising current digital culture through the lens of ephemerality and permanence. His work is exhibited internationally at venues such as Centre Pompidou, Transmediale, IDFA Doclab, Aksioma, Long March Space, Centraal Museum, HMKV | Dortmunder U, IMPAKT festival, Verbeke Foundation, SPRING performing arts festival, Nemo Biennale, V2_, Cairotronica, KIKK Festival and MU Artspace. He received the K.F. Hein Kunststipendium, the European Youth Award, was nominated for the New Technological Art Award (NTAA) 2022 and is part of the Brave New World Speaking Agency as a speaker on art and technology. His work was shown at TEDx, We Make Money Not Art, The Creators Project, Designboom, and Digicult. Van Loon (b. 1985 in ’s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, lives and works in Utrecht, NL) received a bachelor's in Digital Media Design and a European Media Master of Arts from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.