The Language of Love (on the Internet)
With Kelli van der Waals, Lilian Stolk, Dries Verhoeven and Linda Duits
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
Panel moderated by Linda Duits //
ROFL, STFU, ICYMI, TL;DR, LMK…*
These are just a few of the abbreviations commonly used in text messages. If you’ve got no clue what they mean, better ask your digital-native nephew – he might be using them daily.
The way we communicate with one another is strongly rooted in conventions that are supposed to make it easy for us to understand each other. They help us avoid awkward moments, tell us how to behave and what is appropriate in a letter, an email or phone call. New media challenges these conventions and new implicit and explicit rules are constantly forming and transforming. What are the latest trends when it comes to your profile picture? Is it okay to break up with a partner via text? What’s an absolute no-no on a dating app? How should we see phenomena like sexting? In this panel, we talk about the languages of the Internet with Linda Duits, a social scientist specialised in popular culture, The Hmm director Lilian Stolk, artist Dries Verhoeven and journalist Kelli van der Waals.
* ROFL = rolling on floor laughing; STFU = shut the fuck up; ICYMI = in case you missed it; TL;DR = too long; didn’t read; LMK = Let me know.
Linda Duits― Speaker
Linda Duits is a social scientist specialized in popular culture, gender and sexuality. She is a geek and podcast creator (Onder Mediadoctoren, Geeky Dingen), and affiliated with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) of Utrecht University.
Dries Verhoeven― Artist
Dries Verhoeven (1976 Oosterhout, the Netherlands) is a theatre maker and visual artist. Dries Verhoeven creates installations, performances and happenings in museums, on location and in the public spaces of cities. On the boundary between performance and installation art, he critically evaluates the relationships between the spectators, performers, everyday reality and art. The spectator is directly involved in the work or given the opportunity to steer his or her own experiences. The work by Dries Verhoeven was shown in international festivals, such as Wiener Festwochen, LIFT (London) and Festival Transamérique (Montreal). He has received various prizes including the Mont Blanc Young Directors Award at the Salzburger Festspiele. He has worked with HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berljn, Battersea Arts Centre London, and the Münchner Kammerspiele, among others. Many works were seen at SPRING, and the former Festival a/d Werf, Utrecht. The Municipality of Utrecht and the Dutch Performing Arts Fund provide continuous support for Verhoeven’s studio. Dries Verhoeven resides in Berlin and Amsterdam.
Kelli van der Waals― Speaker
Kelli van der Waals (1984) is a journalist. She writes for Vrij Nederland and De Volkskrant about the role of technology in our lives and has a weekly column in Trouw. In 2018 she was awarded a Mercur Award for Best Report. In het book Picture Perfect, she writes about the public life of today's teenagers – the 'smartphone generation'. Her new book Cold Water: How to live in the Digital Age will be published during the IMPAKT Festival 2021. The book is a reflection on the way the internet and social media influence our daily lives, from cold water swimmers and housing minimalists to Swap cyclists and conspiracy-thinking influencers.