How to Connect in the Age of Digital Humanity?
— 19 May 2024
Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture
Wednesday till Sunday from 12:00 – 18:00
On 22 March the exhibition is open from 18:00 to 20:00 for the festive opening.
€5,- (Regular) or €4,- (Discount CJP, Upas, Student, <18)
Through smartphones and social media, we were promised that staying in touch would become easier than ever before. Now, everyone is within reach, from close family to distant acquaintances and strangers. But somehow we feel increasingly lonely and disconnected. From 22 March until 19 May 2024, the IMPAKT exhibition In Touch explores forms of connection in times of digital humanity, by presenting a collection of artworks reconsidering the role of technology in forming networks and facilitating relationships.
Since the early days of broadcast and mass media, technological devices have taken up more space in our lives. Now, by following our loved ones on social media, tracking our well-being through apps, and trusting our phone to navigate us through familiar and unfamiliar environments, our devices have shifted our attention from our surroundings to the screen, turning the apparatus from a tool that communicates the world to us, to the world itself. These developments call for an updated relational landscape.
As we are now finding ourselves in a world where our contact with others, humans and non-humans, is established and maintained mainly through technology, it is important to explore how this relationship we have with technology rewrites our ways of connecting, and forms alternate, networked subjectivities. Through immersive and playful works, In Touch reflects on the ways technology supports and interferes with forming connections with ourselves, other humans, our surroundings, and other species: from returning to nature through technology and creating connections through mediated worlds, to using technology to gain more insights into our relationships. Attend a dinner event hosted by AI, explore what human social behaviour has in common with plants and insects, and help create counter-narratives to gender biases, by talking to a feminist chat bot.
The exhibition pays special attention to works and projects supported by the European Media Art Platform, focused on Digital and Media Art, Bio Art and Robotic Art.
With artworks by: Studio Above & Below, Nadja Verena Marcin, Paula Nishijima, Me AndOther Me, and T(N)C
Curated by: Daniela Tenenbaum
With support from: City of Utrecht, Creative Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fund, and the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.
You are invited to the official opening of In Touch on:
Friday 22 March
18:00 – 20:00
IMPAKT (Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht)
During this festive opening, artist duo Me AndOther Me will give a short presentation about their artistic practice and their mixed-reality performance Be My Guest!, which will take place a day after the opening (more info below).
Would you like to join the opening? RSVP now!
EVENT: BE MY GUEST!
What happens “when species meet”?
Saturday 23 March
14:00 & 19:00
IMPAKT (Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht)
Be My Guest! explores the spatial, cultural, and social relationships of design, new media technologies and AI, through one of the most common and oldest gathering rituals in our everyday lives – having dinner with friends. What happens to the human experience when AI becomes our dinner host, co-creator of the spatial experience, and co-author of the menu? Join us for an AI-hosted meal at 14:00 or 19:00 to find out!
Prices range from €15 (incl. food) for an exclusive spot at the table, to €10 (incl. food) to join as a spectator, or €5 (excl. food) for a regular ticket to the exhibition and a view of the performance.
Image credits: Be My Guest! (2023) by Me AndOther Me (Anna Pompermaier & Cenk Güzelis) in collaboration with Valdemar Danry
Studio Above&Below― Collective
Studio Above&Below is an award winning London based art and technology duo made of Daria Jelonek (GER) and Perry-James Sugden (UK), established in 2018 after graduating from the Royal College of Art. The artists are pioneers within the field of generative and data driven art leading to groundbreaking immersive art experiences across Digital and Mixed Reality environments. Their work has been shown internationally at institutions and festivals including the Royal Academy, Tate Modern, V&A London, Nottingham Contemporary, Photophore during the Venice Biennale, HeK Basel, MEET Milan, NRW Forum, UCCA Shanghai, Today Art Museum, WRO Biennale, WIRED Japan, and Sonar+D. Previous prizes and fundings include Lumen Prize (shortlisted), Bloomberg Bursary, the Battersea Sculpture Prize, Factory Berlin x Sonar+D Artist in Residency and the S+T+Arts x Nesta Italia City of the Future prize. Their work has been published in magazines including the New York Times, MAXON, Arte, art - das Kunstmagazin and It’s Nice That. In 2022 Studio Above&Below has been invited to the Global Design Forum at the V&A.
Nadja Verena Marcin― Artist
Nadja Verena Marcin is a Berlin and New York-based visual artist, filmmaker, researcher and lecturer who explores gender, history, morality, psychology and human behavior through an intersectional analysis of feminism. By transforming source material from literature, philosophy, art and pop culture into thought-provoking encounters, she addresses ecological and human rights concerns. Her work subverts representations of women in contemporary and historical contexts to reveal ideological systems of power and psychological effects in their creation. Her work has been presented worldwide at SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen, Gropius Bau (Berlin), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), Onassi Stegi (Athens), Ars Electronica (Linz), Berkeley Art Museum and ICA Philadelphia. Marcin has received awards from Ars Electronica (Linz), Stiftung Kunstfonds (Bonn), Fulbright and DAAD and is a guest lecturer at the University of Potsdam. Her work has been featured in VICE, HuffPost and Artnet News.
Paula Nishijima― Artist
Paula Nishijima is a visual artist with a research-based practice that unfolds at the crossroads of art, science, and technology. The relationship between individual and collective motivations is central to Paula’s artistic practice—through which Nishijima explores how new meanings, values and ethics are (co-)created through participatory and collaborative processes in art. She investigates the collective and self-organised behaviour of decentralised systems in nature, and how it inspires more collaborative, sustainable and more ethical forms of relationships between humans, nonhumans and the environment. Her artistic research materialises and is documented through different media (installation, video, and photography). Paula forms part of FRIEC collective, a global platform for urban ecological art that nurtures humanity’s cultural relationships with nature; Translocalia, a network of artists, curators, designers, and professionals from different domains that plan for the future through art; Luv ‘til It Hurts, an artist-led project about HIV and stigma; and a member of the board of the Dutch Association of Aesthetics (Nederlands Genootschap voor Esthetica).
T(n)C was founded in 2017 by Agnes Varnai and Tina Kult. They live and work in Vienna and experiment with a wide range of media, including virtual reality, 3D, installation, sculpture and film. By combining the different disciplines, they are researching immersive experiences to connect the digital and physical levels of realities. T(n)C believes in the power of joint efforts. Their aim is to expand the practices of collective storytelling with a collaborative approach.
The works of the collective have been exhibited at various locations, such as Kunstraum Niederoesterreich (AT), projectcell36 (AT), WIENWOCHE (AT) or Art+Text (HU). They were also part of the Vienna Design Week, the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin and the re;publica festival in Berlin. In 2022 they participated in the European Media Art Platform Residency Program at FACT, Liverpool.
Me AndOther Me― Collective
Anna Pompermaier and Cenk Güzelis are co-founders of the new media driven artistic and architectural research studio Me AndOther Me, where they explore the future of our spatial experiences and communication through practical applications of social mixed reality experiences focused on online culture and the spatial web. Me AndOther Me investigates how social media and the internet have evolved to accommodate online communities in networked virtual spaces that have become alternative places to practice social and cultural activities, and how these virtual spaces affect the architecture of our social lives and social selves. Anna and Cenk are architects and educators at ./studio3, the Institute for Experimental Architecture of Innsbruck University, where they conduct practice-led research at the intersection of experimental architecture, contemporary art, and new media. Their works have been showcased at numerous conferences and featured in various books and magazines. They have also been exhibited at several festivals, such as the Ars Electronica Festival, L.E.V., and IDFA, among others. Prominent museums, like the Daejeon Museum of Art in South Korea for the Daejeon Art and Science Biennale, have invited their exhibitions. Additionally, they have delivered keynotes at various events, including DOKLeipzig and The Future of Living Conference at Bozar in Brussels. They have also been part of residencies, such as the European Media Art residency program in 2023 at iMAL, Art Center for Digital Cultures & Technology in Brussels.