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Exhibition

In Touch

How to Connect in the Age of Digital Humanity?

22 March 2024
— 16 June 2024
12:00 — 18:00


Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture
Opening times:
Wednesday till Sunday from 12:00 – 18:00

Ticket price:
€5,- (Regular) or €4,- (Discount CJP, Upas, Student, <18)

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During the performance on Saturday 1 June, the exhibition will look slightly different and this could affect your experience 

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 16 June 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.

 

PUBLIC PROGRAMME

BE MY GUEST!
Mixed reality dinner 

Saturday 1 June by Me AndOther Me 
14:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 20:00 

Saturday 23 March by Me AndOther Me 
14:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 20:00

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 to find out!

During the performance the exhibition will look slightly different and this could affect your experience. 

 

TOUCH BASE: A TOUR & TALK
In Touch exhibition tours

Saturday 6 April with Birgit Hasenack 
12:00 – 13:00

Friday 10 May with Christl de Kloe 
16:00 – 17:00

As part of In Touch, IMPAKT organises a series of special guided tours to dive deeper into the theme of the exhibition. During these tours, curator Daniela Tenenbaum touches base with interesting minds from different disciplines about skin-to-skin contact, touch deprivation, and sensual touch.

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TANTRIC TECH: YOGA SESSION
A tantric exploration of technology with Sieta van Horck

Saturday 13 April 
11:00 – 12:30 

It’s the first thing you see in the morning, and the last thing you see before going to sleep: your phone – a sacred entity that, with tireless devotion, connects our lives with the vast network of the world. But, have you considered your relationship with this wonder of innovation? In light of our current exhibition In Touch, we present Tantric Tech: a tantric yoga session to boost our relationship with our technological companions! In this workshop, Sieta van Horck – a multidisciplinary artist and yogi – guides us through a transformative exploration of our relationship with technology. How can we start relating differently to our devices?

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