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Exhibition
Exhibition

In Touch

How to Connect in the Age of Digital Humanity?

22 March 2024
— 19 May 2024
12:00 — 18:00


Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture
Opening times:
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.

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

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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.

 

PUBLIC PROGRAMME

OPENING
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!

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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.

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