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IMPAKT Event: Affected Words

21 March 2019
— 23 March 2019
20:00 — 22:00


Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture

Curated and introduced by Maria Morata

Language defines what it means to be human. This very specific system of symbolic communication makes it possible to name the world around us, to exchange ideas and feelings, and to give or hide information. In the digital era, new technological tools affect the way we think and understand reality. Social Media let everyone participate in the narratives of society, however, moods and attitudes are communicated on the same level as information. The endless stream of emotive communication has made it nearly impossible to have a productive debate and often only serves to reinforce beliefs. How has this new emotional language contributed to our age of Post-truth?

The selected works in Affected Words explore how technology and language affect each other. The programme questions how language is used to reproduce control and grant authority, and shows how it could be used as a tool of emancipation and self-determination.

On permanent display for the duration of the screening programme is Lerne Deutsch mit Petra von Kant / Learn German with Petra von Kant (2007), a single channel video installation by Ming Wong.

Facts and Fabrications

20:00 Thursday 21 March
Tickets €6, buy them here

This first screening will focus on the power of language to create processes of exclusion, truth fabrications and affect our perception of reality.

With works by Peggy Ahwesh, Peter Greenaway, John Latham, Virgile Fraisse, belit sağ and Harun Farocki.

Guest: belit sağ

Distortion regime

20:00 Friday 22 March
Tickets €6, buy them here

This programme assembles works that try to deconstruct authority to reveal the ways language can be used to hide and codify meaning.

With works by Allora & Calzadilla, Richard Serra & Nancy Holt, Jordi Colomer, eddie d, Peter Rose, John Smith, belit sağ and Katarina Zdjelar.

Guest: Katarina Zdjelar

Singing signs

20:00 Saturday 23 March
Tickets €6, buy them here

The works in this programme examine the mechanisms of hierarchies and power structures, and propose a polyphonic spectrum with a new politics of voice.

With works by VALIE EXPORT, Mathilde ter Heijne, Momu & No Es, Samson Young and Jean-Gabriel Périot.

Guest: Momu & No Es


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