IMPAKT FESTIVAL 2009
One century ago Filippo Marinetti published his controversial “Futurist Manifesto”, in which he described the enthusiasm brought about by the arrival of industrial modern times, driven by a total belief in speed and progress. In his recent “upgrade” of the Manifest, media philosopher Franco Berardi rejects unilateral interpretations of modern speed culture, making a plea for more reﬂection and autonomy. “The omnipresent and eternal speed”, he writes: “is already behind us, in the Internet, so we can forget its syncopated rhymes and ﬁnd our own singular rhythm”.
Our society is still driven by an insatiable hunger for speed, but during the past decades, the spread of globalization and the revolution of information and communication technologies have unmistakably led to a new temporal dynamics, emphasizing the increasing importance of connectivity and ﬂexibility. The tyranny of clock time has given way to a complex web of diverging rhythms, cycles and tempos, which stimulate the temporal imagination as never before.
Under the title “Accelerated Living”, the IMPAKT Festival 2009 focuses on changing notions of time and speed today. During a period of ﬁve days, a number of artists, ﬁlmmakers, musicians and thinkers will share their views on the construction and intensiﬁcation of time, and its inﬂuence on our perception of reality, and by extension thereof, of ourselves. The resulting search for a new engagement with time will be explored in a range of screenings, talks, performances and an exhibition.