Speculative Interfaces

IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture  Het Huis  AG-Ruimte voor nieuwe kunst en media  RAUM  Neude  Lucasbolwerk 

The IMPAKT Festival 2019, Speculative Interfaces questions existing notions of the interface and reimagines its future(s). The program will investigate how we interact with technology and how this relationship alters our behavior and perception.

Interfaces that mediate our understanding of and interaction with the world are so pervasive that their existence goes unnoticed. Everything we label ‘smart’, from cities to phones
and self-driving cars, rely on increasingly sophisticated sensors embedded in our environment and devices. For the sake of seamless interaction, the interface has all but disappeared—only ourselves and our activities remain.

Despite their apparent simplicity, interfaces are very complex— scripting user interaction, perception and understanding of technology, environment and self. With this year’s program we want to critically examine the impact of current developments in interface design as well as identify how we can construct more emancipatory narratives.

The festival program will include three subthemes: Sensory Empowerment, School of Non Humans and Persuasive Tech Lab. These themes will be addressed on the main festival days: Thursday 31 October, Friday 1 November and Saturday 2 November. Sunday 3 November will center the festival exhibition with guided tours and artist talks. Read more about the subthemes.

Download our programme booklet here.