Zero Footprint 28 Oct - 1 Nov

Het Huis 
IMPAKT Centre 

Living and Connecting on a Damaged Earth

We are in a crisis. Global heating is happening, not in the future, but right now. It is also happening much faster than we thought. Many peoples and cultures around the world are already paying dearly. While it’s only natural to start thinking from our own experiences, a myriad of experiences is a much more valuable guide; of people far and near, non-humans and our environment as a whole. Inspired by the alternate worlds found in science fiction, perspective changes offered by indigenous knowledge and agency invoked by embodied experiences, IMPAKT will focus on critical art and design with the potential to create change right now.

There is much talk of sustainability, often in the form of greenwashing, but whom does it serve? How do we create structural change that can serve the many instead of the few? IMPAKT Festival 2020: Zero Footprint questions the paradigms of sustainability, the extractive nature of our current system, and takes a multilevel approach to transition thinking. Care, solidarity, playfulness and experimentation are central to this approach. 

What we need is not solutions or alternatives – they already exist. What we need is a change in awareness. If Covid-19 has proven anything of value, it is that radical intervention is possible if enough people see the urgency and act accordingly. All we need is to overcome our hesitation and get together to create the necessary change. Our festival aims to do exactly that, by looking at the wealth of knowledge that exists and applying the playful yet serious ideas that art can reveal and make real.

We are thrilled to announce the first wave of artists and thinkers within the rich programme of films, games, exhibitions, performances, panels and talks. Speakers and artists include:

Douglas Rushkoff and Julia Watson. Rushkoff was named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT. For the IMPAKT Festival we will stage several public dialogues between him and our festival guests. It is too early to disclose the full lineup of speakers; one we can already share with you: anthropologist, climate activist and landscape architect Julia Watson. She will speak about her new book Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism, in which she proposes a radical new take on technology.

As part of the Festival film programme we present Rory Pilgrim’s film The Undercurrent, winner of the Prix de Rome 2019. The film reflects on the importance of relationships, self-care, identity, home and kinship in the face of a massive ecological disaster. In addition, we show The Otolith Group‘s film INFINITY minus Infinity and many more stunning films.

With their work the artists in the Festival exhibition look for magic and supernatural experiences. We are not only in danger of losing our living environment though the climate crisis: we are also losing nature as a source of spirituality and wonder. With: Monira Al Qadiri, Jasper Griepink, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Himali Singh Soin, Erik Bünger and Maarten Vanden Eynde.

What does it mean to live in a climate crisis? As part of the Festival Games Programme we present a Collaborative Manifesto Writing Workshop by Gaia’s Machine using the prototype of a demographic system of collective horizontal thinking.

Over the next weeks we will update our website with more artists and speakers. The full programme and information about the ticket sale will follow soon.

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