The Curse of Smooth Operations

IMPAKT Centre 
Steenweg 26 
IMPAKT TV online 

At the centre of the IMPAKT Festival 2022 stands a proposition: THE MOST DISSATISFYING TECHNOLOGY OF ALL IS THE ONE THAT WORKS. It is clear to everyone that technology gives rise to dissatisfaction when it doesn’t work – when it underperforms, when it causes unforeseen side effects, and when it breaks down. From 2–6 November 2022, the IMPAKT Festival invites the audience to embark on a train of thought that runs in the exact opposite direction. Could it be that technology reveals itself at its most dissatisfactory precisely when it operates well or when it exceeds expectations?

The idea that technology can provide ultimate satisfaction and at the same time be utterly dissatisfying is baffling and paradoxical. Since art is uniquely able to deal with such contradiction, IMPAKT Festival 2022 places art centre stage  in a programme of two exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, talks and performances.

Curated by Erik Bünger and Florian Wüst.

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IMPAKT Festival 2022 The Curse of Smooth Operations
2 – 6 November 2022
Utrecht and online

Festival exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations
2 November 2022 – 8 January 2023
IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] (Lange Nieuwstraat 4) and Steenweg 26, Utrecht




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