IMPAKT AT OG 183
THE GIF CAVE: THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACH OF THE DIGITAL PHENOMENON GIF
Live acts by Nerefuh, EhCaetano Menuzúm, Linda Franke, Moemlien, Fyoelk, Margarita Osipian, DOG, DJ Boris Becker, Friso Wiersum, DJs Sacred GIF(t)s (Joris and Kristy Foom), Jessica Dill.
From 8 to 10 June, the city of Utrecht hosted for the very first edition of CVLTFEST, initiated by Cult Dealer Enzo: an underground, crowd-sourced festival, centering on collaborations between Utrecht cultural collectives and scientists against the backdrop of Utrecht’s monumental wharves. More than 150 individuals and collectives presented their interdisciplinary interpretation of Sound along the wharves and in the cellars of the Oudegracht.
IMPAKT was represented by the Brazilian artist in residence-duo Caetano Carvalho & Leandro Cardoso, who built a GIF-cave in the cellar of Setup’s temporary exhibition space on Oudegracht 183. In the installation, composed together with historian, world music expert and DJ Friso Wiersum, they explored their anthropological approach of the digital phenomenon GIF. These animated images, widely produced and re-used in our web 2.0 era often serve as personal avatars, as illustrations of a trending topic or as autonomous entity. The Cave was composed of multiple artifacts and projected animated images (GIFs). Based on the classical use of the ‘cave’ as a philosophical trope (in Plato, Nietzsche, Waly Salomão, Mike Kelley), the GIF Cave has an allegorical and ritualistic purpose for those inside it:
My leg’s bite, I found our cave! There’s a gypsum fossil in there and an animated gif that has been looping for 7,000,000,000 years. Even though no carbon 14 determination was possible. Contrary to what people think, humans evolved in the steppe and its caves while the ape evolved in the forest. Every prophet with their own cave: Plato, Zarathustra, Waly Dada Salomão, Mike Kelley… and us. Mankind developed its constructivist impetus in the cave. The gif cave is not only a classical philosophical trope but also the human cradle. It is there that we find the most ancient inscriptions. Whilst the gypsum 3D print dries THE HUMAN WAS MADE OUT OF CLAY WAS MADE
Also on Friday 8 June at Oudegracht 183, IMPAKT artist in residence Linda Franke’s new work was premiered at 20:30h.
IMPAKT AT CVLTFEST: WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ENTIRE SETUP-TEAM!
Caetano and Leandro cordially thank:
Anthropologists: Prof. Dr. Mattijs P. J. van de Port and Prof. Dr. João Rickli
3D modeling: Rafael Gherini
Programing: Heinze Havinga