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Impakt Festival 2017 October 25-29

Join us in October for a festival full of myths, magic and monsters


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October 25-29
New Location: Het Huis Utrecht


Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems offers a diverse program with art, science and media culture. Curators Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell have invited an exciting collection of artists and speakers that each bring their vision on this year’s theme: how our perception of technology and what we expect from it can be related to the supernatural.

The latest gadgets seem to animate ghosts in our machines more than ever. Smart TV's listen to us without us knowing it. Climate apps remotely control our living environments. Facial recognition systems analyse our features and we store our own memories in the cloud.

In order to grasp abstract technological processes and complex power structures, we often use supernatural metaphors. Think of mailer daemons and setup wizards. When technology solves a problem, it's magical. When technology is controlled by the wrong people, it turns into a monster. Our technological world is still inhabited by mysterious appearances and mystical symbols. This year's festival investigates what this means for our understanding of technology. What processes do we try to grasp by using metaphors derived from myths, magic and monsters? And what powers are at play?

The first names


An exclusive sneak peek at some of the artists and speakers who will be present at the festival:

Anab Jain

Anab Jain is co-founder of Superflux, a world-renowned future-facing design studio in London. As a practitioner for over ten years, Jain has gained international recognition for her work and commentary on design, innovation, emerging technologies and complex futures. 

Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like Transmetropolitan, Fell, Ministry of Space and Planetary, and the author of the NYT-bestselling Gun Machine and the “underground classic” novel Crooked Little Vein. His newest book is the novella Normal.

Simone Niquille

Simone C. Niquille is a Swiss graphic designer and researcher. Her practice investigates the representation of identity without a body, the digitisation of biomass and the increasingly omnipresent optic gaze of everyday objects. 

Legacy Russell

Legacy Russell is a writer, artist, and cultural producer. Her academic and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, idolatry, and new media ritual. Her first book Glitch Feminism is forthcoming.

Liam Young

Liam Young is an Australian born architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is founder of the think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a group whose work explores the possibilities of fantastic, speculative and imaginary urbanisms. 

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