IMPACT16: “BRUCHZONEN — RIFT ZONES” transdisciplinary symposium

IMPACT16: “BRUCHZONEN — RIFT ZONES” transdisciplinary symposium

PACT Zollverein

IMPACT15, Halory Goerger & Mylène Benoit (L’Amicale de Production), 2015. © Photo: Jana Mila Lippitz.

September 30, 2016
IMPACT16: “BRUCHZONEN — RIFT ZONES” transdisciplinary symposium

November 23–27, 2016

Application deadline: October 10

PACT Zollverein
Bullmannaue 20a
45237 Essen

IMPACT16 is an encounter with HOOD, RYBN.ORG und FORMATIONS, three expert collectives whose diversified forms of cooperation and flexible working practices transcend disciplinary boundaries.

How and where do alternative realities come about both in and between different fields of knowledge? How can we productively uncover contradictory “rift zones” in today’s world? What kind of frameworks for action can we cultivate? Informed by multiple perspectives and practices in the arts, politics, technology, sociology, economics and science, the contributing collectives’ inquiries and strategies circumvent disciplinary limits and constraints and open up new spaces for thought and action.

The transdisciplinary symposium offers 30 participants from broad backgrounds in the arts and science, time and space for in-depth exchanges and interventions as well as experiments in both practice and thought.

Symposium Episode 1
Comprising former performers from the Forsythe Company, the artist collective HOOD considers how contemporary art and performance can be utilized to reevaluate normative positions in the world or to initiate new practices for creating art, producing knowledge or taking social and political action. HOOD uses idea-development processes, generative practices and interrogative speculation in equal measure.

Symposium Episode 2
Founded as a web entity with a base in Paris, RYBN.ORG is an extra-disciplinary artistic research platform that explores diverse fields such as economics, data mass analysis, subversive artificial intelligence, disrupted auto-learning, language and syntax, sensory perception and cognitive systems. Their projects look at codified systems in artistic representation as well as socio-political and physical phenomena. RYBN.ORG works have been shown in numerous contemporary art exhibitions and media art festivals and have received various awards at international competitions.

Symposium Episode 3
FORMATIONS is a transversal working group led by Alex Martinis Roe and Melanie Sehgal, consisting of practitioners from varying disciplines, including the arts, philosophy, human geography, computational biology, yoga, urban design, cultural and literary studies, and political activism. The experimental set-up of this group aims at practical responses to the insufficiency of modern categories of thought and their disciplinary and institutional sedimentations.

IMPACT16 is aimed at artists and advanced students, practitioners and theoreticians from the natural and social sciences, technology, architecture and urban planning, philosophy, political activism, as well as from the visual and performance arts. The working language is English. Limited number of 30 participants. Selection is based on the quality of submitted applications (CV, letter of motivation and, where applicable, work samples).

Apply online here

Selected applicants receive
–Full accreditation for the symposium and public programme
–Travel costs
–Local hotel accommodation
–Full catering


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