Public Programme

WED 01.11. 19 H

FRI 03.11. 20 H



Limited number of 30 participants. Selection is based on the quality of submitted applications. Online Application Form

TRansdisciplinary Symposium
01.– 05. November 2017

With Chim↑Pom, Dana Caspersen and freethought, an invitation to IMPACT17 is extended to experts who explore the issue of conflict and its potential via different competences and methods. They provoke, transform and analyse realities and intervene in them. On the basis of current examples, they develop concepts to make social and political controversies visible through coaching, political activism, discursive formats and interventions in social space. The question of the transferability of their approaches to other artistic, scientific and social structures will be the focus during the exchange over several days.

Chim↑Pom is an artists’ collective founded in Tokyo in 2005 whose members are Ryuta Ushiro, Yasutaka Hayashi, Ellie, Masataka Okada, Motomu Inaoka and Toshinori Mizuno. With critical works in the form of videos, installations and performances, Chim↑Pom is actively involved in social and political realities in Japan. These include consumerism, capitalism, environmental problems and their impact on youth culture. Their actions, which always combine humour and seriousness, leave radical traces on the Japanese cultural scene and society.

The freethought collective was founded in 2011 by Irit Rogoff, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Massimiliano Mollona, Louis Moreno and Nora Sternfeld. It is involved in public research and the curation concepts that have current urgency. By experimenting with new combinations of criticism and practice in the arts, the collective overrides boundaries between thought, creativity and criticism, and combines them into a supra-linguistic practice that allows a new kind of collaboration with artists, knowledge and producers. For the Bergen Assembly in 2016, freethought developed a local and global survey on ecological, financial, administrative and communicative infrastructures, which were presented in an exhibition programme, publications, discussions and platforms for a period of two years.

The conflict analyst, choreographer and performer Dana Caspersen sees conflict as a source of opportunity. She explores choreographic practice as a possible method with which to discover the potential of complex social conflicts and then adapts them as a communication tool in the context of social tension. Her practice includes lectures, workshops and public choreographic dialogues. Dana Caspersen was a leading employee at the Forsythe Company for 30 years and in 2015, she wrote the book Changing the Conversation: The 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution.

IMPACT17 offers participants from broad fields of the arts and sciences, time and space for critical discourse, interventions and practical experiments. Of central interest during this year’s edition is the question of the transferability of particular approaches and systems to other contexts.



  • Full accreditation for the symposium and public programme
  • Travel costs
  • Local hotel accommodation
  • Full catering



PACT Zollverein
Choreographisches Zentrum NRW
Lea Galinski + Simone Graf
Fon + 49(0)201.289 47 23

A project within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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