Protektorama toxica (cared for by J.P. Raether), ›Protektox Impossible Forest [5.4.9]‹, Tanznacht Berlin (2020), Photo ©: Gosia Lehmann

Outlines for polyphonic communities
Online–Symposium with Lars Blank, Rosi Braidotti & Johannes Paul Raether

For years, experts from all fields of knowledge have been occupied with the complex interconnections and vital dependencies between the human and the non-human. Under the title ›Planetary Alliances‹, IMPACT20 invites you to a polylogue on relationship net- works in which humans are just one actor among many.

As a scientific and artistic think-tank, IMPACT20 criss-crosses perspectives from biotechnology, natural science, philosophy and contemporary art: Lars Blank, Rosi Braidotti and Johannes Paul Raether reflect on the relativities, metabolisms and relationships between the elements and protagonists of our world and how these impact on ecological, social, economic and technological developments in a community. How can new alliances that no longer place humankind at the centre of perception, shape and define new models of societies?

The symposium, which is taking place online for the first time this year, is made up of two modules: The lectures and talks by and with Lars Blank, Rosi Braidotti and Johannes Paul Raether and the Assembly, during which participants discuss their own projects. This year’s edition of IMPACT will be followed by the ›JUNCTIONS‹ initiative, which is aimed specifically at IMPACT participants and will support longer-term research projects.

The working language is English.

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


The application period for participation in IMPACT20 ended on 02.11.2020.

IMPACT20 is aimed at practitioners and theorists from the fields of the performing and visual arts, science, journalism, technology, activism, social work and architecture.


  • exclusive participation in the symposium (via Zoom)
  • Presentation of own artistic / research project within the Assembly (participants receive a presentation fee of 250 €)

If applicants require individual support to take part in IMPACT20 (e.g. audio description, live transcription, simultaneous translation in sign language), they should please include the details in their application and we’ll be happy to look into options with them.

Juliane Beck 
Tel.: +49 (0)201.28947 12


Programme on 12.11.: Rosi Braidotti & Johannes Paul Raether

Lectures by Rosi Braidotti & Johannes Paul Raether

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Programme on 13.11.: Lars Blank & Round Table Talk

IMPACT20 - 13.11. 18 H / Lecture by Lars Blank & Round Table Talk with the IMPACT speakers moderated by Gabriele Gramelsberger

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THU 12.11. 18 H (CET)
Rosi Braidotti


As a pioneer of posthumanism and a feminist theorist, Prof. Dr. Rosi Braidotti is a seminal figure in contemporary philosophical discourse. As the boundaries between the human and its others are becoming increasingly blurred, through our digital lives and reproductive technologies, the question of what it means to be human is taking a new turn. Braidotti proposes new and affirmative ways of producing knowledge and building communities.

THU 12.11. 19.30 H (CET)
Johannes Paul Raether
›aLifveForms in Presence, in between Appearances: Surrogates‹


At the centre of artist Johannes Paul Raether’s work are constructed identities made up of language, technological skins, digital devices and bodies. The aLifveForms are a group of constructed identities enabled by Johannes Paul Raether, which, as new bodies, develop their own forms of reproduction and mutation. Thus the protectoramae lifeline crystallized out of a multitude of SelfSisters and AlterIdentities.

The herd of WorldWideWitches includes the ›Surrogate Witch‹ developed by Nathan Fain and Raether. As a networked entity, the ›Surrogate Witch‹ brings together digital fragments and applications in a model unit that is simultaneously a browser-based Internet platform with Java scripts, an app in the app store or a chat bot. The creation of the ›Surrogate Witch‹ gives rise to a prototypical and constantly expandable medium which, as an artistic-technological toolkit, can initiate new forms and imaginations of networked cooperation and community building which Raether calls 'Communeering' through his alter-identities. This practice is not rooted in theatre, but connects to everyday places and digital life.

FRI 13.11. 18 H (CET)
Lars Blank


Prof. Dr. Ing. Lars M. Blank is head of the Institute of Applied Microbiology at the RWTH Aachen University. In his research he focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of microbial metabolism, and in particular on the interaction between the metabolic network and the introduced genetic and environmental perturbations.

FRI 13.11. 19.30 H (CET)
Lars Blank, Rosi Braidotti & Johannes Paul Raether in conversation

Talk, moderated by Gabriele Gramelsberger

In the concluding discussion Lars Blank, Rosi Braidotti and Johannes Paul Raether discuss their different approaches to the topic.



SUN 15.11. 13H (CET)

At the Assembly, participants present and discuss their own projects within the context of IMPACT20 topics.

Articles for IMPACT