1/2/8 Research festival
with residencies, talks, workshops
and public moments

In Spring 2017, PACT launched 1/2/8, a new, central and long-term research and development format with a special focus on the connection between knowledge and actions. The format offers substantial time and space for practices of cooperation between people, objects, space, technology and experimentation.

1/2/8 – Urban Frictions

1/2/8 – Urban Frictions

As the focal point of this chapter, the city will become a setting for artistic, social and political activity in which the clash of different infrastructures, needs and living realities gives rise to complexity and productive friction. Over the course of the festival period, forums, project presentations, open laboratory visits and cooperative field studies will introduce participants to new perspectives and offer them time and space in which to explore their own ideas. 1/2/8 - URBAN FRICTIONS brings together people concerned with studying, changing or escaping the complex structure of the city and its effects. 

1/2/8 – Demanding Responses

1/2/8 – Demanding Responses

The second chapter, 1/2/8 – Demanding Responses, centred around forms of collaboration and self-organisation. Over the course of several weeks, the edition invited participants from the fields of art, science, journalism and other broader disciplines, to engage in individual research as well as joint encounters, exchanges and experiments during symposia, open labs, talks, lectures, gatherings and presentations.

1/2/8 – The System Is Uncertain

1/2/8 – The System Is Uncertain

The first chapter centred around the possibilities of deviation: How can we implement changes in or outside of static or powerful prevailing systems of thought and organization? How can we foresee, develop and connect alternative forms of action? What kind of resources, possibilities, opportunities and spaces of action do we have to hand and need?