Rift Zones - Bruchzonen


23.–27. November 2016

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.

IMPACT16 takes place as part of the module ›Techniken des Transfers‹ within the project framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses which enables, for the first time, special conditions of support for participants.


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).

We will inform you by e-mail as to whether or not we are able to offer you a place as soon as possible after the closing date for applications.

Selected applicants receive

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

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



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.


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.


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.