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.


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

Documentation IMPACT16 



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.