Blue Skies #1
Bodies in trouble

  • Wed 10.07.19Sun 14.07.19

The growing impact of technology on life as we know it brings changes to our bodies, our communities and the environment – what can we do? How can we understand and shape these changes collectively?

Unbridled technological advances and radical developments in biochemical research are increasingly interfering with life itself: hybrids of machine and organism are already reality, technical interventions and materials becoming one with the body. However, the latest developments in genetic engineering promise to make humans modifiable before birth. The foundations of our existence and of our social and public coexistence are changing profoundly. In the alluring technological promises of big corporations, the freedom to make the body, social dynamics and our environment completely shapeable and changeable sounds like a universal solution. Others fear a hopeless social scenario in which the individual's power to act falls victim to comprehensive technical reductions, mathematical operations and filtered knowledge. But how or in what forms might critically nuanced responses to these polarizing positions find expression? 

Over the course of four days, PACT and medienwerk nrw shine an investigative light on active interdisciplinary perspectives on new narratives, speculative visions of the future and alternative practices in the company of international artists, scientists, activists, publicists, students and audience members.


Festival opening:

WED 10.07. 18.30 h
Welcome addresses, keynote lecture & opening of the exhibition

21.00 h
Münchner Kammerspiele, Rimini Protokoll (Stefan Kaegi) and Thomas Melle ›Uncanny Valley‹

With contributions from

Exhibition, Performances & Workshops

acting in concert,acting in concert, The Agency, Aliens in Green, Heather Dewey- Hagborg, FAM_, knowbotiq, labsa, Xavier Le Roy, Mary Maggic, Špela Petrič, Paula Pin, Johannes Paul Raether, Rimini Protokoll (Stefan Kaegi) & Thomas Melle, Silke Schönfeld, Nguyễn + Transitory and others

Lectures & Talks

Marie-Luise Angerer, Madeleine Böckers, Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, Gabriele Gramelsberger, Jens Hauser, Sabine Himmelsbach, Oliver Kuchenbuch, Justus Pötzsch, Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Tabita Rezaire, Emilia Sanabria, Paula-Irene Villa and others

Asita Shirali, COOL FOR YOU, Odete, tryniti, N!zza

Full programme available soon.

Concept: Stefan Hilterhaus, Fabian Saavedra-Lara Team Büro Kirsten Möller, Nada Schroer, Mary Shnayien, Klaas Werner, Sonja Wunderlich In cooperation with medienwerk nrw

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

The office of and the festival ›Bodies in Trouble — Körper in Aufruhr‹ are supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (sponsor of the office: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund). Supported within the framework of the »International Visitors Programme« of the NRW KULTURsekretariat.

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