The annual transdisciplinary symposium IMPACT invites practitioners and theorists from the arts and sciences to engage with changing, overarching, and complex themes, linking their diverse perspectives and formulating common concerns.
›IMPACT23‹ explores the interrelationships between humans, animals, plants, and objects – in ecosystems and in the technosphere – and how these shape our patterns of perception through assumptions, projection, and selection. ›Ecologies of Attention‹ questions what powerful phenomena, forces, connections and exchange relations remain hidden or obscured as a result. What methods, tools, strategies, or systems are required to reevaluate these connections and foster productive relationships? Which ingrained patterns need to be disrupted?
The starting point and vital forum of the four-day symposium are the so-called Assemblies – a series of concise presentations where participants introduce themselves and their work to one another. The second assembly ran under the topic: Ecologies of Attention – the fragility of facts, normality and social norms.
- Ivan Penov is a musician and sound artist. He presented ›Lament‹ a composition for prepared cello and field recordings made in a burnt area after wildfires. The idea behind the composition for Lament is to explore haunted qualities in sounds as a post-mortem entity by examining the altered resonances of plants, trees and soil.
- Carolina García Cataño is a technologist framed on free software philosophy. She works to open up online and physical spaces to use and think about technology and its effects on society through participatory and artistic methodologies. She writes about and works on projects that redefine future imaginations questioning techno-solutionism approach, making visible techno-colonialism, and searching the balance between the potential of technology and the respect to nature.
- Connor Cook works as a media artist, researcher and educator. He presented the Whole Earth Codec, a speculative proposal for a multi-modal AI foundation model trained on nonhuman, ecological data.
- Amanda Romero is a choreographer and performer. Her interest lies in the human body as biological matter, as a phenomenon of nature, as a fragile and ephemeral combination of cells in a specific system.
A project within the framework of The Alliance of International Production Houses, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.