Our Brave New World Sessions

Are we actually still in control of the technologies we develop? More and more of these technologies change the way we tell our stories. From urban and mobile to immersive, augmented and interactive. In these sessions, we look at how they are different, but also at how they influence our world. 

This afternoon full of inspiration and new stories is kicked off by moderator Dan Hassler-Forest with a spoken column on utopian thinking as a critical potential of art and media. Next, several panels and presentations will offer a broad range of inspiring stories about The Future of the Screen, The Real and the Virtual of VR, the Interactive Expo and PublicSpaces. 

Moderator of the day is film theorist Dr. Dan Hassler-Forest, researcher, writer and lecturer at Utrecht University. He investigates the role of narratives in modern popular culture. 

Keynote: Karen Palmer 
The keynote address of the day will be delivered by Karen Palmer. Palmer is an internationally renowned artist and sought-after public speaker who in her work combines film, storytelling, art, science, technology and neurology to generate responsive and interactive film experiences. She will give an inspiring speech on how to tell new stories, with (and by means of) new technologies, that do justice to this modern era.
Karen Palmer’s attendance is partly facilitated by Het Nieuwe Instituut with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Real and the Virtual of VR 

The strength of Virtual Reality is that it offers the possibility to experience artificial realities as real: time and space moulded into a controlled reality. Within this medium,  Vesna Petresin with her performance work has a strong idiosyncratic signature, exploring the medium in various contexts. 

 * Vesna Petresin is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher working with performance and public art. In her work, she examines, for example, transformation and time. 

The Future of the Screen 

New technologies beget new screens. Urban, mobile, augmented or interactive; they change the ways in which stories are told and displayed. Introducing two speakers who focus on possible future applications, which may not be as distant as we think, we explore the possibilities of the screen in its new form. 

 * Rosa Menkman is a glitch artist and theorist who specialises in screens and resolution and investigates video compression. 
 * Keiichi Matsuda is a prize-winning designer, filmmaker and speaker engaged in the blurring boundaries between the physical and the virtual. 

The Expo Panel: Brave New Worlds 

The Interactive Showcase, set up this year in the Academiegalerie and Impakt, displays the best interactive works of the past year. Noa Jansma, Tessa Pope, Studio Louter, Douwe Dijkstra and Dries Depoorter lift a corner of the veil and initiate us into their methods and ideas. 

 * Studio Louter is a studio specialising in storylines, film and interactives for communicative spaces. 
 * Douwe Dijkstra is a visual artist and filmmaker exploring the possibilities of storytelling through multimedia, teaming up with the 33⅓ Collective he co-founded. 
 * Dries Depoorter is a media artist doing talks and exhibiting his work internationally, focussing on the internet, privacy, online identity and surveillance. 
 * Tessa Pope won the 2018 Directors NL Award for Digital Storytelling, for the interactive Submarine web documentary Echoes of IS. 
 * Noa Jansma is a young creator and designer who, through her Instagram account #dearcatcallers, exposes public harassment of women by reversing traditional power dynamics. 
 * Teddy Cherim and Tim van Deursen talk about Meet the Soldier (Wolfstreet/Creative Agency, Hack the Planet), a 360 VR documentary about two warriors of conflicting tribes in Karamoja, Uganda. They are brought together in VR, experiencing each other’s perspectives on the conflict. 

PublicSpaces: Marleen Stikker 

PublicSpaces is a coalition of parties sharing a common goal: reconquering the internet as a public domain. PublicSpaces is based on the concept that an environment that is so pivotal for humanity as a whole should not be claimed by a few parties for political and/or economic gain. Marleen Stikker, member of the governing board, will speak a few words to elucidate how issues such as citizens’ privacy, fake news, trolls and the role of Facebook in the public debate have led to this initiative.

 * Marleen Stikker, founder of Waag and member of the European Horizon 2020 commission High-level Expert Group for SRIA on innovating Cities/DGResearch and of the Dutch AcTI academy for technology & innovation, will introduce the project PublicSpaces, a network of parties sharing a common goal: reconquering the internet as a public domain.

Language: English
Tickets: €19,50
Students: €12,50