An eye on the future

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Impakt identifies and examines urgent issues shaping our collective future, from the perspective of art, science and technology.

Impakt identifies future trends, which allows it play a key role in determining the focus of public discourse each year. Public intellectuals, critics and industry professionals pay close attention to Impakt, but its year-round programme appeals to a much broader audience.

Impakt is deeply committed to the social issues it researches and addresses them from an objective and critical standpoint.

Learning curve
The issues that concern Impakt affect all of our lives, but they are sometimes too complex for the average person to fully comprehend. Thus Impakt organises instructive happenings throughout the year, laying the groundwork for its main event: the Impakt Festival.

The festival enables visitors immerse themselves in the year’s theme over a period of five days, through a variety of events that include exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, panel discussions and performances. It marks the culmination of Impakt’s work on the year’s theme.

2023 – Our Terms, Our Conditions
It’s high time for all tech users to stand up for their rights. This year, Impakt delves into how we can regain control of our data and have more say in the technology we use. We demand transparency from governments and aim for legislation holding tech companies ethically accountable. Let’s unite for Fair Tech!

2022 – The Curse of Smooth Operations
We all know how frustrating it can be when technology doesn’t work, is unpredictable, or stops altogether. This year, Impakt invites you to think in the opposite direction: could it be that technology is most unsatisfying when it works well or even exceeds expectations?

Impakt Festival 2021 – Modern Love
In our on-demand society, love, relationships, and intimacy increasingly happen online. A future where algorithms, artificial intelligence and online interactions shape the way we experience love seems closer than ever. How does this change the way we meet, love and leave each other?

2019 – Speculative Interfaces
This year, Impakt discards existing ideas about interfaces and envisions new futures. The program explores how we interact with technology and how that relationship influences our behavior and perception.

More than 25 years of research
Besides practical information, Impakt’s website offers a wealth of content and background material on the themes of its research. And visitors to the IMPAKT Channel can access a vast curated archive of film and video art, tune in to live programmes, events and debates, and browse more than a quarter century of research.

10 years of collaboration
We’ve been working with Impakt for over a decade, exploring and visualizing themes that shape the world of tomorrow. It’s a special collaboration where the challenge is to communicate nuanced and light-hearted perspectives on complex themes to an informed audience.

Jaya Pelupessy
Thomas de Rijk
Simon François
Bernie van Vlijmen

Pieter Kers

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