This is the exhibition portion of the No More Westerns festival I have co-curated for Impakt 2012…
Opening tomorrow 8pm in Utrecht, Netherlands – please come by if you happen to be nearby!
The Impossible Black Tulip of Cartography
Exhibition of Impakt Festival 2012: No More Westerns
The exhibition The Impossible Black Tulip of Cartography shows a dialogue between artists, designers, and anonymous authors of the digital universe. The exhibition space itself, is a navigatable setting inspired by retro-futurist geometries and the informal spaces of glocalized culture, with themes ranging from alternate histories to imagined futures. The various themes of real, imaginary and emerging worlds unfold as visitors move through histories, geographies and networks. The exhibition’s style is designed to refract and magnify the concerns of its featured artists as shown in their video and installation works.
Artists & Creators:
AES+F, Sophia Al-Maria, Wafaa Bilal, Chto Delat?, db-db (Francis Lam), Double Fly Art Center, Ahmed El Shaer, Foundland, Wesley Kirinya, Leng Wen, Kareem Lotfy, Lu Yang, Michael MacGarry, Mehreen Murtaza, Paulo Nazareth, The Propeller Group, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Opening: Thursday 11 October, 20 – 24:00h
With music by D.V. Grammofoon at 22:00h
CBKU, UtrechtPlompetorengracht 4
3512 CC Utrecht
Exhibition: October 11–28, 2012
Festival: October 24–28, 2012
12 till 23 October: Tue-Fri from 11.00 till 17.00h and on Saturday and Sunday from 13.00 – 17.00h.
Wednesday 24 October: from 11.00 – 19.00h.
Thursday 25 till Saturday 27 October: 11.00 till 21.00h.
Sunday 28 October: 11-1900h
More on the festival:
No More Westerns is the 23rd iteration of the Impakt arts and media festival—a yearly event that seeks to identify emerging paradigms in media culture, this year curated by Cher Potter and Samantha Culp.
In 2012, the Impakt Festival heralds the end of the dominance of the Western media culture, acknowledging the changes within the media landscape as a result of economic and geopolitical shifts on the world stage.
No More Westerns will not be a purely theoretical overview nor a scientific analysis, but rather an imagined future scenario from which to look at alternate flows of culture and aesthetics in a post-Western world. The themes of the festival—Global South science fiction (shifted futurisms), regional/production partnerships that bypass the West (Africa-China) and considering America as ‘just another country’—can be viewed as the imaginary starting points for new approaches to terms such as modernity. A shifting global viewpoint is becoming increasingly prominent in our thoughts and our perceptions: the world is no longer determined by the West or by models of supposed opposites such as centre–periphery, East–West, ruler–subject and self–other.
No More Westerns will encompass an exhibition, screening programs, music performances, public talks, round table discussions and media masterclasses. No More Westerns extends beyond the physical plane with our online program, including online art works, exclusive music mixes, B-side video programs, highlighted apps and translated content, all of which will feature on our blog, Twitter/Weibo, and via the hashtag #NMW.