09-01-2012 mag 6 /

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#6 Introduction

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Can data be turned into art or is it visualizing reality? Shall a student be transparent? How safe is the Internet? Exercising the right to know, we crowd sourced the Impakt festival. Here is what you need to know.

When it comes to art, the internet is a monster. It gobbles everything that comes along. There is no internet art. Which comes as a surprise. Usually it is the other way round, and art is the monster: in history, whenever there was a new medium, there was art and made use of it, from oil paint to photography and lately with video. When filming Pope Paul VI's procession through New York City in 1965 for example, Nam June Paik took his Sony Portapak and made the pope giving the new art form his involuntary blessing. However, with the internet that is different. Maybe we can say that even with art the medium is pitilessly busy with disrupting, like it did before with economies and disrespecting the borders of nations. The more sense a festival like Impakt makes, which helps us to understand how digitalization affects art and the visual culture around us.

Born as a multimedia festival in 1988, Impakt today uses different approaches towards a visual culture that escaped from its medium, the film. Tracking down the moving image from film to documentary, over to platforms like YouTube, into the visual culture of a clubnight and over to issues of data visualization or the political use of the new medium, the different forms that information take today become visible. The confusion we all find ourselves in of what to make of the present becomes apparent. Impakt gives us an angle and leads us cheerfully into the confusion. 

Now we might think to make the creative and confusing mess apparent we live in isn't enough. We want orientation. A solution. At least, we are looking for clear sides. But critique in the age of the internet has changed, or to put it in other words: the internet has disrupted critique, too. Truth has not two sides anymore. It can't be sandwiched. Dialectics is a tool that for now needs to be put aside. The more important it is to find an angle and drive it into the world we live in. Today, we have to tame the monster by mapping its chaos. Then we can find our way, point out the problems and the potentials. Today, we can make an impact, and organize back. Let's see what we have mapped.

Can data be turned into art or is it visualizing reality? Shall a student be transparent? How safe is the Internet? Exercising the right to know, we crowd sourced the Impakt festival. Here is what you need to know.

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Pinterest art

Pinteresting subject. Can something as mainstream and commercial as Pinterest contain art too? I'd say YES! Like TV or the internet, Pinterest is 95% shit. But wow how beautiful, inspiring, original and foremost emotional some pinners and pinnings can be too. How refreshing. Let's all go there!