Amsterdam Light Festival 2018 (Netherlands)

For our seventh edition, artists from home and abroad take you on a journey along 30 light artworks specially created for Amsterdam. The 53-day exhibition revolves around the theme ‘The Medium is the Message’, the famous statement by the Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. The role of light in conveying a message and the city of Amsterdam as a medium for telling stories are central to this edition.

GLOW Eindhoven 2018 (Netherlands)

Light art festival GLOW is an enormous exhibition in the public space of Eindhoven of 30 famous national and international light artists. The light artworks are connected by a walking route of approximately 5 kilometres which runs through the city centre. The event has grown from 45,000 visitors during its first edition in 2006, to a record number of over 740,000 visitors in 2017. This year, GLOW will be held for the thirteenth time and takes place from 10 to 17 November 2018.

IMPAKT Festival 2018: Algorithmic Superstructures (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Algorithmic superstructures are looking over your shoulder. Moving as you move, determining what you see, anticipating what you desire, they construct the reality around you. How and when did that happen, and why haven’t we noticed?

Algorithmic superstructures reimagine the world as a matter of computational design. Caught in the interconnections of opaque operating systems, created in pursuit of profit and control, we have become streams of data subjected to continuous analysis.

As the democratic foundations of our society are being actively hollowed out and populist rhetoric takes over public space, protocols and interfaces come to govern our experiences, aspirations, life decisions and even politics. The IMPAKT Festival 2018 explores the architecture behind algorithmic super-structures. What hidden realities and new imaginaries do algorithmic superstructures uncover in the post-truth era?