Free Admission
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 @ 22:30
Muziekgebouw BAM Zaal

The Netherlands are known as an open and tolerant country, a secularized society with a liberal attitude towards drugs, abortion and euthanasia and well defined rights for sexual and cultural minorities. With the assassinations of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh however, this reputation is no longer taken for granted. Dutch society is changing, although opinions differ on the direction and impact of these changes. Immigration, integration and the position of new cultural and religious values play an important role in this discussion. How do the 'old' Dutch citizens deal with the new elements in their society and how to the 'new' Dutch citizens relate to the open-minded image of the Netherlands?

Curated and introduced by Arjon Dunnewind, Director, The Impakt Festival

Anna LangeDe Aardappeleters
Julika RudeliusTagged
Corinna SchnittDas schlafende Mädchen
Klaas van Gorkum & Iratxe JaioMonitoring the Dordtselaan for Maximum Peace of Mind
Erik van LieshoutRespect
Wendelien van OldenborghNo False Echoes


Impakt is an independent organisation for contemporary sound and image. Our main projects are the Impakt Festival, the Impakt Events, Impakt Works and Impakt Online.

The Impakt Festival is an international manifestation: installations, film, video, fine arts, new media, music and live performances. Each year there are several thematic programs, as well as an expanded panorama program. The thematic programming focuses on current artistic developments and puts them in a broader social or historic perspective; the panorama program presents a general overview of the most idiosyncratic and exciting work. Every year about 125 installations, photographs, videos, websites, films, performances, cd-roms and concerts from approximately 30 different countries around the world are on display; interviews and discussions are held daily, allowing artists to introduce their work. In the past we have presented Alicia Framis, Bas Jan Ader, Carsten Nicolai, Doug Aitken, Eija Liisa Ahtila, Francis Alÿs, Guy Ben-Ner, Hans Op de Beek, Jim O'Rourke, Lisl Ponger, Marcel Broodthaers, Olaf Breuning, Patricia Piccinini, Radian,, Mouse on Mars, The Yes Men, The Speculative Archive, The Atlas Group, Thomas Köner, Victor Alimpiev, Yael Bartana, and many other artists.

Impakt Events are small scale monthly projects like film screenings, in-person shows, artist talks, lectures, concerts or small exhibitions. With Impakt Online we co-produce and promote internet projects; six of these projects are launched each year on our website. Every year Impakt invites fours artists (or groups) to Utrecht to produce a new work within the Impakt Works residency program. This residency program is part of EMAN, a European network with partner organisations in Germany, Bulgaria and the UK.

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Anna Lange is a multimedia and interdisciplinary artist who studied at the Academy for Visual Arts in Hertogenbosch and at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. She produced three short silent movies on Super-8 before working in sound. Moons Dark (2007) was her first film project with sound and was presented on 35mm.

De Aardappeleters

(The Netherlands 2006, 07:00 min)

In the cult around the potato the life of two old peasants at their farm, the filmer portrays a lost way of life, by which she was deeply influenced. It is a tribute as well as a goodbye with a relativating note. Concerning us as much as the two humble characters.

Julika Rudelius is currently based in Amsterdam. She attended the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and participated in the Rijksakademie artist-in-residence program. Her work examines social behaviour patterns as well as physical and verbal communication, especially with respect to how these factors contribute to the creation and reproduction of social hierarchy.


(The Netherlands 2003, 13:17 min)

'Tagged' is a group portrait of boys who are using their appearance to break free from the persistent generalizations about 'immigrants' as opposed to 'Dutch people'. But first and foremost, these are boys who, no different from other adolescents in this world, are trying to break out of their puberty by creating security for themselves in a close-knit group, with dress codes that are unintelligible and unfathomable to others.

Corinna Schnitt began her practice with an understudy in wood sculpture before studying at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach and at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. She has created a series of experimental short films in which she pushes daily phenomena to the point of absurdity in showing them in as an endless loop.

Das schlafende Mädchen

(Germany 2001, 8:30 min)

A sailing boat is cruising into the wind. The camera detaches itself from the scenery to enlarge the field of vision and pans over a suburb tinged in faded light: a still life of white fences, all absolutely identical, little green lawns and red gabled roofs -- just as much models as the miniature schooner. The tranquil progress of the camera over the raster of stereotyped detached and terrace houses presents an artificial idyll dominated by exclusions and norms.

Iratxe Jaio was born in Basque Country, but lives currently in the Netherlands. Klaas van Gorkum is Dutch, but lived in Africa for most of his youth. Their collaborative work is an investigation into the conflict between individual and collective identity, using documentary methods to visualize the relation between people and their social, cultural and physical contexts.

Monitoring the Dordtselaan for Maximum Peace of Mind

(The Netherlands, 2004, video, 15:00 min)

Monitoring the Dordtselaan for Maximum Peace of Mind is a voyeuristic sequence of observations from the bedroom window, made over a period of a year. The video shows daily life in the Dordtselaan, one of the so-called 'hotspots' of Rotterdam. A 'hotspot' is a location in the city where drastic measures are taken to curb street criminality, ghetto forming and illegal immigration. One of these measures is the temporary suspension of constitutional citizens rights, authorizing police to shut off whole streets and perform body searches on all passers-by, without having to go through the usual legal procedures.

Erik van Lieshout studied at the Academy for Art and Design in Hertogenbosch and at Ateliers '63 in Haarlem. His work was featured in the Fourth Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2006); the Gwangju Biennale (2006); and the Biennale of Sjarjah, Dubai (2004), and has also been presented at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival.


(The Netherlands 2003, 8:00 min)

Two white, goofy-looking Dutch guys rolling down a Rotterdam street. They are Van Lieshout (spectacles, baseball jacket) and his brother Bart (wedge haircut, yellow fleece), and it appears that they're caught up in a stop-and-search swoop. A tipsy Eric and Bart roam late-night Rotterdam with their cameraman in tow. Bart complains about his lack of a boyfriend, and Eric, with the sense of mission only a skinful of beer provides, reject's Bart's plan to see a midnight skin-flick in favour of cruising the local North African teens.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh was born in Rotterdam. After graduating from Goldsmiths College in London, her work has been presented at the Van Abbemuseum and MuHKA. Van Oldenborgh's films explore communication and interaction between individuals, often against the backdrop of a unique (public) location.

No False Echoes

(The Netherlands 2008, 30:00 min)

No False Echoes refers to the policy for radio broadcasts from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies, in which the maxim 'no false echoes' had more than a purely technical connotation. Philips had a monopoly on the technology and decided the content of the broadcasts via its own broadcasting corporation. The PHOHI (Philips Omroep Holland Indië) wanted to stay as far away from politics as possible, particularly from the opinions of Indonesian republicans. The broadcasts focussed on the authentic Dutch identity. The installation presents different perspectives on the colonial history of radio side by side. Salah Edin, a well-known Dutch rapper of Moroccan descent whose lyrics often deal with social exclusion and recognition, reads the text "Als ik eens Nederlander was" (If I were a Dutchman) by Soewardi Soerjaningrat, an ironic ode to national identity.