NEW NOW Digital Art Festival

The NEW NOW Digital Art Festival will be held from June 1 to August 6. Authorized supernatural forcesthe exhibition at the Mixing Room and accompanying events will focus on the strong interactions between nature and digital.

Developed especially for the exhibition, all works in the Mixing Room are world premieres. As part of the NEW NOW residency, seven artists were invited to develop projects for supernatural forces. For seven months, they intensively researched, researched and engaged with the location and history of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein and the architecture of the factory. In addition to the resident artists, other artists have been invited to show new works. The festival is directed by Jasmin Grimm.

supernatural forces: June 2 – June 8, 2013
Exhibition with world premieres of AATB, Daniel Franke, Eva Papamargariti, Haha Wang, Jan Kerima Stolzer and Lex Rütten, Pinar Yoldaş, Sabrina Ratté, as well as Ali Phi and Cinzia Campolese. Opening June 1 at 20:30.

We live in the age of hypernature. Technical knowledge and organic life come together in a new way. The lines between reality and simulation are blurring. New dependencies and symbiosis appear. Nature itself becomes art. Exhibition for nine weeks supernatural forces from June 2 to August 6, 2023, he will show artistic positions around the topic of hypernature in Mixing Room.

The guests enter the territory of a roaming herd of robots. Listen to the captivating song of invasive plants. Or wander through desolate landscapes of electronic waste and organic fiction. In Zollverein, they can experience how artificial intelligence (re-)interprets this place – once the largest mine in the world – and generates new worlds from it. NEW NOW shows which ecosystems, biotopes and cycles emerge as plants, animals, minerals, technology and people intertwine in new ways. The exhibition is accompanied by an interactive audio walk designed by Körperfunkkollektiv. It invites visitors to reflect on the interplay between humans, nature and technology, and to immerse themselves in the artworks and themes on display.

Immersive Sound Night: June 1 from
With France Jobin and Markus Heckmann, Myriam Bleau, Katatonic Silentio. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in electronic-audiovisual soundscapes during the Immersive Sound Night on the inaugural evening on June 1. In partnership with MUTEK Montréal, an international festival of digital creativity and electronic music, NEW NOW presents international artists who will fill the Mixing Plant with experimental electronic sounds and visuals.

Conference: June 2, 10:00–22:00
With Anja Schürmann, Anna-Verena Nosthoff, Daniel Franke, Daniel Hengst, the diffraction center of theoretical peripheries, Eva Papamargariti, Felix Maschewski, Franziska Barth, Geert Lovink, Hannah Wallenfels, Jana Kerima Stolzer and Lex Rütten, Kathrin Yacavone, Lyndsey Walsh, Manischa Eichwalder , Manuel van der Veen, Markus Rautzenberg, Mona Leinung, MONOM Studios, Pınar Yoldaş, Rafael Rozendaal, Rafael Dernbach, Sabrina Ratté, Sam Balfus, Tabitha Swanson, Total Refusal

The conference will be available both on site and as a live webcast and will be available with translation into English and German. Live stream Here.

Conference on supernatural forces will take place on June 2 as a discursive element NEW NOW. Throughout the day we will discuss and experience how digitization is changing our understanding of nature. To this end, international and local artists will talk to scientists, activists and all other stakeholders in the Zollverein.

Is digital technology a supernatural force? How are digital technologies changing our understanding of nature? And what are the ecological effects of digitization? These questions are the focus of the NEW NOW conference. Without computer models, knowledge of the climate crisis would be limited. With the help of artificial intelligence, biological organisms can be recombined and create speculative worlds.

At the same time, digital technologies are increasingly criticized for their role in destroying ecosystems and deepening the climate crisis. We want to discuss how digital art discovers new natures and images of nature. Part of the conference is a symposium of the Essen Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KWI) as a contribution to their annual “More or less” theme entitled “Digital Relations and New Environments”, which will examine the new and unfinished negotiation processes between people, nature and technology. The evening’s performative program explores “hypernatures” in an artistic way.

Participation is free. Please register Here.

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