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Blue Skies #1 Bodies in Trouble

PACT Zollverein

22.05.2019, 8:00 h17:00 h


The growing impact of technology on life as we know it brings changes to our bodies, our communities and the environment – what can we do? How can we understand and shape these changes collectively?

Unbridled technological advances and radical developments in biochemical research are increasingly interfering with life itself: hybrids of machine and organism are already reality, technical interventions and materials becoming one with the body. However, the latest developments in genetic engineering promise to make humans modifiable before birth. The foundations of our existence and of our social and public coexistence are changing profoundly. In the alluring technological promises of big corporations, the freedom to make the body, social dynamics and our environment completely shapeable and changeable sounds like a universal solution. Others fear a hopeless social scenario in which the individual’s power to act falls victim to comprehensive technical reductions, mathematical operations and filtered knowledge. But how or in what forms might critically nuanced responses to these polarizing positions find expression?

Over the course of four days, PACT and medienwerk nrw shine an investigative light on active interdisciplinary perspectives on new narratives, speculative visions of the future and alternative practices in the company of international artists, scientists, activists, publicists, students and audience members.

The festival is the fifth conference of the office medienwerk.nrw and at the same time the beginning of a new series of events by PACT Zollverein, which in the coming years will be devoted to active and interdisciplinary work on urgent current issues in the field of tension between technology and society, new narratives, speculative visions of the future and alternative, empowering practices.

Festival opening:

WED 10.07. 18.30 h
Welcome addresses, keynote lecture & opening of the exhibition
21.00 h
Münchner Kammerspiele, Rimini Protokoll (Stefan Kaegi) and Thomas Melle ›Uncanny Valley‹

PACT Zollverein
Bullmannaue 20a, 45327 Essen

How to get there:


With contributions from

Exhibition, Performances & Workshops
acting in concert,acting in concert, The Agency, Aliens in Green, Heather Dewey- Hagborg, FAM_, knowbotiq, labsa, Xavier Le Roy, Mary Maggic, Špela Petrič, Paula Pin, Johannes Paul Raether, Rimini Protokoll (Stefan Kaegi) & Thomas Melle, Silke Schönfeld, Nguyễn + Transitory and others

Lectures & Talks
Marie-Luise Angerer, Madeleine Böckers, Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, Gabriele Gramelsberger, Jens Hauser, Oliver Kuchenbuch, Justus Pötzsch, Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Tabita Rezaire, Emilia Sanabria, Paula-Irene Villa and others

Asita Shirali, COOL FOR YOU, Odete, tryniti, N!zza

Full programme available at PACT Zollverein.

Please Note:

Free admission to the talks, lectures and workshops (with registration), concerts, exhibition and party!

Tickets for the performances “Medusa Bionic Rise” by The Agency and “Uncanny Valley” by Rimini Protokoll (Stefan Kaegi) can be ordered in advance from website of PACT Zollverein.

Conference programme in English.

Concept: Stefan Hilterhaus, Fabian Saavedra-Lara Team Büro medienwerk.nrw: Kirsten Möller, Nada Schroer, Mary Shnayien, Klaas Werner, Sonja Wunderlich In cooperation with PACT Zollverein

Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

The office of medienwerk.nrw and the festival ›Bodies in Trouble — Körper in Aufruhr‹ are supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Office hosted by: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund). Supported within the framework of the »International Visitors Programme« of the NRW KULTURsekretariat.


8:00 – 17:00
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PACT Zollverein
Bullmannaue 20a
Essen, NRW 45327 Deutschland
0201.289 47 00


PACT Zollverein