„PUSH“ is the motto of EMAF 2017
PUSH | Living in the hyper information age
// Push messages, status and news updates, social bots and hate comments – smartphones and screens are permanently blinking and flashing. Public spaces have always been permeated by announcements, warnings and spectacles. Today, we are experiencing an increase in input pressure – after all, every one of us is a recipient, producer and sender, all rolled into one. Public opinion is characterised by constant information and disinformation.
The result: differences between public and private spaces disappear, positions that were thought to be secure vanish, and populists find their way into government.
This accelerated, clamorous spiral of communication, the intrusive
noise of the media, and the search and craving for media attention move us on to a “post-factual” era in which even democracy must fear for its basic values. In so doing, every user is in search of their own truth within and outside filter bubbles, a truth that is influenced by the frequency of push messages.
Featuring contemporary artistic positions and accompanying talks, the 30th edition of EMAF clears the dense, apparently impenetrable information jungle through which each individual media user must find their way without knowing what the algorithms have in store for us.
We are looking forward to keep you informed during the coming weeks and months and to welcome you in April in Osnabrück!
The future of visions
Don't expect anything
This year, the European Media Art Festival will query the importance and impact of strategies for the future. It is taken for granted that the debate on how to shape societies, their economies and cultures necessarily involves looking to the future, creating drafts and scenarios, speculating and having visions.
However, it should also be a matter of course to ask: who creates these visions, who could have an interest in the implementation of these plans, and whose purpose do these strategies actually serve?
EMAF is one of the most influential forums of international Media Art. As a meeting point for artists, curators, distributors, galleries and an audience of experts the festival has a great impact on the topics and aesthetics of Media Art. Each year the festival offers its visitors a current overview of experimental films, installations, performances, digital formats and hybrid forms, ranging from personal and political subjects or formal experiments to provocative statements from the pulsating area of "Media Art – Society". The Festival sees itself as a place of experimentation and a laboratory where extraordinary works, experiments and ventures are created and presented.
Meet the artists Søren Lind, Jennifer Lyn Morone, Verena Friedrich, Rotraut Pape and Britta Thie at the Kunsthalle Osnabrück on Friday (22 April) and Saturday (23 April).