De Appel

Brace For Impact

20 Apr - 20 May 2018

Brace For Impact NODE #1 at De Appel 2018. Photo by Charlott Markus.
De Appel Curatorial Programme:
20 April - 20 May 2018

BRACE FOR IMPACT is the final project of De Appel Curatorial Programme 2017-18. It unravels the relationship between technology and affect. The digital age emerged with techno-positive promises of seamless transactions, unfettered global connectivity, and of the chance of being here then elsewhere in no time. We are surrounded by technologies that both aid and pressure us–from smart alarm clocks that optimise our sleep patterns to logistical infrastructures that keep increasing the speed at which people, cargo, capital, images, and ideas are mobilised. The extent to which humans are part of an immersive networks of a computational ecology is made visible in the event of a breakdown.

As generations pass and more “digital natives” are born, the utopian enthusiasm for technology has begun to ebb. The conversation has begun to shift towards concerns about netizens’ dependency as well as their political complicity in the infrastructures and flows that sustain silicon giants and big data. Pessimism looms over contemporary culture. The mood oscillates between flat acceptance to panic and anticipation of a breakdown–both tinged with a sense of impending collapse. Unreleased tensions imprint on our bodies and subjectivities, simmering and growing into a latent and ambiguous force.

Taking this setting as the point of departure, the artists in BRACE FOR IMPACT bring attention to the lasting, semi-conscious influence that contemporary technology and its politicised representations exert on human life. The nodes in this project challenge and complement one another to unfold the divergent ways in which technological environments shape our affective dispositions.

Although we, as individual and collective bodies, remain subject to the influence of these factors, this sort of impact is not necessarily a dramatic or mobilising force. One need not brace for it, as the impact lies in the bracing itself—in anticipating dangers and misfortunes that often remain potential or imaginary.

The project consists of the following presentations:

exhibition at De Appel
20 April—20 May
Wednesday – Saturday, 14:00 till 18:00

Mehraneh Atashi
Samson Young

exhibition at De School
20—28 April during regular club nights **

Agnieszka Polska
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme

sound-based works at De Appel

“I’d Rather Be in a Spaceship than on a Sinking Titanic”
performance and DJ set • 20 April, 19:30

Cilia Erens
“Sonic Field Walk Lely”
sound exhibition • 5—12 May
audio tours • 5 May, 14:00, 16:30

Jacob Kirkegaard
performance • 14 May, 19:00

time-based works at Stedelijk Museum
11 May, 19:00—21:30

Sidsel Christensen
“Swallow the Journey”
performance • auditorium • 19:00, 20:30 **

Jonathan Reus
“if this, then that... (iMac Music)”
performance • entrance hall • 19:00—21:30

Yao Qingmei
“The Ecdysiast – Molt”
video • Studio B • 19:00—21:30

guided walk at Schiphol Airport
18 May, 15:30

(Footnotes #4) *

permanent outdoor installation at De Appel
20 May

Thomas Swinkels *

** Entrance tickets to De School on club nights required. Entrance ticket to Stedelijk Museum required.
* Details to be announced soon
BRACE FOR IMPACT is curated and realised by:
Sun A Moon (Korea, 1985), Luay Al Derazi (Bahrain, 1991), Jagna Lewandowska (Poland, 1986), Ong Jo-Lene (Malaysia, 1981), Arkadiusz Półtorak (Poland, 1992), Miriam Wistreich (Denmark, 1985).

Tags: Basel Abbas, Jacob Kirkegaard, Agnieszka Polska, Samson Young