The "Impakt" Festival presents critical and creative views on contemporary media culture and promotes innovative audiovisual arts in an interdisciplinary context. The art works of Douwe Dijkstra relate to media and the different ways it encounters our daily life
For Dijkstra the presence and influence of media is one of the most striking things about the world we live in. A recurring theme in his work is armed conflict, distant to most of us but at the same time ubiquitous in news and entertainment. His recent work "Démontable" is a video installation and film on the absurd relationship between daily life and global news. In this work he tries to understand the absurd relation between himself and the distant events. An additional layer to "Démontable" is the integrated 'making-of' footage. Scenes that show Dijkstra as a filmmaker, in his studio, trying to construct a fake gun and dressing up like a soldier. Sometimes the 'making-of' can be better than the end result. It shows the relationship between the artist and the topics he tries to depict in his films and it sometimes raises uneasy questions like "Who am I to dress up like a soldier?!".
Douwe Dijkstra creates video works, installations, and theatre performances. In general his work can be described as playful and often comical. He shows work in museums and galleries. and sometimes also does commissioned works.
"Impakt" is an art organization based in Utrecht, The Netherlands. "Impakt" presents critical and creative views on contemporary media culture and promotes innovative audiovisual arts in an interdisciplinary context. "Impakt" organizes an annual festival and presents a year-round program with Impakt Events: short projects or screenings centering a certain theme, movement, or artist. In their web gallery "Impakt Channel" they present net art projects and streaming video and they run "Impakt Works": a production house and residency program for artists and researchers. The first "Impakt" Festival was organized in 1988. In 2014 "Impakt" will organize its 25th festival from 29 October to 2 November 2014.
The presentations of the Dutch artists Douwe Dijkstra, Gijs Gieskes, Bas Vermolen and Tijmen Zonnevijlle in the CROSS ART festival have been curated by Arjon Dunnewind, General Director of the "Impakt" Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Arjon Dunnewind studied at the Utrecht School of Arts from 1985 to 1991. He is the founder of Impakt and has curated exhibitions and screening programs for e.g. Castello di Rivoli in Italy, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, the NCCA in Moscow and "RURU Gallery" in Jakarta.
From 1996 until 2000 he worked as an adviser for the Dutch Film Fund, department Research & Development and from 2009 to 2012 for the Dutch Mediafonds & Fonds BKVB, department Innovative Music Video.