The world as we know it will soon cease to exist. Although science and technology fuel change at a remarkably fast pace, it often goes unnoticed, since the deepest structural changes happen imperceptibly and morphs quickly into norms. We have entered a period of incredible instability, and many of our certainties and assumptions are systematically blown away. Every day our predictions and expectations are transposed.
In 2019, SIMULTAN festival carries the theme There will be a time when it will not be, which aims to question technology’s influence on the different aspects of individual and social life, to explore speculative situations, and to disturb the standardized image of the future as a cult of infinite progress and development. The festival delves into the realms of personal, political, social, philosophical and existential aspects of our day and age, by pointing out the various ways in which the artists respond to and how they record those changes, and how they imagine the future.
SIMULTAN 2019 proposes alternative narratives and confluence approaches by aiming at creating a general status, which brings local identity into a wider context, providing new opportunities for artists that wish to experiment with different media or interdisciplinary methods.
The festival’s perspective has shifted over the years – going from challenging our audiovisual comprehension experience to exploring the human-machine interactions and experimenting with various tools and technologies to question their social implications and overall impact on our daily lives.