Simultan Festival 2023, the 18th edition, will take place from October 5th to October 8th, 2023, in the MX spaces in Timișoara. The Corneliu Miklosi Museum and the former workshops of the Timișoara Public Transport Society will be physically and conceptually united within the same event for the first time since their reconversion into the future Center for Art, Technology, and Experimentation - MultipleXity (MX).
The 2023 edition aims to explore and question various aspects of society and individual life influenced by technology, to delve into speculative situations, disrupt the standardized image of the future, and challenge the cult of endless progress and development.
The festival's program includes a series of events and actions, such as sound and audiovisual performances, video art screenings, exhibitions, conferences, and workshops.
The live program feature artists who are actively engaged in the field of sonic art and the experimental music scene : Ilpo Väisänen, Dorit Chrysler & Alberto Novello, Ana Fosca, hÄK / Danzeisen, Cosmin Nicolae, Simina Oprescu & Matei Băcanu, Jasmine Guffond & Ilan Katin, Robert Piotrowicz, Simon Whetham, Svetlana Maraš, Thomas Ankersmit, Ioana Vreme Moser, JacqNoise.
SIMULTAN 2023 runs under the theme OSCILLATIONS: Things to Remember
In the modern cacophony of life, technology emerges as a double-edged sword, orchestrating a complex relation with nature, information, everyday life, memory and so on. While it promises convenience and progress, its pervasive presence and relentless intrusion raise profound concerns about the erosion of genuine human experiences and memories.
The natural rhythms of existence and the authenticity of human interaction become distorted by virtual substitutes.
Oscillation serves as a foundational principle in understanding and interacting with our world. From the smallest atomic vibrations to the grandest cosmic movements, oscillation shapes our experiences, communication, and technological advancements. Recognizing the significance of oscillation in our lives can deepen our appreciation for the complexities and beauty of the natural and technological phenomena that surround us. Our senses, such as sight, hearing, and touch, rely on oscillatory patterns to interpret the world around us.
Language and communication systems are based on patterns, whether in the form of spoken words, written text, or signs. Our interactions often involve subtle oscillatory cues, such as body language, facial expressions, and gestures. These non-verbal signals convey emotions, intentions, and attitudes, contributing to effective communication and social bonding. […] (excerpt from the curatorial statement, Levente Kozma)