Breda Photo Festival
– 21 October 2018
Under the banner “To Infinity and Beyond” the Breda photography festival explores the forms of change and evolution that lead to continuous advances in technology and science.
Over 55 national and international photographers have taken the opportunity to visually capture the dangers and dilemmas of technological progress and the challenges that we already experience in the present as well as those that we are likely to face in the future. The works of the exhibiting photographers have been divided into six thematic areas: The Cosmos, Intelligence, Biology, Society, God, and Image. The impact of human beings on the environment has grown steadily since the dawn of humankind, and the reach of our impact is ever increasing. From simple farming and efforts at creating hybrids to improve our food, our endeavours have evolved into the creation of artificial intelligence, robots, and genetic manipulation.
New inventions inevitably have two sides to them: What if robots do not merely simplify our lives, but instead create mass unemployment and financial and social inequality? What happens when machines and knowledge about genetic engineering fall into the wrong hands? If you can change the genes of a mosquito to make the malaria virus disappear, can you also manipulate them to carry a new virus? Again and again, questions arise about the power structures behind technological and scientific progress: Is it really okay if it is only scientists, Silicon Valley CEOs, and people in positions of power who decide how we should respond to constant progress? What is legal and what is illegal? What is morally laudable and what is reprehensible? The Anthropogenic age, where man is the decisive factor in environmental change is simultaneously characterised by infinite possibility and great danger to the environment, humanity, and life itself.