(or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies)
— 6 February 2022
Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture
IMPAKT (Centre for Media Culture)
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The exhibition Modern Love (or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies)at the IMPAKT Festival 2021 explores the state of love and romantic relations in the age of the Internet, social media, neo-liberal capital, and globalisation. The exhibition is a collaboration between IMPAKT, Centraal Museum, Tallinn Art Hall Foundation, and Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg. It probes societal patterns, and examines the challenges and opportunities that the Internet and social media – and now the Covid-19 pandemic – are presenting to our intimate relationships.
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Digital technology and consumerism have significantly transformed love and social relationships. The experience of the virtual has increasingly dissolved the boundary between private and public. This influences how we communicate and interact with one another, especially with those closest to us.
On the one hand, the Internet and social media have facilitated the expression of non-heteronormative identities, of alternative forms of desire, and alternative ways of being. On the other, they have played a problematic role in cultivating pathologies such as narcissism, obsessive self-performativity, digital dependency, and the commodification of emotion. The conflation of reality and fantasy has created complex psychological and relational entanglements. Modern Love explores these and many other, related phenomena.
At a time of increasing alienation, individualism and loneliness – all symptoms of our increasingly urbanised lifestyles – how can we reclaim meaningful intimate relationships. How can we reclaim love as a potent emotional force and intense psychological bond between people that gives meaning to our lives in ways that no other interaction, ‘object’ or experience can? How can love be rescued from the claws of capital and the corporate technosphere? The exhibition Modern Love at the IMPAKT Festival 2021 looks into the pathologies and problems afflicting love and matters of the heart today, aiming to prompt a reconsideration of how we engage with those nearest to us and prompting us to imagine a way out of current feelings of emotional sterility, loneliness and the ‘cold intimacies’ engendered by digital technologies.
The exhibition Modern Love will be on view at the IMPAKT Centre and at the Centraal Museum. At the Centraal Museum, artists from the Modern Love exhibition are brought into dialogue with the museum’s collection.
On view at IMPAKT:
Laura Cemin (IT), Marijke De Roover (BE), Kyriaki Goni (GR), David Haines (UK), Juliet Jacques (UK), Mahmoud Khaled (EG), Jonas Lund (SE), Maria Mavropoulou (GR), Lauren Lee McCarthy (USA), Kyle McDonald (USA), Marge Monko (EE), Margaret Salmon (USA) and Hannah Toticki (DK).
On view at the Centraal Museum:
Melanie Bonajo (NL) (from 9 November), David Haines (UK), Marge Monko (EE), Peter Puklus (HU), Hannah Toticki (DK) and Dries Verhoeven (NL) (from 3-7 November).
In dialogue with historic and contemporary artists from the collection of the Centraal Museum:
Hendrick Bloemaert (NL), Marlene Dumas (NL), Duran Lantink (NL), Sanam Khatibi (IR), J.H. Moesman (NL) and Rory Pilgrim (UK).
The exhibition Modern Love (or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies) is curated by Katerina Gregos. The exhibition is a co-production of Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany and IMPAKT [Centre for media Culture].
Melanie Bonajo― Artist
In her work, Melanie Bonajo examines the paradoxes inherent to ideas of comfort with a strong sense for community, equality, and body-politics. Through her videos, performances, photographs and installations, she studies subjects related to how technological advances and commodity-based pleasures increase feelings of alienation, removing a sense of belonging in an individual. Captivated by concepts of the divine, Bonajo explores the spiritual emptiness of her generation, examines peoples’ shifting relationship with nature and tries to understand existential questions by reflecting on our domestic situation, ideas around classification, concepts of home, gender and attitudes towards value.
Laura Cemin― Artist
Laura Cemin (1992) is an Italian performer and visual artist currently based in Helsinki, FI. She is interested in performative gestures, which can appear in different forms such as live performances, installations and writings. In her current work, she explores how language shapes and influences the way we move and physically interact. After having performed as a ballet dancer in the USA, she studied photography in Italy and recently obtained an MFA from Umeå Art Academy (SE). She has performed live at international festivals and her work as a visual artist has been presented internationally at galleries, theatres and museums, such as Norrlandsoperan (SE), Bildmuseet (SE) and Kiasma (FI).
Marijke De Roover― Artist
Marijke De Roover (Brussels, BE) is a part-time professional karaoke singer and meme connoisseur, yet currently known mostly for her queer/feminist performance work. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from KASK School of Arts, Ghent (BE) where she was nominated for the Start Point Prize, Prague (CZ). In her artworks, she deals with questions regarding the nuclear family, feminism/motherhood, ethics of reproduction, and love, romance and compulsory heteronormativity under late capitalism. In 2020 she had her first institutional solo at Museum de Pont in Tilburg (NE). Her work has been shown at among others: Museum fur Neue Kunst, Freiburg (DE), David Roberts Art Foundation (Evening of Performance), London (UK), Garage Rotterdam (NL), Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL), Garage, Moscow (RU), BOZAR, Brussels (BE), ARCADE, London (UK), MABA, Nogent-sur-Marne (FR), Goethe Institute, Dusseldorf (DE), Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (DE).
Kyriaki Goni― Artist
Kyriaki Goni is an artist born and based in Athens. Working across disciplines and technologies, she creates expanded, multi-layered installations. She connects the local with the global by critically examining questions of surveillance, distributed networks and infrastructures, ecosystems, as well as human and other than human relations. Her work has been presented in solo and group shows at Aksioma (SI), The Onassis Foundation (US), Transmediale (DE), Trondheim Biennial (NO), Glass Room (US) and Melbourne Triennial (AU), among others. She is a Delfina Foundation alumna (2019) and an Artworks fellow (2018). She writes (Leonardo MIT; 49:4, Neural #65 etc.) and teaches frequently as part of her practice. With prior graduate studies in Fine Arts, Goni also holds an MA in Digital Arts and an MSc in Cultural Anthropology.
David Haines― Artist
David Haines (1969) is a British/Dutch artist based in Amsterdam. He studied at Camberwell School of Art (UK) and The Rijksakademie (NL). He works mainly with drawing, painting and video. Publications in which his work is featured include Vitamin D2 (Phaidon), “Drawing People” by Roger Malbert (Thames and Hudson) and ”Interdisciplinary Encounters – Hidden and Visible Explorations of the work of Adrian Rifkin” (I.B.Tauris). He has had solo exhibitions at Upstream Gallery (NL), Luisa Strina Gallery (BR), Art Basel (HK) and The Armory Show (US) and has participated in group exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum (NL), Turner Contemporary (UK), Fruitmarket Gallery (SCT), De Appel Amsterdam, MIMA (UK), The Eye Film Museum (NL), The Bluecoat (UK), New Art Space (NL), Kunsthal Rotterdam (DK). He was awarded the Refresh Irinox Prize at the Disegni section of Artissima Turin (2017) and the Jeanne Oosting Prize (2012).
Juliet Jacques― Artist
Juliet Jacques (1981) is a writer and a filmmaker based in London. She has published two books, with the most recent being “Trans: A Memoir” (Verso, 2015). Her short fiction, journalism, criticisms and essays have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites, while her short films have been screened in galleries and at festivals across the world. She also teaches art and creative writing, and hosts the podcast “Suite(212)”, which looks at the arts in their social, political and cultural contexts. Jacques’ work has appeared in The Guardian, where she documented her gender reassignment in a landmark series entitled “A Transgender Journey” (2010–12). Her column was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2011. She completed a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at the University of Sussex in July 2019.
Mahmoud Khaled― Artist
Mahmoud Khaled (1982) lives and works between Oslo (NO) and Cairo (EG). He studied Fine Arts at the Alexandria University in Egypt and Trondheim University in Norway. His work spans video, photography, sculpture, installation, sound and text. His solo shows include Helena Anrather Gallery, New York (2018), Gypsum (2018), Edith-Ruth-Haus, Oldenburg (2016), Galpão VB | Videobrasil, São Paulo (2016) and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2010). His group exhibitions include “Maskulinitäten”, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2019), “A Group Exhibition”, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2018), 15th Istanbul Biennale (2017), 13th Sharjah Biennale (2017), “Electronic Superhighway”, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016). In 2012, Khaled was awarded the Videobrasil in Context Prize, and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the 2016 Abraaj Art Prize. Khaled is a recipient of the DAAD fellowship for 2020.
Jonas Lund― Artist
Jonas Lund creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflect on contemporary networked systems and power structures of control. His artistic practice involves creating systems and setting up parameters that oftentimes require engagement from the viewer. This results in performative artworks where tasks are executed according to algorithms or a set of rules. Through his works, Lund investigates the latest issues generated by the increasing digitalisation of contemporary society like authorship, participation and distribution of agency. At the same time, he questions the mechanisms of the art world; he challenges the production process, authoritative power and art market practices. Lund earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2013) and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2009). He has had solo exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery (2019), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2016), Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2016, 2015, 2014), Växjö Konsthall Sweden (2016), Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013), New Museum, New York (2012), and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including Centre Pompidou, Paris, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Vienna Biennale 2019, Witte De With, Rotterdam, Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. His work has been written about in Artforum, Frieze, Kunstforum, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Metropolis M, Artslant, Rhizome, Huffington Post, Furtherfield, Wired and more.
Maria Mavropoulou― Artist
Maria Mavropoulou (1989) lives and works in Athens, EL. She completed her MFA studies at Athens School of Fine Arts in 2018, from where she attained her BA in 2014. Playing with the perception of viewers, she aspires to question the role and power of photography in an era that is dominated by it. Her work has been presented in the Culturescapes festival (Basel, CH, 2017), Athens Photo Festival (EL, 2016), Krakow Photomonth (PL, 2016), Athens Biennale 5 to 6 (EL, 2015, 2017), 5th Thessaloniki Biennale (EL, 2015), Mois de la photo (Paris, FR, 2014), European month of photography (Budapest, HU, 2014), Fotoistanbul (Istanbul, TR, 2014) and Benaki museum (Athens, EL, 2014). She is a member of the “Depression Era” collective of artists who inhabit the urban and social landscapes of the crisis in Greece.
Lauren Lee McCarthy― Artist
Lauren Lee McCarthy is an LA-based artist who examines social relationships in the midst of surveillance, automation and algorithmic living. She is the creator of p5.js, and Co-Director of the Processing Foundation. Lauren’s work has been exhibited internationally, at spaces such as The Barbican Centre (UK), Ars Electronica (AT), Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH), Haus der elektronischen Künste (CH), SIGGRAPH (US), Onassis Cultural Center (US), IDFA DocLab (NL), Science Gallery Dublin (IE) and Seoul Museum of Art (KR). She has received numerous honours including the Creative Capital Award, Sundance Fellowship and Eyebeam Residency, as well as grants from the Knight Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Google and Rhizome. Lauren is an Associate Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts.
Kyle McDonald― Artist
Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He crafts interactive installations, sneaky interventions, playful websites, workshops and toolkits for other artists working with code. He explores the possibilities of new technologies to understand how they affect society, to misuse them and to build alternative futures and with the aim of sharing a laugh, sparking curiosity, creating confusion and sharing spaces with magical vibes. He works with machine learning, computer vision, social and surveillance tech that spans commercial and arts spaces. He was previously adjunct professor at NYU’s ITP, a member of F.A.T. Lab, a community manager for openFrameworks and artist in residence at STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU, and YCAM in JP. His work has been commissioned and shown around the world, including the V&A, NTT ICC, Ars Electronica, Sonar, Today’s Art and Eyebeam.
Marge Monko (1976) lives and works in Tallinn, EE. She studied in the Estonian Academy of Arts and in HISK in Ghent, BE, and works with photography, video and installation. Her works are influenced by the theories of psychoanalysis, feminism and visual culture. She currently teaches in the Photography Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts. Monko has had solo exhibitions in Folkwang Museum (Essen, DE, 2019) and in mumok (Museum of Modern Art; Vienna, AT, 2013). She has also shown her work at Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art (LV, 2018), Manifesta 9 (Genk, BE, 2012), ParaSite (HK), Lenbachhaus (Munich, DE), FOMU (Foto Museum; Antwerp, BE), Museum of Art in Łódź (PL), The Glucksman Gallery (Cork, IE), CCA Glasgow (UK) and Bétonsalon, Paris (FR). Her works are in various collections including the Estonian Art Museum (EE), the FRAC Lorrain (FR) and the mumok (Vienna, AT).
Margaret Salmon― Artist
Margaret Salmon (1975) lives and works in Glasgow, UK. She holds an MA in Fine Art in Photography from The Royal College of Art, London (UK). Focusing on individuals in their everyday activities, her films capture the minutiae of daily life and infuse them with gentle grandeur, touching upon universal human themes. Margaret Salmon won the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2006. Her work was shown at the Venice Biennale (IT) in 2007 and the Berlin Biennale (DE) in 2010 and was featured in individual exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts (Dundee, UK, 2018), Tramway (Glasgow, UK, 2018), ICA (London, UK) and Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis, US, 2011), Witte de With (Rotterdam, NL) and Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK, 2007). Her work was also shown at Salzburger Kunstverein (AT, 2016), Kunsthalle Wien (AT, 2013) and Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve (CH, 2011).
Hannah Toticki― Artist
Hannah Toticki (1984) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2016. Toticki’s sculpture and installation-based works often use the powerful visual codes of fashion and pop culture, preferably combining her thought-provoking yet humorous work with performance, lecture, text, video and music. Her current projects include The Land of Milk and Honey at KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin, DE, 2019) and Slower and Cheaper at Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art (Copenhagen, DK, 2018). Toticki has been awarded the European Start Point Prize, Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Talent Prize (2018), Niels Wessel Bagges Art Foundation Award (2019) and Astrid Noack’s Scholarship (2019), among other accolades.
Dries Verhoeven― Artist
Dries Verhoeven (1976 Oosterhout, the Netherlands) is a theatre maker and visual artist. Dries Verhoeven creates installations, performances and happenings in museums, on location and in the public spaces of cities. On the boundary between performance and installation art, he critically evaluates the relationships between the spectators, performers, everyday reality and art. The spectator is directly involved in the work or given the opportunity to steer his or her own experiences. The work by Dries Verhoeven was shown in international festivals, such as Wiener Festwochen, LIFT (London) and Festival Transamérique (Montreal). He has received various prizes including the Mont Blanc Young Directors Award at the Salzburger Festspiele. He has worked with HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berljn, Battersea Arts Centre London, and the Münchner Kammerspiele, among others. Many works were seen at SPRING, and the former Festival a/d Werf, Utrecht. The Municipality of Utrecht and the Dutch Performing Arts Fund provide continuous support for Verhoeven’s studio. Dries Verhoeven resides in Berlin and Amsterdam.
Katerina Gregos― Curator
Katerina Gregos is a curator, lecturer and educator. She is currently artistic director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens (EMST). Gregos has become internationally known for curating critical exhibitions that examine the relationship between art, society and politics with a particular view on questions of democracy, human rights, the economy, changing global production circuits as well as historiography. She has curated numerous large-scale international institutional and museum exhibitions and biennials including, among others, the 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2018); the 5th Thessaloniki Biennial (2015); the Göteborg International Biennial (2013) and Manifesta 9 (2012). She has also curated three critically acclaimed national pavilions at the Venice Biennale: Croatia (2019); Belgium (2015) and Denmark (2011). Gregos regularly publishes on art and artists in exhibition catalogues, journals and books, and is a visiting lecturer at HISK: the Higher Institute of Arts in Ghent. She lives between Athens and Brussels.