Opening IMPAKT Festival 2021
With curators introduction and artist talks
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
The festival will be launched at Het Huis Utrecht. The two curators, Katerina Gregos and Arjon Dunnewind will present the programme, together with Jonas Lund, Laura Cemin and other artists and speakers from the programme. The official part will be followed by Marijke De Roover’s performance Live, Laugh, Limerence and a screening of Melanie Bonajo’s Night Soil – Economy of Love.
In our on-demand society, we increasingly deal with love, relationships and intimacy online. What is this doing to the way we meet, love each other – and break up? From Wednesday 3 November, the IMPAKT Festival 2021 will be dedicated entirely to Modern Love (or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies). Together with IMPAKT’s artistic director Arjon Dunnewind, guest curator Katerina Gregos, director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, has created a loving exhibition and a stimulating festival programme with artists, philosophers, writers and researchers such as AA Bronson, Eva Illouz, Srećko Horvat, Dries Verhoeven, Melanie Bonajo, Duran Lantink, Mounir Samuel, Roanne van Voorst and many others.
As part of the opening programme we present:
Marijke De Roover: Live, Laugh, Limerence
This opera-performance questions the culturally determined ways in which we choreograph and organise the performance of love through heteronormative structures; through the clichés of rom-coms, musical theatre, opera, karaoke and Disney.
Melanie Bonajo: Night Soil – Economy of Love
Night Soil – Economy of Love (the second film in Bonajo’s trilogy Night Soil) portrays a Brooklyn-based movement of female sex workers. The film recalls the radical politics of the 1960s to meditate on issues around sexual liberation and “free love” today.
Image: Melanie Bonajo: Night Soil – Economy of Love