Online Dating with a Twist
Melanie Bonajo, Skinship and Jonas Lund
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
Artists talk moderated by Annet Dekker //
How to make online dating more intimate and accurate? Artists Melanie Bonajo and Jonas Lund talk about The SKINSHIP Dating Show and One on One +1, the two art projects they produced for the IMPAKT Festival.
The pandemic has shown the importance and possibilities of presenting work online. IMPAKT supports digital-born works and has made sure that the Modern Love programme will also conceptually ‘live’ on the Internet. We commissioned the artists Melanie Bonajo and Jonas Lund to respond to the theme of the festival (modern love) with works that can be presented online. These projects complement the physical exhibition and can be accessed via IMPAKT’s web portal.
Play, humour, sensuality and curiosity are central to Melanie Bonajo’s performance. She presents live online theatre in the form of a dating show on a video calling platform, providing a safe space that resists the sexist and hurried nature of most dating apps.
Jonas Lund has created an online site-specific performative intervention, exploring the consequences of matching algorithms and automated decision-making. What constitutes a serendipitous encounter? How far would you go to become the perfect match?
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.
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.
Annet Dekker― Moderator
Annet Dekker is an independent curator and researcher. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Cultural Analysis & MA coordinator of Archival and Information Studies (Media Studies) at the University of Amsterdam, and Visiting Professor and co-director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at London South Bank University.