Location: Het Huis Main Stage
Performance reading //
Senhora is a story of awkward love, arranged marriage and advertising for a wife. Delivered as a performance reading, Natalie Dixon tells the story of the women who left Portugal in post-war Europe to seek love and a better life in “Africa.” After the performance Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut) will lead the Q&A.
Dixon’s own Portuguese family photo archive is the narrative starting point. Invoking the themes of modern love and cold intimacies, Senhora explores minority women’s experiences of work and romance in South Africa in the 1950s and 60s. Senhora forms part of a series of performance-readings (Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 / Het Nieuwe Instituut 2019) that was initiated by Het Nieuwe Instituut’s on-going research program on the theme of burn-out.
Image: Natalie Dixon’s grandmother. Photo courtesy of the Serra family archive
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Natalie Dixon― Artist
Dr. Natalie Dixon (she/her) is the cultural insights director at affect lab. Her work explores issues of belonging, otherness, race and gender through the lens of technology. Her research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and featured in international media. Recently, as a research fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut she presented ‘How to Read a Story About Burn-Out’ a research project and performance reading for audiences at the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018) and at Het Nieuwe Instituut (2019). Photo: Antal Guszlev
Klaas Kuitenbrouwer― Moderator
Klaas Kuitenbrouwer teaches, writes and gives lectures on different aspects of interactive media and various crossroads of culture and technology. He plays improvised music and develops sonic games in OORBEEK. Since 2009 he works at the Virtual Platform, and develops crossover programs to share useful knowledge and clever practices between people from different flavours of electronic culture. From 1999 till 2008 he has been developing, assembling and coaching workshops for Mediamatic – in which participants together with invited makers and thinkers develop concepts and applications of current (media) technologies. Kuitenbrouwer studied Contemporary History at the University of Utrecht, became an artist for a while, and as such he mainly made radio, interactive theatrical installations, and performed improvised music and texts.