With Anja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy and Oxana Timofeeva
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
This panel takes its starting point from The Masked Monkeys (2015), a video essay by Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy, that is shown as part of the screening programme of the IMPAKT Festival 2022. The video documents Javanese street art performances, in which trained monkeys carry out theatrical rituals. Goaded on by the voice-over, these scenes gradually take on an allegorical character that seem to recall the movement from animal to human. The creature that appears in the video is caught in an ambiguous zone where technological mastery and technological imprisonment become difficult to tell apart. The panel invites the two artists to discuss their work with philosopher Oxana Timofeeva, in a conversation that takes us back to the most basic technological operations of all: the imitation, repetition and domestication involved in the acquisition of culture, language and conceptual thinking. If such operations provide the gateway to human society, human means of communication and human knowledge, they simultaneously herd us into a hierarchical system of thought from which no escape seems possible.
What else is on Saturday?
See the Day timetable to visit the other programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day). With the passes you can also visit the festival exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and Steenweg 26.
Anja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy― Speaker
Anja Dornieden (Germany) and Juan David González Monroy (Colombia) are filmmakers based in Berlin. They work together under the moniker OJOBOCA. Together they practice Orrorism, a simulated method of inner and outer transformation. They have presented their films and performances at a wide variety of venues and festivals worldwide, among them the Wexner Center for the Arts, Austrian Film Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Kunstverein München, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Berlinale, New York Film Festival, Visions du Réel, RIDM, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival. Both González Monroy and Dornieden are members of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin.
Oxana Timofeeva― Speaker
Oxana Timofeeva (Russia), Sc.D., is Professor at the Stasis Centre for Philosophy at the European University in St. Petersburg, leading researcher at Tyumen State University, member of the artistic collective Chto Dela (‘What is to be done’), deputy editor of the journal Stasis, and author of Solar Politics (Polity 2022), How to Love a Homeland (Kayfa ta, 2020), History of Animals (Bloomsbury 2018), This is not That (in Russian, Ivan Limbakh Publishing House, 2022), Introduction to the Erotic Philosophy of Georges Bataille (in Russian, New Literary Observer, 2009) and other writings.