Panel Discussion

Becoming (in)human

With Anja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy and Oxana Timofeeva

5 November 2022
12:00 — 13:00

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.


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