The Animal Paradox
With Manuel Saiz, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy and Jesse McLean
On Thursday 3 November the screening is followed by a conversation with Simon Dybbroe Møller and Jesse McLean, moderated by Alorah Harman
Intelligence is commonly understood as the ability to acquire and apply knowledge. For centuries, Western humanist thought has propagated the idea that intelligence is an exclusively human phenomenon and that “man” is an autonomous agent, the measure of all things. Research into plant communication and artificial neural networks has challenged this certainty, while a new, post-humanist approach has allowed for an understanding of all entities on earth as being entangled with one another. As our biological predecessors, dangerous competitors and dear companions, animals take up a special position in the symbolic structure through which humans relate to the world, a structure which is deeply technological and at the same time saturated with emotion: We love them, we hate them, we farm and eat them. The films presented in The Animal Paradox discuss the way we look at animals and how animals look at us and at the things we fabricate, and explore our persistent desire to be in full control of everything natural.
What else is on these days?
See the Thursday and Friday timetables 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. For more information on the festival tickets please see here
Simon Dybbroe Møller― Artist
Simon Dybbroe Møller’s practice explores how it feels to be bodies tumbling or stumbling through this world; how we change media and how media changes us. Through video, prints and found object sculptures his work tests the relationship between essential sensate qualities and the evolution of image making. Dybbroe Møller has had solo exhibitions at Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Fondazione Giuliani in Rome, Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, 21er Haus in Vienna, Kunstverein Hannover, University of Michigan Museum of Art among others. His work was included in the 5th Moscow Biennial, the 2nd Turin Triennial, and the 9th Berlin Biennial and in group exhibitions at MOCA Detroit; KW Institute for Contemporary Art; Palais de Tokyo; Centre Pompidou; CCA Wattis, Hamburger Bahnhof, Ludwig Museum Köln, MMK Frankfurt am Main and the MOT Tokyo.
Anja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy― Artist
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.
Jesse McLean― Artist
Jesse McLean (United States) is a media artist and educator whose research is motivated by a deep curiosity about human behaviour and relationships, especially as presented and observed through mediated images. McLean's interest in both the power and the failure of the mediated experience to bring us together, gives rise to work that asks the viewer to walk the line between voyeur and participant. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Venice Film Festival, Italy; Transmediale, Berlin, Germany; 25 FPS Festival, Zagreb, Croatia; European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, Germany; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, US; Interstate Projects and PPOW Gallery, New York, US; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, US; Gallery 400, Chicago; IMPAKT, Utrecht, the Netherlands; CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark; Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany; and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, US. She was the recipient of the Ghostly Award at the 2011 Images Festival and the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist at the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.
Manuel Saiz― Artist
Manuel Saiz (Spain) started out as an artist in the 1980s, making paintings, sculptures, photographs, and installations. His work, which is shown regularly in public and commercial galleries worldwide, mainly comprises video art and media installation. His major 2013 work One True Art, an in-depth research project on the nature of art, was commissioned by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. Saiz has curated artists’ projects such as the Art Summer University (Tate Modern, London), Communicating Vessels (Hara Museum Tokyo), 25hrs and videoDictionary. He has also published several books on art theory, including 101 Art Key Ideas, Art and the Rest (Asimétricas 2017) and The Resistible Expansion of the Ironic Universe (Pretextos 2021, City of Valencia Essay Award 2020).
Alorah Harman― Moderator
Alorah Harman (US/NL) is a social designer, researcher, and curator based between Eindhoven, the Netherlands and the US. She runs The Emergent Lab design practice, which focuses on the uncanny resonances between scientific R+D, social worldbuilding, and emerging technology imaginaries, and has worked as a lecturer at both MIT and TU Eindhoven. With an initial background in systems ecology, she holds an MA in Social Design from Design Academy Eindhoven.