Can I get a Cuddle?
Location: Het Huis Theatre Hall
HET HUIS THEATRE HALL • €8/€7
Artist Melanie Bonajo has collected thousands of online animal pictures over a period of 10 years. In this presentation she will take you along on a survey of the wide array of amateur and scientific depictions of animals. Can the access to countless animal pictures on the internet modify our bias that only humans possess self-awareness, language, culture, land and customs?
Melanie Bonajo― Speaker
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.
Ilga Minjon― Moderator
Ilga Minjon is curator at Stroom Den Haag and cultural worker based in Amsterdam Southeast. Her interests unfold over visual arts, technology and the politics of representation. Recent and forthcoming projects investigate doubt, societal questions and future imaginaries through the Uncertainty Seminars. Invested in modes of alternative organisation and thinking, Ilga writes, DJs, presents art events and radio experiments. From 2011-2015 she was (co-)programmer for the Impakt Foundation. In 2017, she was participant in the The Southern Summer School, a self-organised project around questions of art, social justice and decolonisation. She boards Showroom MAMA in Rotterdam and teaches at the Design Academy Eindhoven.