Night of the Non-Humans
Location: Het Huis Theatre Hall
Keynote: Kathy High
In her research into the animal world in projects like Embracing Animal and Rat Laughter, High has continuously investigated animal consciousness, emotion and empathy. The recent project Gut Love: You Are My Future offers a glimpse into the complex interrelation between the gut microbiota and its host, and the culture of fecal implantation. The cycle of life, genetics and therapeutic practices all coalesce in the lab as artist studio.
Kathy High is CfH Festival Fellow. This is a part, organized in collaboration with the Center for the Humanities (CfH) Utrecht University.
Performance: Astroecology by Johannes Heldén
In the narrative flow of the piece a personal experiences like the death of a parent, meet scientific theories about existence and our future: the physics of interstellar travel, AI and terraforming, all with a gentle focus on what we’re doing to this planet – species hunted to extinction, climate change, deforestation and more.
Panel: Delete, Reset and Reboot
The day’s performers and presenters (High, Heldén, Davidova and Moll) come together in a discussion panel, presenting critical views on Extinction, Revival, Resurrection, and Immortality as broached by artists, writers, and theorists working with artificial intelligence, virtual reality, science fiction, and (post)biology.
Kathy High― Speaker
Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist working with technology, art and biology. She collaborates with scientists and artists, and considers living systems, empathy, animal sentience, and the social, political and ethical dilemmas of biotechnology and surrounding industries. She has received awards including Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for Arts. Her art works have been shown at Museum of Modern Art, (NYC), Science Gallery, (Dublin), NGBK, (Berlin), MASS MoCA (North Adams). She has had residencies with SymbioticA (2009-10), Finnish Society of Bioart (2013), Coalesce UBuffalo (2016-17), Djerassi Scientific Delirium Madness (2019), DePaolo Lab, UW, Seattle (ongoing). High is Professor in Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
Paulien Dresscher― Moderator
Paulien Dresscher is an independent curator and researcher in the field of art, culture and digital media on the crossroads of theory and practice. Currently she is part of the Steering Committee of PublicSpaces, curator for the interactive program of the Nederlands Film Festival, the art program of Into The Great Wide Open and Planet B/Waag. She is teaching Media Philosophy and Screen Cultures at Utrecht University and is a researcher affiliated with the Creative Economy theme of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Furthermore she is part of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Literature Fund.
Johannes Heldén― Artist
Johannes Heldén is a visual artist, writer and musician. His interdisciplinary works deals with poetry, ecology, artificial intelligence, sentience and narrative structures. Recent projects include Astroecology, which was published simultaneously in three languages, made into an interdisciplinary performance at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and a digital artwork published by Bonniers Konsthall. He has published seventeen books, four music albums, and seven digital online works of poetry and visual art.
Joana Moll― Speaker
Joana Moll is a Barcelona / Berlin based artist and researcher. Her work critically explores the way post-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetization of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main research topics include Internet materiality, surveillance, social profiling and interfaces. She has lectured, performed and exhibited her work in different museums, art centers, universities, festivals and publications around the world. Furthermore she is the co-founder of the Critical Interface Politics Research Group at HANGAR [Barcelona] and co-founder of The Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Universität Potsdam and Escola Superior d'Art de Vic [Barcelona].
Eva Davidova― Speaker
Eva Davidova is a Spanish/Bulgarian multidisciplinary artist based in New York. The issues of her work—behavior, cruelty, ecological disaster and manipulation of information emerge as paradoxes rather than assumptions, in an almost fairy-tale fashion. Her practice involves drawing, performance, interactive installations and participatory VR, computer generated 3D sculpture and photo-based animation. Davidova’s work has been shown at the Bronx Museum, the Everson Museum, Albright Knox Museum, MACBA, CAAC Sevilla; Instituto Cervantes, and Circulo de Bellas Artes among others. She is recipient of the BANCAJA International Award for Digital Art; the M-tel Award for Contemporary Bulgarian Art, and a Residency Unlimited NEA fellowship for US based artists.