Nein, the curatorial collective led by artist/curator Laurens Mariën, organizes a monthly happening called Sc(è)enes, alternating in Kunsthal Gent and CAMPO. In its search for new exhibition forms, the collective brings together various disciplines and artists in special projects. For Sc(è)ene #3, Nein chose for Benjamin Egger.
Why can’t humans just be animals? In his performance Benjamin Egger lets a queer fetish-cat lecture the audience. The sassy and ambiguous character embodied by David Attenberger dares the listeners to abandon their faith in human exceptionalism. Inspired by theorists of animal ethics, animal studies and queer feminism the cat is taking the audience on a journey to conquer the status quo. While constantly returning to the example of the dog, the cat’s speech is dismantling the dogs as allies of humankind. At the same time it acknowledges them as beings that evolved through their cooperation with these most widespread and destructive mammals.
Is it still reasonable to talk about dogs as non-human animals? Should we not rather call them human animals? And then what?
IN ENGLISH / DURATION: 50 minutes
In the weekend of 12 & 13 March Nein will present two movies by Benjamin Egger in loop at the cinema of Kunsthal Gent.
Free for Subbacultcha members!