So, does this hippy crap really work?
One Question, Three Rooms, 44 Possible Answers
February 28 – March 30, 2013
Opening Reception and Performance: Thursday, Feb. 28, 6-8pm
Does the sun only set for humans? Is information a third kind of stuff? Is there wisdom on the end of nature? The perfect woman, what does she want? Why was Marx not a Marxist? Does the sleep of emotions produce monsters? Did I only survive by mistake? Are borders of species a hard bound volume of the library of nature? Can we count the problems of the soul? Where is the problem? How many humans can fit into utopia? How many problems can fit in to utopia? Do we leave the Animal Kingdom out in the darkness? Am I made of sunshine? Do we need to take sides? Do we let patterns of conceptual convenience leave unsuitable marks on our perception? Will Families remain to exist? What if the 72 virgins are not like they expected? Is reason linked to sex? Are women human too? Can we discover something that always existed? Who discovered color? Can science understand the behavior of stones? Is the sky touchable? Do we need sensitive enquiry into our inner life to do business? Can we simply toss up and choose at random? Do we have to be so confident? Can you point out the border between heaven and hell? Are habitats of the heart motivated by megalomania? When God appears do you welcome her? When the Devil appears do you welcome her? Is duality a virus of the mind? Who built the first fence? Are animals machines? Do machines have a right to citizenship? Do we need more vagina buildings? Why is gender relevant? Where does change start? Does your cat need to get rid of its ego? Is utopia just for humans? If one being matters do all beings matter? Is a god-free metaphysics the alarm that greeted our end? Did you only survive by mistake? Is faith an efficient parasite? Where does your gaze rest? What has become of the body? What purpose does it have to invent a new one? Do I need to apologize for the early summer? Who controls the boundaries? Can we revolt by relaxing? Do animals have to mock man's dream? Am I a character of a masculine dream? Is Nature a source of insight and promise of innocence? May I answer you in songs? Can visions help to avoid binary oppositions? Will machines remember the mud in heaven? Are movements for Animal rights irrational denials of our own uniqueness? What may count as a women's experience? Are processes that create doubt healthy? Did I ever cause terror or pain? Can a good work of art never be recognized in one way? What do you know, nobody knows? What questions shall we keep asking? Is mutual dependence no longer essential for life? Why can't we be each other? To understand or to be understood? Can happiness be proven?
Melanie Bonajo lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. Her work has been exhibited and performed in international art institutions, such as De Appel Arts Cente, Amsterdam; Institute Neérlandais, Paris; Modern Art Museum, Ljubljana; Kohun National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; SMBA, Amsterdam; Program, Berlin; Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem and Foam, Amsterdam. Bonajo had created seven photographic monographs; I have a Room with Everything 2009, Furniture Bondage 2009, Modern Life of the Soul 2008, Volkerschau and Bush Compulsion 2009, 1 question 9 possible answers 3 rooms 2012, Spheres 2012. In 2012, Bonajo initiated the collective GENITAL INTERNATIONAL which focuses on subjects around participation, equality, environment and politics beyond polarity. In april her music project ZaZaZoZo will release their first album Inua on tsunami-addiction.