Online Dating with a Twist

Published on November 4th, 2021


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How to make online dating more intimate and accurate? Artists Melanie Bonajo and Jonas Lund talk about The SKINSHIP Dating Show and One on One +1, the two art projects they produced for the IMPAKT Festival.

Impakt Festival 2021
Panel Discussion
Melanie Bonajo, Skinship and Jonas Lund

5 November 2021 12:00 — 13:00
Location: Het Huis Main Stage

Artists talk moderated by Annet Dekker //

How to make online dating more intimate and accurate? Artists Melanie Bonajo and Jonas Lund talk about The SKINSHIP Dating Show and One on One +1, the two art projects they produced for the IMPAKT Festival.

The pandemic has shown the importance and possibilities of presenting work online. IMPAKT supports born-digital works and has made sure that the Modern Love programme will also conceptually ‘live’ on the Internet. We commissioned the artists Melanie Bonajo and Jonas Lund to respond to the theme of the festival (modern love) with works that can be presented online. These projects complement the physical exhibition and can be accessed via IMPAKT’s web portal.

Play, humour, sensuality and curiosity are central to Melanie Bonajo’s performance. She presents live online theatre in the form of a dating show on a video calling platform, providing a safe space that resists the sexist and hurried nature of most dating apps.

Jonas Lund has created an online site-specific performative intervention, exploring the consequences of matching algorithms and automated decision-making. What constitutes a serendipitous encounter? How far would you go to become the perfect match?

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In their work, Melanie Bonajo examine the paradoxes inherent to ideas of comfort with a strong sense for community, equality, and body-politics. Through their videos, performances, photographs and installations, they study 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 explore 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.

Jonas Lund creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflect on contemporary networked systems and power structures of control. His artistic practice involves creating systems and setting up parameters that oftentimes require engagement from the viewer. This results in performative artworks where tasks are executed according to algorithms or a set of rules. Through his works, Lund investigates the latest issues generated by the increasing digitalisation of contemporary society like authorship, participation and distribution of agency. At the same time, he questions the mechanisms of the art world; he challenges the production process, authoritative power and art market practices. Lund earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2013) and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2009). He has had solo exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery (2019), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2016), Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2016, 2015, 2014), Växjö Konsthall Sweden (2016), Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013), New Museum, New York (2012), and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including Centre Pompidou, Paris, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Vienna Biennale 2019, Witte De With, Rotterdam, Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. His work has been written about in Artforum, Frieze, Kunstforum, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Metropolis M, Artslant, Rhizome, Huffington Post, Furtherfield, Wired and more.


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