CLICK Festival 2019 – DEATH WORLDS
Embrace new territories. Explore new maps.
The ninth edition of CLICK Festival sets out to explore the notion of necropolitics; the politics of death. A term coined by the celebrated philosopher and post-colonial theorist Achille Mbembe. In short, necropolitics is the use of social and political power to dictate who may live and who must die.
It accounts for the various ways in which cultures use different types of force and influence to ensure the normalization of the ideas they subscribe to. In relation to this, death can take on the form of control over biological existence, or of social death. Control over biological existence is exercised through dominant and violent strategies like colonization, war, terror, genocide, and slavery. Social death and exclusion are exercised via border-control, economic sanctions or prejudice attitudes towards race, religion, and sexuality. These forms of systematic established power structures constitute the idea of everyday death-worlds in which vast populations are othered and transformed in to “the living dead”.
This year’s artwork features the work of artist Mohau Modisakeng, one of the many artists featuring this year’s programme. The work of Mohau Modisakeng is related to the theme death worlds by poetic portraying the violence by actively exploring its influence on South Africa’s history and how we navigate within cultural, political and social roles as human beings. His work forces us to recognize history as our past. Where from a political perspective, necropolitics, is governing through death, the threat of death and the obstruction and hindrance of the development of life.
CLICK Festival will explore death worlds under different aspects from May 18th to 19th 2019.
Leikeli47 (US) · Prison Religion (US) · Nkisi (CG) · The Empire Line (DK/SE) · Phew (JP) · House of Kenzo (US) · DJ Lag (ZA) · Beatriz Ferreyra (AR) · Drew McDowall (UK) · Resina (PL) · Tobias Kirstein (DK) · Klaus Boss (DK) · Grifla da la Secta (DK) · In dedication to Julius Eastman: Jace Clayton (US) + Sofia Jernberg (SE) + Apartment House (UK) presented in collaboration with The Lake Radio, Alice, Mayhem + Snyk.
PERFORMANCES & INSTALLATIONS
Teresa Margolles (MX) En el Aire · Coco Fusco (US/CU) Words May not Be Found · Mohau Modisakeng (ZA) Untitled · Jeannette Ehlers (DK) The Gaze · House of Kenzo (US) Permutations II · Naja Lee Jensen (DK) A Longing for Skin · Cæcilie Falkenstrøm (DK) AI Mary · Signe Klejs (DK) Suspension · Betina Habjanic (SI) Love act · HC2 (DK) Please Confirm That I’m Not Human
Julie Østergaard & Christoffer Vincent Thon (DK) interfacingthoughts · Copenhagen/Taiwan (DK/TW) Chronicals of Light Year · SIIKU (DK/GL) Passing · Circuit Circle (DK) Semeion · Sydhavns Teater (DK) & Bombina Bombast (SE) #ThelmaToo · Recoil Performance Group (DK) Extended falls to humanity · Mana:Group (DK) & Joel Illerhag (SE) No Tale No Head.
Achille Mbembe (CM) Borders as Bodies presented in collaboration with Marronage · Rosi Braidotti (AUS) Necropolitical Governance and Affirmative Ethics presented in collaboration with Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology · Paul B. Preciado (ES) Baroq Technopatriarchy presented in collaboration with Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology · Shu Lea Cheang (TW) Fluidø · Maja Smrekar (SI) What can Artificial Intelligence Learn from Dogs · Jacob Nossell & Asger Juhl (DK) Livspolitik vs. Dødspolitik.
Shu Lea Cheang (TW) Fluidø & Fisting Club Part 1
House of Kenzo (US) Open Earth presented in collaboration with MIX Copenhagen
CLICK is an annual festival embracing and exploring the field between contemporary art, science, and technology. The primary purpose of the festival is to create an open and inclusive platform in which curiosity is immersed in a unique and groundbreaking culture and art form through workshops, exhibitions, lectures, performances, and concerts. Find more information on clickfestival.dk