Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy


Still from “Gente Perra,” 16mm, 25 min, colour & B/W, 2014.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014
LIFT (1137 Dupont, Toronto)
7: 30 PM

In conjunction with LIFT, who are supporting Berlin-based artists Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy’s completion of a new film shot in Indonesia, this salon will feature a selection of texts as chosen by the artists.

Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy in attendance.

A horrorist once said: “Horror arose when the monkey realized that although the cage was open, there was nowhere to escape to.”

As horrorists we accept our failure as human beings. We do not mourn our failure. We embrace it. We want to understand it. We want to own it. What was this human project we embarked on? The texts we selected have been helping us parse this idea of the human being; to put together the narrative of ourselves and comprehend its collapse. Our question: Is there an alternative to being human? Drawing from the Holiday 2013 edition of the SkyMall magazine (the one you get in airplanes), Nikolas Rose’s “Inventing Ourselves. Psychology, Power and Personhood ” and Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki’s “On Satori-the revelation of a new truth is Zen Buddhism,” we will ponder the answer.

Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy are filmmakers living and working in Berlin. Since 2010 they have been working together under the moniker OJOBOCA. Together they are the founders of Horrorism, a simulated method for inner and outer transformation. Their work encompasses films, performances, installations and workshops. They have presented their work internationally in a wide variety of venues to a wide variety of audiences. Since 2010 they are members of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin.