The Colour Out of Space
Three films form the starting point of a rotating exhibition in “The Colour Out of Space.” The films are made by Melanie Bonajo (the Netherlands), Pauline Boudry (Switzerland), and Renate Lorenz (Germany). For the exhibition, curators Maaike Gouwenberg and Joris Lindhout focus on motifs like rituals and technology, gender politics, and Southern mythology. They found that these themes were all of importance in the international art scene, but also in New Orleans, where Deltaworkers is based. The artists and theorists involved in “The Colour Out of Space” all work within the range of things unknown in the visible spectrum. The exhibition takes its name from the short story with the same name, written by H.P. Lovecraft in 1927. His aim with writing this story was to create something entirely outside of the human experience.
About Dutch participant Melanie Bonajo
Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo is known for examining the paradoxes inherent in ideas of comfort. She uses different media, such as film, performance, photography, and installations to examine how progress can remove from the individual a sense of belonging. She also looks at how technological advances and commodity-based pleasures can increase feelings of alienation within an individual. Captivated by concepts of the divine, she explores the spiritual emptiness of her generation, examines peoples’ shifting relationship with nature, and tries to understand existential questions by looking at our domestic situation, ideas around classification, concepts of home, gender, and attitudes towards value.
Melanie’s film “Night Soil / Fake Paradise” will be screened during “The Colour Out of Space” on October 23, 8:00 PM.
Deltaworkers is a nomadic artistic productions and residence program that investigates the southern states of the US as one of the last mythical places of the West. The program hosts and presents European artists from different disciplines in New Orleans each fall.