performative lecture

How can gaming the end of Dutch mink farming help us shape the spaces that are left behind? On August 28th 2020, the Dutch government expedited a ban on mink fur farming from 2024 to March 2021. The ban was accelerated not because of changes in consumer desires or changes in societal ethics, but as a direct consequence of the coronavirus detected in mink. The rapid pace of infections among mink and the transmission to humans lead Minister Schouten to order an immediate culling of 2.4 million minks from 120 mink fur farms. The cabinet reserved 150 millions euros to help mink fur farmers, a compensation based on how many mother minks each farm owned. It remains uncertain what will happen to the abandoned former mink farms.

During US: Shaping Time, Oddkin will speculate on different scenarios for spaces of abandoned former mink farms in the form of a scripted game. Post-Mink: Farm or Non-Farm will highlight how these empty former mink farms can become intensive spaces for a radically egalitarian, caring society, or remain exploited by commercial, profit oriented interests. Through the interactive live role play of a speculative mink farmer, with the help of the online audience, Oddkin will confront us with the ethical dilemma of how a series of individual decisions could invoke a collective planetary change.

How to manifest the importance of the flesh (matter) in times of radical change? The transformation of the planetary condition is certain as the ecological, political, social and psychological crises suggests. The current belief in human progress and exceptionalism has to be questioned. We ought to exceed our anthropocentric view and remind ourselves that concepts, ideas are made out of flesh and bones.

In The confession of the flesh we confront the mind with the matter to point out the extreme disconnection between them, opening up the space of verticality. I attempt to invoke what we have forgotten and remind ourselves what we have been altering is ourselves. I urge the visitors to rethink their position towards what we have taken for granted is eventually in a constant, radical change.
installation, workshop
2015 - 201

Today’s Success is Tomorrow’s Disaster is a board game that aims to demystify the complexity of intensive animal agriculture by revealing moral and man-made environmental disasters (climate change, extinction, epidemics..etc). Two capitalist players (agriculture minister & farm owner) strive to improve and maintain the economic growth of the livestock sector, and two activists (animal and environmental activist) investigate to sabotage the farm industry by revealing incriminating evidence of the endless exploitation. The game allows to deconstruct processes, understand positions, dynamics, hidden relationships. It is a fact-based but speculative, role-playing board game. The board game is not meant to give you solutions, it is a map to understand the dynamics of the hopeless explotation of both non-human
and human bodies.  

The human race had the biggest task to conquer nature in order to survive and make its own suitable and safe environment to live in. The crucial idea of Humanism was to support the growth and expansion of our civilisation until this expansion started to restrain other living species in creating their own safe environments. According to Darwinism, the animals are our relatives. Human being holds an equally important role on this planet as any other living creature. We are facing a threat of complete extinction of wild animals – such as elephants, rhinoceros, pangolins, tigers, whales..etc – leaving us only with animals in captivity. 
© Márton Kabai & Natela Lemondzhava