is a visual artist. An important part of her work consists of drawings and watercolours, predominantly figures and portraits. Through her work Marlene Dumas is able to deliver a sentient commentary on role patterns and social relations that have become habitual. With the "Black Drawings" (1991-92), which consist of 111 individual portraits, Dumas enters into a discourse about stereotyped racial classification and skin colour, that leaves no room for the appreciation of the individual. The series "Defining in the Negative" (1988) and "Strong Works" (1990) are a comment on traditional roles given to women, such as a model, muse or lover. Also the role of mother and sexuality are subjects for many of her drawings. The work of Marlene Dumas is often characterized by a combination of directness and intimacy. Her most recent work consist of a series of portraits of blindfolded Palestinian men and is a reaction to the situation in the Middle East.
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The evening closes with a discussion between all the participants of the search. Perhaps from this they can come to some conclusions as to how independent thinking can be protected. And last but not least Samuel Beckett's vision on human thinking: actor Paul Röttger plays Lucky's monologue from Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot. Michaël Zeeman chairs the discussion. Dutch spoken.
In the second part of the search visual artist Marlene Dumas, biologist Tijs Goldschmidt and composer Theo Loevendie discuss the (im)possibility of autonomous creation. Maybe we should take our lead from such eminant autonomous creators as the painting ape Congo and the carefree composing birds around us? Michaël Zeeman chairs the discussion. Dutch spoken.