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DECLARATION. (the universal one)

5:15 - 6:15 PM Live on YouTube and Facebook + Q&A on Zoom

DECLARATION. (the universal one). A project on the current state of promises. intentions. words. values.
Picture by Bente Maria Hilkens

During Economia 2020 Dutch artist TINKEBELL. will present: DECLARATION. (the universal one). A project on the current state of promises. intentions. words. values. Starting with a keynote speech on September 1 in the year 2020.

TINKEBELL. provokes by exemplifying the blind spots of modern society. She confronts a public that revels in being indignant about everything that has nothing to do with them, but at the same time is very apologetic about their own actions. She questions why millions of male chicks are brutally killed every day, but she gets arrested for threatening to do the same in public. Why are people who openly discuss the lowering of the sexual age of consent treated as vile pedophiles, but are ‘barely 18’ websites intensely popular?

She became famous by turning her own cat into a handbag. With this project she showed people their own hypocrisy about the use of animals for consumption and leather production. If anything, her works form a extreme incentive for the discussion of our morals and the way society is developing. But although she is mostly known for her artworks that involve animal issues, the themes in her work are much broader.

In her own words: ‘I’m researching frictions in our norms: How we behave, how we live, how we connect with each other, our position towards animals, the environment, the future of our food, (social)media, refugee issues, politics, multiculturalism and more. Yes, at the end, I believe I can save the world, so that’s what I’m currently doing.”

On September 1st at 17:15 CET, you can watch the keynote speech on our Economia Festival YouTube channel and Baltan Laboratories Facebook Page, where the videos will remain accessible afterwards.

In addition to watching her speech, there is the opportunity to join the conversation in a live Q&A with TINKEBELL. If you want to join this Q&A, please register via and use this link. The zoom room will be open after the video lecture at 17:45.