“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
How to resist the powers of capitalism? Can the disorganized freedom defeat the organized greed? In the symposium Deborah Hazler, Veronika Merklein and Lyndsey Karr leap into inefficiency, counter-productivity and unhappiness as possible forms of laissez-faire strategies.
The Practice: Opening Remarks – Deborah Hazler
Deborah Hazler introduces her invented movement practice for dancers, which can be regarded as resistance training. It is intended to counteract the ease and efficiency of movement as well as the resulting productivity of the body.
Explaining her thoughts around the restrictions of systems she shares more than necessary.
The Body of Work: Resisting Strategies – Veronika Merklein
With stoic presence and careless pride Veronika Merklein embodies in rigorous movements the apparent aimlessness. In her solitary and decapitating contribution she aborts meanings, creates debts and gaps, and indulges herself and the audiences in the zones of discomfort while disregarding any desire for a profitable encounter. She devalues size and weight with lightness of her own and successfully markets anxiety as the next thing to disconnect from your inner self.
Movement of Hope: Politics of Attention, Economic Intimacies – Lyndsey Karr
A series of theoretical and fantastical stories about a search for the movement of hope through affect, knowledge, and techno-gods. Comprised of fictions, reals, and facts, this is a collection of messy and sometimes partial stories told through process philosophy, 21st century media and technology, speculative realism, physics, and children's books.
Closing Round: No Answers with out Questions
A discussion round between the audience and participating artists. The artists face the potentially anxious audience in the unmoderated conversation, sharing the freedom to exchange at any time any words on the topics of the symposium. Do not wait for the others, say what you have on your mind or heart first!
Concept: Deborah Hazler
Set Design: Anke Philipp
Dramaturgy: Milan Loviška
Movement Support: Nanina Kotlowski
A co-production by WUK performing arts and Angry Agnes Productions
With support from the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, and NAVE Chile
Premiere: 24. November 2016, WUK Performing arts
Preview (Der Standard)