7. Werkleitz Biennale Happy Believers
Festival Program
Picture Gallery
german version
Wednesday 06.09.2006

7 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Grußworte von Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, Kultusminister des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt;
Peter Zorn, Biennale Co-Director
und vom Kuratorium der Biennale.

Powers of Ten
Charles and Ray Eames
US 1977, 9 min, English

Adrian Paci
AL 2005, 14 min, English
Courtesy Peter Kilchmann Gallery, Zürich

Magical World
Johanna Billing
SE 2005, 6:12 min, loop
Courtesy of Johanna Billing and Hollybush Gardens, London

8:30 p.m.
Opening of the Exhibition

10 p.m. Happy Believers Club
eternal sunshine
audio visual performance
by d.m. hirsch and Familie Blender; Halle, Berlin, Wien

11 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Heaven On Earth
Rick Minnich
DE 2001, 52 min, English with German subtitles

eternal sunshine
Performance by Daniela M. Hirsch and Familie Blender

Daniela M. Hirsch and Familie Blender: eternal sunshine
Representations of happiness and promises of redemption have a strong visual presence in our everyday iconographic experience. In advertising and entertainment, there is the motif of final redemption, the goal of a blessed state that is to be achieved through trials and tribulations. Although the plots might be set in a secularized world, their orientation towards a paradisiacal condition of carefree joy takes on a quasi-religious connotation.
Is the principle "happy end" an extension of the search for the promised land? Do the promises of redemption in the world of advertising announce a possible arrival?
The frequency and vehemence of this kind of projection results in a media-produced pressure to be happy, conjuring constant visions of a state of eternal happiness and sunshine.

Eternal Sunshine is an audiovisual performance that picks up the archetypes of the experience of happiness. Key visions of happiness are marked and manipulated on a screen. By way of an input module, the audience can vote whether the blessed happy state should be increased or weakened - a certain number of votes triggers a change in mood.

The Veejay group Blender was founded in Halle in 2004. The open collective emerged from an engagement with the mutual impact of the various media as well as performance with a data stream projected in real time together with music.

Blender works in various constellations: for the biennial, the participants are Daniela M. Hirsch, René Kuschmann, Max Neupert (visuals), Johannes Waiditschka (sound), and DJ Pix Blume from Klangbühne Guricht.