7. Werkleitz Biennale Happy Believers
Festival Program
Picture Gallery
german version
Friday 08.09.2006

11 a.m.
exhibition guided tour

11 a.m. Excursion to Silberhöhe - Beesen
Church visits and talk
with Pfarrer Hans-Dieter Schubert

2 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Introduction by Solvej Helweg Ovesen & Melvin Moti

Da zdravstvuyet Meksika! / Que Viva Mexico!
Sergei Eisenstein & Grigori Alexandrov
MX 1930-32/USSR 1979, 84 min,
Russian with German voice over

4 p.m. Weinecksaal

Experiencing the Unexperienceable
lecture by Katrin Solhdju, Berlin

Media Practices:
The Séance as an Artistic Format and Technique

lecture by Verena Kuni, Frankfurt a.M.
Moderation: Anke Hoffmann

6 p.m.
exhibition guided tour

8 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Introduction by Solvej Helweg Ovesen & Melvin Moti

Adrian Paci
AL 2002, 14 min

La Ricotta
Pier Paolo Pasolini
IT 1962, 30 min, Italian with German subtitles

Sriwhana Spong
NZ 2005, 3:47 min, English

Les maîtres fous / The Mad Masters
Jean Rouch
FR 1955, 30 min, English

10 p.m. Happy Believers Club
Press Conference with Marcel Duchamp
A séance by and with Julia Kissina, Berlin
(in German)

followed by

Spiritual Soft Hop
DJ F.S. Blumm, Berlin

11 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Introduction by Jan Schuijren

Get on Board
PlayStation 2
1 min, English

Wir sind Dir treu
Michael Koch
CH 2005, 9 min, English

PlayStation 2
Life 0:59 min, English

Jeroen Eisinga
NL 1993, 3 min, English

Escape the Circus
PlayStation 2
1:01 min, English

Lara Rettondini & Oscar Brito
IT 2004, 3:18 min

Different Place, Different Rules
PlayStation 2
0:42 min

The Juggler
Sami Kallinen
FI 2003, 7:40 min, English

Calin Dan
RO/NL 2003, 3:30 min

My Browser
NL 2002, 3 min, Dutch with English subtitles

Everybody Loves a Winner
Doug Fishbone
US/GB 2004, 8:30 min, English

Visit Your Third Place
PlayStation 2
0:35 min

The Great Escape
Jeroen Offerman
NL 2000, 10 min

Death Can Dance 2

Death Can Dance 2 opens to different ritual sentiments and environments that are filmed and reflected on the edge between reality and fiction. The programme begins with the theatrical Vajtojca by Albanian artist Adrian Paci, who stages his own death in an entrancing situation of mourning, from which he ultimately walks away. Paci is here inspired by the Italian film maker Pasolini and his notion of the 'poetics of the real', in which the double-articulation of reality in the film setting is reflected in the film language.
Following this, Pasolini's La Ricotta is shown, where he Passion of Jesus, the crucifixion, is staged as a production (film in the film) and turned into a narrative image of the social conservatism of Catholicism in Italy in the late 1960s. At one point the director of 'The Passion of Jesus', Orson Welles playing Pasolini, is asked 'What do you think of death?' by a journalist and comments: 'As Marxist I do not consider this phenomenon.'
As a brief excursus on spiritual loss and longing in 2006, we show Muttnik by the New Zealand ? based artist Sriwhana Spong, whose father is from Bali. Spong takes us through the filmic exploration of her own remakes of Balinese Hindu altars that have undergone a spiritual defeat, are only present in the parents backyard as a transient and singular event, filmed as a childhood memory.
Finally with Les maîtres fous fous we land in Ghana, 1969, during the annual major ceremonies of the Hauka, the spirits of power, in Accra. The colonial theme appears again in a film of the French filmmaker Jean Rouch, in which we see entranced participants of the Hauka de-articulating the influence of the British by acting 'possessed' by different colonial figures. Les maîtres fous filmed by Rouch are a powerful image of collective retrieval of evil in a modern Ghana and perhaps a mystification.