7. Werkleitz Biennale Happy Believers
Festival Program
Picture Gallery
german version
Saturday 09.09.2006

11 a.m.
exhibition guided tour

12 a.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Jerusalem My Love
Jeppe Rønde
DK 2003, 73 min, Danish with English subtitles

2 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Introduction by Angelika Richter

Malinovy zvon / The Sound of Malines
Alina Rudnitskaya
RU/DE 2006, 30 min, Russian with English subtitles

Sanctus, Sanctus
Thomas Werner
GDR 1988, 12 min, German

The Actors of Subliminal History
Christian Pogacean
RO 2004, 2:50 min

Sovetskaja elegija / Soviet Elegy
Alexander Sokurov
USSR 1989, 37 min, Russian with German subtitles

4 p.m. Weinecksaal
Belief in Transition
lecture by Boris Buden, Berlin
Moderation: Solvej Helweg Ovensen

6 p.m.
exhibition guided tour

8 p.m. Weinecksaal
Populist Paradise
Performance by Bernadette La Hengst, Till Müller-Klug, Cal McBride, Featuring: Knarf Rellöm, Pastor Leumund, local special guests

10:30 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Introduction by Jan Schuijren

Low Attention Span / High Curiosity Rate (Portrait of Peter Elliot)
Tiago Carneiro da Cunha
BR/GB 2000, 7 min

The Idiot
Jeroen Eisinga
NL 1999, 7 min, Dutch with English subtitles

Caitlin Hulscher
NL 1994, 2:09 min, English

Die Menschen sind töricht, sie können nicht fliegen / People Are Foolish, They Don't Know How to Fly
Jeroen Eisinga
NL 1998, 5 min, German

Qingjing Jing / Purity and Tranquility Scripture
Hung Chih Peng
TW 2004, 19:38 min

Zoals het werd geopenbaard aan Jeroen Eisinga / As It Was Revealed Unto Jeroen Eisinga
Jeroen Eisinga
NL 1998, 8 min

Curious About Existence
Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby
CA 2003, 11 min, English

The Wandering Mind
Caitlin Hulscher
NL 1994, 1:54 min

Towards a Common Understanding
Doug Fishbone
US/GB 2005, 12:30 min, English

One Black / One White
Hung Chih Peng
TW 2001, 2:44 min

Naïve Melody
Kerry Tribe
US 2002, 4 min, English

Ralph Jürgen Colmar
GB 2005, 1:30 min, English

10 p.m. Happy Believers Club
Sakropop „When using a beat band, the volume should be considerate to the congregation!"
commented Djing by Frank Apunkt Schneider, Bamberg (monochrom)

followed by / followed by
DJ Bigbork, Halle & DJ Beatnik, Weimar

Curious About Existence

Brothers and sisters, those I shall address are gathered here, so that you will belong to the circle of the initiated, that has grown naturally, by listening until the end of my lamentation. Those who’ve attained the intuitive tolerance, the ultimate incomprehensibility, of all things. Oh Mama Rahm Shikah, I have built you a temple. I built it in the sewers; the design was simple. I modelled your chambers on my organs and tissues. Cause my body is your residence as I am your issue. It’s fascinating to me that the people who’d believe that this place is a place of torment, putatively also believe that this place could be a place of sublimity, and of joy. In the other story this place is a place of fire. In one variant of the story there’s a gate, and a wall. In this variant of the story the wall is low enough that one can climb over it, and some do. What’s inside the wall is larger than what is outside. Die Zeit im Schlaf – Träume – allgemein – dass es für jeden Menschen einen Tod gibt – Die physikalische Kraft – die das menschliche Fliegen – unmöglich macht. In the night we will play in the skies like bats. In the day we will bathe in the sewer like rats. And I will know joy, and I will feel free, because you’ve taught me disorder and entropy. I encourage you to consider this storm and ship as one and the same entity. Through quiet consideration of this matter, you may find that the sea will grow less angry, that it may even calm, with time, to the cool, bright stillness, that you seek. Use emptiness to observe emptiness, and see there is no emptiness. When even emptiness is no more, there is no more non-being either. Without even the existence of non-being, there is only serenity, profound and everlasting. Indeed gentlemen, life, when it is understood and utilised for what it is, tastes sweet.

The quotes above, distinguished by variations of grey, are all taken from the works shown in Curious About Existence and can be taken as essential points of departure. Supplemented further by works that respond to our deepest visual desires – ranging from a choreographed primate-dance to culinary eccentricities to visionary reflective performances – Curious About Existence offers and evokes (space for) profound reflection. Play along and compare your thoughts to the truths on offer.

All works © with the artists and, except where indicated differently, by courtesy of the artists.