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

Qingjing Jing / Purity and Tranquility Scripture

Hung Chih Peng: Qingjing Jing / Purity and Tranquility Scripture
In the 20-minute video where the camera is stationary, a dog comes into frame and hungrily licks the blank white wall making reddish Chinese characters of a traditional Taoist text suddenly appear on the wall. The ancient texts refer to the dichotomous ordering of the world as everything has its defined set place: heaven is pure, the earth turbid, masculine is active, feminine at rest, etc. The texts also provide moral guidance on how to live a spiritual life uncontrolled by one’s carnal desires. Taoism tells its followers to accept the universal truths about life, to go with the flow and to get to one’s essential and original nature, something that dogs naturally and effortlessly do already. We really like and appreciate dogs for their dog-natures, for them just being themselves: dogs. So what better model is there than a dog, who is basically Taoist in temperament, to reveal the Doctrine of the Principle of Nature?
(Susan Kendzulak)

For Hung-Chih Peng the dog is linked with a multitude of meanings. He does not limit himself to depicting dogs, but rather presents the world from a dog's perspective. A complex reference system is built up around this private cosmos in the works, turning the dog into an ideal projection surface for analyzing social structures or economic circumstances. His equally refreshing and irreverent appropriation of different cultural traditions and aesthetic codes imbues his conceptually focused work with a playful note, making it accessible to a wide audience.
Courtesy of Gallery Virgil de Voldère, New York NY