7. Werkleitz Biennale Happy Believers
Festival Program
Picture Gallery
german version
Sunday 10.09.2006

11 a.m.
exhibition guided tour

12 a.m. Konzertmuschel
Midday Mass
by Pastor Leumund, Berlin

1 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Introduction by Anke Hoffmann

Der Optionist
Sylvie Boisseau & Frank Westermeyer
DE 2004, 4:30 min, English

Cao Fei
CN 2004, 8 min

We Have Decided Not To Die
Daniel Askill
AU 2003, 11:30 min

L'Eau du Guide
Léopold Rabus
FR 2005, 17 min, French with English subtitles

The Flying Project
Joel Tauber
2003, 33 min, English

Niklas Goldbach
DE 2003, 10:30 min

3 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
The Gods of Times Square
Richard Sandler
USA 2001, 114 min, video, English

3 p.m.
exhibition guided tour

6 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Change of Programme!
Unfortunately the film "Technocalyps", which was planned to be screened, can not be shown.
Instead, we will repeat the following films:
6 p.m. Jeppe Ronde Jerusalem My Love
8 p.m. Rick Minnich Heaven on Earth

10 p.m. Happy Believers Club
Rock My Religion
DJ Aguirre, Werkleitz

Searching for the Impossible:
The Flying Project

Joel Tauber: Searching for the Impossible
Searching for the Impossible is the title of a series of works by the American conceptual artist Joel Tauber. His self-experiments - some life threatening, such as his attempts to fly without technical aids in The Flying Project ? deal with the transgression of physical limits, whereby Tauber engages in a search for the sublime. There's certainly a comic element to all this, but the experiments remain nonetheless seriously bound to the notion that the truly impossible reveals truths about the nature of being. For Tauber, beside overcoming fear and pain, idealism and naivit? are the basis for the experience of enlightenment. In The Flying Project, Tauber follows in the path of historical idealists like Elmer the monk, who thought he was able to fly by way of his spiritual purity alone. Tauber would like to link flying with a mystical experience, and in so doing develops an almost absurd obsession about being able to fly solely using spiritual means. Even if he is not entirely successful in this, Tauber is convincing in his journey in search of poetry and wholeness.

Joel Tauber explores intensivly topics about religion, belief and spirituality in his performative and conceptual video works.

Courtesy of Adamski Gallery for Contemporary Art, Aachen.