A Project by Blind Date Collaboration
David Palme, Frida Robles, Gerardo Montes de Oca Valadez, Konstantin Wolf, Marie-Christin Rissinger
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Verena Schröder (Produktionsassistenz und künstlerische Mitarbeit)// Juliane Buchroithner (Kostümkonzept) // Selia Fischer (Kamera) // Kochprobe - Felicitas Arnold, Miriam Hildebrandt, Sophia Keszen // Kulturfabrik Löseke
Martina Prante (Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung) // Tobias Malcharzik (Projektkoordination - transeuropa)
transeuropa eV // ARTist - Verein der AbsolventInnen (Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Wien)
Capital neoliberalism has emerged parallel to very complex, sometimes too evident and some other times very subtle forms of exploitation. It constantly develops new forms of commodification of life, creating necessities and reaching any possible human activity to be co-opted in order to profit. As part of these processes, today‘s market policies are dictating and administrating not only labour and the working life, but people‘s everyday life and the so called free time. In such context, free time is commodified and becomes a product to be consumed in the terms of the market. People are told to be free to choose and use their free time—when social and political, or exploitative, conditions allow it—but what often happens is that enterprises and market—also in accordance to policies—dictate the place, form, means, pace, time and logics of the consumption of it. It is in rare cases that the free time is genuinely self defined and self organised.
This project critically and satirically addresses to these issues as well as to the historical course of labour and its future possible trajectory in contemporary capitalist societies. It does not approach work directly but through what it is not, by means of one of its oppositional activities: the hobby. The notion of hobby refers to an activity that is realised for pleasure and does not lead to any sort of capitalist productivity or outcome.
Hence, we created a fictional company called Hobby Horse Ltd. which takes these logics to extreme over-identification in order to make visible the schizophrenic, directive and exploitative logics of labour. Persuasive and manipulative strategies of the market, commodification and administration of people‘s free time and life, forms of exploitation, bodily substitution and expertise as control are addressed.
03.05 – 01.06.2015 | Hildesheim
Artist in Residancy; Blind Date Collaboration at transeuropa Performance Festival with the project Hobby Horse Ldt.
15. Mai 2015 | Hindenburgplatz
Opening Party Hobby Horse Ltd.
20. Mai 2015 | Hobby Horse Ltd. - Office at Hindenburgplatz
Business Launch Hobby Horse Ltd.
Öffnungszeiten | Hobby Horse Ltd. - Office at Hindenburgplatz
Mi – Fr 15:00-20:00
Sa – So 13:00-17:00
oder nach persönlicher Vereinbarung: firstname.lastname@example.org
28. Mai 2015 12:00-16:00 | Hobby Horse Ltd. - Office at Hindenburgplatz
gratis Hobby Tailoring
29. Mai 2015 22:00-04:00 | Hobby Horse Ltd. - Office and Hobbytorium at Hindenburgplatz
30. Mai 2015 | transeuropa Festival Center
"Talking Time" Blind Date Collaboration at the Congress „(Wie) wollen wir in Zukunft Arbeiten“
01. Juni 2015 12.00-16:00 | Hindenburgplatz
Dismantling the illusion in public space in collaboration with Kochprobe
by Ella Fiebig, Selia Fischer, Paula Rathjen, Rike Rolle & Janina Stecker
Blind Date Collaboration is an open group addressing social issues through an artistic and interdisciplinary approach. The aim of the Blind Date Collaboration is to create experiences and to find creative strategies on specific and context-based problematics.
Our name comes out of the basic idea that there are always strengths, skills and ideas that can profit from creative/unexpected collaboration. We started this collaboration as a group of five young adults with different cultural and professional backgrounds (activism, art, art & science, artistic research, community work, graphic design, history, informatic sciences, music, performance, psychology, psychotherapy, socially engaged-art, theater). We believe that an open dialogue from different perspectives is possible and fruitful.
The structure of our collective work is based on the reflection around one topic and one context for each project. Each project is open to a different and unexpected result, they can be as diverse as a theatrical performance, a movie, an installation, a book, an urban intervention, a scientific experiment, a musical composition, etc. We start in an open way.
Another important aspect of the Blind Date Collaboration is our willingness and necessity of including other people within each project. Especially when we say that we are focussing on a topic from a contextual perspective, as a socially-engaged art practice, we are involving people from the particular context to collaborate with us. To bring their experiences, knowledge, reflections and creative input to develop a project together.
We believe in the effort of openness and togetherness. On the productive and organic intellectual, artistic and craftsman work to open perspectives on important and contemporary social issues.