Video

Arbeit und Freizeit (2) – Fiesta y ensayo

Daniel Kötter and Alina Rojas

2009, 24:55 minutes, colour, German, Spanish, English Subtitles

TAPECODE 1018.11

Available for single channel screening or 2-channel installation.

How does work look like? And how does artistic practice look like?
What does its look tell us about its goal, its cultural and social context?
What specifies an activity as artistic opposed to non-artistic activity?

The camera motor scans the surface of rehearsals, of manual labor, service and immobile-spiritual activities, procedures of (re-) production in Mexico City and Berlin.

"So schafft man Schmuck“, ("This is how jewelery is made.“) the man says, smiting the anvil. With one genius stroke, the protagonist in Arnold Schönberg’s one-act opera "Die Glückliche Hand“ transforms an unformed piece of gold into a resplendent tiara while the other smiths look on with envy.

The music-, video art- and performance-trilogy "Arbeit und Freizeit“ is suffused with the fables and fiction of Schönberg’s oeuvre. It is a story of legitimation for both artistic and non-artistic production conditions. As public practices, artistic practices are an aspect of cultural practices, and yet artistic work is janus-faced: it is at once work like any other kind of work and a completely different kind of work. "Arbeit und Freizeit“: instead of an opposition, the "und“ connotes a blurred parity.

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