(e)at_work
(e)at_work
* * * Projekte im Rahmen des Projekts 100.000 EURO JOB - gefördert mit Mitteln der Kulturstiftung des Bundes im Programm "Arbeit in Zukunft"

Excerpt of the solo-performance Eat Your Enemy #3 I am the Coca-Cola of art by Janine Eisenächer, created for and performed in the Edgy Women Festival 2011 at La Centrale in Montréal, Québec within the frame of the performance program "Imagined Spaces, Lost Objects" (curated by Victoria Stanton). Working on the Brazilian cultural concept Antropofagia, Eisenächer here investigates the economic structures within the field of artistic work by discussing Marina Abramovic’s position in performance art history and her relation to feminism. The artist combines quotes by Abramovic ("I am the Coca-Cola of art"), taken from several recently published interviews in art magazines, and sound pieces of the trailer for the film "Marina" with re-enactments of earlier performance works by Abramovic (Freeing The Body, performed by Laura Margita; Freeing The Voice, performed by Julianna Barabas, Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful performed by Edgar Néris). By incorporating and layering text, language, sound and performance works, Eisenächer tries to make visible the contradictions at play within the field of art and to critically reflect upon performance art history and its tradition(s).




Performance by Berlin Performance Art Duo Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS (Janine Eisenächer & Joy Harder) in the frame of Performer Stammtisch at Flutgraben e.V. project space, on May 10th 2010. Waiting For...#2 followed #1 directly (one day later) and continued where the first performance ended, using the same material and tools but in a totally different space. It is the second part of their new performance series Waiting For..., in which both artists focus on the state and the process of "waiting" as a structural element in their performances, as a general attitude and as a starting point for creating a non-totalitarian idea of utopia. By waiting for each other, for anything (cargo), for how to begin, they investigate their relationship as performers and the endless potential of their material in the performance situation.




Performance by Berlin Performance Art Duo Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS (Janine Eisenächer & Joy Harder) in the frame of the Swiss-German Performance Art event Unforeseen III (curated by Barbara Sturm/CH) at Kulturpalast Wedding in Berlin, on May 9th 2010. Waiting For...#1 is the first part of their new performance series Waiting For..., in which both artists focus on the state and the process of 'waiting' as a structural element in their performances, as a general attitude and as a starting point for creating a non-totalitarian idea of utopia. By waiting for each other, for anything (cargo), for how to begin, they investigate their relationship as performers and the endless potential of their material in the performance situation.




Performance-Hearplay by Berlin Performance Art Duo Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS (Janine Eisenächer, Joy Harder) at Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Berlin, June 2009. Waiting For Cargo #9 Der Künstler als Eingeborener. Wir nennen es nicht Arbeit is based on a long-term research of the Cargo Movement in the southwest pacific and contains the witness account of a member of this movement. It deals with consumer societies financial crisis and strategies for the creation of alternative values. The piece contains video material which was created together with the audience in the afternoon and then used during the performance in the evening. It forms the 9th part of the Waiting For Cargo series, a pool of research results, scientific lectures, video and sound works and performances. It has been continuously developed by Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS since 2006.




In course of MIT-DEMO 08, a festival organised by INSTITUTET, Teatr Weimar and the Dramatic Writing Research Centre in Malmö/Sweden in November 2008 for investigating the issue of "real action" in contemporary scenic practice by combining art and theory, Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS tempted workshop participants to challenge the supposed to be-reality of Malmö. At Triangeln, a shopping site in the centre of Malmö, they asked passers-bye what they think you are not allowed to do in this space. The answers they got served as the basis for a try-out of possible interventions in this area. Reality Crime Scene was an attempt to re-transform pseudo-public spaces into spaces for social interaction, statements and fantasies.




Excerpt of the solo-performance Eat Your Enemy #2 I am white by Janine Eisenächer. This work was created for the exchange project Amongst Neighbours between artists from Berlin and Istanbul in 2009. Working on the Brazilian cultural concept Antropofagia, (post-)colonialism, imaginary voyages, the discourse of the Other and matters of identity in relation to work and gender-specific questions, Eisenächer here investigates her own identity as a white, Western European and heterosexual woman in relation to her desire of (transforming herself into) the Other, challenging the constructedness of it as well as the imagination that comes along with it. She combines these subjects with her research about Coca-Cola and thereby addresses the colonisation of the female body, e.g. in commercial spots and adverts.




On september, 13th 2008 Berlin art collective (e)at_work performed at the pro.existence festival, an international art laboratory asking the question: What worth does a person of our world have? During their one-week long stay at the 800 year old estate and art research location Schloss Bröllin/Germany, (e)at_work applied their knowledge of super-natural phenomena and newly developed artistic interview-methods (see image) in order to explore the nearby district town of Pasewalk. They questioned its inhabitants on the subjects of fear and uniqueness in course of a number of interventions in public space and interviewed representatives from business, administration and public opinion making. (e)at_work got obsessed by and finally hunted down the ghost of exchangeability in a performance which was developed spontaneously from the results of this research.




The Berlin art collective (e)at_work presents a small collection of results from their work with artistic interview methods. They asked audience members of a performance at sophiensaele/Berlin to answer the following question without words but by taking position with one or a number of performance materials/objects: What is your relation to your work? Guests of an (e)at_work exhibition at Kurt im Hirsch Gallery in Berlin were later asked to recreate the resulting mini-performances. (e)at_work develops and explores artistic interview methods since 2006. This approach has very lately been used to develop an interactive performance piece for the Sommerfest at Haus der Berliner Festspiele (June 2009). The resulting archive of images has also been worked into a parlour game - (e)at_work MEMORY - which was presented at Theaterdiscounter during the 1st Long Night of Opera and Theatre in Berlin (April 2009).




Excerpt of the research performance CIVIL-EYE-SATION by Janine Eisenächer in course of the @work network Workspace #1 on civilisation in Copenhagen/DK (2008). Approaching the subject with a post-colonial perspective on what we call our Self and the Other and thereby focusing on (the creation and meaning of) images and myths that shape our identity, she was interviewing most members of the @work network about one icon of Western civilisation: CocaCola. In this short performance she presents some of the answers given by the participants. The material is at the same time research result and basis for future parts of her solo-performance series Eat Your Enemy/ Focus On The Symptom Ein[e] Selbst-Versuch[ung]. The @work network is a pan-European performance research project that was formed in 2004. Its core consists of seven member houses: Teatermaskinen (SE), TeaterKUNST (DK), Reality Research Centre (FIN), Emanuelle (GER), The Red Room (UK), Theatre Entropia (GR), and House OD (cross-national union of producers). More information on www.atworknetwork.org.




Excerpt of a Performance by Berlin Performance Art Duo Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS (Janine Eisenächer, Joy Harder), DE/CONSTRUCTION Performancetage, FU Studiobühne Berlin, 2008. The 8th part of the Waiting For Cargo series, a pool of research results, scientific lectures, video and sound works and performances which has been continuously developed by Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS since 2006.




Excerpt of the solo-performance Eat Your Enemy #1 Me, myself and I at work (former title Eat Your Enemy/Focus On The Symptom Ein[e] Selbst-Versuch[ung]. #1) by Janine Eisenächer. This work was created in 2007 for the Einzelkämpfer-monologue-Festival at Theaterdiscounter Berlin. It forms the 6th part of the Waiting For Cargo series, a pool of research results, scientific lectures, video and sound works and performances which has been continuously developed by the performance art-duo Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS since 2006. Within the same festival Joy Harder presented the solo-performance But the mädels dont seem to mind which is the 7th part of the Waiting For Cargo series. Both solo-performances were strongly relating to each other.




Excerpt of video art piece The Claim (2006) by Berlin Performance Art Duo Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS. This work was created in 2006 for the Berlin n@work production Arbeit Definition 2.1 at sophiensaele Berlin. The video piece was also used during a Solo-Performance by Janine Eisenächer at FU Studiobühne, Berlin. The Claim is part of Waiting For Cargo, a pool of research results, scientific lectures, video and sound works and performances which has been continuously developed by Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS since 2006.




Excerpt of video art piece The Claim (2006) by Berlin Performance Art Duo Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS. This work was created in 2006 for the Berlin n@work production Arbeit Definition 2.1 at sophiensaele Berlin. The video piece was also used during a Solo-Performance by Janine Eisenächer at FU Studiobühne, Berlin. The Claim is part of Waiting For Cargo, a pool of research results, scientific lectures, video and sound works and performances which has been continuously developed by Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS since 2006. The latest contribution to the series, Waiting For Cargo #9, was presented at Berlin Performer Stammtisch (www.performerstammtisch.de) and during the Sommerfest at Haus der Berliner Festspiele in June 2009




Reduced video piece by Joy Harder. Thesis: Magic does not work on video unless it goes wrong. This trick does quiet well. Thesis: How to transform into a zombie. Hit a thirteen centimetre long nail through your nose and into your brain. Do not be afraid. This video became part of the "Enzyklopädie der Performancekunst" by the Wagner-Feigl-Forschung in 2007.




This Lecture on Cargo Cult Arts was written in 2006 for the Berlin n@work performance production Arbeit Definition 2.1 at sophiensaele Berlin but never held. It questions yet redefines reason and perspective in the work of the artist, and was based on the research of the Cargo movement in the southwest pacific. The lecture is part of the Waiting For Cargo series which describes a pool of scientific lectures, video and sound works and performances based on the artistic examination of topics that originally belong to the field of ethnological research. The latest contribution to this series, Waiting For Cargo #9, was presented during the Sommerfest at Haus der Berliner Festspiele in June 2009.
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