rhythming | 28m, video, performance, 2018

rhythming updates Harun Farocki's The Interview (1996), re-staging a Small Talk and Storytelling class for entrepreneurs on a specifically built stage in an old cotton-mill warehouse in Leipzig, Germany.

The film highlights how practices of behavioural psychology and storytelling, commonly adopted by large scale advertising projects, have now become practices for the contemporary individual worker to sell and understand themselves.

Throughout the video, the workers and the teacher collectively leave the set to go behind the stage, denaturalising the reality of the educational situation taking place as they change clothes for new scenes or get paid by the artist for their time and labor.

The video is to be accompanied by a performance lecture discussing its wider themes. For its first iteration the actor Juliane Elting performed this for the artist, addressing extra notions around the disembodied voice and the labor of speech.

Director: henry bradley

Cinematography: henry bradley and Frank Holbein
Teacher: Gabrielle Meyer 
Participants: Olivier Coloni, Juliane Elting, Hellen Müller (Mirijam Verena Jeremic), Ada Labahn, Carmen Orschinski, Sebastian Rein, Wolfgang Zarnack
Translation: Uli Reible and Gerald Schuster
Performance lecture: Juliane Elting as part of Requiem For A Failed State, HALLE14, Centre for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany, 2018

Special thanks: Uli Reible, Frank Holbein, Claudia Gehre, Michael Artz and Juliane Elting

Install shots: Requiem For A Failed State, HALLE14, Centre for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany, 2018


Supported by: HALLE14, Centre for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany