Which windows are going to open when we no longer feel comfortable sitting around (on standby) in the waiting room? With the help of those interested, MEDIENDIENST LEISTUNGSHÖLLE’s Klaus Erika Dietl and Stephanie Müller want to take a new approach to prescriptive media. This results in a performative installation that can be played with and negotiated. Surreal island backdrops become analogue and digital backgrounds for short videos. The waiting room is turned into a construction site. The entire installation is an open wound, which invites you to play with it freely and leaves room for rearranging and cluttering.
Digital capitalism has long called for rearranging and cluttering our leisure time and work. Despite the mechanization of work processes, humans are still a readily available workforce. However, we are increasingly excluded working. What are we supposed to do with ourselves and our ideas, then? Should we always be on call or run on low battery? Incredibly involved and yet already out.
MEDIENDIENST LEISTUNGSHÖLLE’s Klaus Erika Dietl and Stephanie Müller combine fine arts, performance, video and sound art with social sciences. The artists from Munich like looking at the cracks in the surface and questioning what seems to be a given. Which windows are going to open when we no longer feel comfortable sitting (on standby) in the waiting room? What will happen if we enter the room next door instead – a room on the next level, in which a sewing machine and an umbrella end up together on an autopsy table?
As part of the 4-week artist-in-residence program, Dietl and Müller are testing new spaces of opportunity. Little by little, they are developing a performative installation that can be played with and negotiated. With the help of others (e.g. school children, university students, social initiatives and groups), the artists want to take a new approach to the fractures in prescriptive media. First a drop in performance, then a clear view.
Surreal island backdrops offer analogue and digital backgrounds for short videos and can be arranged as you wish. The whole waiting room is turned into a construction site. The entire installation is an open wound, which invites you to play with it freely and leaves room for rearranging and cluttering.
ROHBAU MIT AUSSICHT welcomes all who want to break down common genre conventions and who are looking forward to recording something together. MEDIENDIENST LEISTUNGSHÖLLE deliberately takes a step back in terms of direction and is counting on collaborative processes. All contents that we create will become an open source archive, which you are welcome to use in whichever ways you want.
The result is a mosaic of videos – performative mapping that has to get away and celebrates failure. What happens at the construction site if we crack the demo version? Which windows are going to open when we try something new instead of opting for ‘standby’, just to be safe? Make a mistake. Make all mistakes. Make all the mistakes in the world with MEDIENDIENST LEISTUNGSHÖLLE.
Images: © Floriana Betz.