Arbeit und Freizeit (3) – Die Glückliche Hand

Daniel Kötter

2011, 45:18 minutes, colour, English, German, Spanish with English Subtitles

TAPECODE 1018.13

Available for single channel screening or 12-channel-installation.

"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.

The third and final part of the trilogy "Arbeit und Freizeit (3) – Die Glückliche Hand“ provides an (artistic) stage for those responsible for questions about legitimacy in art today – producers, curators, festival directors, philosophers, art- and cultural scientists.

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