Hannah Hurtzig / Mobile Akademie (D) Biografie
Black market for useful knowledgege and non-knowledgege No. 8:
The Gift and Other Violations of the Principle of Exchange An installation with 100 experts
17% performance
12% installation
53% knowledge
13% socialising
5% service

A room full of whispers, a restless and at the same time disconcerting installation, when viewed from the outside. And a strange sense of seclusion, closeness, concentration, when you are right in the middle of it. “Blackmarket” is both intimate and public; an insightful, often very private dialogue and a theatrical posit.
At fifty separate tables lighting up out of the dark, experts sit opposite one guest, changing every half hour – admission is free, the ticket for a discussion costs 1 Euro. From a safe outside position, visitors can listen in on individual conversations through headphones, suddenly up close without being noticed. In the middle of a display and production space, in which narrative formats of conveying knowledge are tested and presented.
The result is a hallucinatory adult education centre in which knowledge, life/survival strategies change hands in a non-institutional manner. During this evening, knowledge transfer as a communicative and performative act becomes a collectively whispered knowledge narrative focused on the subject of gifts.
For the gift initiates an unequal and incomplete relationship of mutual dependence, of closeness and distance. By sharing something, the people involved in this act come close to each other. At the same time, however, they drift apart, as every gift demands reciprocation, whose value is usually hard to quantify. Thus, the logic of the gift begs the question of a social relationship that is constantly in need of redefinition – and leads to confusion, waste, manipulation, humiliation or joy.
The “Blackmarket” gathers together 100 experts from a wide range of fields to discuss the ambivalent practice of giving gifts: natural scientists, beggars, media theorists, prodigies, philosophers and artists talk about suicide bombings, the economisation of the social sphere, utopian models of exchange in artist collectives and the open-source movement, managed charity, the problems of prodigies, the perversion of gifts as alms or bribes, religious solidarity, ethnological myth research, the potlatch and gift economy, and much more.

The complete encyclopedia and a list of the participating experts is available >>here

Co-produced by steirischer herbst & Mobile Akademie am HAU, Berlin
Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin

Sun 30/09, 7 - 11 pm

Check in 6 pm

Admission free

Book an expert 1 €

Blackmarket knowledge is offered in the following languages: Castellano, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandingo, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish, Wolof

Orpheum Graz
Concept/ Space: Hannah Hurtzig

Project Management: Anita Pieber (Graz), Anja Lindner (Berlin)
Team: Andrea Schlemmer, Eva Horvath, Stefanie Greimel, Evi Scheller
Technical Director and Ceck-In Construction: Hermann Schapek
Interviews: Kira Kirsch, Claus Philipp
Translation: Otmar Lichtenwörther, www.textkultur.at
Filmdocumentation: shotshotshot
Photos: Johannes Gellner

Hosts and Hostesses: Barbara Carli, Andrea Fischer, Stefanie Greimel, Anja Hermann, Eva Horvath, Eva Huber, Henriette Huppmann, Nele Jahnke, Kira Kirsch, Evi Scheller, Caroline Willeit, Siegmar Zacharias
Headphones: Christian und Andreas Sundl
Make-Up: Georg Klüver-Pfandtner
Butterflies Breeder: Leo Kuzmits

Live broadcast by FM4 “Im Sumpf”
Accompanying agenda of the magazine “Maske & Kothurn”

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