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KREDIT - Ökonomien des Handelns 1
In their series „Ökonomiens des Handelns“ (Economies Of Action), Daniel Kötter and Hannes Seidl use film and composition to examine the fundamental premises of social action.
The first piece in the series - KREDIT - takes a closer look at a specific economy of action that has attracted special interest recently due to the global financial crisis and has also accordingly become quite a realm of unease for many – the economy of trading money, as symbolized by the banking profession.
Kötter/Seidl filmed bankers in Frankfurt/Germany at the office, during coffee meetings, backdoor operations, as well as with friends during their leisure time or at after-work parties. The film’s soundtrack was then subsequently deleted in order to be recreated anew every evening live on stage by a strange consortium of performers.
Together, Foley artist Peter Sandmann, musician Sebastian Berweck and inside-pianist Andrea Neumann produce a collage of sound: the realistic buzzing of air conditioning units, footsteps and the clatter of computer keyboards cumulate into massive carpets of electronic noise and techno music, which then subside again into a soft digital hum. Two dubbing actors (Dunja Funke and André Schmidt) lend their voices to the bankers in the film - insistently switching subjects, interchanging and repeating text fragments in a delicate balancing act between allowing the text its own autonomy and actually lip-synching everything from everyday banalities to philosophical opinions on the financial crisis - the likes of which have never before been said by bankers on film.
All this is accompanied by the Deutsche Bundesbank choir singing credos from music history – ranging from Vivaldi to Puccini - as well as contemporary commentaries, chorales and battles songs. An avowal of faith versus all probabilities, a banker docu-fiction and silent film oratorio located somewhere between TV documentary and Hollywood.
“In KREDIT, we were looking at patterns of explanation or narratives that people use to organize the endless possibilities of the future in order for them to be able to adjust their own actions accordingly. The most distinctive and also most effective of such systems worldwide is the financial system. The pattern that crystallizes in the idea of credit is that - in order to be able to act at all, to be able to move these immaterial values - we need patterns of explanation. We need narratives. They can be of a mathematical, psychological or historical type. In music theatre, we are interested in playing with these patterns and fictions. This explains the form of this piece: a silent documentary with a new soundtrack, fictionalized through musicians, speakers and a Foley artist.“ (Kötter und Seidl)
concept, video, artistic direction: Daniel Kötter & Hannes Seidl
set and assistance: Rahel Kesselring
dramaturgy: Gerda Strobl
with: Michael Zapf, Ascan Iredi, Florian Witt, the Deutsche Bundesbank choir
music and sound: Andrea Neumann, Peter Sandmann, Sebastian Berweck
speakers: Dunja Funke, André Schmidt
production management: ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture
produced by Kötter / Seidl in coproduction with steirischer herbst and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.
5 / 6 october 2013, Festival steirischer herbst Graz
15 / 16 november 2013, Mousonturm Frankfurt
26 / 27 march 2015, HAU2, MaerzMusik Berlin,
24 november 2016, brut, Wien Modern