Jens Heitjohann: I promise, I am the Future
13 October 2013 - 17 November 2013
HMKV at the Dortmunder U - Centre for Art and Creativity
The streets of Dortmund’s Unionviertel become the site of a participatory encounter as seven inhabitants of Dortmund with a special relationship to money, debt and guilt take participants to places which have played an important role in their personal history.
The main protagonists of this encounter are a wealthy person who has never had to work, someone who immigrated to Germany hoping for a better life, a factory worker, an adolescent who is not legally competent to start a business, someone who manages other people’s money, someone who has gone from rich to being hopelessly indebted, and a priest who gives all his income to his order. The common point between them is that they carry a monetary or moral debt to society and have the obligation to contribute profitably to society.
I promise, I am the Future is a guided tour through the streets of Dortmund that provides an occasion to reflect on one’s own position in society, the value of work and money, the role of solidarity in society and our collective promise as debtors – a promise we never made but are willing to keep.
Jens Heitjohann: I promise, I am the Future is part of the NEW INDUSTRIES FESTIVAL
Organized by Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) and Urbane Künste Ruhr. In framework of the exhibition Requiem for a Bank.
Concept and direction: Jens Heitjohann
Dramaturgy: Aline Benecke, Christina Pfrötschner
Curator: Fabian Saavedra-Lara
Advisor: Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs
Urbane Künste Ruhr