Authentic Boys

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Happyland evokes visions of paradise found, of a wonderful place drenched in joy. Through five groups of travellers in search of self-realization in five versions of contemporary promised lands, the video installation probes the depths beyond the shiny surface of vacationing.

Seen as a modern pilgrimage, the tourist’s quest for happiness is depicted in a video installation that mirrors the codes of marketing strategies, promising fulfilment of existential desires. Staged as an amusement park, the work deals with the shifting of landscapes into recreational infrastructures.

Martyrs, folklorists, enlightened, idealists or devoted, Authentic Boys dove into these characters from touristic subcultures, literally following in their footsteps to create this fiction of holiday bliss.

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Authentic Boys

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Authentic Boys is an international collective of artists: the performers Gregory Stauffer and Johannes Dullin (Geneva/Berlin) and the filmmakers Boris van Hoof and Aaike Stuart (Rotterdam/Berlin). The group has been experimenting…


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Authentic Boys is an international collective of artists: the performers Gregory Stauffer and Johannes Dullin (Geneva/Berlin) and the filmmakers Boris van Hoof and Aaike Stuart (Rotterdam/Berlin). The group has been experimenting with the interconnections between film, the visual arts and performance since 2007. The most varied of works were created in this period. All of them are based on an intuitive, humorous approach to the direct surroundings, for example: performances (Natural Fiction Circus), video works (Idiophone), short films (In Character, Bad Luck City, Threesome), video installations (Happyland), photo series (Rehearsing Revolution) and happenings (Go Home). Their works can be seen in theaters, art spaces and at film festivals.

Under the title Performing Life, they initiate social and educational projects in cooperation with museums, galleries, social institutions and schools.

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