Blackmarket - September 2007
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steirischer herbst, Graz
Sunday, 30th of September
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
ORPHEUM

 

Concept/ Space:
Hannah Hurtzig

Project Management:
Anita Pieber (Graz), Anja Lindner (Berlin)

Team:
Andrea Schlemmer, Eva Horvath

Technical Director and Check-In Construction:

Hermann Schapek

Interviews:
Kira Kirsch, Claus Philipp

Hosts and Hostesses:
Matthias Aberer, Barbara Carli,
Andrea Fischer, Stefanie Greimel,
Helena Hagauer (secondhand
knowledge), Lisa Höfler
(secondhand knowledge), Eva
Horvath, Lisa Horvath, Henriette
Huppmann, Nele Jahnke, Lorenz
Kabas, George Kaulfersch, Kira
Kirsch, Sebastian Reinwald, Evi
Scheller, Andrea Schlemmer, Lisa
Wagner (secondhand knowledge),Caroline Willeit,
Siegmar Zacharias, Martina
Zeiner (secondhand knowledge)

Experten Check-In:
Andrea Fischer

Runner:
Matthias Aberer, George Kaulfersch, Sebastian Reinwald

Contracts & Fees:
Anja Herman, Eva Huber

Headphones:
Christian und Andreas Sundl

Make-Up:
Georg Klüver-Pfandtner

Butterfly Breeder:
Leo Kuzmits

Translation:
Otmar Lichtenwörther, www.textkultur.at

Media:
Filmdocumentation:
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Fotografer: Johannes Gellner
Livebroadcasting FM4 "Im Supmpf"
Printdesign: Katrin Schoof

Co-produced by steirischer herbst & Mobile Akademie at HAU, Berlin
www.steirischerherbst.at


Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin


 

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BLACKMARKET FOR USEFUL KNOWLEDGE AND NON-KNOWLEDGE - Nr. 8

"THE GIFT AND OTHER VIOLATIONS OF THE PRINCIPLE OF EXCHANGE"
An Installation with 118 Experts by Hannah Hurtzig

Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/schwarzmarkt-graz


Blackmarket Graz, Hostesses, Photo: Johannes Gellner


Blackmarket Graz, Check-In, Photo: Johannes Gellner

The exchange of commodities is an economy with no leftovers. After the conclusion of a transfer of goods and equivalent value, buyers and sellers no longer owe each other anything. The gift, by contrast, initiates an unequal and unfinished relationship of mutual dependence. Because the protagonists of this act share something with each other, they come closer to each other. At the same time, they distance themselves from each other, because every gift presses for a reciprocation, whose value is usually difficult to rate for both parties.


Blackmarket Graz, Photo: Johannes Gellner


Blackmarket Graz, Photo: Johannes Gellner

Thus, the logic of the gift provokes the question of a social relationship that must be constantly redefined. It can be accompanied by confusion, waste, manipulation, humiliation, or happiness. The gift is seldom successful, but it is always a violating provocation of the principle of the exchange of commodities.

Jacques Derrida regards the gift as the epitome of the impossible: A true gift would be a gift from someone who gave for no reason, without knowing what he was giving, to someone who would not then owe him anything, because the latter would not know he had been given anything. The BLACKMARKET gathers 100 ideas and experiences presenting the mechanism of symbolic exchange.


Blackmarket Graz, Photo: Johannes Gellner

 


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