trans — europa / German version


27.05. - 01.06.2015, Hildesheim


Market policies dictate and administrate not only labour and working life, but people's everyday life and the so-called free time. People are told to be free to choose and use their free time - if social and political or exploitative conditions allow it. The market manages and administrates the experience of free time, dictating place, form, means, place, social bonds, time and logics of its consumption and meaning. It is in rare cases that time is genuinely self defined and self organised. What does it mean to have free time? What are the historical roots of the notion of free time? What are the possible relations between life and time? Our praxis satirically addresses these issues, the historical course of labour and its future possible trajectories. It does not approach work directly but through what it is not: the hobby.

Blind Date Collaboration: David Palme, Frida Robles,Gerardo Montes de Oca, Konstantin Wolf and Marie-Christin Rissinger. In collaboration with Verena Schroeder.

This event is part of the CONGRESS.

Blind Date Collaboration

Blind Date Collaboration is an open group addressing social issues through an artistic and interdisciplinary approach. The aim of the Blind Date Collaboration is to create experiences and to find creative strategies on specific and context-based problematics.

Our name comes out of the basic idea that there are always strengths, skills and ideas that can profit from creative/unexpected collaboration. We started this collaboration as a group of five young adults with different cultural and professional backgrounds (activism, art, art & science, artistic research, community work, graphic design, history, informatic sciences, music, performance, psychology, psychotherapy, socially engaged-art, theater). We believe that an open and productive dialogue from different perspectives is possible and fruitful.

The structure of our collective work is based on the reflection around one topic and one context for each project. Each project is open to a different and unexpected result, they can be as diverse as a theatrical performance, a movie, an installation, a book, an urban intervention, a scientific experiment, a musical composition, etc. We start in an open way.

Another important aspect of the Blind Date Collaboration is our willingness and necessity of including other people within each project. Especially when we say that we are focussing on a topic from a contextual perspective, as a socially-engaged art practice, we are involving people from the particular context to collaborate with us. To bring their experiences, knowledge, reflections and creative input to develop a project together.

We as Blind Date Collaboration believe in the effort of openness and togetherness. On the productive and organic intellectual, artistic and craftsman work to open perspectives on important and contemporary social issues.

David Palme, born 1985 in Vienna. Studied Media Computer Science (BA) at the Technical University Vienna and Arts & Science (MA) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. David says that he cares for people, things, and everything in-between. Lately he realized projects in collaboration with the “Institut für Alltagsforschung” and he is co-running a self-organized silk screen printing workshop in Vienna.

Frida Robles, born in Mexico City in 1985. She studied History and Communications (BA) at the Iberoamericana University, Mexico and Social Design (MA) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In her working practice as a creative researcher she focuses on the construction of the self; analyzing personal memories and stories. As member of the [a]FA lab she participated on two artistic urban research projects “Lubunga(mode)” in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Studios Kabako) and “Staging Apam” in Ghana (Haduwa Culture Center). Lately she finished her first editorial project for Lab for the City, Mexico City’s urban lab. Currently she is working on a public writing project which questions notions of romantic love in Mexican society. Her creative essays have been published in various Mexican magazines such as Fractal and Iconica.

Gerardo Montes de Oca, born 1978 in Guadalajara (MX). Psychologist (Universidad de Guadalajara), musician and activist. Studied an MA in Visual Culture at the Aalto University in Finland -with one year exchange in the MA in Art & Science, University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is a PhD in Philosophy candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. His research project deals with the Aesthetic politics of affects, investigating the relations between politics, aesthetics and affectivity in the context of violence and domination in Mexico, on the one hand, and in forms of solidarity, resistance and emancipation, on the other. Situating affectivity as a process that gives form to society, aesthetics are understood both as the mode of the collective affectivity and in Rancière’s terms as the distribution of the sensible. He is interested in the political and aesthetic intersections of intimate experiences and social processes as elements that shape our experience and everyday life. He curated the transdisciplinary and international laboratory “Crime Scene” of the Rauma Biennale Balticum 2014 in Finland, produced in collaboration with Migrating Art Academies.

Konstantin Wolf was born in Fulda (D) in 1984. He studied Visual Communications and Cultural Studies in Weimar, New York and Zurich and holds a Diploma in Design from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Right now he is based in Berlin where he works as a graphic and service designer. Konstantin’s theoretical and practical focus is on social innovation, socio-political design and participatory processes. Lately he worked for „Anne Eli“ on tools and services, that support female migrants in Vienna to find and make use of appropriate health care. Konstantin is also co-founder of pay2change, a start-up that develops a new impact-focused financial service.

Marie-Christin Rissinger was born in Waldbröl (D) in 1986. She studied Psychology (BA) at the University of Vienna and Social Design (MA) at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In her work she is using theatrical frameworks as a laboratory to explore alternative social relations and performative strategies as a tool of communication. Moreover she is interested in translating site specific art projects in video, as a medium to communicate them to a “secondary audience”. Lately she directed the play “Einsturzstraße” at Palais Kabelwerk Vienna and was part of the project “Future Horizon” at Tanzquartier Wien, of “The First World Congress of the Missing Things” at Lexington Market, Baltimore, US and “The Second World Congress of the Missing Things” at Aspern Lake-City, Vienna.

Blind Date Collaboration is part of the residency program of transeuropa.

Lecture (In English §):

Sat. 17:15- 18:00 h /Festival Centre (Auditorium) / free entry

§: If needed, a whispered translation can be organized.