9 is 1 and 10 is none
Video, HD, color, 2017
The resurrection of a closed-down wood workshop through performative interventions: In pantomime, dance-like choreographies, machines are put back in operation. Working processes are reproduced in their specific rhythms of movement. A mythical invocation of the past and an artistic reflection on femaleness in a capitalist society. The 22-minute cinematic work, shot in a former wood workshop in the region bordering Slovenia in south-eastern Styria, consists of three chapters Pitchforks Scythes Brooms, The Hedge, and finally Sabbat. The first and third chapters show the former workshop as a filming location and area of experience through the activation of the machines abandoned since their decommissioning in 2007, and the performers’ performative interventions. The workshop works as a fully realized aesthetic system; already finished yet still to be explored, in which the interior, the machines, and former working utensils are integrated into an experiential context, specifically constructed for this place, that visualizes the one-time productivity of man and machines there. The performers Magdalena Gasser, Elisabeth Ward, Patrick Weber, and the artist herself move in retro-futuristic costumes through the machine-lined rooms utilizing dance and work movements, emerging, disappearing or posing exclusively in a surreal interplay with the selectively switched-off or switched-on machines, thus using these former work rooms as a stage.