Bloom! Your Self Beautifully Enriched

Note to Self, Museum of Fine Arts (MdbK) Leipzig, 2019
IDENTIFICATION, Künstlerhaus Sootbörn, Hamburg (2018)
25. Leipziger Jahresausstellung: SILBER, Spinnerei Leipzig, Werkschau (2018)
Video Stills

3-channel video installation, 17 min.

»In the video Bloom!, an oversized mouth spurs viewers on with quotes from different self-help books to increase creativity, directing them to rejuvenate, to work hard on themselves, to multiply their own opportunities, in short: to bloom. Joy as a work ethos, motivation as an imperative? If one follows to the advices of the self-help books, it’s all a question of attitude.« (Franciska Zólyom, director of MoCA Leipzig)

The video installation presents a skeptical approach to the rise of the term creativity as a marker in economics and self-management. Its setting refers to the architecture of “Fun Offices” found in internet start-ups. Bloom! reveals the freedom and burden of the creative self.

Screenplay: Stefan Hurtig
Text is based on quotes from the following sources: Shamash Alidina: Achtsamkeit für Dummies, Evelyn Boos: Das große Buch der Kreativitätstechniken, Tony Buzan / Vanda North: Mind Mapping, Tony Buzan: Das Mind-Map Buch, Ulrich Bröckling: Das unternehmerische Selbst, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Kreativität, Heinz Hoffmann: Kreativitätstechniken für Manager, Tom Peters: Top 50 Service Management, Tom Peters: Top 50 Selbstmanagement
Performance: Jannik Hinsch
3D Animation: Felix Leffrank, Stefan Hurtig
Additional Footage: 3D models by Andrei Kletskov, Therealguy419, Renderiza, Kongorilla; video tutorials by Mahir Cecen, Crazy PT, Aleksey Orekhov; graphics from Kreativitätstechniken für Manager by Heinz Hoffmann; stats from Google Trends; Endomondo Globe by Chrome Experiments/Vojtech Kral
Additional Sounds: Setuniman, Mare Production, Leon Felekyan, S-DKG, Aquavitae
Special thanks: Romy Baumgarten, Jens Heitjohann and the University of Music and Theater (HMT) Leipzig

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