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State of High Performance
Jakub Choma, Claire Fontaine, Kasia Fudakowski, Martin Kohout, Ariane Loze, Pilvi Takala
15.05.2020 to 19.07.2020


Thursday, 14.05.2020 - 7:00 pm

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tuesday - friday
11.00 - 19.00

saturday, sunday
12.00 - 18.00


basis e.V. Gutleutstraße 8-12 60329 Frankfurt am Main

To-do lists, time management, constant performance improvement, coping with stress...
The credo for a high level of productivity is omnipresent in our present society. Yet what is actually meant by productivity and how does it come about? What are the prerequisites for maintaining it and what implications are there for humans and their mental and social states? And to what extent is this demanding emphasis on efficiency also spreading to artistic production?

The group exhibition "State of High Performance" highlights facets of this highly complex and seemingly ubiquitous topic of productivity and its structures. It features artistic works, which investigate the concept of productivity in an ironic, affirmative, resistant or critical way.
They not only shed light on production conditions and processes designed for high productivity, but also ask how efficiency can be determined at all. The extent to which intangable or artistic work is also subordinated to these patterns plays just as much a role as being constantly available in a productive world driven by competing forces. What effects this has on our mental constitution and social relationships and what reactions an alleged denial of productivity brings with it also come into focus.

By shifting the need for productivity to an individual artistic working method, deliberately exaggerating the principle and its consequences, or consistently reversing it, the works on display not only reflect the structures of that precept, but also encourage a critical examination of the urge for productivity and its consequences.

curated by Christin Müller

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