La Biennale di Venezia07/11/2023
My alter ego Mr. This Is Fine is invited to represent his country at the Venice Biennale. He has studied three art schools and has been an active artist for 17 years. He loves his work and hopes to be of good use to the public as well. He is a performer, driver, filmmaker, distributor, accountant, cleaner, photographer, secretary… But enthusiasm doesn’t pay the rent! In the creative industries, most of the players get exploited for a „good cause“. Architects and artists shape our cultural landscape and yet only a handful of them receive decent wages. This moment is illustrated by a performance that symbolically took place at the Venice Biennale. Where else do artists‘ and architects‘ dreams take shape than at well-known art shows that are good for their portfolios? They compete, they network, they send out portfolios, they endlessly submit opencalls and wait for someone to notice them and pull them into the spotlight. The sarcastic pokerface Mr. This Is Fine refers to precarization, unsustainability, climate change, exploitation, and the elite world they must penetrate to become recognized and dignified.