Stefanie Schroeder, 2017, 44 min, 2 channel video
40h, 2 month max.
To speed up the process of becoming an independent self-employed artist and to end my dependence on Hartz 4 unemployment benefit, I had to participate in a program for business optimization, carried out by a management consultancy that was engaged by the Jobcenter. My proposal to make a film documentation of the process was denied. I transformed recordings of conversations, hand-outs, correspondence, my dream diary and the pre-printed form F 5.5 into a scenario about my “project on the artistic business personality,” in which the role models of artist, entrepreneur and welfare recipient, all represented by myself, clash and make me grapple with their compatibility. What does optimization mean? Which language is used? How are my actions and how am I described, adapted and, if so, deformed?