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Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS
Waiting For Cargo - housewives and other natives (e)at_work
Video-Lecture- Performance-Reihe von Janine Eisenächer und Joy Harder, Berlin

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Als Hausfrauen und Eingeborener saufen und fressen wir uns durch Systeme (kolonialer) Ausbeutung und begehen (kolossale) Schweinereien. Wir kleben uns Bärte an, spielen auf Gläsern und mit falschen Hasen, halten wissenschaftliche Vorträge und rülpsen uns unsere westliche Seele aus dem Leib. Waiting For Cargo - housewives and other natives (e)at_work ist der Titel einer Video-Lecture-Performance, die zum ersten Mal im Oktober 2006 im Rahmen einer Performance des Berlin n@work in den Sophiensaelen in Berlin gezeigt wurde. Der ursprüngliche Performance-Titel bezeichnet aber auch einen Fundus von Konzeptentwürfen, Rechercheergebnissen, Video- und Soundarbeiten, wissenschaftlichen Lectures und künstlerischen Aktionen, die wir seitdem ständig weiterbearbeitet und -entwickelt haben.

Waiting For Cargo - housewives and other natives (e)at_work nahm seinen Anfang in einer Auseinandersetzung mit Themen, die eigentlich dem Bereich der ethnologischen Forschung entstammen -- dem brasilianischen Konzept von "Antropofagia" (Menschenfresserei) und dem süd-pazifischen Phänomen der "Cargo- Kulte".
Mit einem deutlich sichtbaren Fokus auf gender-spezifische Fragestellungen befasst sich Waiting For Cargo - housewives and other natives (e)at_work natürlich ganz zentral mit dem Thema Arbeit. In den dazugehörigen Performances begeben wir uns auf die Suche nach alternativen Strategien von Subversion, thematisieren gefühlte Abhängigkeiten und Formen massenmedialer Re-präsentation.

Eisenächer/Harder CLAIMS arbeiten 2010/11 weiter an ihrem "Performance-Hörspiel" (Sommerfest-Format, Folge 2: Anthropofagia) und zum Vorgang des "Wartens" als Strukturelement von Performance, Haltung und Ausgangspunkt zur Bildung eines nicht-totalitären Begriffs von Utopie.

Teile von Waiting For Cargo - housewives and other natives (e)at_work waren bisher in folgenden kulturellen Einrichtungen zu erleben:
Sophiensaele, Berlin (Oktober 2006 und Juni 2007)
Studiobühne Ritterstraße, Berlin (Oktober 2006)
Kaskadenkondensator, Basel (November 2006)
TeaterHUSET, Kopenhagen (März 2007)
Theaterdiscounter, Berlin (Juni und Juli 2007)
Studiobühne Ritterstraße, Berlin (Januar 2008)
Performer Stammtisch (Juni 2009)
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin (Juni 2009)
DOCK 11, Berlin (November 2010)

As housewives and natives, we swig and eat our way through systems of (colonial) exploitation and make a (thundering) mess. We wear beards and dresses, we play glasses and toy with meat loaves, we give scientific lectures and burp our Western soul out of our Western bodies.

Waiting For Cargo - housewives and other natives (e)at_work is the title of a video-lecture-performance which was presented for the first time in October 2006 as part of a performance by the Berlin n@work at Sophiensaele Berlin. The original title of the performance now describes a pool of various concepts, research results, scientific lectures, video and sound works, and artistic actions which have been continuously developed and worked on since then.

Waiting For Cargo - housewives and other natives (e)at_work started with an artistic examination of topics that originally belong to the field of ethnological research -- the Brazilian concept of "Antropofagia" (cannibalism) and the Southern-Pacific phenomenon of "Cargo Cults".

Putting an explicitly visible focus on gender specific questions, Waiting For Cargo - housewives and other natives (e)at_work centrally discusses "work". In these corresponding performances we are searching for alternative strategies of subversion, we discuss felt dependencies and forms of mass media-re-presentation.


E/H Claims #9
Oh brother, oh brother, do you see what I see? Oh brother, do you feel what I feel?
Oh sista, oh sista, do you see what I see? Oh sista, do feel what I feel?
The worldbank, the worldbank breaks open for me.
The worldbank breaks down for me.
E/H Claims #8
It’s a warm spring evening at Olympia Stadium. The large penthouse practice room is bare, save a full-wall-size mirror and two neatly framed cheerleading bikinis hanging above it. It reeks of perfume. The fragrances mix and swell until someone brings in a small fruit platter; each girl quickly nibbles pieces of cantaloupe or strawberry, and then it smells like misty melon. The training is intense. But the Mädels don’t seem to mind.

"The girls who are here want to be here".
E/H Claims #7
You’re a sweet bird /And you can fly
You’re a sweet bird / And you can fly
No money no bugs / No money no bugs
You’re a sweet bird / And you eat bugs
No money no bugs / No money no bugs
You’re an aeroplane / And you can fly
No money no gas / No money no gas
You’re an aeroplane / And you drink gas
No money no gas / No money no gas
E/H Claims #6
For Columbus as well as in Christian religion paradise describes a wonderful and peaceful natural place. To exist without working. To exist without any idea of hard work. In order to survive and make a good, easy and satisfying living.
Paradise is a place full of natural never ending wealth and treasures. Always growing. Like fruits and spices. Fertile ground. Water sources. Lots of gold. Beautiful people.
Walking around naked.
E/H Claims #5
One important and long-standing cargo prophet from Papua New Guinea was named Yali. He told his followers to do like the Australian people do: He advised them to put tables into their homes, to cover them with white linen and sacrifices such as food and tobacco - and to pray to their indigenous gods and ancestors.
Yali knew from personal experience that the most important European Big Men hardly worked at all. He had figured that material wealth wasn`t really going to the ones who worked most. And it wasn`t going to his people at all.
E/H Claims #4
Here comes the law of men. The law of the Cannibal. The unique law of the world. Before two Portuguese discovered Brazil, Brazil discovered happiness.
Our independence was never proclaimed. But we are concrete.
We take account of ideas. We react. We are only interested in what’s not ours. That’s why only Cannibalism unites us. Socially. Economically. Philosophically.
The absorption of the sacred enemy. To transform him into a totem. To believe in our signs, in our instruments, and in our stars.
For the sake of all human beings!
E/H Claims #3
The basic premise of the cargo cult is that tribal ancestors - the foundation of the islanders’ indigenous religions - are the source of all material possessions which are now being controlled by the White.
Certain rituals must be enacted to mollify the ancestors and to redirect the flow of this cargo back to its rightful recipients. In order to develop these rituals, the cult-members observe, interpret and translate the behaviour of the white people
E/H Claims #2
To talk about work. To talk about work in modern Western civilization.
Especially about the artist’s work. The act of devouring is a sophisticated and honourable ritual.
To receive the other. To assimilate the other’s qualities. With all the contradictions and dialectics involved. To overcome the limitations of the self.
No death. No end or interruption.
The permanent exchange and relation between the dead and the alive.
The eternal circulation of gifts.
E/H Claims #1
As an old man, Yali stood at the centre of a popular cult, visited regularly by girls who were decorated in flowers and picked up bottles of his sperm to take home with them.

And the last time anybody heard of him, Yali was working on a theory that all Western wealth had in fact been acquired through the building of whore-houses.
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