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​Miriam​ ​J.​ ​Carranza​ ​+ ​Lotte​ ​Meret​ ​Effinger, ‘HUMAN​ ​ECSTASY’​ (2017) Screenshot. Courtesy the artists + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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​Miriam​ ​J.​ ​Carranza​ ​+ ​Lotte​ ​Meret​ ​Effinger, ‘HUMAN​ ​ECSTASY’​ (2017) Screenshot. Courtesy the artists + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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​Miriam​ ​J.​ ​Carranza​ ​+ ​Lotte​ ​Meret​ ​Effinger, ‘HUMAN​ ​ECSTASY’​ (2017) Screenshot. Courtesy the artists + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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​Miriam​ ​J.​ ​Carranza​ ​+ ​Lotte​ ​Meret​ ​Effinger, ‘HUMAN​ ​ECSTASY’​ (2017) Screenshot. Courtesy the artists + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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​Miriam​ ​J.​ ​Carranza​ ​+ ​Lotte​ ​Meret​ ​Effinger, ‘HUMAN​ ​ECSTASY’​ (2017) Screenshot. Courtesy the artists + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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​Miriam​ ​J.​ ​Carranza​ ​+ ​Lotte​ ​Meret​ ​Effinger, ‘HUMAN​ ​ECSTASY’​ (2017) Screenshot. Courtesy the artists + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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​Jacob​ ​Höfle, ‘8eck&reiher’,​ ​‘die​ ​schönsten​ ​Landschaften​ ​der​ ​Welt’,​ ​‘bokeh​ ​bees’​ (2017) Screenshot. Courtesy the artist + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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​​Lisa​ ​Dreykluft, ‘ASMR’​ (2017) Screenshot. Courtesy the artist + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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Lisa​ ​Dreykluft, ‘ASMR’​ (2017) Screenshot. Courtesy the artist + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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Miriam​ ​J.​ ​Carranza​ ​+ ​Lotte​ ​Meret​ ​Effinger, ‘HUMAN​ ​ECSTASY’​ (2017) Performance documentation. Courtesy the artists + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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Miriam​ ​J.​ ​Carranza​ ​+ ​Lotte​ ​Meret​ ​Effinger, ‘HUMAN​ ​ECSTASY’​ (2017) Performance documentation. Courtesy the artists + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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Miriam​ ​J.​ ​Carranza​ ​+ ​Lotte​ ​Meret​ ​Effinger, ‘HUMAN​ ​ECSTASY’​ (2017) Performance documentation. Courtesy the artists + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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Miriam​ ​J.​ ​Carranza​ ​+ ​Lotte​ ​Meret​ ​Effinger, ‘HUMAN​ ​ECSTASY’​ (2017) Performance documentation. Courtesy the artists + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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Miriam​ ​J.​ ​Carranza​ ​+ ​Lotte​ ​Meret​ ​Effinger, ‘HUMAN​ ​ECSTASY’​ (2017) Performance documentation. Courtesy the artists + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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Miriam​ ​J.​ ​Carranza​ ​+ ​Lotte​ ​Meret​ ​Effinger, ‘HUMAN​ ​ECSTASY’​ (2017) Performance documentation. Courtesy the artists + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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​Jacob​ ​Höfle, ‘8eck&reiher’ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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​Jacob​ ​Höfle, ‘Die schönsten Landschaften der Welt’ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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Lisa​ ​Dreykluft, ‘ASMR’​ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers
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Lisa​ ​Dreykluft, ‘ASMR’​ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Stellwerk, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers

“Is relaxation just the reproduction of labour power?” Simulations of happiness in RELAXATION ROOM at Kassel’s Stellwerk

, 29 August 2017

The RELAXATION ROOM program of exhibitions was on at Kassel’s Stellwerk, running August 10 to 12.

‘Human Ecstasy’ in Relaxation Room (2017) Performance documentation. Courtesy the artists + Stellwork, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers

Part of the Membrane Project at documenta 14, the event featured a series of works across disciplines in music, video and participatory performance, including BBB_, Miriam J. Carranza, Lisa Dreykluft, Lotte Meret Effinger and Jacob Höfle.

Organized by Carranza, the pieces explore what it means to practice (self-)care, asking questions like, “Are sleeping visitors in an exhibition disregarding the art, or is this act of self-care the political use of agency? In an exhibition designed as a place to sleep, do visitors remain consumers when using the facility? Is relaxation just the reproduction of labour power?”

The multi-media project moves between the facets of relaxation; of intimacy, of boredom, of consumerism, as political and recreational. What is the price of being healthy?**


The RELAXATION ROOM program of events was on at Kassel’s Stellwerk, running August 10 to 12, 2017.

Ghislain Amar @ Stellwerk, Jul 8 – 9

6 July 2016

The RELAXATION ROOM program of exhibitions was on at Kassel’s Stellwerk, running August 10 to 12.

‘Human Ecstasy’ in Relaxation Room (2017) Performance documentation. Courtesy the artists + Stellwork, Kassel. Photo: Nicolas Wefers

Part of the Membrane Project at documenta 14, the event featured a series of works across disciplines in music, video and participatory performance, including BBB_, Miriam J. Carranza, Lisa Dreykluft, Lotte Meret Effinger and Jacob Höfle.

Organized by Carranza, the pieces explore what it means to practice (self-)care, asking questions like, “Are sleeping visitors in an exhibition disregarding the art, or is this act of self-care the political use of agency? In an exhibition designed as a place to sleep, do visitors remain consumers when using the facility? Is relaxation just the reproduction of labour power?”

The multi-media project moves between the facets of relaxation; of intimacy, of boredom, of consumerism, as political and recreational. What is the price of being healthy?**


The RELAXATION ROOM program of events was on at Kassel’s Stellwerk, running August 10 to 12, 2017.

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