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FROHES SCHAFFEN / KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Production Design / Documentary Feature Film (2012) 

EN

For the modern human being work means more than just making a living: work is self-affirmation and a social link. For some it’s like an addiction and just as important as oxygen. It even gives answers to the former religious questions of human existence: Who am I? What is the meaning of my life? And what am I leaving behind after death? Answer: Work and the success of it! 


It is a fetish, a mantra, a secret religion to modern man: work. Konstantin Faigle set out on a mission to expose the living practice of our unquestionable faith. This satirical and essayistic docu-fiction undertakes a journey to the roots of our religion called ‘work'. This cinematic journey wants to show new perspectives, visions and alternatives for the working society here and worldwide. So KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK is an essayistic, philosophical and also investigative film about work, its history and its myth.

DE

Arbeit ist das unbestrittene Zentrum im Leben des modernen Menschen: Sie ist Sicherheit, Selbstbestätigung, Existenzberechtigung, sozialer Kristallisations- und Kommunikationspunkt. Arbeit ist eine Sucht, ein Fetisch, ein Mantra, das uns tagtäglich durch Politik und Medien umgibt. Arbeit ist die gelebte Praxis eines unanfechtbaren Glaubens. 

 

Der Regisseur  Konstantin Faigle stellt mit seinem Film nicht, wie zumeist üblich, die Frage nach den Bedingungen der Arbeit, sondern nach der Arbeit selbst, nach ihrem heiligen Mythos, ihrem philosophischen Kern. Gerade in Zeiten ökonomischer Krisen und weiter zunehmender Ersetzbarkeit des Menschen als Arbeitsfaktor bedarf es einer solch ketzerischen, filmischen Reflektion. Gleichwohl versucht der Film auch Perspektiven aufzuzeigen: eben „Frohes Schaffen“ als Neuauslegung einer überholten Interpretationsweise von Arbeit.

Opening Film / Kassel Documentary Festival / 2012

Nominated for the Documentary Film Award at the Max Ophüls Film Festival / Saarbrücken / 2013


ZDF ASPEKTE January 25, 2013 (6 min) only German

AKADEMIE DES FROHES SCHAFFENS (official website)
FROHES SCHAFFEN FILM(official website)
GERMAN DOCUMENTARIES

MORE THAN HALF OF LIFE… / sketch for film / gouache on paper / 50 x 70 cm / 2011 / collection of the artist / private collection

1st of May demonstration banner: JESUS WAS AN UNEMPLOYED LUCKY MAN! / in the preparatory process in studio Cologne / 2011

1st of May demonstration scene / sketch for film / oil pastels, felt-pen and touch-up stick / 50 x 70 cm / 2011

THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE WORK´S RELIGION / sketch for film / gouache on paper / 50 x 70 cm / 2011 / collection of the artist / private collection

Studio shooting / October, 2010

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? / sketch for film / collage, cut-and-pasted printed paper, watercolor, felt-pen / 50 x 70 cm / 2008

Film set / small office for Marion, freelance producer, played by Helene Grass / October, 2010

LEISURE BRINGS FREEDOM! / sketch for film / acrylic paint on paper / 50 x 70 cm / 2011 / collection of the artist / private collection

Fly over a city / sketch for film, detail / collage, cut-and-pasted printed paper, felt-pen / 50 x 70 cm / 2008

Sketch for film, detail / collage, cut-and-pasted printed paper / 50 x 70 cm / 2008

Sketch for studio shooting / collage, cut-and-pasted printed paper, felt-pen and touch-up stick / 50 x 70 cm / 2010

Studio shooting / flight scene with Hubertus Hartmann as failed engineer / October, 2010

HOLY TRINITY / sketch for Film / acrylic paint on paper / 50 x 70 cm / 2011 / collection of the artist /private collection

Shooting in the Ruhr District with the mine workers / director Konstantin Faigle and cameraman Steph Ketelhut