The Austrian political scientist Christian Felber developed a concept for a new economic order, an “economy for the common good” which benefits everyone. Instead of focusing on competition, he calls for an economy based on cooperation, solidarity, and social and environmental responsibility. Although the European Social and Economic Committee recommended anchoring the “Economy for the Common Good” (ECG) into the legal framework at the EU and national level of its member states, very few people are familiar with the concept in Europe. The project “FHappiness Machine” takes Felber’s concept as its premise and invites ten European filmmakers and ten European composers to initiate discussion about the future of Europe and the world.
Applying film animation and New Music, the women artists examine the goals of ECG, compare it with reality and invite the public to discuss its consequences. For each project, one composer and one filmmaker team up to address one topic. For example, Michelle Kranot and Iris ter Schiphorst examine the role women play in protests and revolution. Samantha Moore and Malin Bång investigate the sensibility of providing subsidies to developing countries. Elizabeth Hobbs and Carola Bauckholt incorporate references from the fairy tale “The Fisherman and His Wife” to demonstrate the driving force of greed. And Susi Jirkuff and Joanna Bailie design an urban utopia which belongs to everyone. Unlike typical concert performances with an accompanying film presentation, the project wishes to explore new possibilities of interaction between the projections on screen and the performers, as well as challenge the audience to participate in a “European discussion”.

Artistic director: Sven Hartberger
Artists: Michelle Kranot (DK), Iris ter Schiphorst, Samantha Moore (UK), Malin Bång (SE), Rebecca Blöcher, Eva Reiter (AT), Amelie Loy (AT), Misato Mochizuki (JP/FR), Elizabeth Hobbs (UK), Carola Bauckholt and others

  • Date


    Concert and Screening

    Internationales Musikfest | Elbphilharmonie | Hamburg


    Concert and Screening

    Wiener Konzerthaus | Vienna


    Concert and Screening

    Eclat Festival | Theaterhaus | Stuttgart


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