“We believe that getting the phenomenon of unemployment under control only through new conceptual fields, faster transmissions, encouragement toward individuality or the expansion of temporary work is science fiction. A machine of illusion with which one thing must be avoided at all costs: an income independent of work as a foundational income. An illusion machine that is thought to veil the techniques of the state which retreats from societal responsibility. We want to oppose the awareness for another societal reality against this grimacing of neoliberalism.”
“Raus aus der Arbeit, rein in die Realität“ (Out of work, into reality) was a performance by the artistic duo bankleer, Karin Kasböck and Chrisoph Leitner, with which they critically reflect neoliberal work relationships. Representing unemployed people banned from public awareness in this intervention, bankleer passed, as protagonists costumed as zombies, into the public spaces of Stuttgart's employment agency Agentur für Arbeit and demanded understanding and solidarity for the hordes of the unemployed. Besides the 2004 Stuttgart performance, the publication “where work ends and mission begins” shows artistic experiments bankleer has initiated since 2001 in Berlin, Istanbul and Bombay to encourage the expansion and reevaluation of the concept of work.
In addition to insights into the artistic practice of bankleer, the volume offers supplementary reflections from bankleer, Judith Fischer, Dietrich Heißenbüttel, Karolina Jeftic, Jean-Baptiste Joly, Holger Kube Ventura, Jürgen Lang, Matthias Reichelt, Peter Thiessen, Tina Veihelmann and Mag Wombel on the issues of economy and the idea of work - a literary adventure that makes this political field accessible.
Bankleer (www.bankleer.org) are Karin Kasböck, born in 1969 and Christoph Leitner, born in 1968. Both artists live and work in Berlin. Since 2003, they have been adjunct faculty at the Freie Universitat in Berlin and at the Universität der Künste Berlin.
Bankleer received a fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2003/2004.