Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard & Zayne Armstrong
17 March 23, 8pm
In German, Norwegian, English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish, Korean, Hebrew – with English subtitles
Location: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Pogo Bar
Registration via firstname.lastname@example.org
Adaptable and multilingual gig economy laborers’ search for self-realization in Berlin—but when faced with the consequences of their ethical relativism, will they be drinking their hard-earned flat white alone… forever?
Days, by artist duo Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard & Zayne Armstrong, is a film taking the form of an episode of a soap opera, which focuses on a group of freelance workers, whose interpersonal dramas and intrigues play out against an absurd backdrop of stylized scenography. In an attempt to world-build within contemporary Berlin, the film is the first work in a series of projects by the duo in collaboration with a number of other artists that revises the formal and dramatic tropes of the soap opera, specifically considering the genre’s portrayal of class, gender, and identity.
Living in a neoliberal urban economy, the protagonists of Days struggle with everyday issues, financial instability, and the results of gentrification. We trail their emotional and moral conflicts, as they juggle poorly paid jobs, for which they are overqualified, and navigate beneficial friendships to climb different social ladders. It is a portrait of a new social class—the Precariat—as well as of the millennial generation, which is expected to suffer a significant decrease in living standards during its lifetime.
This event centers the screening of Days, the first in a perpetual row of episodes of the contemporary soap opera. Reflecting the drama of the film, this event invites the audience to wallow in shared precarity and get plastered with a special … elixir.