happiness machine

Klangforum Wien invites ten women composers, ten filmmakers and ten musicians to present ten different short animated films inspired by Christian Felber’s Common Good Economy.

Our current economic system is subject to review and with it the question: how happy are we under its influence?

The Common Good Economy is based on the very same constitutional and core values which allow our relationships to flourish – i.e. building trust, mutual esteem, co-operation, solidarity and sharing.

(Christian Felber, Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie, Piper, new edition 2018)

In a cinematic performance comprised of animated films, musical compositions and testimonials, Klangforum Wien poses the question: How do we want to live?

Klangforum Wien will tell stories of consumption and greed, solidarity and competition, cohesion and revolt. The ensemble will open new pathways for musical interaction and create a space for reflection and participation.


Eclat Festival
Stuttgart, Germany
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Vienna, Austria
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Internationales Musikfest
Hamburg, Germany

Klangforum Wien
Musical direction: Konstantia Gourzi
Staging: Jacqueline Kornmüller
Dramaturgy: Peter Wolf
Sound design: Peter Böhm & Markus Urban
Film projection: Martin Repka

Selected artists:
Michelle Kranot / Iris ter Schiphorst, Samantha Moore / Malin Bång, Rebecca Blöcher / Eva Reiter, Eni Brandner / Misato Mocizuki, Elizabeth Hobbs / Carola Bauckholt, Andrea Schneider / Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, Joanna Kozuch/ Ying Wang, Susi Jirkuff / Joanna Bailie, Vessela Dantcheva / Electric Indigo, Ana Nedeljković / Hanna Hartman

Click here to read more about their works.

Happiness Machine is a project of Klangforum Wien, Musik der Jahrhunderte and Amour Fou Vienna in cooperation with Tricky Women.
Funded by Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Vienna and Federal Chancellery of Austria with special funding from the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Interfaces / Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
The commissions to Iris ter Schiphorst, Malin Bång, Eva Reiter, Carola Bauckholt and Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri are funded by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

Photos _Film still © Elizabeth Hobbs — The Flounder

February-May 2019
Germany, Austria
organised by:
The Klangforum Wien