Happiness Machine. 3 Hours of Bliss with the Klangforum Wien
Film still, © Ana Nedeljković — The Happiness Machine
Film still, © Eni Brandner — PANTOPOS
Film still, © Joanna Kożuch — Music Box
Film still, © Michelle Kranot — Suggestion of Least Resistance
Film still, © Samantha Moore — Bloomers
Film still, © Andrea Schneider — Generator/Operator
Film still, © Rebecca Blöcher — Lickalike
Film still, © Susi Jirkuff — Measuring the Distance
Film still, © Vessela Dantcheva — Hierarchy Glitch
Film still, © Elizabeth Hobbs — The Flounder
Film still © Joanna Kożuch - Music Box


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)

Every little group is as a mirror

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

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

Ten women filmmakers, ten women composers and ten musicians present Christian Felber’s Common Good Economy for discussion. 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.

The project was first conceived under the working title: “To the Common Good! 20 Women Animate a European Discussion about the Future of the World.”


Klangforum Wien
Musical direction: Konstantia Gourzi
Staging: Jacqueline Kornmüller
Dramaturgy: Peter Wolf

Sound design: Peter Böhm & Markus Urban

Film projection: Martin Repka

Happiness Machine – The Movies and the Compositions

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 German Federal Cultural Foundation 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.

The video projections for "Happiness Machine" were realized with the software Isadora programmed by Mark Coniglio.


In ten animated films and ten new compositions, women artists of eleven European countries propose an alternative to the prevailing capitalist economic system. Their work is based on a resolution which was adopted on September 17, 2015 by the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union with a voting majority of 90%, in which the Common Good Economy by the Austrian author Christian Felber was hailed as “a sustainable economic model for social cohesion” and recommended for incorporation “both into the European as well as the national legislative framework” of all member states of the European Union.

The Common Good Economy is based on the very same constitutional and civil rights that allow our personal relationships to flourish: consideration, trust, appreciation, cooperation, solidarity and sharing. The model provides for a revision of the legal conditions governing economic life. Current laws encourage and reward the egotistical pursuit of limitless profit, reckless consumption of resources and competition bent on displacement. In future, economic laws should promote considerations of the common good, cooperation, and the environment-friendly use of resources. Companies are rewarded for mutual help and collaboration. Competition is possible and allowed, but will result in the kind of disadvantages which are the result of policies that adhere to common good and cooperative standards in the economic field of today.

The music and the films for this project were created in close collaboration between two women artists each. New modes of interaction between screen and ensemble allow for fresh approaches to reflection and participation; music and film at times go their own way, separating the artistic forms which are usually combined in a musical film in order to reassemble them in a novel fashion.

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)

4 May 2019
8 p.m.
Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie, Recital Hall Internationales Musikfest Happiness Machine. 3 Hours of Bliss with the Klangforum Wien
Sold out

In ten animated films and ten new compositions, women artists of eleven European countries propose an alternative to the prevailing capitalist economic system.


Matthias Meinharter — Tiki Tiki Men
Elizabeth Hobbs/Carola Bauckholt — Die Flunder
Sven Hartberger
Rebecca Blöcher/Eva Reiter — Lickalike

Gerald Preinfalk
Eni Brandner/Misato Mochizuki — PANTOPOS

Vera Fischer
Joanna Kożuch/Ying Wang — Music Box

Andreea Dosa
Samantha Moore/Malin Bång — Bloomers


Vera Fischer
Vessela Dantcheva/Electric Indigo — Hierarchy Glitch

Christoph Walder
Ana Nedeljković/Hanna Hartman — The Happiness Machine

Mikael Rudolfsson
Susi Jirkuff/Joanna Bailie — Vermessung der Distanz

Günther Bernhart
Andrea Schneider/Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri — Generator/ Operator

Andreas Eberle
Michelle Kranot/Iris ter Schiphorst — Suggestion of Least Resistance

Anders Nyqvist
Rebecca Saunders — Sole


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



The artists on their works:
Happiness Machine – The Movies and the Compositions

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 German Federal Cultural Foundation 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.

The video projections for "Happiness Machine" were realized with the software Isadora programmed by Mark Coniglio.

16 March 2019
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Metro Kinokulturhaus Tricky Women/Tricky Realities Happiness Machine. An Animated Anthology Feature Film

The film comprises ten short films by female animation directors, made in collaboration with ten female music composers from all over Europe. The films take as their starting point Common Good Economy an economic theory proposed by the Austrian Christian Felber.

Elizabeth Hobbs/Carola Bauckholt — Die Flunder
Rebecca Blöcher/Eva Reiter — Lickalike

Eni Brandner/Misato Mochizuki — PANTOPOS

Joanna Kożuch/Ying Wang — Music Box

Samantha Moore/Malin Bång — Bloomers

Vessela Dantcheva/Electric Indigo — Hierarchy Glitch

Ana Nedeljković/Hanna Hartman — The Happiness Machine

Susi Jirkuff/Joanna Bailie — Vermessung der Distanz

Andrea Schneider/Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri — Generator/ Operator

Michelle Kranot/Iris ter Schiphorst — Suggestion of Least Resistance


Concept: Sven Hartberger

Producers: Abigail Addison, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Fabian Driehorst, Zuzana Mistríková
Production Manager: Martin Repka
Music: Klangforum Wien
Musical direction: Konstantia Gourzi
Sound design: Peter Böhm & Markus Urban
Music Mix: Mischa Janisch
Sound Mix: Georg Tomandl
Distribution: Fabian&Fred

www.happiness-machine.de
www.trickywomen.at

The artists on their works:
Happiness Machine – The Movies and the Compositions

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 German Federal Cultural Foundation 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.

4 March 2019
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal AugenSchein Happiness Machine. 3 Hours of Bliss with the Klangforum Wien 10 x EA

Listening is the best means of providing a fresh insight into the seemingly unalterable. The international economic system is put on trial by music.


Matthias Meinharter — Tiki Tiki Men
Elizabeth Hobbs/Carola Bauckholt — Die Flunder
Sven Hartberger
Rebecca Blöcher/Eva Reiter — Lickalike

Gerald Preinfalk
Eni Brandner/Misato Mochizuki — PANTOPOS

Vera Fischer
Joanna Kożuch/Ying Wang — Music Box

Andreea Dosa
Samantha Moore/Malin Bång — Bloomers


Vera Fischer
Vessela Dantcheva/Electric Indigo — Hierarchy Glitch

Christoph Walder
Ana Nedeljković/Hanna Hartman — The Happiness Machine

Mikael Rudolfsson
Susi Jirkuff/Joanna Bailie — Vermessung der Distanz

Günther Bernhart
Andrea Schneider/Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri — Generator/ Operator

Andreas Eberle
Michelle Kranot/Iris ter Schiphorst — Suggestion of Least Resistance

Anders Nyqvist
Rebecca Saunders — Sole


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


Before the concert:
In the Ears of the Others or: how musicians listen to this, 6.30 p.m.

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The artists on their works:
Happiness Machine – The Movies and the Compositions

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 German Federal Cultural Foundation 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.

The video projections for "Happiness Machine" were realized with the Isadora software programmed by Mark Coniglio.

8 February 2019
7 p.m.
Stuttgart, Theaterhaus/T1 Eclat Festival Happiness Machine. 3 Hours of Bliss with the Klangforum Wien 10 x UA

In ten animated films and ten new compositions, women artists of eleven European countries propose an alternative to the prevailing capitalist economic system.


Matthias Meinharter — Tiki Tiki Men
Elizabeth Hobbs/Carola Bauckholt — Die Flunder
Sven Hartberger
Rebecca Blöcher/Eva Reiter — Lickalike

Gerald Preinfalk
Eni Brandner/Misato Mochizuki — PANTOPOS

Vera Fischer
Joanna Kożuch/Ying Wang — Music Box

Andreea Dosa
Samantha Moore/Malin Bång — Bloomers


Vera Fischer
Vessela Dantcheva/Electric Indigo — Hierarchy Glitch

Christoph Walder
Ana Nedeljković/Hanna Hartman — The Happiness Machine

Mikael Rudolfsson
Susi Jirkuff/Joanna Bailie — Vermessung der Distanz

Günther Bernhart
Andrea Schneider/Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri — Generator/ Operator

Andreas Eberle
Michelle Kranot/Iris ter Schiphorst — Suggestion of Least Resistance

Anders Nyqvist
Rebecca Saunders — Sole


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


The artists on their works:
Happiness Machine – The Movies and the Compositions

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 German Federal Cultural Foundation 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.

The video projections for "Happiness Machine" were realized with the software Isadora programmed by Mark Coniglio.

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