Julian Hetzel

Schuldfabrik

The Netherlands/Germany

Ben and Martin Photography

Schuldfabrik

The Netherlands/Germany

Ben and Martin Photography

Schuldfabrik

The Netherlands/Germany

Wolf Silveri en Steirischer Herbst

Julian Hetzel | Schuldfabrik

Washing your hands in innocence
Welcome to the hip soap shop of artist Julian Hetzel. Here you can learn all about the soap making process and also feel tremendously good about yourself. Because who wouldn't want to wash their hands in innocence using fairly produced – made from human fat (!) – soap? Hetzel: ‘Of course the soap represents excess, but also caring poorly for your body. In German love handles are called “hip gold”. I did indeed want to depict guilt as a raw material which can be mined. How can you turn something negative into a positive material? And can you financially exploit guilt? Schuldfabrik is sustainable enterprise as art form.’ In this manner, Hetzel shows how human guilt about both overweight and hunger in Africa can also function perfectly as a lucrative profit model. Or as the company slogan says: ‘The Guilt Factory: from people, for people.’ Schuldfabrik is a coproduction of Noorderzon, Steirischer Herbst (Graz) and SPRING (Utrecht) presented in the framework of the European network NXTSTP.

 

“The Performance might be a performance, but the project behind it is real. Fat becomes real engagement.”

- ORF

Credits

Performers | Revé Terborg, Dr. Hennie Spronk, Orion Maxted, Hetty de Bruyn, Aviva Bing
Concept & director | Julian Hetzel
Dramaturgy | Miguel Angel Melgares
Producer | Jasper Hupkens
Production |  Ravian van den Hil, Michelle Kok
Technical | Vincent Beune
Artistic Collaborator | Liza Witte
Machine | Hannes Waldschütz
Special Effects | Chaja Hertog
Production Assistant | Matthias Thünnerhoff
Design |Peim, Deimion van der Sloot
Production| Ism & Heit
Commisioned by |  Steirischer Hebst
Coproduction | Steirischer Hebst Graz, SPRING Utrecht, Noorderzon Festival Groningen
Sponsors | NXTSTP / Cultural Program of the European Union, Fonds Podiumkunsten

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