Expensive cars have become ostentatious displays of privilege made of tin. At the same time that Lamborghini drivers in Monaco are admired and respected, the Mannheim police department is charging a so-called ‘poser-driver’ with gross negligence and wants to ban such drivers from the inner city. Th e audiovisual performance ‘You Drive Me Crazy’ uses a luxury automobile as a surface for discourse and projection. The audience will be captured by the love of beautiful cars in a world full of powerful motors and will discover what the performance exhaust pipe puts out and what emotional sounds the purring of its motor can evoke. You will be confronted with the questions: Who receives the right to present themselves with such expensive status symbols and who does not? Who is allowed to see and be seen in Mannheim’s city squares? Auto manufacturers hire sound designers to work out the tone qualities of each model – the cafes are expanding their seating areas into the streets and then, shouldn’t we then be able to listen to these perfectly-tuned motors?
‘You Drive Me Crazy’ is the first collaboration between the artist and audio book author, FIDES SCHOPP and the visual anthropologist and filmmaker, GOLNAZ HOURMAZDI. These artists share a connection – as they were both childhood fans of the talking car K.I.T.T. from the American TV series Knight Rider.
Audio: Fides Schopp / Video: Golnaz Hourmazdi / Speaker: Banafshe Hourmazdi / Audio- & Video Artwork: Ameisenbild
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