Learning by burning

Interdisciplinary master’s project on Burnout

Burnout syndrome is widespread in our society today. Its term and diagnosis become something that is commonly used. It leads to provocative conclusion like everyone could have burnout. But what is it about actually?

How can artistic view on Burnout be interpreted and simultaneously implemented? This can be viewed in an interdisciplinary art project of master's degree students at HKS led by Professor Roland Matthies and Prof. Michael Doerner.

The theme was divided into seven priority groups to draw up versatile outcomes including in form of performance and video art.

During the working phase, the picture of Burnout was thematically more flexible and reached a pulse, the developments towards boundary experiences of physical and psychological level. The students cannot help but wonder at what point their individual physical and artistic boundaries were.

The project outcomes were shown in forms of film projection and video installation in February 2012. It was a six-hour exhibition displayed at the new building.

Burnout, the social phenomenon, ultimately raises the question on scales and balances of power in itself, and how one is able to deal with them.

*Summarized from the report of Maria Wende, Master’s degree student

"17" Projekt von Maria Wende und Damaris Schmidetzki

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