BORIS ELDAGSEN & SABINE TAEUBNER
MOCKUMENTARY CASTING SHOW (2013)
1-Channel Video Installation
16:9 HD BluRay
38:08 mins loop
SUPERHIGH – Your ultimate reality show from the homeland of human experiments. Six Candidates will showcase their method of getting high without drugs.
And who will judge their efforts? A jury on drugs.
SUPERHIGH is a mockumentary casting show on getting high without drugs. it is the brainchild of BORIS ELDAGSEN & SABINE TAEUBNER, coproduced by ARTE creative, the online lab of lab German-French cultural TV station Arte.
SUPERHIGH’s world premiere took place in front of an audience of over 300 people on November 20, 2013 at Platoon Kunsthalle, Berlin.
Its location on the intersection between psychedelic imagery and the urgent interdisciplinary interactivity of the reality show format was exciting; its aesthetic revelry in the symbols and filmic tropes of hard drug-taking was acute and entertaining. Oddly heartwarming.
Carmen Ansaldo, TROUBLE MAG (Australia)
A casting reality mockumentary show, crazy as fuck and spaced out.
Radio Arty, Flux FM (Germany)
This mockumentary stands right in the line of fire.
Roxanne Sancto (Spain)
Wie Dauerküssen das Bewusstsein verändert. Wie gerät man in einen Rauschzustand – ganz ohne Drogen? Spätestens auf der Dachterrasse der Bundeskunsthalle kamen Besucher mit höchst ungewohnten Methoden in Berührung.
Lea Daume, Generalanzeiger Bonn (Germany)
MUSEUM EVENT (2014 – ONGOING)
In March 2014 SUPERHIGH started to tour as a nomadic event through European museums. Around the SUPERHIGH video, we created a DIY parcours for visitors to try out the alternative SUPERHIGH methods. The museum’s staff becomes TRIPSITTERS, that explain the cultural and physiological background behind the displayed methods.
VAN ABBEMUSEUM EINDHOVEN (NETHERLANDS)
For Van Abbemuseum’s YOUNG ART NIGHT, we created a SUPERHIGH Yourself! parcours, hacking the museum’s collection by placing how-to posters and SUPERHIGH tools next to famous art works of the 21st century. Visitors SUPERHIGHed themselves through a range of drug-free methods from DOPAMINE DISCO, ASMR, 12 CYCLE METH BREATH, BIG BINAURAL BEATBOX, CONCHA CONSCIOUSNESS, ENIGMA, GANZFELD, CHRONOSYNCLASTIC INFUNDIBULUM, EYEBALL LICKING, JENKEM, KNOCKOUT KISS to PORN.
BUNDESKUNSTHALLE BONN (GERMANY)
In August 2016 we produced the Bundeskunsthalle’s official summer festival as a SUPERHIGH Yourself! event. In the midst of summer break, we managed to fill the whole museum’s space with a young audience. In just one hour, the event was sold out – and it was the first event ever to be sold out at Bundeskunsthalle.