Works

Happiness

Happiness explores the area where man and artificiality converge, where synthetic substances help us to re-humanise, maxi-humanise or, for a while, abandon our humanness altogether. In his latest work, Dries explores the world of artificial happiness that is available to us in the form of drugs, painkillers and antidepressants. On the street there is a small pharmacy. A humanoid—a human-looking robot—works in there as a pharmacy assistant. She tells us about the various products we can use to tweak our serotonin and dopamine levels, and by doing so, shape our reality. Are we moving closer to a world in which we can be lyrical on command, and our emotions programmable?

Happiness explores the area where man and artificiality converge, where synthetic substances help us to re-humanise, maxi-humanise or, for a while, abandon our humanness altogether. In his latest work, Dries explores the world of artificial happiness that is available to us in the form of drugs, painkillers and antidepressants. On the street there is a small pharmacy. A humanoid—a human-looking robot—works in there as a pharmacy assistant. She tells us about the various products we can use to tweak our serotonin and dopamine levels, and by doing so, shape our reality. Are we moving closer to a world in which we can be lyrical on command, and our emotions programmable?

Press

"De drek moet ergens heen."

Voor Mister Motley interviewde Selm Wenselaer Verhoeven over de installatie 'Happiness' op de NDSM-werf en over de vraag of kunst de publieke ruimte nog ontregelen kan.

Credits

concept Dries Verhoeven
production Studio Dries Verhoeven
dramaturgy Hella Godee
creation humanoid Chris Creatures Filmeffects
photography Willem Popelier
director assistant  Bart van de Woestijne
voice Annie Saunders
sound Jimi Zoet
understudy Yurie Umamoto
costume Saskia Schoenmaker
production Olga Godschalk
assistent production Jennifer Welts
technique Roel Evenhuis
intern Charles Pas
software Sylvain Vriens
graphics Julia Berg

Happiness is co-commissioned by SPRING Festival and Stichting NDSM-werf and made possible with the generous support of BPD Cultuurfonds, Fonds Fentener van Vlissingen, stimuleringsfonds creatieve industrie, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and BNG Cultuurfonds.