a fries installation
Everyone knows the feeling of getting happy from a greasy snack on Friday night, your daily coffee to go or ordering new clothes online every week. Because you've earned it. Even though we know it's not always good for us and for the world we live in, we consume a lot in our lives. What does the constant craving for quick triggers tell us about ourselves and the times we live in? Why do people pursue happiness by consuming things that are not good for them?
At Snackgelok, you can lay in a life-size fries tray and listen to a musical compilation of audio clips in which people talk about their drive to consume and the happiness they derive from it. You 'snack' on their stories, so to speak. Besides the pleasure, the downside of snacking happiness is also discussed. Because when is it enough?
part of It gelok fan Fryslân
Snackgelok is part of It gelok fan Fryslân. In this four-year project by Tryater, theater makers Aukje Schaafsma and Karel Hermans investigate how it is possible that the happiest people in the Netherlands live in Fryslân. After the longest ever happiness poem in ten villages in 2021, the theater-makers now zoom in on consuming happiness.
"Dopamine. Amazing, isn't it, how that simple substance ties our entire lives together? Motivates and stimulates us. Rewards us. Fills what is empty. Are you what you eat? What you buy? What you collect?"
Concept: Aukje Schaafsma, Karel Hermans | Interviews & editing: Aukje Schaafsma, Tom Tieman | Design: Janne Sterke | Music: Peter Sijbenga | Sound design: Ben Vrielink | Set design: Aart Laferte, Ben Vrielink, Gerard Jorna | Made possible by Station Noord