Short & sweet
From a small concrete building the installation Happiness explores the world of artificial happiness, which is made increasingly available to us through drugs, painkillers, and anti-depressants.
It looks like a mix between a public toilet and a pharmacy. An illegal shop staffed by a humanoid robot. She talks to us about different drugs, painkillers, and anti-depressants we can use to adjust our emotional reality by changing the serotonin and dopamine levels in our brain. With the combination of robots and pharmaceuticals, the installation explores the zone where the human and the artificial merge; where, aided by synthetic drugs, we can rehumanize or
become more than human. Or escape our human condition altogether for a while.
Happiness is created by the renowned Dutch artist Dries Verhoeven. One of the most debated artists of our time. In the borderland between performance and installation art, he highlights various aspects of the common social reality in which we live.
Supported by The Performing Arts Fund NL