Hendrik Quast & Maika Knoblich

Video / Commissioned work


3 episodes

Paranoia TV

Production specifics
Commissioned by steirischer herbst ’20

Produced by Quast & Knoblich in coproduction with steirischer herbst ’20

Supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Reload. Stipendienprogramm)

The global pandemic did not catch everyone unawares. For example, the protagonists of the life hack series by Hendrik Quast & Maika Knoblich. Passionate preppers both, they have become virtually identical in jargon and appearance as a result of years spent shoulder to shoulder getting ready for the apocalypse. Hoarding cat food, building car weasel traps, using hot sauce for self defense—it’s all part of the post-apocalyptic routine in their hobby shop. The artist duo carefully approaches the specific jargon and staged masculinity of angst-ridden lone-wolf warriors, proceeding to dissect it without making light of it in the least.

Concept, text, performance: Hendrik Quast and Maika Knoblich
Video (direction, camera, sound, editing): Maria Mogren & Jens von Larcher / ECKE FILM
Props, set: Hendrik Quast
Assistant director, production and props assistant: Christina Mäckelburg
Costumes and make-up: Christina Neuss
Executive producer: Lisa Gehring
Translation subtitles: David Tushingham