The works in the group exhibition Arbeidstid (“work time”) are inquiries into the time and space of labour. Rather than offering representations of the different global workforces or places of production today, the exhibition considers “work” as the core activity of our existence and as a social convention. We work not just because we have to sustain ourselves, but because we feel we must.
Of particular interest is the increasing erasure of the clear demarcation between work and life, between time on and off the clock. In different ways, the artists ask questions about the shifting conditions of labour, pointing to the way work increasingly enlists not only our bodies, but our minds and hearts in the quest for productivity.
Against the backdrop of an uncertain future marked by an instable euro zone, increasing unemployment and income gaps in individual countries, as well as of a migratory, precarious and underpaid labour force, it seems all the more pertinent to query why we continue to work as we do.
The works of art on view, self-reflexive and often performative, draw lines to the past, look critically at the present, and begin to imagine what a future where work and the economic regime that underpin it might be resisted and reconfigured.
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
May 23 - September 1, 2013
Curated by Milena Hoegsberg
Artists: MTL (Nitasha Dhillon & Amin Husain), Marianne Flotron, Paul Graham, Olivia Plender, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, KPD (Kleines Postfordistisches Drama), Sharon Lockhart, Tehching Hsieh, Duncan Campbell, Jesper Alvær, Michala Paludan, Allan Sekula.