Opening reception: 28th May 2009, 6-9pm
A site-specific show in an unfinished office block in Dublin, Ireland.
Ra di Martino (IT) Aleana Egan [Berlin] Rhona Byrne [IRL] Miguel Mitlag [AR]
Lee Welch [IRL] Karl Burke [IRL] Linda Quinlan [IRL] Declan Clarke [IRL]
Curated by Aoife Tunney.
A space where people gather to labour or work has a distinctive, fundamental nature attached to it. An office block functions around discipline, timeframes, archives, ethics, deadlines, hierarchy, production and often monotonous drudgery. With 'Workingspace' I would like to challenge the notion that an office-block work scenario represents only this. By using this space which is not yet a functioning office space, but is within an office block, I am in this sense opening up debate about how we, as workers, can look at the working space as something other than the management of time and production. Perhaps as something more human and more important to our psychological make-up and as a positive element of our social activity in our daily cycles.
"Labor is the source of all wealth, the political economists assert…It is the prime basic condition for all human existence, and this to an extent that, in a sense, we have to say that labor created man itself."
Frederick Engels, The origin of the family, private property and the state, 1942.
I would like to offer a space in which 'work' can take place, which also allows for leisure and pleasurable activities.
French Philosopher Henri Lefebvre asserted that "The most remarkable aspect of the transition we are living through is not so much the passage from want to affluence as the passage from labor to leisure. Leisure contains the future, it is the new horizon. The prospect then is one of unremitting labor to bequeath to future generations a chance of founding a society of leisure that will overcome the demands and compulsions of productive labor so that time may be devoted to creative activities or simply to pleasure and happiness." 1939.
This project invites eight artists to respond to this office block space, within which they can make or place their work. With a mixture of inherent cultural ideas and influences and a cross section of practices, the artists can develop their dialogue with the subjects loosely attached to the space bringing a sort of shared global work experience. The avenues of investigation are all open.