Adopting performance and often expanding it into other media, my work investigates intersubjectivity in the context of contemporary communication and subtly but sturdily attempts at subverting societal unwritten rules. I use the ‘almost unnoticed’ as a disruptive element constituting a valid alternative to shock and, more broadly, as a much needed antidote to the spectacularization of everything. My work is grounded in the everyday and blends in with its context, leveraging humour and absurdity to estrange the familiar and expose its flaws. Accepting the need for structure while acknowledging of not fully belonging to any, with my practice I constantly challenge normativity in order to loosen its conventions and make room for the weird and the other.
After finishing my long term assignment I was still employed but without an actual job, thanks to a 0 hours contract. I then started this project as a reflection on fragmented labour and, more broadly, on what work and productivity mean to us. “Spare Timesheets” is the first part of the project, and it is the transcription of the email exchange with my employer in which I share my daily tasks and activities in my now free time. This became a way to investigate how the professional sphere has crawled deep into the personal one. The second part of the project is called “Unresigned Resignation” and is the video I filmed to formally end my working relationship with my employer.
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Five performers apathetically hold a smartphone in their hands while chewing and then blowing a coloured bubble gum. After blowing them in a predetermined order, the performers leave the space to reach a changing room where they receive a new bubble gum in a different colour and then come back to the room where they start chewing again. In an otherwise sterile environment, the only display of emotion happens through the colourful bursts of the bubble gums. The colours have been arranged so that they spread from one person to the other, in order for the group emotions to be constantly uniform. Hinting at the social media realm, the work highlights how the formation of shared emotional responses has shaped and ultimately driven online communication, putting us at risk of an emotional overdose.
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