Visitors of an Exhibition Space are Suggested to 'Do Nothing' 

2021

(participatory) (delegated) performance, legal agreement

co-produced by Caveat, Brussels

exhibition In the Long Blink of an Eye, HISK, Gosset site, Brussels

curated by Daniella Géo

Images by the artist, Laure Cottin Stefanelli & Manuel Wetscher

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'Doing nothing' - this paradoxal, since being defined by negation, task was proposed to the visitors of an exhibition that took place in Brussels (Dec, 2020 - Jan, 2021) in a form of a performative piece.

 

Entitled Visitors of an Exhibition Space Are Suggested to 'Do Nothing’, this participatory set-up indeed invited visitors to ‘do nothing’, but first meticulously spelling out the conditions that ‘doing nothing’ will be both subject to and enabled by: visitors sign a contract that was developed by the artist in close collaboration with a lawyer, and which is legally valid and binding. After 'doing nothing', they get remunerated and receive a proof of payment.  It was possible for visitors to take part in the performance and ‘do nothing’ for any amount of time, whereas the compensation is foreseen for the number of full hours.

The contract for  'doing nothing'  specified that all applicable taxes and social contributions should be paid by both parties according to local laws and regulations.

Visitors of an exhibition space are suggested to 'do nothing' is conceived as a re-enactable piece. 

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