Visitors of an Exhibition Space are Suggested to 'Do Nothing'
(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
Nothing/ Doing_Melanie Weill
video HD, 01:02:00
image & editing: Ychai Gassenbauer
commissioned by HISK for Sonsbeek Quadrinal 20--->24 - Conjunctions , Arnhem, Netherlands, 2021
The film unveils a durational exploration of ‘doing nothing’, its boundaries and in-depth emotional and physical momenta triggered by the experience of creating an intentional void. Melanie Weill, the participant featured in the film, stayed on the chair one hour and 2 min and was payed €10,25 upon the rate of Belgian minimum wages.
The length of the film corresponds (exactly) to the duration of the experience undertaken by Melanie, while conceptually the film is conceived to re-activate the performativity of 'doing nothing' by a viewer: a viewer also 'does nothing' (if they would watch the film from the beginning to the end, of course).