Ne rien faire contre rémunération
performance & intervention in public space
produced with support of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
exhibition Entretenir vaut mieux, New Space, Liege (Be) - duo show with Marc Buchy
curated by Dorothée Duvivier
Images by the Maxence Dedry
Ne rien faire contre rémunération [Doing nothing for payment] is a new context-specific version of the performance Visitors of an Exhibition Space are Suggested to 'Do Nothing' (2021).
The artist suggested to the public to sit in large comfortable chair and be paid for 'doing nothing' the local hourly minimum wage. Visitors first sign a contract that provides a legal frame to their commitment to ‘do nothing’. After ‘doing nothing’ they receive a proof of payment. All applicable taxes and social contributions are paid according to local laws and regulations.
The original idea of paying people for ‘doing nothing’ was born from a discussion with Azad Asifovich, Azerbadjan-born, Paris- based ‘curator-at-large’, in the beginning of March 2020.
It was conceived as a reaction to the pervading pressure for extensive overproduction and efficiency in the art-world and beyond. The exceptional circumstances that followed with
the general lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic made an uncanny echo to this project.
The contract was drafted together with legal expert Julie Van Elslande and cultural worker Jesse Van Winden within the framework of the research on ecologies of artistic practice entitled Caveat and conducted by the Brussels-based platform Jubilee.
display campaign in public space "for rent"
Display campaign in public space
Ne rien faire contre rémunération. 0487.412.403
images 1 & 2 : Art au Centre #8,
window display, 47 rue de l'Université, Liège (Be)
vinyl, 90 x 120 cm
images 4 - 6 : multiple interventions in public space, Liège (Be)
images 7,8 : multiple interventions in public space, Liège (Be)
print on paper, A4
Images by Art au Centre, Aurélie Frankenne
"To spread the invitation to the performance. I conceived a poster by taking up the graphic design of the typical Belgian orange-black posters "for rent". [...] We also disseminated black & white ads and stickers as widely as possible in the city. As a result, many people outside of the art world came to 'do nothing'." 1
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