Etwas mehr als Arbeit (eng. “A little more than work”) comprises a constellation of objects, materials, processes and documents of art, design, art production and restoration. The group show examines the meaning of craft and manufacturing of contemporary art and asks who, how and under which conditions a work of art is produced and how this knowledge influences its perception. Etwas mehr als Arbeit is conceived and realized in collaboration with the research platform Object Notes by Malte Roloff and Santiago da Silva.
Various voices from the art context are invited to reflect upon concepts surrounding work, production, craft and fabrication within their practice. Works by artists Armando Andrade Tudela, Kasia Fudakowski, Valentina Jager, Rasmus Søndergaard Johannsen, Philipp Modersohn, Ana Navas and Anna M. Szaflarski, the artwork producer Viola Eickmeier, the art conservator Carolin Bohlmann, as well as the experimental design project Kaufhaus des Ostens, contribute different views on work and craft, questioning production and skill, concepts of authorship and appropriation, as well as perceptions of artistic labour. Fundamental to the exhibition is an extended understanding of the art object, which does not just cover artworks, but also takes into consideration materials, work processes and byproducts of artistic production.
Etwas mehr als Arbeit exists in an intermediary state of productive incompleteness, at the intersection between craft, artwork, design object and mass product. The publication format, which is specifically designed for the exhibition, broadens the multidisciplinary approach of the project and brings together different contributions by the participants alongside an essay by British design historian Tanya Harrod. The publication with the title Object Notes: Just a Little Rest is published in German and English by Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite in November 2020.