“Sorry I’m late, I didn’t want to come”
Digitization is bringing an end to the working world as we know it. The hip entrepreneurship of Silicon Valley promises cultural change. Authoritarian bosses, strict hierarchies, disgruntled employees, suit and tie, addressing others formally – is a bygone era. Work must be fun and above all meaningful. Employees and companies should grow together, learn from each other and part ways when passion fades. The promises of New Work are realized in the total commodification of human capital. Creativity, spontaneity and informality are co-opted into business plans and exploited for the growth of the company. But what happens to people’s longings and intimate desires when individual happiness is defined by indices and sales targets? Do body and libido pass over completely to the enterprise of self-optimization? Or do they wither away under the constant pressure to perform, escaping to the refuge of procrastination?
In her first solo exhibition, Un-Zu Ha-Nul Lee (*1992) shows in an installation the office of today as a point of indifference between work and leisure, work and living space, public and private sphere. For a month, the inhabitants of this space will nestle in the SCHLEUSE and ask themselves whether they would like to take a break or continue working.