You’re So Busy
Would you rather feel too busy or not busy enough?*
Asks Ann Lee to the unaware visitors in Tino Sehgal’s constructed situation from 2011. Ten years later, this question still stands. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, we seem unable to detach from busyness, turning our homes into offices–unwilling to accept “the mighty pause we have been dealt by nature”**. What is it about the rupture we are experiencing and our collective refusal to acknowledge it? Are we entering a post-pandemic life, or has capitalism decided to move on? Are we simply too busy?
ABOUT PROTOZONES 2020-2025
With our concept PROTOZONES 2020-2025, we have developed an exhibition model that focuses on process-based art, which presents accessible and sustainable practices through high and low intensity phases. Our third Protozone, You’re So Busy, will develop throughout its seven weeks, accumulating and filling the space with traces of processes developed both previous to and during the Protozone. Each project focuses on care and radical love, prioritizing horizontal organizational structures that remain porous, allowing audiences various points of entry and engagement. Exploring new ways of exhibiting artistic processes, building inclusive communities, and experiencing time in the exhibition space.
ABOUT YOU‘RE SO BUSY
You’re So Busy will also host a physical manifestation of the SHED, an in-process virtual greenroom for invited artists and thinkers to inhabit this virtual space and leave traces – whether it be a sketch of an idea developed, documentation of a realized work, or a testing site for the development of a work in process. the SHED will present two processes developed virtually over the course of the pandemic by artists Autumn Knight and Krõõt Juurak.
You’re So Busy attempts to refocus our eyes from screens, walls and windows back to one another. Bringing together performers, writers, activists and artists, this Protozone proposes itself as a catalyst for new ways of thinking and spilling outside the institution, into our daily lives. We believe these practices are crucial to help us not simply return or reassume activity with the same methods and ideals we relied on before 2020.
You’re So Busy is both a calling out and a refusal to be overlooked, asking for attention to be paid to people, practices and processes that ideas of productivity and capital discount.
Programmed by Michelangelo Miccolis for Shedhalle
Producers: Cora Gianolla and nick von kleist
*Ann Lee is a continuation of the project No Ghost Just a Shell initiated by artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno in 1999.
**OFFSHORE, OFFSHORE IN VENICE (2020).