No Time To Lose

Amy Alexander, Cathy Busby, Anja Hertenberger & Anja Steidinger, Saki Satom, Abigail Schoneboom, Tobaron Waxman

No Time to Lose responds to the decline of personal time experienced in large parts of the world due to increased hours spent working. The negative effects of overwork are widespread, including health and relationship problems, accidents caused by cutting corners or fatigue, and social and political disengagement, yet many of us feel at a loss over what to do. No Time to Lose draws attention to the unsustainability of social and economic systems that do not afford people sufficient time outside of work.

How can we stop living for the economy and by the clock and start living in ways that are more gratifying and equitable?

No Time to Lose is envisioned as a contribution to global efforts directed at motivating and mobilizing people to trust their instincts and take back their time. As such, it features artwork that encourages you to disengage from your stressful routines and consider what you are losing because of an unbalanced lifestyle.

Additionally, projects suggest how you might be able to make changes for the better. The tone of the exhibition conveys a careful balance between conceptual engagement and motivational empowerment tempered with a good sense of humour.

The show includes both work in and outside the gallery.

Milena Placentile, curator , says about the show: "No Time to Lose was inspired by a personal work/life crisis. But I realized I am not alone... so many of us are overworked, so many of us are underpaid, and all of us yearn for lifestyles that are not only more simple, but also more sustainable."

Carl Honoré, author of best-selling book 'In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed', says: "In our workaholic culture, we have lost the art of leisure. We never make time to switch off; to rest and reflect; to play; to do nothing at all. But leisure is not an optional extra; it is an essential part of a life well-lived and a cornerstone of every great civilization. No Time To Lose is a powerful reminder that we are often most alive, most ourselves, when we are at rest."

Image: Saki Satom, Desk project, video installation 2005, photo by Michael Franke
No Time To Lose

Event Title: No Time To Lose
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