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Neoteny Institute for the End of Work

We see overworked employees confined to absurd tasks, dedicating themselves to childish games. To avoid going mad behind their machines and overcome vacuity, they go back to childhood. When they get fired from their stupid job, they let their repressed emotions take over, take it out on their working tools and destroy their machines, in a distant re-enactment of the Luddite movement. Their daily lives are made of Sudoku challenges in secret of their superiors, of office chairs races in the corridors, of improvised strip teases on construction sites… The office or the factory becomes the ultimate amusement park for the last human beings who dedicate themselves to work.

The installation is composed of a collection of found footage videos, which show the most blatant symptoms of the debasement due to labour in the beginning of the 21st century. It shows human beings concealed in zoo-like environments, entertaining themselves like neurotics. How is it possible to build a viable society by locking people in such dull environments?

Supported by The Alliance Française de Kotte

Thu 25.08 / 19:00 - 22:00
Fri 26.08 / 12:00 – 22:00
Sat 27.08 + Sun 28.08 / 10:00 – 22:00
Mon 29.08 – Thu 01.09 / 12:00 – 22:00
Former General Post Office

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Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon

Artists and researchers Stéphane Degoutin (born in Toronto, Canada, lives and works in Paris, France) and Gwenola Wagon (born, lives and works in Paris) have founded the LOPH laboratory to study and struggle against the Obsolescence of Mankind. Their research focuses on the human condition after mankind, human relationships after sex, architecture after pleasure. Their projects address ambivalent situations, between the actual and the virtual, between war and dance, between the city and its potential, between the post-human ideology and the obsolescence of mankind. They create video installations, films and sound pieces, such as Hypnorama, Utopia Factory, Sex Park, Vincennes Zoo Research Lab, Terrorism Museum, le film Cyborgs in the Mist and Dance Party in Iraq.

On Sun 28.08 / 18:30, Stéphane and Gwenola will discuss their work in an Artists' Conversation followed by a screening of their film World Brain.