During Manifesta 11, Cabaret Voltaire was transformed into a guildhall for artists called Cabaret der Künstler – Zunfthaus Voltaire. Participating artists were invited to devise a performance in response to the festival theme - interrogating the nature of work. In Anti-Work, the artist read out the last 50 emails sent from her seven email inboxes. Uncensored and unexplained, this reading exposed the triviality and repetitiveness of office life. Framing contemporary 'work' as a result of the capitalist crisis. The artist points to a new layer of jobs, designed to expand the middle classes so as to spur over-consumption and over-production, through an influx of menial managerial roles serving no crucial purpose. The artist questions the meaningfulness of such employment and despairs of a life spent sending routine emails in a futile and self perpetuating cycle devised only to serve the capitalists' interests. 
 

In line with the ethos of the Cabaret Voltaire, no documentation of this work exists. The artist was awarded a business card marking her as a member of the Artists Guild. The performance took place in July 2016 in Zurich. 


Further information about this event may be found here.