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, I read out the last 50 emails sent to my (at the time) seven email inboxes. Uncensored and unexplained, this reading aimed to exposed the triviality and repetitiveness of working life. The work performed David Graeber's writings on 'Bullshit Jobs' – a layer of jobs designed to expand the middle classes so as to spur consumption and production, through an influx of menial managerial roles serving no purpose. My work questions the meaningfulness of my employment and despairs of a life spent sending routine emails in a self perpetuating cycle devised to serve the interests of capitalism.
In line with the ethos of the Cabaret Voltaire, no documentation of this work exists. I was awarded a business card marking me as a member of the Artists Guild. The performance took place in July 2016 in Zurich.