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Marianne Flotron, Fired, 2007, still from a color video, 7 minutes 51 seconds.

Marianne Flotron

Kunsthalle Bern

Marianne Flotron, Fired, 2007, still from a color video, 7 minutes 51 seconds.

In recent years, politically engaged artists have confronted viewers with a multitude of current and historical conflicts. Yet they rarely enter the realm of daily life in the business world, where the microstructures of economic power are formed among individuals. So much more exciting, then, is the work of the Amsterdam-based Swiss artist Marianne Flotron, who disturbs these subtle and seemingly unremarkable routines in videotaped scenes.

With the support of the Kunsthalle Bern, Flotron created the four-part video piece Work, 2011, as one component of her first solo institutional exhibition, curated by Philippe Pirotte and also called “Work.” The first section, “The Play,” shows scenes that take place in an open-plan office in the glassy ambience of a Dutch insurance company. In “Rehearsal,” a group of employees along with some actors, under the guidance of a director, practice

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