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Olivia Plender, Self-direction Lounge, 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable. From “Arbeidstid” (Work Time).

“Arbeidstid”

Henie Onstad Art Centre

Olivia Plender, Self-direction Lounge, 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable. From “Arbeidstid” (Work Time).

The current leadership of the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter has repeatedly repudiated the idea that art can stand isolated from the society that surrounds it. Recently, for instance, we saw a multipart project about education, “Learning for Life.” The center’s summerlong show “Arbeidstid” (Work Time) explored historical and contemporary notions of labor. The exhibition included pieces by fourteen artists and groups, and was accompanied by the publication Living Labor,__ edited by the exhibition’s curator, Milena Hoegsberg, with writer Cora Fisher. More a freestanding component of the exhibition than a catalogue, this playfully organized collection of essays and artist projects served as an instructive introduction to the show’s topic: our increasing tendency to allow labor to govern life.

Arbeidstid” was shown in two rooms separated by a passageway, a challenging set of spaces only

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