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Labour of Play

Matrix City Screening #6

Less than 50 years ago, Constant Nieuwenhuis projected a world in which play would replace work and become our main activity. Now, for an increasing group of citizens, the border between work and play has blurred to such an extent that they have become this contemporary version of homo ludens – be it in a rather perverted way.

Citizens participate in social performances and interactive play in order to get rewarded and proceed through micro and macro-hierarchies to the next level of ‘play’ while accumulating value for the leisure industry. Concepts like play have become commodified activities. This program explores how today’s technology has started providing the structural logistics for a never ending labour that combines communication, play, sophisticated time organization and active utility leisure.


ATENTADO
/
Fernando Huck en Eduardo Srur
Brazil, 2004, 01:00 min

GOLD FARMERS / Ge Jin
China, 2007, 15:00 min.

HIKIKOMORI /
Francesco Jodice en Karl Karman
Japan, 2004, 22:00 min.

LE ROI DES AULNES (NY) / AES+F
Russia, 2003, 10:30 min.

LEAP / Egle Budvytyte
The Netherlands, 2009, 05:00 min.

NEW BABYLON DE CONSTANT /
Victor Nieuwenhuijs en Maartje Seyferth
The Netherlands, 2005, 13:30 min.

RÖYKSOPP – REMIND ME /
Ludovic Houplan and Hervé de Crécy
France, 2002, 04:00 min.

SUB-OPTIMAL / John Butler
UK, 2007, 03:30 min.

WEB2.0 SUICIDE MACHINE MEETING THE
LAWYER /
moddr_/WORM (Danja Vasiliev, Gordan Savicic, Walter Langelaar)
The Netherlands, 2010, 04:20 min.


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