Out of Office

This isn’t working for us

10 February 2023
— 30 April 2023
12:00 — 17:00

Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture
Opening times:
Wednesday till Sunday from 12:00 – 17:00
Every Saturday: Pointlessness Coordinator, 14:00 – 16:00

Ticket price:
€5,- (Regular) or €4,- (Discount CJP, Upas, Student, <18)

Extended till 30 April

Our schedules are packed. We define ourselves by our work. And we are constantly exhausted. The excesses of today’s technology-driven work culture are familiar to everyone – efficiency has become the norm and permanent availability a given. From 10 February till 30 April 2023, the IMPAKT Exhibition Out of Office presents a collection of artistic responses that reveal, rethink and reject the constant drive towards exploitative productivity. How can we carve out space to catch our breath?

Technological advances didn’t create a future that frees humans from labour after all. Instead we see management algorithms optimising labour efficiency without concern for the people who do the work. We see apps and platforms pushing us to become the ‘best’ (read: most productive) version of ourselves. In our current neoliberal society, we’re constantly either working or thinking about work, or else feeling guilty about not working. The title Out of Office will be familiar from those auto-reply emails informing us of the sender’s non-availability, but it can also be read as a reference to how work follows us wherever we go. The pandemic accentuated existing problems on the labour market, and opened the eyes of many. People started to reconsider their priorities in life and work and new terms like ‘the great resignation’ and ‘quiet quitting’ are now common.

The artists in the exhibition reflect on their own position and current conditions in the workplace. They question standard practices and explore the subversive potential of conventions such as the auto-reply, the CV and the eight-hour workday. Jobs requires us to perform – in the sense of successfully carrying out desired tasks but also in the sense of acting. Building on this inherent performativity of the roles we take up at work, Out of Office explores actions for critique and resistance. In the modern workplace context, doing nothing, not showing up, or gestures of mutual support become acts of resistance against a system in which profit, efficiency, and optimisation are central. How to extend such resistance to foster collective action and solidarity? 

With artworks by: Noa Marthe Prins, Alina Lupu, Sam Meech, Adrian Melis, Mario Santamaría, Tytus Szabelski, Pilvi Takala, Total Refusal,
Curator: Marijn Bril
Exhibition design: Zalán Szakács

With support of: City of Utrecht, Creative Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fund, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds and the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union. 


Public programme

You are invited to the official opening of Out of Office on:

Friday 10 February
18:00 – 20:00
IMPAKT (Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht)

With a new performance by Noa Marthe Prins. Noa Marthe Prins is a artist for high effort art gossip, presenting critical narratives and observations on institutions, structures, and phenomena within the Dutch cultural sector.



On 23 March invite you to the second performance by Noa Marthe Prins as part of the exhibition Out of Office. WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY is an in-progress textile work that Noa Marthe Prins created over the course of the exhibition.

Thursday 23 March
20:00 – 21:00
Location: IMPAKT (Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht)

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