Send an email to Mario Santamaría (firstname.lastname@example.org) and you will always receive an automatic reply. It will inform you that the artist is unavailable – because he is sleeping. Capitalist logic rejects sleep as ‘non-productive’, because it yields no revenue, no profits. The artist has generated countless of these autoreplies since starting in 2016. Each one is a defiant act of refusal to respond to today’s demands for our 24/7 availability. Santamaría merges conventions surrounding labour and sleep to question the boundaries between work and non-work.
Mario Santamaría― Artist
Mario Santamaría works across a wide range of media, frequently using photography, video, performance, websites and online interventions. In recent years his work focuses on tactics to embody distribution protocols, performing actions such as physically travelling to his website by repeating the data path; going for beers around the city as a Google algorithm or founding a tour operator based on the Internet physical infrastructure. His work has been shown among others in: ZKM Karlsruhe, WKV Stuttgart, MACBA Barcelona, CENART Mexico, Arebyte London, Les Rencontres d'Arles and C/O Berlin.