Part of Out of Office

Auto Sleep

Mario Santamaría

 2016–ongoing, E-mail

Send an email to Mario Santamaría ( 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.


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