Part of Out of Office

The Trainee

Pilvi Takala

2008, Video, 13 minutes 52 seconds, key card, letter

In this month-long intervention at the accountin firm Deloitte, an initially normal-seeming marketing trainee starts behaving in peculiar ways. We see her seated at her workstation in the consultants’ open-plan office space or at the tax department library, but doing absolutely nothing – all day long. One video shows her spending an entire day going up and down in an elevator. Her co-workers start avoiding her, and she becomes the subject of speculation.

People may turn a blind eye when someone pretends to be busy in the workplace, but blatant inactivity is considered unacceptable. Idleness challenges the social order.


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