Joana Cera & Javier Peñafiel. “General Indisposition. An essay about fatigue”. Fabra i Coats – Contemporary Art Center | 12.06.15 – 01.11.15

Curated by Martí Peran

If industrial capitalism produced commodity with exchange value and the post-Fordist capitalism shifted to the production of subjectivity, today goodwill focuses on self-production of identity. Has imposed the logic of the subject of self-exploitation. The rhetoric of entrepreneurship and ideological advertising is unequivocal: Do it Yourself; I am What I am. This new production slogan – ask yourself – causing widespread nerve hyperactivity. Every moment we are under an obligation to take countless small decisions at all (labor, emotional, social, ..) areas have become the new workforce: no overarching nothing and ensure the profit generated by the constant action the in-stillness. The subject has been confused with the incessant movement their own alienation.
Overactive life is the paradigm of poverty of experience as leading to a deficit over: we have many experiences but most are banal. The result has been recognized under different headings: Nuda Vida (G.Agamben) Damaged Life (S. Lopez Petit), Fatigue Society (B.Ch. Han), Corrosion of Character (R. Sennett), Factory Unhappiness (F. Berardi), Depressive Society (A. Ehrenberg), … fatigue, pain of self-exploitation, thus becomes inevitable. But instead of representing a pathological condition that must be corrected in order to return to the senseless spiral of production, fatigue may represent an opportunity for the awakening of consciousness; the turning point from which an emancipatory process starts. Fatigue is the moment of arrest and pause, the moment of “tiredness able” (P.Handke) with starting sabotage. And fatigue becomes – as molecular revolution – at the start of a strike politicizes discomfort.

Andrea Aguado, Xavier Arenós, Samuel Beckett, Espai en Blanc, Erick Beltrán, Iñaki Bonillas, Domènec, Marcel Duchamp, Pepe Espaliú, Mounir Fatmi, Eduardo Fukusima, William Kentridge, Marcellvs L., Julia Montilla, Bruce Nauman, João Onofre, Gina Pane, Carlos Pazos, Javier Peñafiel, Perejaume, Nedko Solakov, Sinéad Spelman, Mladen Stilinovic, Alina Szapocznikow, Sam Taylor-Wood.​

Fabra i Coats – Centre d’Art Contemporani. Barcelona

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