The Working Life is a 9.50 minute film addressing the work situation from a therapeutic perspective.
The current economic crisis has left labour markets in turmoil. There are no work guaranties even with a higher educational degree; longer working hours are demanded of those in jobs; salaries are cut and availability is requested at all times. With growing fears of loosing the vital workplace, uncertainty of the perspectives for the future spreads through societies. To have or not to have a job is the main defining factor, not just when it comes to survival, but also when it comes to holding on to one’s own identity as an included member of society. But how does one behave as a good citizen, when the willingness to work and the seemingly contradictory structural need for some unemployment to keep wages low, both seem to be central demands of the crisis economy? This and other paradoxes create the whirlpool of an even deeper personal crisis and confusion.
A hypnotist guides us through the labyrinth of The Working Life in search of relief or perhaps even a way out - if such exists.
The film is produced by Pasha Parts. Commisioned by the Mead Gallery in association with the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, England.
SUPERFLEX is an artists' group founded in 1993 by JakobFenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen. SUPERFLEX describe their projects as Tools. A tool is a model or proposal that can actively be used and further utilized and modified by the user.