In my work I have for long questioned notions of play and leisure as opposed to concepts of labor, work, and productivity. To explore the paradoxes and contradictions found in free time and the ones observed between the job of the artist and the lazy or unproductive individual, I've been tracking the developments in recreational activities and registering their relation to art movements, associating, for example, the invention of the first inflatable swimming pools with the Anthropometric performances by Yves Klein. See also LABOUR SERIES.
By invitation of Andrea Valencia, curator at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, I was challenged to present part of my research on the online platform - THE BACKROOM.
The research grows mainly through a chronology, a working-document continuously being updated, that connects the history of art and leisure by means of playful coincidences between artifacts of recreation and art. Accompanying the timeline, I've developed sketches, drawings and collages, to explore this relationship, which in turn are used as concepts for a new film in the form of a TV episodes - NEVER TOUCH THE GROUND (coming soon). To quote Andrea Valencia: "Even if correlation does not mean causation, the somewhat academic, somewhat fictional timeline creates the sense that there could not be art without play."
The research has been developed with the kind support of CBK Rotterdam, The Netherlands.