10 October till 13 November 2014


Residency Rumiko Hagiwara, Mounira Al Solh

FINAL PRESENTATION: Saturday 8 November, 2 to 5 PM
A presentation of all the materials collected so far, text, images and film footage. With foods and drinks and some tools to be in a lazy state all together.

“Six days you shall labour, and do all your work.” That’s how it’s written in the ten commandments. Work ethic distinguishes the good from the pub-crawlers, the layabouts, the good for nothings, the artists. “(…) I am proud of the fact that I have celebrated laziness in art.” wrote Marcel Duchamp, immediately opposing his contemporary and biggest rival, Pablo Picasso, with his oeuvre of a tidy 50,000 works. Ever since Romanticism, laziness has been an attitude with which you oppose the system, a search for a free place in a working factory that continues to hurdle on. But as soon as you become aware of this attitude this search quickly starts to look like work again…

Rumiko Hagiwara (Japan) and Mounira Al Solh (Lebanon) are going to work in SYB to get to the bottom of laziness. Because if laziness can also be a type of opposition, and take on another form of work, then it has a function, a goal. In In praise of laziness, Hagiwara and Al Solh question how we can revalue laziness so that we can offer a counterbalance to the judgement that often echoes in our minds when we fritter away our time with apparent idleness. What is it that thrives in this idleness? Surely not the devil’s voice alone?

During the residency period, the public will be invited to participate with the artists in an intensive, critical course in laziness. The programme consists of daily sessions of lazing and specially compiled yoga and meditation classes to train the lazy body in combination with book discussions, lectures, film screenings and group discussions. The aim of the programme is to work together, to share experiences, and to learn to understand the laziness in our lives as a state of being that we can practice. You’ll find the programme’s content matter on our website.

During this programme, both artists will work on a script for their video; a conversation piece in which the conversational partners explore the ideology of laziness in our daily life.

Rumiko Hagiwara (1979, Tomioka, Japan) studied at the Tokyo Zokei University and the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. From 2008 to 2009, she resided at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Under the title “In praise of shadow”, she had a solo exhibition at Jeanine Hofland in Amsterdam in 2011. In her work, Rumiko Hagiwara focuses on subtle ordinary things in our daily lives, such as a shadow on the wall. She offers us, the viewer, suggestions which can lead to dramatic turns in the way in which we experience trivial phenomena.

Mounira Al Solh (1978, Beirut, Lebanon) studied painting at the Lebanese University in Beirut and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. From 2006 to 2008, she resided at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Mounira Al Solh has had solo shows at the Sfeir-Semler Gallery in Beirut and at the Kunsthalle in Lisbon, Portugal. Mounira deconstructs videos, installations, photo-collages, paintings, and performances in her work. She is editor in chief of the magazine NOA (Not Only Arabic).