Artists: Nelly Haliti, Thomas Julier, Nick Oberthaler, Jochen Schmith, Andrea Winkler
Exhibition title: Corporate Fatigue
Venue: Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna, Austria
Date: November 16 – December 15, 2017
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Neuer Kunstverein Wien
Note: List of works can be found here
Creativity, flexibility and initiative have become the basis of a new work/life philosophy. Individual self-actualization has replaced discipline and conformity with the rules. The freedom of one’s own scope of action seems limitless. In fact, it turns out that self-actualization is not just a possibility but a duty, because creative performance is subject to the dictum of economic utilization processes. Since it is necessary to market one’s own personality, appropriation of the individual assumes a new quality. The demand for selfhood increasingly influences the human psyche: permanent flaunting of authentic abilities causes a state of exhaustion that infiltrates and corrupts personal creativity.
Corporate Fatigue detects symptoms of deregulated capital flows, forced identification and signs of overall weariness.
Corporate Fatigue searches for the fragmented self in changing social, cultural, spatial and temporal relationships.
Corporate Fatigue are suspicious artist-subjects and other ruins of constructed individuality
Text: Nadine Droste & the artists