human resources – human resources, 2016
C-Prints and performance in: Waste Value Rising (Abfallwert steigend), Kunst Haus Garage Wien (Vienna). Curated by Barbara Holub.
RELAX shows two C-prints in the exhibition Waste Value Rising (Abfallwert steigend). The work, which takes the shape of two posters mounted in the inner courtyard of KUNST HAUS WIEN, takes on the widely and uncritically accepted word combination of human beings and resources, expressing their utility.
The exhibition waste value on the rise turns the Garage at KUNST HAUS WIEN into a space for discussion on art objects and the value of labour, thereby placing the narrow borderline between value and non-value, the loss and increase in value into the context of current social issues. Garages often serve as an interim storage space for things and passions whose future and use are uncertain; things one cannot (yet) do without or doesn’t want to get rid of. In this sense a garage is a place where the line between current and potential value, between art object and waste is blurred. The value of labour is subject to drastic fluctuation, is determined variously according to different contexts and is latently subject to a loss of value and a categorisation as waste (Text Barbara Holub).