WORK LIFE BALANCE LABORATORY
22.02.-27.03.2011
Experimental self fulfilling prophesy and public sculpture
at UTOPIA PARKWAY, an art festval organized by INTERVENTIONSRAUM STUTTGART

An abandoned flower shop in a to-be-demolished mall is where I started the Work Life Balance Laboratory.
The space in the commercal heart of Stuttgart functioned as my living room, studio, exhibition space and over time also developed into café, meeting point, library, open stage, bar and dance floor.. 24/7 over the course of five weeks
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THE CARPET IS ALIVE
dispersion on carpet
UB 2011


THE SPIRAL JETTY

cress on carpet, UB 2011


FIKUS LEVITATION BAR
fikus plant, discoball motor, aluminium, wood, paint, spotlight
Ulrike Buck 201
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background:
CURTAIN
curtain, paint
Helmut Dietz 2011

Foto: Daniela Wolf



WLB - WORDS LIKE BLUE

conceptual library
Adrianna Liedtke, Anna Holtz 2011

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Slide Show Karaoke by random strangers


BEST OF BEST OF BEST OF
VIDEO GROUP SCREENING SHOW

Curated by Marco Schmitt and Patrick Alt

Das Ende war vorprogrammiert...

Saturday night, 12. 03. 2011
WORK LIFE BALANCE LABORATORY closed with a ecstatic and disastrous party.


Foto: Daniela Wolf

Der Begriff Work-Life-Balance steht für einen Zustand, in dem Arbeit und Privatleben miteinander in Einklang stehen. Kritisch anzumerken ist zu diesem Begriff die enthaltene implizite Unterstellung, dass (Berufs-)Arbeit ("work") etwas anderes sei und abseits passiere vom Leben ("life").

The work-leisure dichotomy was invented in the mid 1800s. In anthropology, a definition of happiness is to have as little separation as possible "between your work and your play." The expression "Work–life balance" was first used in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s to describe the balance between an individual's work and personal life. In the United States, this phrase was first used in 1986.
Over the past twenty-five years, there has been a substantial increase in work which is felt to be due, in part, by information technology and by an intense, competitive work environment. Long-term loyalty and a "sense of corporate community" have been eroded by a performance culture that expects more and more from their employees yet offers little security in return.
Many experts predicted that technology would eliminate most household chores and provide people with much more time to enjoy leisure activities; but many ignore this option, encouraged by prevailing consumerist culture and a political agenda that has "elevated the work ethic to unprecedented heights and thereby reinforced the low value and worth attached to parenting" Source: Wikipedia


This signs appeared in the area only a week after the end of Work Life Balance Laboratory.