"Body at rest" is an essay presented in the format of a performative-reflection on distinct vulnerabilities of subjects to forces of productivity.
"Body at rest" draws a parallel between exhausted bodies and exhausted souls, by looking into the example of Mladen Stilinovic's performances, Georges Perec's "A man asleep" and the writings of Franco Berardi. The main argument of the essay is that our relation with labour is ambiguous. By looking into rest and refusal to work "Body at rest" reflects about notions of alienation induced by rhythms and expectations to productivity but also to what other forms of alienation and incapacity to labour - such as depression - can offer.
The performative-lecture was presented at the annual College of Art Association conference in February 2017, within the panel "Bad Bodies: Inscriptions of Fatigue, Instability, and Resistance", chaired by Lauren O'Neal, along with the presentations of Erin Johnson and Virginia Solomon.
Narration by Miguel Garcia-Yeste.