Is there anything left to be done at all? (2014), five-channel video, sound, sculpture, dimensions variable. Installation view, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada, 2014.
The idea of productivity and goal-oriented action has been addressed from many perspectives: economically, politically, critically, philosophically. For Is there anything left to be done at all? Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens decided to explore it directly through action — using the same forms used in their own as well as other artists’ habitual labour.
During a month long residency hosted by Trinity Square Video and the 27thImages Festival, they invited four artists — Justine Chambers, Kevin Rodgers, Rodrigo Martì and Ryan Tong — to help them remove the productivity from their production-based residency and instead workshop the generative potential of unproductive labour and expenditure in creative work. By suspending the expectation to produce something for someone or for something, Ibghy & Lemmens invited their collaborators to engage with the desires that drive their creative practice without being oriented towards any purpose. The exhibition Is there anything left to be done at all? consists of traces from that activity.