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El valor de la ausencia: excusas para ausentarse de su centro laboral, 2009-2010

The Value of Absence: Excuses to Absent Oneself from One's Place of Work, 2009-2010
Installation, Mides diverses

In Cuba, the lack of motivation in the socialist system of production leads to workers inventing excuses for not going to work, while tolerant management has turned this into a way of life. Adrian Melis has compiled and recorded the creative process involved in this tangle of excuses. The artist has gathered a large quantity of these pretexts by buying the recording rights of the telephone conversations in which workers call in sick. The price paid for these rights equals the reduction in salary caused by taking leave, a period which may last from one to thirty days. In other words, the artist matches what the workers would have been paid by going to work.

In this way, he generates an unproductive workforce receiving the same salary the State would pay for a productive one. Melis paid for this unproductivity at the end of the period of sick leave.

Technical details

Original title:
El valor de la ausencia: excusas para ausentarse de su centro laboral
Registration number:
5205
Artist:
Melis, Adrian
Date created:
2009-2010
Date acquired:
2014
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Installation
Media:
Wood, printed ink on paper and single channel video, colour, sound, 80 min
Dimensions:
Mides diverses
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Private long-term loan
Copyright:
© Adrian Melis
It has accessibility resources:
No

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