Knut Henrik Henriksen The story of a man who lost interest in his job and started walking in circles

How to escape the uselessness of work

By Chris Fite-Wassilak

Knut Henrik Henriksen, The story of a man who lost interest in his job and started walking in circles, 2017 (installation view). Photo: Andy Keate. Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London

Hollybush Gardens, London 24 March – 13 MayIt was only at some point during the twentieth century that a life of leisure for everyone became an aim in itself. Machines would take over all the necessary labour, leaving humans to a work-free existence. Then the problem became: what would we do with all that time? Cyberneticians like Norbert Wiener thought we would spend our time in endless play and enriching our spiritual lives, an idealism that seems almost cute at…

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