In 2021, Iceland introduced shorter working hours across the public sector. The four-day week has
since become a topic of discussion across the world, as people look to secure a successful worklife balance. Leeds-based multidisciplinary artist Glen Ogden asks: “Should money be our only motivation in the workplace?” His practice investigates the role of labourers in historic and contemporary society. Intensive durational performances and films, including Lay & Unlay, are fuelled by futile actions and satire. Through a repetitive cycle of activity and rest, human subjects are repurposed as tools in fictional narratives – reflecting on burnout.
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Image Credit: Glen Ogden, Non-Essential Workers Poster (detail), (2022). 29.7cm x 42cm.