Sašo Sedlaček: Oblomo

Sašo Sedlaček: Oblomo
15 April–14 May 2022

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition Oblomo by Sašo Sedlaček, which will take place on Friday, 15 April 2022, at 7 p.m. at KiBela, space for art.


Can laziness be the ultimate form of labor in the age of automation?

In Oblomo, Sašo Sedlaček uses the same technologies that otherwise force us to be constantly active – such as biometrics – to explore the issues of the fast-approaching work-free society. How can we adapt the latter to economic structures based on sustainable growth? How can we earn money, buy goods and pay bills without working? Is it possible to turn non-work into productive activity?

The project identifies the visionary representation of Russian realism in the individual of the 21st century, who will be – or already is – replaced in physical work by robots and artificial intelligence. The project also carries an environmental and health message due to the destructive impact of humans on the environment and the lack of reflection resulting from continuous activity. Laziness can be eco, he argues. And healthy.

The exhibition at the KiBela, space for art, presents Oblomo in production by Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, which first presented the project as part of the one-year program Hyperemployment – Post-Work, Online Labor and Automation. Oblomo was first presented in autumn 2020 at the Exportdrvo Gallery as part of Dopolavoro, the flagship project of Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture, and at the Aksioma Project Space.

Sašo Sedlaček graduated in Sculpture and Video at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, where he has been working as an Associate Professor in the Video, Animation and New Media program since 2015. He has received various awards for his work, including the Trend Award for Outstanding Achievements in Visual Culture (Ljubljana, 2012) and VIDA 11 (Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, 2008). His work is included in various private and public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MSUM) and the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (MGML). Since 2001, it has been exhibited in Slovenia and abroad in various venues, the most recent of which are: Museum of Fine Arts in Split (2021), Espace Multimedia Gantner, Bourougne, France (2020), Dopolavoro, Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture (2020), Pistori palace in Bratislava (2020), City Gallery in Ljubljana (2019), Espace Apollonia in Strasbourg (2018), Contemporary Art Palazzo Torriani, Gradisca d'Isonzo (2018), Autostrada Biennale Prizren (2017), Handel Street Projects in London (2017), Maribor Art Gallery (2017), Museum of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana (2016), AND Festival in Manchester (2015), Wro Art Center in Wroclaw (2015), Ars Electronica in Linz (2014), Transmediale in Berlin (2014).

Admission is free. You can attend the event in accordance with the NIPH recommendations.

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Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Photo: Gregor Salobir

Photo: Gregor Salobir



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