A parafiction on the aftermath of the creative industries
The parafictional documentary meandmywork and the (Bureau)Creative Age playing in the auditorium and the accompanying exhibition here in the INBOX at M HKA, are the final result of visual artist Sarah Hendrickx’s Phd research in the Arts at St Lucas Antwerp and the University of Antwerp.
The Bureaucreative Age is a research that finds itself tangled within a corporate, economic and bureaucratic environment and is explored inside an artistic parafiction. The artist plays with an overlap between fact and fiction through the imagination of the Research Centre on Creative Abilities meandmywork.
The story in which meandmywork is ultimately set up as a fictitious character, over-identifies itself with the bureaucratic and corporate processes experienced in the business field of creativity incorporated. In order to leave the door open for speculation, the research is an artistic act of futuring: a process to think about the future, envision what may happen, and to gain insight into actions to take in the present.
Several different layers were constructed meticulously to work on the truthiness of the story while at the same time adjusting sentences, words, visuals, ways of editing, etc. that hint the fabrication of the whole fiction. Real interviews bring about other reflections and opinions and strengthen the documentary’s credibility.
Another part of the research enters the stage by means of an exhibition showcasing so called artefacts dating from The Bureaucreative Age and the journey of the Research Centre meandmywork, encouraging the viewer to step further inside its fiction.
The parafiction of The Bureaucreative Age and the Research Centre on Creative Abilities meandmywork as its lead role, produce their meaning in the encounter with the spectator, creating a specific multiplicity while introducing a fatalistic version of what might happen when art and creativity get absorbed by corporate dominion.
of the documentary meandmywork and the (Bureau)Creative Age
in the auditorium (3rd floor) at 4 pm and at 3:30 pm – duration 50’
with valid entrance ticket
Saturday 26 February
Wednesday 2 March
Saturday 5 March
Wednesday 9 March
Saturday 12 March
Wednesday 16 March
Saturday 19 March
Artists: Sarah Hendrickx