13 June – 26 July, 2008

Opening night Thursday 12 June, 6 – 8pm

No Time to Lose responds to the decline of personal time experienced in large parts of the world due to increased hours spent working. The negative effects of overwork are widespread, including health and relationship problems, accidents caused by cutting corners or fatigue, and social and political disengagement, yet many of us feel at a loss over what to do. No Time to Lose draws attention to the unsustainability of social and economic systems that do not afford people sufficient time outside of work.

How can we stop living for the economy and by the clock and start living in ways that are more gratifying and equitable?

No Time to Lose is envisioned as a contribution to global efforts directed at motivating and mobilizing people to trust their instincts and take back their time. As such, it features artwork that encourages you to disengage from your stressful routines and consider what you are losing because of an unbalanced lifestyle.

Additionally, projects suggest how you might be able to make changes for the better. The tone of the exhibition conveys a careful balance between conceptual engagement and motivational empowerment tempered with a good sense of humor.

The show includes both work in and outside the gallery.

Curated by Milena Placentile

Milena Placentile, curator , says about the show: “No Time to Lose was inspired by a personal work/life crisis. But I realized I am not alone… so many of us are overworked, so many of us are underpaid, and all of us yearn for lifestyles that are not only more simple, but also more sustainable.”

Carl Honor√©, author of best-selling book ‘In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed’, says:In our workaholic culture, we have lost the art of leisure. We never make time to switch off; to rest and reflect; to play; to do nothing at all. But leisure is not an optional extra; it is an essential part of a life well-lived and a cornerstone of every great civilization. No Time To Lose is a powerful reminder that we are often most alive, most ourselves, when we are at rest.www.carlhonore.com / www.slowplanet.com

Exhibition Schedule

  • 13 June – 19 July at PVA: Anja Hertenberger & Anja Steidinger, Saki Satom and Abigail Schoneboom
  • 22 – 26 July at PVA: Tobaron Waxman, ‘Ice Block’
  • 13 June – 26 July at Georgina Scott Sutherland Library (RGU, Garthdee Campus): Cathy Busby, 24/7

Diary of events

all events are free

  • Friday 13 June, 12.30-1.30pm: Lunchtime discussion at PVA with curator Milena Placentile and various artists.
  • Tuesday 17 June, 7pm: Cineclub at PVA // Given To The People (Simon Yuill, 2008, with music by Foxface, 35 min)
  • Friday 20 June, 5 – 9pm: CyberSpaceLand performances around town by Amy Alexander. Locations: The Green, 5pm; Schoolhill, 6pm; Beach Boulevard 7pm.
  • Tuesday 8 July, 7pm: Cineclub at PVA // Four short films around theme of No Time to Lose. Work (Kika Thorne, 1999)/The Measure of Success (Coleen Finlayson & Cherie Moses, 1987), A cure for being ordinary (Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, 2005) / Dreams of the Night Cleaners (Leila Suijr, 1996). Running time just over an hour.

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