“Working Progress” Experimental video, single channel, 06 mins. 37 secs. 2017, April
Keywords: work environments, routine, absurd, repetitive, system, individual
“Working Progress” is an uncanny, surrealist, and absurdist commentary on day-to-day repetitive jobs, and the daily rhythm of “metro, boulot, dodo” that frames modern day urban life. The mechanical repetitive routine of work environments results in complicity with the system, by not allowing an individual to have the time to stop and think, it becomes a vicious cycle. The piece questions our reality, and the current socioeconomic system we live in.
Through the unexpected, the video brings disruption into the classic conceptual pairs of system-individual, work-life, with the goal of creating another dimension of experience that falls outside of these dichotomies.
Participants: Elsa Muzzolini, Bolek Sokol, Mira Fister-Tadic, Raphael Belizaire, Margarita Grigoryan, Ashod Nakashian, Pat Jouryan-Martel
Voiceover: Raphael Belizaire
Voiceover text: excerpt from Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus (translated: Justin O’Brien, 1955)
Written, directed, produced by: Anna Grigorian