A group of art students are hired to imagine their futures as artists and perform them at school over a twenty-four hour period. They are free to choose their roles. Anything else they do must be individually negotiated in the presence of a lawyer, who draws up specific employment agreements for each student. These determine how their performances will take shape, including the size of their workspace, their choice of clothes, working hours, wages, workloads, materials, duties, food, and potential sales. From script to staging and documentation, each student’s performance is thus embodied in a single item: the contract they have signed.
The Students’ Roles:
The book was published on the occasion of the Dr. Georg and Josi Guggenheim Prize, which is awarded every year to a participant of the Swiss Art Awards exhibition in Basel. The jury members in 2017 were Bice Curiger, Mandy Gnägi, Patrick Huber, Mirjam Varadinis and Andreas Vogel. The exhibition took place in April 2018 and was curated by Mirjam Varadinis.
Florence Jung lives in Amsterdam, where she is artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. She was awarded the Swiss Performance Prize in 2013, the Swiss Art Award and the Dr. Georg and Josi Guggenheim Prize in 2017.
Concept: Florence Jung, Mirjam Bayerdörfer (coordination)
Texts: Sandino Scheidegger, Mirjam Varadinis
Design: Nicolas Leuba
Publishing house: Edizioni Periferia
The book was selected as one of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books of the year 2018.