Soooooo Lazy: Elogio del derroche

Translated title of the contribution: Soooooo Lazy : In Praise Of Squandering

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"It's obviously a question of regarding laziness –or non-productive inactivity– not from an ethical point of view, where it is frowned upon, as in the classical reproach of parents to their children: “Don’t waste your time, make the most of it.” Sooooo Lazy proposes thinking about laziness in the light of economic theory and events we have been through in the last few years, including the recent experience of a pandemic that has forced our system to slow down. By suggesting a storyline that yearns for wasting time instead of using it productively and destroying wealth before accumulating it, the selected pieces propose a criticism of contemporary hyperactivity and introduce hope for a redistribution of resources and time to be able to rethink the norm.

To accept squandering as something necessary and propose a different use of our time inherently implies an urgent reduction of work and involves an alternative way of understanding communal life. Our guides in this project have been, on the one hand, Duchamp’s rejection of work; on the other, Russell’s praise of idleness and Lafargue and Malevich’s worship of laziness and, finally, Arendt’s reflections in The Human Condition."

Extract from Beatriz Escudero and Francesco Giavery, Soooooo Lazy: In Praise of Squandering, La Caixa Foundation, Palma 2020. ISBN: 978-84-9900-287-3.

Works by Ângela Ferreira, Aernout Mik, Ignasi Aballí, Alberto Gil Casedas, Francesc Abad, Sharon Lockhart, Misha Bies Golas, Esther Ferrer, Agustín Parejo School, Constant, Priscila Fernandes, Xavier Ribas, Samuel Labadie, Camila Cañeque, Agnes Martin.

Exhibition curated by Beatriz Escudero and Francesco Giavery
Translated title of the contributionSoooooo Lazy : In Praise Of Squandering
Original languageSpanish
Place of PublicationBarcelona
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2020
EventSOOOOOO LAZY. IN PRAISE OF SQUANDERING - Caixaforum, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 26 Nov 202018 Apr 2021


  • Photography
  • Contemporary culture
  • Contemporary Art


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