Programmed Leisure


Silvio Lorusso


Rotterdam, Netherlands

Location of the winning bidder:

Bellingham, Washington, US

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Tickets & Experiences > Other Tickets & Experiences

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Q & A

If I buy this for a friend and it does not work can I get my money back?

I’m sorry to inform you that leisure is irrevocable. Regards.

Artist Bio:

Silvio Lorusso is a Rotterdam-based artist, designer, and researcher. His current research focuses on the relationship between entrepreneurship and precarity, i.e. entreprecariat. His work was shown at Transmediale (Berlin, Germany), NRW-Forum (Düsseldorf, Germany), Impakt (Utrecht, Netherlands), Sight & Sound (Montreal, Canada), Adhocracy (Athens, Greece), Biennale Architettura (Venezia, Italy). He holds a Ph.D. in Design Sciences from the School of Doctorate Studies–Iuav University of Venice. He is an affiliated researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures of Amsterdam. His work has been featured in, among others, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and Wired. Website:


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Artist Statement:

Self-care is increasingly delegated to digital devices. Pop-up notifications command you to drink water, stand up or take a nap. At the same time, you act as your own boss, a demanding one who is constantly asking more. Since you are incapable of giving yourself a break, we offer you the chance to buy one. We offer you a slot of programmed leisure. How much are you willing to pay in order to be told what to do and when to do it by a magnanimous bot? We know that leisure is terrifying, that’s why your bid will determine how much free time you deserve. Will you be imposed an hour or two? Join the auction and find out. Your email is required.