Born 1980, Amitesh Grover is a performance-based artist in New Delhi, India. He creates work across art disciplines to produce performances, texts, objects, images, installations, and films. 

 

HOW TO OCCUPY

HOW TO OCCUPY

What is the work of art in the art of work? How can I perform well while being utterly useless? As contemporary work conditions move foreword to measure the worker in every intimate way - his/her satisfaction, happiness, and growth - what is affective residue of the work of an artist? Can the workplace become not the setting for the work, but of art itself?

Manifesto For How To Occupy -

  • Collapse, become indistinct or intentionally inverted.
  • Oscillate between visibility and invisibility. Choose your moments, timing is of essence here.
  • Persevere with useless tasks - dig a hole, then cover it. Walk in purposeful circularity. Stare into your cubicle, into your laptop screen, indefinitely. Take the elevator up, then down, for your entire work-shift. 
  • Shift incessantly, in your chair, in a meeting, at lunch. Look nervous.
  • Ask questions. Inquire, needlessly. Pick out a detail, obsess over it. 
  • Make duplicates when you can. As many as you can. Duplicate files, folders, parts of code, error reports, emails, texts. Encourage others around to duplicate all they can.
  • Make speeches. Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate through abstraction.
  • Hesitate. Always.

With long-term collaborator Arnika Ahldag. Photographs: Ishan Tankha. Commission by Kiran Nadar Museum of Art.

BOXCURA

BOXCURA

THE WORK OF MOURNING II

THE WORK OF MOURNING II