Henryk Gallery | Virtual Inspectorate
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Virtual Inspectorate

Hub Wydawniczy Rozdzielczość Chleba

28.05.2016 – 11.05.2016

Virtual advisor of virtual social insurance represents the virtual inspectorate of virtual social insurance. They say that retirement plans and pensions are nothing but virtual. Paying your pension fees is itself virtual, it exists only in the bureaucracy software’s memory. A contract for virtual work entails no fees, even virtual ones. We are living in post-insurance times and we should well be aware of it.

The Virtual Inspectorate is a wall. The Wall 3D. You won’t be able to enter it, you can’t afford it, your job contract is zero hours and your boss forgot to pay for the Windows license. That’s where you are. Aesthetics of Eastern European bureaucracy is where the claims of the capital, the state and logic meet contingency, failure and hangover. Acknowledging the paradox of this position we must not discard one option to accept the other, but embrace and reconcile them both.

Dressing ourselves as virtual inspectorate’s virtual advisors, we combine late modernity aesthetic framework with the experience of fucked up, untimely modernity. We are interested in an office space that treats seriously problems of informatization of social insurance in Poland and the fact that it costs more than Pathfinder’s mission to Mars. How can you expect your pension to be anything but virtual here? It’s hard to reach post-Internet in a flat, where the network cable protrudes from the masonry stove.

The Payers: Zofia Dal Canton, Bartek Jurek, Katarzyna Muskaryna, Leszek Onak, Piotr Puldzian Płucienniczak, Łukasz Podgórni, Kinga Raab, Wojciech Stępień, Agnieszka Zgud

The exhibition accompanies the premiere of Rozdzielczość Chleba’s fourth „Nośnik” irregular magazine, this time focused on the ethics and aesthetics of social insurance and its institutions. Unlike the insurance it is free of charge. Download it here (starting from May 28th).

Text author: Piotr Puldzian Płucienniczak