Episodes of a society free of work is a project in progress which presents different episodes that take place in a studio, an amusement park, a shopping mall and an office building. All of the episodes deal with the very conception of work and also of its obsolescence and the way in which it manifests itself in the city – centred around deconstructive trends in the very conception of work as a (nowadays unbelievable) rehabilitation of the Utopia of freedom obtained through work – as it has been known since the Enlightenment.
It is said that this Utopia emerged with the machine-like architecture of the 1960s, but it seems more likely that it arose out of a disciplinary, militaristic mentality. Now, in the socalled post-Fordism period, the architecture of our glossy shopping malls and leisure centres can be deliberately misinterpreted. A slight change of perspective – or a little ignorance regarding the basic safety standards – would permit a state of affairs in which the evolutional trend in technology could come to represent the promise of rationalised work: not to create employment, but freedom from work. In fact, it seems that everything is ready: the shopping malls, the generously designed leisure areas, the small supermarkets with their climate of artificial oases – all that remains is to take care of a minute organisational detail, the redistribution of social wealth, in order to create logically a vision of intriguing reality. All of the episodes were filmed between 1996 and 2001, with the collaboration of friends who were interested in this theme.