01/09/2015 38' 35''

Ignacio Uriarte is always associated with the anecdote of his past as an office worker, and of how, when he started working as an artist, he kept using the same gestures, materials, and skills as in his previous life. In his work, which is almost performative even though it is usually expressed in the form of objects, we find note pads, Excel sheets, filing cabinets, pens, typewriters, and pencils that evoke sixties Conceptual art and Minimalism and update them for the present from the confines of a twentieth century office cubicle. But beyond the easy anecdote, his extensive body of work uses seriousness and a sense of humour in equal measure to reflect on a diversity of topics ranging from order and popular culture to time.

To coincide with his participation in the exhibition 'Species of Spaces' with three new murals on paper, SON[I]A talks to Ignacio Uriarte about his daily routine as an artist, the demise of the physical office, the persistence of his imaginary, and about procrastination and over-compliance with rules as two different forms of resistance to imposed efficiency and productivity.

Timeline
01:46 The ambivalence of the initial anecdote
04:53 Exaggerating the norm is a form of resistance
06:35 Some icons and influences
09:38 From Bartleby to Kafka, procrastination and other forms of efficiency
12:59 Pieces of paper
14:59 Sound pieces. A meditation related to time
21:11 A precedent for the sound pieces: The history of the typewriter recited by Michael Winslow
23:20 The demise of the physical office. Work that gradually becomes archaeological
26:09 A gentle transition
28:42 At Hangar, inventing a practice from scratch
32:35 The artist’s routine
38:35 A 10-hour workday

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