No Time to Lose: A Search for Work / Life Balance

Every day the same dream by Molleindustria, by notimetolose

Every day the same dream — you are late for work

A short existential game about alienation and refusal of labour. Or, if you prefer, a playable music video. Created by Molleindustria, an entity that aims to reappropriate video games as a popular form of mass communication. Their objective is to investigate the persuasive potentials of the medium by subverting mainstream video gaming clichè (and possibly have fun in the process).

Check it out here:

There’s so much more to come! by notimetolose

Hello everyone! Milena here =-)

This past month a I did a great deal more traveling than usual, but it has come to an end and I’m now back in Winnipeg. Being in Aberdeen was wonderful thanks to the amazing staff at Peacock Visual Arts, and the wonderful artists involved with No Time to Lose.

I spent my last day in Aberdeen wandering around downtown, exploring parts that I’d not had a chance to see earlier. Before embarking on that little expedition, I stopped into the gallery to say “good bye” to the show. In some ways, owing to my geographical distance, it feels like it’s over. The reality, however, is that things are just beginning!!

On Friday, June 20, Amy Alexander will perform CyberSpaceLand at various locations in Aberdeen — The Green at 5 p.m., Schoolhill at 6 p.m., and Beach Boulevard at 7 p.m. For more information, click here:

On Tuesday, July 8, cineclub at Peacock Visual Arts will present four short videos…

  • Work [Kika Thorne, 1999]
  • The Measure of Success [Coleen Finlayson & Cherie Moses, 1987]
  • A Cure for Being Ordinary [Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, 2005]
  • Dreams of the Night Cleaners [Leila Sujir, 1996]

From July 22 – 26, Tobaron Waxman will perform his sculptural installation, Block of Ice + 1/60 … more details about that coming soon!

And of course, we have a publication in the works! It’ll be something a little different than a conventional exhibition catalogue because we’re not as keen on having a straight forward document as we are in capturing the effect of the exhibition, including the response and dialogue it helped to generate.

I would love to post photos from the opening reception and panel discussion right now, but unfortunately I have “no time to lose” on a few other obligations. I’m hoping to share images this weekend. And on that note, if you have any that you would like to share, please do! You can email them to the gallery, or post them on Flickr and provide links via the comments section of this blog! We’re all looking forward to sharing a great conversation about the art works included in the exhibition, and the overarching theme of work/life balance.

– M.

No Time to Lose… opening soon! by notimetolose
June 3, 2008, 2:06 pm
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No Time to Lose @ Peacock Visual Arts

21 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BQ
Phone: +44 1224 639539 // Fax: +44 1224 627094 //

13 June – 26 July
Preview Thursday 12 June 6 – 8pm

Open Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm.
Admission free

‘No Time to Lose’ is a response to the systemic decline of personal time being experienced by people in various parts of the world due to increased hours spent working. Through an exhibition and program of events, it draws attention to the unsustainability of social and economic systems that do not afford people sufficient time outside of work. It also addresses the individual and civic costs associated with insufficient time to attend to health, relationships, community, and politics.

‘No Time to Lose’ is envisioned as a contribution to global efforts directed at motivating and mobilizing people to trust their instincts and take back their time. As such, it features artwork that encourages audiences to disengage from their stressful routines and consider what they are losing because of an unbalanced lifestyle. Additionally, projects suggest how individuals might be able to make changes for the better.

‘No Time to Lose’ seeks to facilitate participation for a range of audiences. For example, gallery visitors will have the chance to engage in exploration and conversation, while unsuspecting individuals can experience moments of difference by encountering performance and/or installation-based interventions deployed in public spaces. Audiences from other distant cities will also be able to participate through online forums designed to foster solidarity across geographical borders.

‘No Time to Lose’ offers new and recent work by international artists. Projects involve performance, installation, video, and new media, as well as interdisciplinary and collaborative practices.

Curated by: Milena Placentile (Canada)

Featured Artists: Amy Alexander (USA), Cathy Busby (Canada), Anja Hertenberger (Germany/Netherlands) & Anja Steidinger (Germany/Spain), Saki Satom (Japan/UK), Abigail Schoneboom (UK/USA), and Tobaron Waxman (Canada/USA).

With deepest thanks to our supporters: the Scottish Arts Council, the City of Aberdeen, The Henry Moore Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City University of New York, Van Lier Fellowship administered by Harvestworks, and


Preliminary Schedule…


— 13 June to 19 July: Anja Hertenberger & Anja Steidinger, Saki Satom, Abigail Schoneboom
— 22 to 26 July: Tobaron Waxman

— 13 June to 26 July: Cathy Busby [at a library, to be announced shortly]
— 20 June: Amy Alexander [evening intervention, locations to be announced]

Cineclub (Four short films):

— Tuesday 8 July, 7pm. (Entry FREE)
*** Work [Kika Thorne, 1999]
*** The Measure of Success [Coleen Finlayson & Cherie Moses, 1987]
*** A Cure for Being Ordinary [Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, 2005]
*** Dreams of the Night Cleaners [Leila Sujir, 1996]
Total running time: Just over one hour

Workers Of the World Relax, “The Jevons Paradox” by notimetolose
June 3, 2008, 1:56 pm
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“The principle of continuous growth which rule our economy have brought us here. But is there a different path?

What if we used our gains in productivity to slow down ? We could work less and produce less. It would also mean consuming less.

If you like the film please forward this website to a world that desperately needs some slowing down.”

Includes interviews with:

— Yves Cochet – Minister of environment, France (1997 – 2001); Author of Apocalypse pétrole
— William Rees Phd – Professor University Of British Columbia; 2007 receipient of the Trudeau Fellowship Prize; Co-author of Our Ecological Footprint
— George Monbiot – Journalist for the Guardian Newspaper; Author: Heat How to stop the planet burning; Visiting professor of planning at Oxford Brookes University; 1995 recipient of the United
Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement.
— John de Graaf – PBS film producer; Founder of Take Back Your Time; Co-author of Affluenza: The All consuming epidemic

TED Talk with Carl Honoré: Slowing down in a world built for speed by notimetolose
May 20, 2008, 2:35 am
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No Time to Lose opens at Peacock Visual Arts on Thursday, June 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

More coming soon… but until then, an inspiring TED Talk by Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slow: How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed.