The Right to be Lazy

  • 7 films


What do we imagine when we hear “work”? Firstly and generally, work is activities to fulfill needs. But then, work presents dilemma in life. It can lead to a finding of oneself, or to an alienation of oneself. Work also can make people hide to run from their real life. People needs work to life, but because of work, people can hate their life.

Through this program, FFD presents a discourse about the relation between human and work. Several selected films with various background, such as Beautiful Things; Dream Away; Fondata sul lavoro; Ladli; Robot Somnambulism; See You, Lovable Strangers; and x galeri will be presented to test and re-questioning the work system which has been running all this time.


Anti-Holiday Forces: Viewing The Practice of Vulnerable Jobs Today

“He who does not work, neither shall he eat” (Paul Tarsus – New Testament)

This program invites the audiences to questioning the nature of work; a daily practice which we do not even have time to think about but (must) still do. In the world that is centered to work, it becomes something that is considered as fairness; something that is naturally attached to human and impossible to left out. The narration that had been built for so long makes us believe that life is work. Work is life. Productivities, developments, and various discourses are built and maintained, make humans continue to work. Even, work dogma that continues to be narrated makes people think that life without work is despicable and a depiction on laziness. The problem is, what is work? Is the only activities involving exchange of appropriate money called work? Is it needed certain symbol to make an activity worthy to be called as work?

This question remind us about the more contextual event nowadays. Recently, new forms of work that might not have been thought of before emerged. The development of digital technology allows endless work flexibility. The latest generation now then have their own meaning about work., something like the spirit of freedom that is different from the previous generation. In this era also the meaning of work is increasingly questionable. Even though the bounds between working and not working become blur, this condition actually allows the worker to stand in susceptible position. Then, what is freedom and autonomous on work?

The problem about work can not be separated from exploitative practices. Free time becomes something to fight for. Reduction of working hours also continue to be pursued. Social movements from all over the world keep on fighting for the rights of millions of workers who have been oppressed. However, there is always a way to win war of discourses, by cooptating ideas of social movements and reframing the ideas for benefit of certain parties. Then, emerged various terms like sharing economy, collaboration, (even) passion, and some other concepts as if present to glorify the human. In fact, that is inapparent. It has not avoided us from increasingly sophisticated exploitation practices.

The next question is, then what can we do without working? Is it better if we just negated the work forever? If the meaning of work is not just limited to activities involving exchange rates, are the others activities have possibility to come? But, this question is continuing to bring us to other questions. For example, how human can ‘live’ life, what about the work system that already exists now, what about the problem of class and social stratification, and so on. The questions and ideas about work discourse all this time need to continue to be elaborated further. Therefore, through this program we want to invite our audience to reflect back on the nature of work. Even more extreme, imaginating on how the world without work would be. This discussion is open for everyone, unlimited for you who is that working or not. We invites you all to come and be anxious together.


Hizkia Yosias Polimpung

a researcher at Koperasi Riset Purusha and also lecturer at Faculty of Communication, Bhayangkara University and Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy. He is also an editor at IndoProgress and psychotherapist at Minerva Co-Lab. His educational background is International Relation (Master Degree) and Philosophy (Doctoral). For the past few years, he is actively doing research, write, and become a speaker about creative and art workers, cognitive and affective workers.

(*) This Program is a series of Perspektif program. In order to take participation on the discussion, the audience are encouraged to watch the films of Perspektif program throughout the festival.

Tanggal Pukul Lokasi
Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 07.00 pm Auditorium IFI-LIP
Istituto Italiano di Cultura Jakarta
Taiwan Docs