Boredom is a specific piece made for Mapping August Exhibition in Luxembourg, a group exhibition about data and information design, a kind of challenge for 31 international artists. Each of them had to collect personal data during august 2009 and make it intelligible for audience through art pieces or graphic design.
BOREDOM is a work which aims at defining boredom as a specific kind of freedom. Our modern lives are so busy that the time devoted to idleness and unproductivity is coming to nothing. Conversely, holidays are a special moment to recharge one’s batteries and get synchronized with a slow pace through rest, contemplation, introspection, and a simple enjoyment of one’s body and of the elements. The ultimate result of this process is to be able to experience time up to its fever pitch, up to boredom; to be able to cut down one’s activities to utterly trivial and useless actions. Some people fill in crossword puzzle grid after crossword puzzle grid, some devour easy reading novels one after the other up to the exhaustion of their eyes. This year, I have decided to revive a childhood activity. The most absurd thing I could think of doing during my whole holidays was to spend laborious hours making boondoggles. It would be a way out; these preposterous objects so meticulously made would be the material watertight proof of successful holidays; they would be the positive outcome of my struggle against subservience to everyday life.
The data collected throughout August are trivial and commonplace, they’re indicative of a wish to go back to primary realities. Thus the daily weather report, the bodily data (what went into and out of my body), the schedule of my getting up times and bedtimes, and the listing of my most prominent activities. All have been systematically indexed day by day. These data are then graphically displayed in order to be more intelligible. They are arranged on the poster so as to introduce another reading level: if the visitor connects the dots depicting the 28 days of the survey with the pen put at their disposal, a word will appear, uncovering for good the artistic purpose. Moreover, by doing this they will also be involved in a holiday game (the dot-to-dot puzzle is a classic in magazines).