Works

Everything must go

In his latest ‘living installation’, Dries explores shoplifting. Late-capitalist man tries to survive in a system that has lost its luster, meanwhile, there is no sight of an alternative. Everything must go, but to the benefit of what?

In a time when we like to display our good behavior, Dries focuses on the socially undesirable. How exemplary are we actually when we feel unobserved, for example, at the self-checkout? Dries engaged in conversations with more and less moneyed individuals who occasionally ‘forget’ to pay, with thieves in detention, and those who consider theft a form of resistance. He invited proletarian shoppers and self-proclaimed ‘Robin Hoods’ to self-examination. The result is a grim depiction of the dark depths of our moral actions.

 

In his latest ‘living installation’, Dries explores shoplifting. Late-capitalist man tries to survive in a system that has lost its luster, meanwhile, there is no sight of an alternative. Everything must go, but to the benefit of what?

In a time when we like to display our good behavior, Dries focuses on the socially undesirable. How exemplary are we actually when we feel unobserved, for example, at the self-checkout? Dries engaged in conversations with more and less moneyed individuals who occasionally ‘forget’ to pay, with thieves in detention, and those who consider theft a form of resistance. He invited proletarian shoppers and self-proclaimed ‘Robin Hoods’ to self-examination. The result is a grim depiction of the dark depths of our moral actions.

 

Credits

concept: Dries Verhoeven
performance: Isadora Tomasi a.o.
dramaturgy: Hellan Godee en Miguel Melgares
directorial assistance: Casper Wortmann
technical staff: Roel Evenhuis, Peer Thielen
executive production: ‘n More – Ellen van Bunnik & Lise van den Hout
production: Studio Dries Verhoeven