press release

DIS presents: What Do People Do All Day?
20.03.2020 - 09.08.2020

Opening: 20.03.2020 18:00

“The environment is collapsing and we spend our days clicking and scrolling, recirculating images and rarely reading beyond headlines, while the deeper story becomes increasingly impossible to grasp. Despite our technocapitalist present, people still serve meals, clean spaces and transport things from one place to another.” – DIS, New York

Conceived by New York-based collective DIS, is a video platform that features a multitude of hybrid programs by artists, filmmakers and thinkers that posits the future of learning as edutainment. The exhibition What Do People Do All Day? presents a selection of spectacular video works featured on highlighting DIS’ current fixations: the nature of ‘belonging’ in a rootless, networked world; the advent of suburbia; artificial intelligence; the relationships between technology, vision, and power; and the future of work.

The title What Do People Do All Day? is taken from Simon Dybbroe Møller’s new episodic series, a contemporary update to Richard Scarry’s 1968 children’s book of the same name in which cute animal characters embodied their straightforward professions. Bringing surface to complexity, past to futurity, pedagogy to art, the exhibition poses the same question in order to both acknowledge our passive engagements while actively inquiring what should be done.

Participating artists: Hannah Black, Derek Larson, Jakob Hurwitz-Goodman, Ilana Harris-Babou, Will Benedict & Steffen Jørgensen, Olivia Erlanger & Luis Ortega Gorvela, Meriem Bennani, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Theo Anthony, DIS.

DIS has previously curated critically acclaimed exhibitions for the Berlin Biennale, Frieze, MoMA and New Museum. The exhibition coincides with this year’s edition of CPH:DOX at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, which for the fourth time will be transformed into a festival palace and headquarters for the documentary film festival.

The exhibition is curated by DIS, created in collaboration with Tranen – Rum for Samtidskunst and presented in collaboration with CPH:DOX.

Supported by Augustinus Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, Knud Højgaards Fond, Det Obelske Familiefond, Statens Kunstfond.