10 WEEKS

Welcome to my 10 WEEKS unemployment residency program

Introduction Stephane Roy 10 WEEKS

Following a restructuring project, I recently learned of my dismissal. I decided to turn this delicate experience into an opportunity for research, reflection and artistic (re)action : The 10 WEEKS unemployment residency program !
During the delivery of my 10 weeks notice, I’m questionning about the situation we go through, as a man, as a citizen and as an artist in this modern society, and more specifically in relation to work.

This project was born of a spontaneous initiative in response to the announcement of my upcoming dismissal. It is an extension of my work around human complexity, whether in community, in its relationship to otherness or to oneself.

During 10 weeks, each new day draws the progressive construction of a large body of projects gathering all types of mediums (photo, video, painting, installation, sculpture, net art, design, participative works, embroidery, …).

The whole approach addresses many themes and issues related to our relationship to the world of work. From our own identity and behavioral relationship to our relationship with others and with the society we are part of, this project tends to become a global and complex study, fully connected to the tools and contexts of our time.

The results of this work-in-progress are still unknown. This can very well generate 10 as 100 proposals and final achievements. All of these 10 WEEKS can also lead to an exhibition, a publication, or to many collaborations with artists, curators and / or personalities from various fields.

The goal of future achievements will be to create a space for action, reflection and dialogue. The project will therefore take on a more open, inclusive and participative dimension.

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DAY 1 : Introduction

 

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DAY 2 : The Enveloppe (back), photography, 40x40cm, Brussels 2017

The Enveloppe (back)

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DAY 3 : Hire me / Fire me (diptych part 1), photography, 60x80cm, Brussels 2017

Hire me Fire me diptych part 1

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DAY 4 : Hire me / Fire me (diptych part 2), photography, 60x80cm, Brussels 2017

Fire me

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DAY 5 : The Envelope (front), indian ink painting, 100×70,5cm, Brussels 2017

The Envelope Front, 100x70,5cm, indian ink

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DAY 6 : Hey!…, public interventions, 21 x 29,7cm, Brussels 2017
Hey!

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DAY 7 : CV Stephane Roy 2017, public interventions (photos + videos), cardboard, 74 x 49 cm, Brussels 2017

CV-Stephane-Roy-2017

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DAY 8 : Sorry your lunch was fired, photography, 60 x 40 cm, Brussels 2017

"Sorry your lunch was fired", photography, 60x40 cm, Brussels 2017

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DAY 9 : 7h36 punished in the corner, photograph from a performance, 60 x 40 cm, Brussels 2017

7h36 performance, Stephane Roy

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DAY 10 : Burning computer (from the Burning series), still image from a video, Brussels 2017

Burning-computer-low

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DAY 11 : Hello I’m Fired, stickers, Brussels 2017

Hello-I'm-Fired

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DAY 12 : The Letter (atelier view), painting, indian ink, 70 x 100 cm, Brussels 2017

The-Letter-(wip)

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DAY 13 : Fired essentials kit, collaboration graphique avec le brainwashconcept, Brussels 2017

kit-fired

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DAY 14 : Burning Garland (from the Burning series), still image from a video, Brussels 2017

burning garland

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DAY 15 : Keep Smiling, photography, Brussels 2017

Keep smiling

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DAY 16 : Kit Stephane Roy, collaboration graphique avec le BrainwashConcept, Brussels 2017

Kit-Stephane-Roy

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DAY 17 : Looking for job, photography, Brussels 2017

Looking-for-job

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DAY 18 : Out of office, photography, Brussels, 2017

Out of office Taking a break on the bridge

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DAY 19 : Get out, Brussels, 2017

Get-Out-2

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DAY 20 : The Christmas Tree (from the Burning series), still photograph from a video, Brussels, 2017

Burning-Memories---The-Christmas-Tree-1

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DAY 21 : The Five Stages, Embroidery on handkerchief, Brussels, 2017

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DAY 22 : Do you have a card ?, Participatory installation made of business cards, Various  dimensions, Brussels, 2017

do-you-have-a-card-small

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DAY 23 : Working Class Zero (Employee of the Month), photography, Brussels, 2017

Working-Class-Zero,-The-Employee-of-the-Month-small

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DAY 24 : Monday Mood (Coffee Explosion), video, Brussels, 2018

Monday Mood (Coffee Explosion)

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DAY 25 : Business cards selfportrait, sculpture made from plaster & business cards, 32 x 30 x 20cm, Brussels, 2018

Business-Cards-Selfportrait-2SMALL

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DAY 26 : The Cover Letters” (from the Trash series), street art installations, mixed media, various dimensions, Brussels, 2018

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DAY 27 : Customized Targets, graphic project, Brussels, 2018

Customized-targets

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DAY 28 : Tinder Me – 1 question, 100 answers, netart / online study / social experiment, Brussels, 2018

Tinder-Me---1-Question,-100-Answers

I registered myself on Tinder for some days, “swiping right” every single person proposed, no matter the gender, the age or the ethnicity.

I’ve got 400 “Matches”.
For every single person, I’ve wrote the same message :
“Hello dear…,
This a social experiment for artistic purpose.
I’m going to ask you only one question : If there would be any job I could do to make your life better, what job would it be ? What would you hire me for ?
Feel free to explicit your answer as much as you want.
Thank you! :)”

My goal was to reach 100 answers.
I went over it faster than I expected. But I’m especially surprised with all those answers received!

I’m still thinking about the best way to publish this study / social experiment.

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DAY 29 : Study of a coffee stain (in progress), Painting, indian ink on canvas, 120 x 120 cm, Brussels, 2018

Coffee-stain-painting-1

 

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DAY 30 : Le Mur des Motivations, ou la folie moderne de l’intégration (The Wall of Motivations, or the modern madness of integration) Various dimensions (here : 10 x 4 meters), Brussels, 2018
Large scale installation in situ, made from 400 cover letters that I have written between 2012 and 2017.

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DAY 31 : Floating in Colored Smoke (from the Elevations series), Photography, Brussels, 2018

Floating-in-colored-smoke

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DAY 32 : Candidature Spontanée, Photography, Brussels, 2018

Candidature-spontanée

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DAY 33 : Studies of Human Perspectives (the middle finger (tribute to Ai Weiwei) ; thumbs up ; stop/high five ; flowers ; gun), Photography, Brussels, 2018

Studies-of-Human-Perpespectives-(middle-finger)

Studies-of-Human-Perpespectives-(thumbs-up)

Studies-of-Human-Perpespectives-(high-five)

Studies-of-Human-Perpespectives-(flowers)

Studies-of-Human-Perpespectives-(gun)

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DAY 34 : Attachment, Photography, Brussels, 2018

Attachement-by-Stephane-Roy

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DAY 35 : The Walk Home, Video, Brussels, 2018

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DAY 36 : The Weight of the World, Photography, Brussels, 2018

Le-Poids-du-Monde-by-Stephane-Roy-v2

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DAY 37 : Selling Services, Photography, Brussels, 2018

Selling-Services-1 Selling-Services-2 Selling-Services-3

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