Collectively Against Human Overspecialization - REST in struggle


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12.10. - 17.11. 2018

project by:
Collective for Ending Human Overspecialization
Jakub Černý, Lukáš Likavčan, Pavel Sterec, Jan Trnka,

October 12, 2018 at 6 pm

venue:, Beskydská 12, Bratislava
exhibition: Wednesday – Thursday, 2-7 pm | floating therapy: Friday - Saturday 2-7pm

Please note:
The exhibition will be opened for visitors on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Opening hours on Fridays and Saturdays are reserved exclusively for floating therapies. For floating, you need to make a reservation in advance.

Instructions and Information for Participants:
Those who are interested in entering the flotation tank must reserve a date and time in advance online at registration and prior to entering the tank they must sign a form indicating their consent to participating in and the terms of the exhibition. Participant must be accompanied by another person who will monitor the course of his/her stay in the tank for the entire length of their participation and who will subsequently conduct an interview with the participant.

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ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit.

This project has been supported by Czech Centre.

This project has been supported by Visegrad Fund. presents the project entitled Collectively against Human Overspecialization - REST in Struggle, which is the first public performance of the Collective for Ending Human Overspecialization.

Professional overspecialization is one of the key pathological features of present-day society in which labor has become the basic means for socialization and self-identification. Due to overspecialization we identify ourselves exclusively with a profession and have the tendency to forget the life outside the framework of our career ambitions. We lose our ability to spend leisure time or to communicate outside narrow groups. Highly specialized and frequently senseless labor requires equally specialized and senseless learning, permanent updating of knowledge and perfecting of specific skill.

The premises will be turned into a “studio” where visitors will be able to enter a flotation tank for several hours. Floating is a therapeutic method also known as REST (restricted environmental stimulation therapy), in which the individual is isolated from all sensory stimuli with positive health and relaxation effects. The participants will be able to reflect on their sensory deprivation experience in a short interview and during the joint sessions with the collective members.

For REST in struggle flotation therapy is not a means to achieve relaxation the purpose of which, just as in wellness studios, is to prepare the body for higher labor performance. It is a liberation from performance as an indicator of our social value.

The Collective for Ending Overspecialization points out the necessity of resting from labor and the never-ending pressure to update knowledge. Therapy in a flotation tank is a contribution to this attempt to step out of professional roles and to search for paths to joint existence exceeding the framework of all identity categories, including those which do not depend on the title of our occupation.

Collective for Ending Human Overspecialization is currently formed by Jakub Černý, Lukáš Likavčan, Pavel Sterec and Jan Trnka. The Collective lacks steady membership and the character of its practice is anti-disciplinary. In its practice the Collective embodies the themes of self-care, self-education, solidarity, play and society without labor. On the occasion of the project for, the Collective´s manifest will be published which describes its ideological baselines: Death to Self-Development and Requalification!