VIRGINIA LUI


Art —
  1. OBI
  2. SECURIWAS?
  3. Deterrent Designs
  4. Dear Spartacus
  5. War on Cash
  6. Caroline
  7. Would you like to complain?
  8. Social Design Team


Applied Urbanism — 
  1. Invisible Social Dimensions
  2. 1st Urban Playground
  3. Das andere Möbel
  4. Hassling Hasselaar
  5. Still Only Human  
  6. Arbeiterkammer
  7. Metabolism
  8. MG POLIS
  9. Eco Label
  10. Museum of Pacific Arts
  11. Models


Research —
  1. PhD
  2. Publications


Info —
  1. Virginia Lui is an artist, social designer and researcher. She holds an MA in Social Design and BA in Architecture. Lui’s works pivots between design – mostly for social innovation – public art and theory. She works in site-based performance, text, photography and drawing with the emphasis on artistic research. Much of her work can be categorised as Socially-engaged Art.
  2. Contact

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2. SECURIWAS?


What does work and exploitation mean today, and what is the potential of solidarity? “SECURIWAS?” deals with security guards as the precarious result of the rapid developments of new labour. It attempts to shed light on the invisible hardships and contradictions of such a job.

In an era of Semio-capital, as the theorist Franco Berardi puts its, signs and symbols have become an essential focus of our lives. The work of Security Guards primarily consists of providing the symbol of security, order and authority. By embodying these symbols, an excessive focus on the body becomes apparent. The guards themselves become commodified to sell the image of security.

A series of photographs show on-site documentations of Security Guards at work that are then reperformed in a neutral setting. They reveal the tensions between reality and expectations in a struggle to uphold an image of security.


︎ KUNST HAUS WIEN
︎ Publication

Team
Virginia Lui, Miriam Hübl

Performance 
KUNST HAUS WIEN | 2017

Exhibition 
Galerie Freihausgasse