Jasmine Guffond

Muzak for the Encouragement of Unproductivity

Books For Earworms, 2021

Sound installation and reading as part of Books for Earworms curated by Felicity Mangan at Zabriske Bookshop, Berlin, 7th October, 2021.

Inspired by food and wine pairing, composers were asked to select or ‘pair’ themselves with a book from Zabriske bookshop. I chose David Graeber's Debt, the First 5000 Years and composed a Muzak for the Encouragement of Unproductivity to play in the background during the event and while I read excerpts from the book. Muzak for the Encouragement of Unproductivity is meant as a poetic inversion of Muzak's traditional role in stimulating seemless productivity in the workplace and pays hommage to Graeber's praise for the "unindustrious poor".

Books For Earworms, 2021

Books For Earworms, 2021

Books For Earworms, 2021

Books For Earworms, 2021

Books For Earworms, 2021

Books For Earworms, 2021