Bed-In conversation with Beatriz Colomina
As part of the Serpentine Work Marathon Troika is invited to a Bed-In conversation with Beatriz Colomina following the original famous Bed-In for Peace took place in Room 902 of the
Amsterdam Hilton Hotel, the site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous Bed-In for Peace,
held from 25 - 31 March, 1969.
Other Bed-In's include Pedro Reyes, Oscar Murillo, Sam Jacob, Eyal Weizman, Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen, Farshid Moussavi.
The bed has become the epicentre of post- industrial work, according to architecture historian and theorist Beatriz Colomina. In the age of social media, a unique horizontal architecture is redefining and redistributing labour. Room 902 of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel was the site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous Bed-In for Peace, held from 25 - 31 March, 1969. More Bed-Ins would follow, in which Lennon and Ono attacked the society of achievement: 'Work is a relative word, you know. Work is pleasure', Lennon argued. 'I hate that kind of concept because it is ruining the whole society, that is; achievement and result... But that is all hypocrisy. They don’t have to have a result. They don’t have to achieve anything ... They don’t have to work hard. Why do you have to work hard?' Ono continued: 'It’s an achievement to enjoy'. By conceiving their honeymoon bed as a 24-hour day workspace where they would invite press and communicate with a global audience every day between 9am and 9pm, and spend the other hours trying to conceive a child, Ono and Lennon challenged the distinction between work and leisure. They anticipated the working bed of today – the scattered, pillowy office from which an ever larger dispersed army of hyper-connected people regularly work, assisted by an array of communication technologies and a growing digital infrastructure. The clear demarcation between work and leisure time – between domestic space and the space of the office or the factory – is no longer a prerequisite for a post-industrial society. And the bed, Colomina argues, as a site for new forms of digital intimacy, protest, work, production and reproduction, becomes a 'fucktory'.
Serpentine Work Marathon, London / 22nd Sept.