Dolce far niente

instalation, chocolate objects, animations, 2014

Dolce far niente

The most bitter sweet chocolate

Dolce far niente (Sweet Doing Nothing) Chocolates are a special gift with a taste of modernity, a treat, with which all of us, who enjoy the comfort of the post-industrial society, can sweeten the day with the aftertaste of unemployment and poverty, lurking around the corner. Because of Europe’s economic blood count, Dolce far niente Chocolates make ideal protocol gifts.

The consequences of the economic crisis are shaking up the illusion of the wealthy West and changing the iconography of everyday European life – something which, until recently, we in the Western world have taken for granted. The images of poverty, despair, protests, people under pressure … are scenes that are not at all new. What is new is both their frequency and their proximity.

Dolce far niente - gift

Dolce far niente Chocolates are edible sculptures, hand-made in small batches, intended for eating at one’s own discretion. They are confectionary-sculputural products that are perfect for personal gift giving, events and protocol gifts.

The manufacturing process utilises state-of-the-art technology – 3D modelling and 3D printing – and symbolically shows the potential pitfalls of technological development that, while promoting many positive innovations, within the new regime of economic commodity exchange, merely hides the danger of unemployment for an entire class of people.

(PDF) Proposal for protocol gifts from the Republic of Slovenia (ENG)
(PDF) Predlog za protokolarna darila Republike Slovenije (SLO)

Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2014

Artistic Director: Janez Janša
Producer: Marcela Okretič
Executive Producer: Sonja Grdina
Public Relations: Mojca Zupanič
Technician: Valter Udovičić
Documentation: Adriana Aleksić

Special thanks: Aleksandra Čano Muharemović, Saša Čano, Saša Eržen, Lada Cerar, Janez Janša

The programme of Aksioma Institute is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.
Sponsor: Datacenter d.o.o.