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'Game' by Viktor Timofeev at MX Gallery, New York

Please read these few lines carefully before you begin your immediate duties. We use the term duties, acknowledging that this language may be forward thinking. We think you will agree that before you  approach anything, you should understand what the word duty means to you. Duties are not something you  do depending on whether you want to do it, or not. Duty means that you will perform the task at hand  regardless of what you might wish to do instead. However, we think you will agree with us that in order to be  successful, you must not only understand why you are doing something, but you must also want to do it, at  least in part. To want, that is, to feel the desire to do something. In your case, it will be a desire to complete  your duties. It turns out that the duty should become at least somewhat desirable for the performer of said  duties. We, on our part, are making every available effort to ensure it is so.

You will probably also agree that there are several types, or levels, of duties. Namely, there are: a) duties that require a one-time execution
b) duties that require repeated performance
c) duties that slightly change from one execution to another
d) duties that do not change from one execution to another
e) duties that only you know about
f) duties of which others are aware, besides you

Regardless of its type, or level, each duty should be performed professionally, with all of the responsibility  and patience possible. This is important, and not an easy skillset to acquire. To be a professional means to  solve a task as much as it can be solved. To be a professional means to treat an excellent performance of  any task as your duty, and perceive the duty as desired.

Now, prepare yourself to take a small test. It will consist of only one question. It will help you, and us, to  understand how prepared you will be to get to work today.

Which of the sentences below best describes your condition this morning?
a) I was awake and as light as an angel
b) I knew that today would be a difficult and dutiful day for me
c) I treat labor like a game
d) I know my strengths and think about them every day
e) My desires help me in my games and labor, in the office and at home, and with my colleagues and  friends
f) I find it hard to produce an answer, hopefully you will understand

It is no coincidence that we mention games here. A game is a duty that you have a very strong desire to  fulfill. Desire is a transformative force; it transforms a duty into a game. To work well, you must play well. To  do this, you must be well aware of your desires. So that you can better understand your desires, we can  provide you with more to fill out. If you wish to take them, please ask any one of us. We wish you the best  of luck!

Natalya  Serkova

11.10.20 — 11.11.20

MX Gallery


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