Offshore

Xavier Antin

March 22 – May 10, 2014

Je suis sur la plage, je rentre dans un petit immeuble de bureau à deux étages. A l’entrée il y a des milliers de boîtes aux lettres. L’immeuble est vide. Je cherche le service marketing d’Amazon. Je le trouve il est au premier étage, porte 12. Je monte. La porte est fermée mais je peux voir par le hublot une petite pièce, pas plus de 15m2, presque vide. Il y a une chaise, un bureau et un ordinateur sur l’écran duquel se balade le logo Windows 8 de l’économiseur. Quelqu’un arrive, il porte un uniforme d’homme d’entretien siglé Amazon. Il me demande pardon et ouvre la porte puis la referme. Je l’observe par le hublot, il semble faire le ménage mais il n’y a rien à nettoyer. La corbeille est vide. Il s’installe devant l’ordinateur et entre son mot de passe administrateur. Il met à jour le logiciel Excel. Il ouvre la boîte mail, il y a un nouveau mail. Il y répond sans le lire
en écrivant :
Office state : operational
Maintenance OK
Connection OK
IP address : 192.168.0.14
Amazon Marketing Service
Cayman Office


I am on the beach, I get into a two-floor office building. There are thousands of mailboxes at the entrance. It is an empty building. I look for the Amazon marketing department. I found it on the first floor, door 12. I go up. The door is closed but I can see through the window a little room, not more than 15 square meters, almost empty. There is a chair, a desk and a computer. On its screen is displayed the Windows 8 logo of the screensaver. Someone comes, he wears a maintenance uniform Amazon-labeled. He apologizes to me, opens the door and then closes it. I watch him through the window, he seems to be cleaning but there is nothing to clean. The waste paper basket is empty. He stands in front of the computer and logs in his username password. He updates the Excel software. He opens the mailbox, there is a new message. Without reading it he answers :
Office state : operational
Maintenance OK
Connection OK
IP address : 192.168.0.14
Amazon Marketing Service
Cayman Office

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