Led by Dave Beech, Valand Academy with editors Marina Vishmidt and Benjamin Fallon and Kirsteen Macdonald.
Art has been integral to recent debates and critical strategies contesting the social imaginary of work. The modernist vision of artistic labour as the paradigm of nonalienated labour has been replaced by the alignment of art with the micropolitics of work and the withdrawal from work. Artists have been regarded as exemplars of both new forms of 24/7 labour and the humane workplace.
This research arc explores the intersection of art and work not only by applying theories of work to art but also testing theories of work through art.
On the theme Art and Work
May 7 +8 2019, in collaboration with the Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Issue launch event featuring screenings, dialogues, performance and keynote from artist Martha Rosler.
May 17 2018, Gothenburg, Dialogue: What Does Work Look Like?
May 30 2018, London, Dialogue: The Politics of Work in Art
May 14 – June 30 2018, Open call for contributions Art and Work (now closed)
Dec 5 2018, Gothenburg, symposium and screening, Never (Off) Work!