Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Work a work

Karin Hansson (Project Leader), Åsa Andersson Broms, Shiva Anoushirvani, Per Hasselberg, George Kentros, Nils Claesson

Researchers (2017-2019)

In the interdisciplinary art project, Work a work, a group of artists explore the concept of work from a philosophical, political, and critical perspective through an open and collaborative work process including researchers and union activists.

Changing global work relations and digital labour are transforming the way we perform our identities and understand our life worlds. Crowdsourcing, micro-tasks, sharing economy, and an expanding class of temporary and flexible workers strengthen commodification of relations and create extreme forms of alienation. The shift away from permanent employment to short term and independent contract work challenges the labour rights established during the last hundred years to keep class warfare at bay. However, at the same time, social media also strengthens community and enables labour activism on a global scale.

To develop an understanding of this ongoing transformation of what we know as “work”, we start with our own artistic practices and work relations, developing artistic research methodologies. Here we start with ideas about the reflective practitioner, researcher’s situatedness, and art as micro-publics or infrastructuring, to explore how the reflexive artistic work process can be enhanced and supported through collaboration, and how the idea of work can be developed through materialization and art performance. Work about work takes place in workshops, online, in public seminars, and foremost in artists’ practices, through artworks.

Karin Hansson, The Affect Machine: Distribution of shares, 2015

More information: http://temporaryart.org/workawork

Funded by the Swedish Research Council.