Exhibition: work work work

Exhibition period: Aug 25 – Dec 8 2018

work work work is not a static exhibition. It develops throughout the exhibition period as an organism that grows and evolves over time. The exhibition program focuses on the nature of precarity, on collective working methods and organisation, the value of work and the lack thereof. Throughout the exhibition period we will show art, performances, reading groups, workshops and seminars by / in collaboration with:

Suada Demirovic, Lise Skou, Centre for Precarious Lives, Ulla Hvejsel, Mia Isabel Edelgart, Deirdre Johanna Humphrys, Thea von der Maase, Ninna M. Poulsen, Joen Vedel, Thomas Bo Østergaard, Tine Tvergaard, Rasmus Brink Pedersen and more.

UNFAMILIARITIES by Mia Isabel Edelgart, Deirdre Johanna Humphrys, Thea von der Maase, Ninna M. Poulsen, Joen Vedel, Thomas Bo Østergaard, Tine Tvergaard, Rasmus Brink Pedersen, 2018. Photo: Kristian Touborg.

 

Centre for Precarious Lives read Das Kapital on Oct 26 with guest artist Emilia Bergmark. Photo: meter

 

Centre for Precarious Lives read Das Kapital on Oct 26 with guest artist Emilia Bergmark. Photo: meter

 

8-16 and The Wealth of Nations Rewritten by Lise Skou, 2018. Photo: Kristian Touborg.

 

The Wealth of Nations Rewritten by Lise Skou, 2018. Photo: Kristian Touborg.

 

If you only want to offer me unpaid work, you can go somewhere else & The Wealth of Nations Rewritten by Lise Skou, 2018. Photo: Kristian Touborg.

 

En quiz om at Tænke med Røven by Ulla Hvejsel. Photo: meter.

 

En quiz om at Tænke med Røven by Ulla Hvejsel. Photo: meter.

 

Family Album 1952-1990 by Suada Demirovic, 2017. Photo: Kristian Touborg.

 

Opening of the second phase: Oct 6 at 1-5 pm

work work work is a exhibition that is self-reflective and takes a look at artists and curators’ own circumstances as cultural producers. The art industry is known to be infected by expectations of free labor and a general lack of money. Are these conditions we can change and if so, how?

As cultural producers we are more often than not a part of the new and fast growing social class called the precariat. A class defined by short term employment without protection and with fewer rights both economically, socially and politically. It is a social class that gathers people from across the traditional class system such as immigrants, unskilled workers and highly educated people, freelancers and project employed workers.

On October 6th we open the second phase of the exhibition with works by artists Lise Skou and Suada Demirovic.

Lise Skou contributes with the installation Rewriting History, which takes its point of departure in the major work Wealth of a Nation (1776) by economist Adam Smith. The artist’s focus is on the lacking consideration of how unpaid work helps ensure wealth.

Suada Demirovic shows the video work Family Album 1952-1990, based on the artist’s own family history and, more specifically, her mother’s memories. This is a film about moving away in search for work but also about leaving your home country because you are unwanted.

The exhibition is supported by: The Danish Arts Foundation and The City of Copenhagen.

 

Program

August 24 / Opening of work work work with works by Mia Isabel Edelgart, Deirdre Johanna Humphrys, Thea von der Maase, Ninna M. Poulsen, Joen Vedel, Thomas Bo Østergaard, Tine Tvergaard & Rasmus Brink Pedersen.

October 3 / Workshop by Flexwerker.

October 6 / Opening of the second phase of the exhibition with works by Lise Skou and Suada Demirovic.

October 25 / Quiz: Why work our asses off? Artist Ulla Hvejsel invites us to quiz on the stupidity that we live by.

October 26 / Centre for Precarious Lives reads Das Kapital. Together we will read parts of Das Kapital, the foundational text within economics by Karl Marx. Each time a new guest reader is invited to select a chapter and a focus for the reading group.

November 29 / Film screening of Family Album 1952-1990 and talk with Suada Demirovic in conversation with journalist and researcher, Nina Trige Andersen

December 6 & 8 / Centre for Precarious Lives reads Das Kapital.

December 8 / Seminar on precarious work. We will host a seminar in which artists, theorists and interest organisations discuss precarious work. The day ends with a communal dinner and you are all invited.

December 15 / Ulla Hvejsel bring her quiz: Why work our asses off? to Blågårdens Bibliotek.