WORK, WORK, WORK. Seminar #3 - a series of seminars on Art and Labour

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3 December, 5.00 – 10.00 pm: The artist subject as political agent
4 December, 10.30 am – 5.30 pm: Space, art, action – How to organise change

Place: Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor

The third and final two-day seminar in a series about Art and Labour. The seminar series started with the representation of work, continued by discussing the organisation of work within art and will conclude by turning to what role art can play on a political and social level with regard to work and space.

Image: Chinese Business (detail) Mladen Stilinović, Iaspis, 2009

Seminar#3 Art for Social and Spatial Change


Two days revolving around the question of what it means to take action today. The conversations include intersectional perspectives on labour and the so-called creative industry. What are our possibilities to act within an artistic practice in social, spatial and political change? What is the potential of collective action and how can it be organised? Who owns and organises executed labour and in what way are conflicts concerning work expressed in the workspace and in society? Discussions on the staging of public space in private rooms and how the work place becomes a part of this play. How can emancipatory political projects such as the feminist and queer movements separate themselves from an increasing commodification of political and social subjects? Is it possible to imagine a “movement” in the sense of a collective process of the transformation of reality today?


Participants include: Lars Bang Larsen (writer and curator, Barcelona), Franco Berardi (researcher, Bolongna), Ana Betancour (professor architecture, Gothenburg), Catharina Gabrielsson (architect and reseacher, Stockholm), Helena Mattsson (ass. professor and architect, Stockholm), Shuddhabrata Sengupta from Raqs Media Collective (artists, media practitioners, curators, researchers, editors and catalysts of cultural processes, New Dehli), Nina Power (researcher, Roehampton) and Judith Revel (philosopher, Paris).

Program December 3rd - The artist subject as political agent



17.00 – 17.30: Registration. Food and refreshments available

17.30 – 17.45: Introduction by Michele Masucci and Iaspis, curators of work, work, work


18.00 – 19.00: Lars Bang Larsen Art is Norm: Zombi contra Sociology

19.00 – 20.00: Nina Power The Politics of Work: The Art of Producing Subjectivity

20.15 – 21.15: Franco Berardi Recombinant precarity and (apparently impossible) recomposition

21.15 – 22.00: Moderated panel discussion with Nina Power, Franco Berardi and Lars Bang Larsen

Program December 4th Space, art, action – how to organise change

10.30 – 11.00: Registration. Coffee and snacks available


11.00 – 11.15: Introduction by Michele Masucci and Iaspis, curators of work, work, work


11:15 – 12.15: Judith Revel Creation, work, distortion and production: the factory of Biopolitics

13.15 –13.35: Catharina Gabrielsson (moderator roundtable 1) Indirectly, inconceivably and out of our hands

13:35 – 13.55: Shuddhabrata Sengupta (moderator roundtable 2) After Hours : Art, Imagination and the Residue of the Working Day

13.55 – 14.15: Ana Betancour (moderator roundtable 3) A(r)tivism and tactical spatial practices

14.15 – 14.35: Helena Mattsson (moderator roundtable 4)Public space of security

14.50 – 16.00: Four parallel roundtable discussions


16.00 – 17.00: Shared discussion between the four groups/the entire seminar


17.00 – 17.30: Wrap up by the curators of work, work, work

Please register by sending an e-mail to Annika Enqvist, ae@iaspis.se. Mark the email: "3-4 December".

The program is curated by Michele Masucci (artist), Annika Enqvist, Cecilia Widenheim and Jonatan Habib Engqvist (Iaspis) and takes place at Iaspis in relation to the exhibition Image at Work produced by XpoSeptember in collaboration with Index, The Romanian Culture Institute in Stockholm and Moderna Museet. All seminars take place at Iaspis, Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm.

For further information see www.iaspis.se or contact Iaspis Project Manager Jonatan Habib Engqvist, jhe@iaspis.se