A new job to unwork at

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Karin Schneider: Sabotage, 2017 © CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco. Courtesy of Karin Schneider
A new job to unwork at

253 East Houston Street
10002 New York
September 9th, 2018 - October 14th, 2018
Opening: September 9th, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wed-Sun 12-7


As an activity that is perhaps as widely shared as it is varied in character, what potentials are latent in work as a ground for reconsidering entrenched social, political, and economic relations? A new job to unwork at is a multidisciplinary project that studies the many social, material, and economic processes understood as “work,” and the ways in which this classification of human activity operates as a legitimating discourse that privileges certain subjects and life choices. The project is the continuation of ongoing research that examines the ideological consequences of work in shaping our identities and experiences of the world.

The latest materialization of this investigation takes the shape of a series of public programs (August) and an exhibition (September) at Participant Inc. In this iteration, we draw on the concept of unwork as a wry subversion of work, focusing on practices that re-imagine work’s intended flows and ends, often short-circuiting the power relations inherent in labor relations, distilling their (often) destructive potentials into a politics of commoning and care.

A new job to unwork at is made possible with the support of Acción Cultural Española AC/E through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE) in the framework of the Mobility grants.

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