No Time to Lose: A Search for Work / Life Balance

Andrew Ross: On the Digital Labor Question by notimetolose
October 23, 2009, 1:31 pm
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Thanks Monika!

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Transcribed from a lecture presented at The New School on October 9,  2009, sociologist Andrew Ross weighs the gains of a digital paradigm  in terms of labor.  On the one hand, active, digitally-networked  societies offer information-rich public goods that can bolster  creativity and politically progressive organizing.  However, the
virtue of ‘openness’ uncritically extolled by technolibertarians must  be considered against its sacrificial costs—the loss of rights for  creative producers who are tempted by the prospect of aesthetic  recognition, the outsourcing of labor to unsustainable workplace  conditions, the corporate monetization of social participation on the  web, and the transference of labor from manufacturers to consumers  that help create a paradigm of perennial work without rest. Ross’  insight considers a range of perspectives that implicate a vertically  and horizontally stratified megalopolis such as New York City.

Read the lecture here:

What is the good of work? by notimetolose
October 19, 2009, 1:32 am
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Reposted from e-flux via CCS Bard…

A series of talks…

Wyoming Evenings: What is the Good of Work? (1/4)

What is the good of work? How and why did the sixties and seventies vision of a future defined by leisure change into the reality of an exhausting life of increasingly purposeless work? What are the implications of the shift from a Fordist model of production to a post-Fordist one? Why is work valorized in contemporary society? What happened to the radical potential of labor? What can we learn by examining its various critiques, from those expressed in the Middle Ages and up through the strategies employed by the Situationists and others? Unemployment is becoming a reality for an increasing number of people. How might we think of unemployment as an artistic and philosophical category?

These questions will be examined during four events at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building in the East Village. Each event will involve two guests–one artist and one cultural producer of another kind. Marysia Lewandowska and Peter Fleming will be the guests at the first event on October 17, 2009.

Marysia Lewandowska is a Polish-born, London-based artist and a Professor at Konstfack Stockholm. Her past and current projects reflect the ways in which institutions determine the exchange of values between art and its publics. She is currently developing Women’s Audio Archive as part of her residency at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

Peter Fleming is professor of Work, Organization and Society at the Queen Mary College (University of London). One of his areas of research concerns the cultural politics of work organizations and the modes of ideological control that operate to enlist the participation of labor.

Events to follow in this series:

December 5th, 2009. 4pm
Marion von Osten and Tom McCarthy

January 30th, 2010. 4pm
Liam Gillick and Gianni Vattimo

March 13th, 2010. 4pm
Carles Guerra and Michael Hardt

For more information:

A Day at the Office (found on YouTube via Facebook) by notimetolose
October 18, 2009, 11:15 am
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Thank you, Catherine!