Immaterial Labour Isn’t Working: Digital Culture, Digital Work, Digital Insurrection.
20th April – 12th May 2013
Immaterial Labour Isn’t Working is a series of talks, workshops, texts and online contributions from key voices – artists, activists, technologists and writers – examining how digital technology is changing our political selves.
Everything has changed. A technological revolution and an economic crisis have combined to reshape our world. Today, we live, work and play online, and yet we are often still stuck in ways of thinking that belong to an offline world.
Over 40 years information technology has transformed our working patterns. Today, our productive capabilities are harnessed in all our waking hours as the boundaries between production and consumption transform into a pixelated blur. The way we produce, disseminate and consume culture is now almost totally mediated by the online space; but more than this, there’s also an increasingly fluid relation between “creative industries” and the working practices being imposed upon other workers. The aesthetic and technical structures of online space are becoming the prism through which we visualise and conceptualise our everyday lives, yet technological developments in the workplace are being structured for the benefit of our employers rather than us workers.
How does living online affect our mental health? Are we working too much? Is the boundary between work and play too porous? How does political organising happen when we never meet our colleagues? What does culture look like when the tools to make and broadcast exist on every laptop?
Accompanying the programme of events is the launch of Metahaven’s new book with Deterritorial Support Group (DSG): VOID MYSTIQUE DNA (ISBN 978-0-9576316-0-1). Visitors are able to browse this unique “split-EP” monografesto, and even pick up a copy of this profoundly limited-edition book free of charge. Commissioned by Auto Italia, this collaboration sees the first joint project by two of the most exciting design think tanks working today.
The first project to be presented at Auto Italia’s new King’s Cross space, ILIW13 will be physically situated within this area of industrial and social transformation, occupying an uncertain landscape now claimed as site of cultural production.
Immaterial Labour Isn’t Working is a project by Auto Italia in collaboration with Huw Lemmey. Confirmed contributors include: Alex Andrews, Hannah Black, Jessica Bland, James Bridle, Joanna Figiel & Stevphen Shukaitis (Metropolitan Factory), Mark Fisher, Larne Gogarty, Alex Hern, Dougald Hine, Dave King (Luddites 200), Ed Manley, Metahaven, Novara Media, Michael Oswell, Jay Owens, David Rudnick, Jay Springett, Kerstin Stakemeier, Kieran Startup Alex Vasudevan, Ben Vickers, Georgina Voss, Josefine Wikström and Will Wiles with more to be announced.
Sat. April 20th, 2pm – Open Access Publishing – Alex Andrews, Alex Hern and Alex Vasudevan
Sat. April 20th, 6pm – Metahaven in conversation
Sat. April 20th, 7pm – Metahaven e-book launch – No booking necessary, just come along!
Sun. April 21st, 6pm – New Luddism – Dougald Hine, Huw Lemmey, Luddites200 and Jay Springett
Sat. April 27th, 2pm – The Shape of the Contemporary Workplace – Joanna Figiel & Stevphen Shukaitis (Metropolitan Factory)
Sat. May 4th, 12pm – Workplace Organising Wokshop – SolFed
Sat. May 4th, 2pm – The Digital, The Immaterial & The Workers’ Inquiry – Novara Media (James Butler and Aaron Peters)
Sat. May 4th, 6pm – Post-Fordism and Mental Health – Hannah Black, Mark Fisher, Ramona and Huw Lemmey.
Sun. May 5th, 6pm –The Hole in the Network Where the Humans Shine Through – Dymaxion
Sat. May 11th, 6pm – (In)visibility and Labour – James Bridle, Will Wiles, Ben Vickers
Sun. May 12th, 2pm – The Aesthetics of Immaterial Labour – Larne Abse Gogarty, Kerstin Stakemeier, Josefine Wikström
Sun. May 12th, 6pm – Big Data, Social Networks, Data Selves – Jay Owens, Ed Manley, Alex Andrews
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