Join us for the launch of the Night Shifter publication, the final event as part of the Daylight Management programme, a sprawling network of artists, researchers, scientists, night-shift workers and union representatives initiated and led by artist Martin Kohout. The event will include new performances and readings by Habib William Kherbek, Martin Kohout and Georgina Voss exploring issues arising for workers engaged through contemporary labour systems and digital economies.
Night Shifter is the publication aspect of the project which includes both fiction and non-fiction contributions from 11 writers, researchers and artists. For this publication launch, contributor Georgina Voss will perform a new work departing from her text entitled A Refined Glare alongside Habib William Kherbek, who will perform an adaptation of his work included in the anthology.
Catalysed by conversations with night-shift workers in London and Milton Keynes, this collection – co-edited by Martin Kohout and Dan Meththananda – brings together neuroscientists, anthropologists, authors, cab-drivers, and artists to reflect on the conditions of nocturnal labour. Through each contribution, the night shift is interpreted as a displaced, ambivalent space — of disciplined protocol, of calm meditation, of queer autonomy, of hedonistic resistance, or of exhaustion beyond words. Night Shifter features contributions from Phanuel Antwi, Ayesha Hameed, Chris James-Harvey, William Kherbek, Sophie Lapalu, Barney Lewer, Jeff Perkins, Jason Pine, Kate Porcheret, Georgina Voss, Vlad Vyazovskiy with graphic design by Jan Horčík.
Georgina Voss is an anthropologist of technology and innovation systems, a researcher, and an artist. Her work explores the presence and politics of large-scale technologies and industrial systems, through installation, sculpture, performance, and writing. She is co-founder and lead of Supra Systems Studio at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London; and co-founder and director of research studio, Strange Telemetry.
Habib William Kherbek is the writer of the novels Ecology of Secrets (2013) and ULTRALIFE (2016). His new poetry collection, Everyday Luxuries, will be published by Arcadia Missa.