“Work is the blackmail of survival”... or is it?
In a series of weekly classes we will seek to develop a historical, contemporary and theoretical understanding of “work” while considering its relation to human subjectivity and subjugation to power concluding with a workshop in which the class reflects its own positioning towards “work” in relation to contemporary conditions.
Through literature, art, and theory we will attempt to disseminate the notion of work within the context of (but not limited to) work in relation to capitalism, society and leisure, and the typologies of work spanning from the French revolution to our present day.
Developing an ontological understanding of what work might be, we will start the class with reading the beginning of Michel Foucault’s “Discipline & Punish”:
“Behind the offences of the vagabond, there is laziness; that is what one must fight against. “One will not succeed by locking beggars up in filthy prisons that are more like cesspools; they will have to be forced to work. “The best way of punishing them is to employ them.” (Brissot, 258) “
Foucault, M.: “The gentle way in punishment”, chapter 2, In: “Discipline & Punish”, 1977
The class is supposed to take place weekly. We will explore the subject by shoveling ourselves through varying media, text, audio and film. A final workshop intends to bring all aspects about A LIFE WITHOUT WORK together.
A current bibliography is set up HERE and will probably grow overtime.
Please sign up, so we can start organizing the class
Chris & Manuela