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WORK: THE SUBJECTIVITIES OF WORK, WAGE LABOR, LEISURE AND A LIFE WITHOUT IT
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“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

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Please check out the next meeting! And don't forget to sign up!

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See you on Saturday

Hey everyone

The ps site is a little clunkly but if you want to signup for the class and see info on what to read here's how:

1. look to the top right of this page for the area that reads "classes based on this proposal"

2. click on the title of the class

3. there is a list of meeting dates, click on the first one (june 1st) to access the actual meeting one should see location, texts and meeting times for the class.

voila

 

 

Hey everyone

The ps site is a little clunkly but if you want to signup for the class and see info on what to read here's how:

1. look to the top right of this page for the area that reads "classes based on this proposal"

2. click on the title of the class

3. there is a list of meeting dates, click on the first one (june 1st) to access the actual meeting one should see location, texts and meeting times for the class.

voila

 

 

Hi everyone, the 4 follwing meetings are scheduled! 

WHAT IS WORK? The conditions of work now and then.
Saturday 1 June, 12:00

HOW DO WE WORK? Work, sleep & leisure - typologies of work in social relations.
Saturday 8 June, 12:00

WHY DO WE WORK? [pt.1] : What our culture is telling us about our desires TO WORK examined through film, art and music.
Saturday 15 June, 12:00

WHY DO WE WORK? [pt.2] : What our culture is telling us about our desires NOT TO WORK examined through film, art and music.
Saturday 22 June, 12:00

See you then!

great selection of films although I was shocked office space didn't make the list. We can add more and sort out which movie we'd like to dissemeninate when the class begins.

Please feel free to suggest any vidoes/movies you think are relevant to this class. I'm trying to figure a better way to organize them in one place but I'm not sure its possible to link them to the issue on aaaaarg we created for the class

 

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hello all,
in berlin classes happen on saturdays. currently there is one on participation and from the last week of april on a class on bakhtin's notion of answerability. potentially we could start in may but i kindly ask you for some patience until the committee meets and figures out who is able and has capacities to organize this class.
fiona

Hi, it sounds good to me.

xandra

Hey guys,

Since the class size has grown a bit I wanted to see how does everyone feel about the first class meeting wednesday the 8th in the evening ?

 

 

hi everyone,

thanks for all the links! I guess we could entertain each other for quite a while, if we watch all the movies ... we also have some more material at hand that's not on aaarg - let's have a look at what we got at the first meeting and decide then on where to focus on.

see you soon!

 

Jobs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TJhH4jtzjw

ulrike vedder did a seminar and a filmreihe on work in arsenal about a year ago:

http://www.arsenal-berlin.de/kalender/filmreihe/calendar/2012/may/15/article/3384/3004.html

too late to go there but the films might be of interest.. as the farocki title reminded me, work and film are historically quite entangled, the first 'film' being about workers leaving a factory....

hello,

Watching film material is a very good idea. Elio's Petri film 'The working class goes to heaven' might work too perhaps combined with some Italian operaismo readings http://unemployedcinema.blogspot.de/2008/09/working-class-goes-to-heaven.html

and a nice text i recently read on the issue http://www.socialtextjournal.org/periscope/2013/03/imagining-non-work.php

hello,

recently bumped into this selection of films dealing with work in various ways - maybe it could add up into the discussion or we could think maybe of watching some  in relation to the class

http://www.avclub.com/articles/a-working-class-hero-is-something-to-be-23-proleta,84426/

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