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WHY DO WE WORK? [pt.1]

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

Building upon previous readings in the last meeting we asked what is/isn't work by examining its refusal from the perspective of the figure of the freelancer.

Coming from that discussion we considered the following thoughts on work:
•    work is the activity that humans perform as matter of nature as the producer of so called “value”
•    work itself is defined by its moment in history combining activity and social forces to organize if at least reproduce human life and society itself
•    work as an activity of alienation imposed as wage labor (and capitalism) organized by the bio political thus a condition to be refused

In preparation for the discussion next Saturday we would like to ask you to indulge yourself in the following questions:
1. How would you define “work” in general?
2. How do you characterize your work in regards to your general understanding?
3. How does working make you feel? What do you like about work?
4. Are there aspects of work you don't like? Are these aspects necessary to work? Why?
5. What do you want to talk about in the upcoming classes?

Now, if “human emotions and embodied communication becomes increasingly central to the production and consumption patterns that sustain capital flows in post-industrial society” (Bifo) are all social relations and we all together commodified?
The following texts and audio will help us to gain some grip on this issue:

(1)
Richard Sennett
Together. The Spectrum of Exchange. p.71-86
http://aaaaarg.org/text/37820/together-rituals-pleasures-and-politics-cooperation

(2)
Franco “Bifo” Berardi
What is the Meaning of Autonomy Today? Subjectivation, Social Composition, Refusal of Work
http://republicart.net/disc/realpublicspaces/berardi01_en.htm

Franco “Bifo” Berardi
The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy. Estrangement versus alienation. P. 44-51
Trans. Francesca Cadel and Giuseppina Mecchia, with preface by Jason E. Smith. Los Angeles, CA: Semiotexte, 2009.
http://aaaaarg.org/text/21515/soul-work-alienation-autonomy

(3)
Nina Power in conversation with Franco Berardi Bifo
Federico Campagna, from online publishing platform Through Europe, chairs this discussion between two figures both renowned for their combination of critical thought and direct action.
http://archive.org/details/NinaPowerInConversationWithFrancoBerardiBifo

(4)
Benjamin Scheerbarth
Where art and commerce hold hands in the sunset a pilot study of Katerholzig
A pilot study of Katerholzig @ Papaya Playa—A Design Hotels project
http://aaaaarg.org/text/47888/where-art-and-commerce-hold-hands-sunset-pilot-study-katerholzig

In addition to a discussion of this HOMEWORK, we will kick off the class with a claim that by disseminating popular media (and its relation to desire) has (and still is) telling us to conceive of a world with less work and more leisure.

See you on Saturday!

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Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 12:00
Archive Books , Dieffenbachstraße 31, 10967 more
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WHY DO WE WORK? [pt.1] :
What our culture is telling us about our desires TO WORK examined through film, art and music.

Building upon previous readings in the last meeting we asked what is/isn't work by examining its refusal from the perspective of the figure of the freelancer.
Coming from that discussion we considered the following thoughts on work:
•    work is the activity that humans perform as matter of nature as the producer of so called “value”
•    work itself is defined by its moment in history combining activity and social forces to organize if at least reproduce human life and society itself
•    work as an activity of alienation imposed as wage labor (and capitalism) organized by the bio political thus a condition to be refused

In preparation for the discussion next Saturday we would like to ask you to indulge yourself in the following questions:
1. How would you define “work” in general?
2. How do you characterize your work in regards to your general understanding?
3. How does working make you feel? What do you like about work?
4. Are there aspects of work you don't like? Are these aspects necessary to work? Why?
5. What do you want to talk about in the upcoming classes?

Now, if “human emotions and embodied communication becomes increasingly central to the production and consumption patterns that sustain capital flows in post-industrial society” (Bifo) are all social relations and we all together commodified?
The following texts and audio will help us to gain some grip on this issue:

(1)
Richard Sennett
Together. The Spectrum of Exchange. p.71-86
http://aaaaarg.org/text/37820/together-rituals-pleasures-and-politics-cooperation

(2)
Franco “Bifo” Berardi
What is the Meaning of Autonomy Today? Subjectivation, Social Composition, Refusal of Work
http://republicart.net/disc/realpublicspaces/berardi01_en.htm

Franco “Bifo” Berardi
The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy. Estrangement versus alienation. P. 44-51
Trans. Francesca Cadel and Giuseppina Mecchia, with preface by Jason E. Smith. Los Angeles, CA: Semiotexte, 2009.
http://aaaaarg.org/text/21515/soul-work-alienation-autonomy

(3)
Nina Power in conversation with Franco Berardi Bifo
Federico Campagna, from online publishing platform Through Europe, chairs this discussion between two figures both renowned for their combination of critical thought and direct action.
http://archive.org/details/NinaPowerInConversationWithFrancoBerardiBifo

(4)
Benjamin Scheerbarth
Where art and commerce hold hands in the sunset a pilot study of Katerholzig
A pilot study of Katerholzig @ Papaya Playa—A Design Hotels project
http://aaaaarg.org/text/47888/where-art-and-commerce-hold-hands-sunset-pilot-study-katerholzig

In addition to a discussion of this HOMEWORK, we will kick off the class with a claim that by disseminating popular media (and its relation to desire) has (and still is) telling us to conceive of a world with less work and more leisure.

See you on Saturday!

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