Labour, Art and Capitalism
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With the narrowing of work and art visible in galleries and art discourse today, Working Aesthetics takes a step back to ask why labour has become a valid subject for contemporary art, and explores what this means for aesthetic culture today.
Chapter 1: The Deskilling of the Artist: Lippincott Inc. (1966-1994)
Chapter 2: Neoliberalism and The Facilitator: Mike Smith Studio (1989 -)
Chapter 3: The Artist as Project Manager? Thomas Hirschhorn's Bataille Monument (2002) and Gramsci Monument (2013)
Chapter 4: Immaterial Labour: Rimini Protokoll's Call Cutta in a Box (2008-2010)
Chapter 5: Affective Action: Liberate Tate (2010-)
Chapter 6: Digital Labour & Capitalist Technologies: Etoy's Toy War (1999) and Mission Eternity (2005-)
Glossary of Terms
Building on scholarship on the social history of art and grounded in materialist conceptions of art history, the book presents new readings of social models of artistic labour alongside the ideological changes accompanying contemporary capitalism.