“MASHING UP”: Art+Labour

"MASHING UP": Art+Labour
a public conversation
Tuesday 9 November 2010, 12.30-6pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD

Event is free but ticketed, tickets available from: CCA Box Office:
tel : +44 (0)141 352 4900 / http://www.cca-glasgow.com
For further information about this event go to:

http://www.variant.org.uk/events.html
"MASHING UP": Art+Labour is complemented by the LOANS & INTERNSHIPS
WORKSHOP on Tuesday 9 November 2010, 10.30am - noon (same location and

bookings details as above) 

Art+Labour is a public conversation
exploring the conditions and experiences of creative labour in the
cultural industries - working conditions, pay, working hours; freedom
and autonomy, pleasure and obligation; insecurity and uncertainty;

social reproduction, networking and isolation - and artists'
organising within it - unions, artists' associations, or
self-organised studio/exhibition spaces.
 
What diverse forms of employment do artists undertake? Who are their

employees? How secure and how flexible are these forms of employment?
What are the conditions of employment and how are these changing? What
can we say of artists' autonomy in relation to contemporary labour

practices? How do cultural workers effectively organise around labour
issues? What would it mean for artists to withdraw their labour in
defence of conditions in one's primary or secondary employment? With
successive governments' emphasis on arts' social function, how does

communality express itself in competitive Creative Industries? What is
industrial about the Creative Industries; where do 'Cultural'
producers sit within the policy frame of the 'Creative' Industries?

How do we as cultural producers recognise our own positions and
dependency on/within/alongside the public sector? With the
entrepreneurial restructuring of the arts in Scotland and in the face
of selective public sector cuts throughout the UK, how constructive

are artists' isolated appeals for a state of exception? What is so
unique about artists in the social factory?These are some of the
questions to be addressed during this public conversation.
 
The discussion is open to anyone - cultural workers, artists,

students, interns, precarious and self-organised labour affiliated to
academia - concerned with issues of art, labour and economics. The
event will begin with a series of short position statements from
invited speakers followed by discussion among panelists and audience.

 
 
Panelists include:
Angela McRobbie
Professor of Communications, Dept. of Media & Communications, Goldsmiths
Scottish Artists Union
The representative voice for artists in Scotland
Graham Jeffery

Reader: Music and Performance, The School of Creative and Cultural
Industries, UWS
Katarzyna Kosmala
Reader, Centre for Contemporary European Studies, UWS
Gesa Helms
Researcher & artist
Brett Bloom

Member of Chicago-based art collective Temporary Services who recently
produced 'Art Work : A national conversation about art, labour, and
economics'
Owen Logan
Researcher, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

Facilitated by Gordon Asher
Effective Learning Tutor, UWS Centre for Academic & Professional Development
 
"MASHING UP": Art+Labour is organised by Leigh French, co-editor of
Variant, and Sophie Hope, member of Making A Living, in co-operation

with Graham Jeffery of The School of Creative and Cultural Industries,
University of the West of Scotland, and supported by CCA, Glasgow.
 
"MASHING-UP" is a Public Lecture Series presented by UWS and CCA. This

ongoing lecture series stimulates critical, transdisciplinary research
communities to discuss advanced knowledge and to build networks of
excellence among producer communities.
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