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Unlearning Work: On Boredom

October 28, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Art in General
145 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
(212) 219-0473

Unlearning Work is a public program series elaborating on the post-work themes present in Art in General’s New Commission by Danilo Correale, At Work’s End. The publication Shifter, together with the artist and special guests, present three participatory workshops that explore ideas of pleasure, boredom, and refusal.

Each gathering aims to challenge our assumptions and prejudices in relationship to work. Typical event formats are shifted and expanded in an effort to develop new habits for thinking and discussion. Expectations will include practices of watching, listening, storytelling, and dissenting; attendees need not speak to participate in these events, though all will be asked to share in the space of unlearning in some meaningful way—even by napping.

Guest scholars additionally help to facilitate each event: Abou Farman “On Pleasure,” Marina Van Zuylen “On Boredom,” and Sandro Mezzadra “On Refusal.” The organizers will identify key concepts that bind us to the governing regime of labor, and ask, what new relationships to these concepts might be possible in a post-work society?

Shifter is a topical publication that aims to illuminate and broaden our understanding of the intersections between contemporary art, politics, and philosophy. Shifter remains malleable and responsive in its form and activities, and represents a diversity of positions and backgrounds in its contributors.