Why we have created this
Labor in the 21st century
Is it possible to think that the concept of labor in the future may be purely self-driven, pleasurable and artistic contribution at such service of a society?
Can it be more emancipated from the hegemony of external powers; such as a widespread economic system, state apparatus, profit-based corporations, state-run agencies, or any other factor than:
- the very well-being of the workers,
- their inter-relations,
- the society in which they cohabit,
- and the ecology itself?
We want to articulate with you about how we can bring about:
- Value beyond commodities,
- Benefit beyond profits,
- Contribution beyond borders
in the rest of the 21st century.
Some questions that go through our minds:
- How to liberate arts and artistic practice from the control of commercialisation and commodification mechanisms, as well as such indirect control via financial backings from state apparatus and its technocratic decision making processes?
- Is it possible to make it truly a practice of and by all without any given privelege being a condition for artistic practices to be exercised?
- Could we foresee a future where artistic practice is merged with a sort of local income model in smaller societies where individuals can be guaranteed to be given certain benefits with the sole condition of arts being practiced, whose definition is entirely left up to the practitioner, such as in old-school craftsmanship economy?
- Given the technological advances and mass inequality of the ownership of earth’s resources, could there be other models seen as ways to overcome the conflict between individuals fundamental right to practice her own arts and labor she desires, and such employment situations in which subject is forced to produce value?