Past Events

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PROCESS/MATERIAL/MANUFACTURE (Wednesday 9 July 6pm)

Manual Labours and COPY at The Tetley Gallery, Leeds

Featuring Harun Farocki, Worker Leaving the Factory and Pilvi Takala, The Trainee, followed by Manual Labours and COPY in conversation.

To listen to the conversation click here.

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CLOCKING, In Certain Places, Lancaster (June)

A commission by In certain Places, Lancaster to develop a programme of broadcasts, which examine the pre- carious nature of contemporary labour, in partnership with Field Broadcast.  For more information on the project click here.

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LOVING WORK (Febuary/March)

A series of workshop with cultural workers in Helsinki, Melbourne and Stockholm.

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MAKING SOMETHING FROM NOTHING

A conference organised by RADAR, Loughborough University. Manual Labours presented work alongside Maria Pask, Marina Vishmidt, Andrea Büttner and Ciara Phillips.

 

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LAUNCH OF THE MANUAL LABOURS MANUAL #1 AND FLATNESS PUBLICATION

Wednesday 30 October, 6.30-8.30pm

X Marks the Bökship , 210 / Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road , London E2 9NQ
Join us for the launch of Manual Labours Manual and a publication from the Flatness project curated by Shama Khanna.  The evening will include a short film screening and discussion with Sophie Hope, Jenny Richards and artist-researcher Broderick Chow.
The Manual Labours Manual is distributed by AND.  To view an online version of the manual.

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AUTUMN READING SESSIONS

Join us for a series of reading groups based in London, led by artist-researchers Broderick Chow, Claudia Firth and researcher and writer Josefine Wikström, sociologist Nicky Busch, psychologist Amy Harrison and performance art historian Claire Warden. The readings will include texts by Robert Hassan, Ivor Southwood, Alrie Horchschild, Kathi Weeks,  Sylvia Federici and Jon McKenzie.

Please email to register and receive details of the locations and a PDF of the reader.

1. The body and clocking-off with Broderick Chow and Nicky Busch
Date: Wednesday 16 October, 7-9pm.
2. The body and working environment with Claudia Firth and Amy Harrison
Date: Wednesday 6 November 7-9pm.
3. The body and bad management with Josefine Wikström and Claire Warden
Date: Wednesday 27 November 6-8pm.

Manual Labours is being presented as part of: The 2nd NED JAMES FESTIVAL OF WOMEN’S WERK’ 
21 September – 16 November 2013
, Worcester City Gallery, Foregate Street WR1 1DT Celine Berger
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For more information click here.
Paper: Manual Labours: Can awareness of the ‘body at work’ lead to increased agency of workers?
We recently gave a paper at the Work, Employment and Society conference.
To read our paper, please click here.

Paper: Manual Labours: Practice-based research into the ‘body at work’
16th November 2013
Centre for Creative Collaboration, London
See here for further information: http://generativeconstraints.tumblr.com/
We are taking part in Generative Constraints, a conference about the politics, poetics and performativity of limitation and production in practice-based research.

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CONFERENCES

Manual Labours were part of a number of conferences in 2013 including:

Generative Constraints, Royal Holloway University (September)

‘Can an awareness of the body at work lead to an increased agency among workers?’ BSA Work, Employment and Society, University of Warwick (September)
London Conference for Critical Thought, Royal Holloway University (June)

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Manual Labours at The Peltz Room, Birkbeck University 8-12 April

Each day we will focus on one worker stereotype, discuss a reading, watch a film and interview a co-worker about their physical relationship to work.

Monday 8 April: St. Monday

The office will be closed on Monday as Jenny and Sophie will be worshipping St Monday by having a lazy day.

Tuesday 9 April: The Manager

Tuesday will start with a slow commute to work when Jenny and Sophie will trek across marshes and motorways to reach the office. They will document their walk, the physical and emotional affects and analyse whether the walk was worth it.

WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL : THE TRAINEE

Reading: The Great Caliban: The struggle against the rebel body by Sylvia Federici (2004)

Pilvi Takala The Trainee – Screening and Discussion with Marina Vishmidt

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

Marina Vishmidt will discuss Pilvi Takala’s performance and film The Trainee (2008) in light of her research into how art models anomalous labour conditions in the period of financialised capitalism.  She will explore how strategies such as performativity, intimacy and refusal traverse contemporary forms of labour and art. The competitive ideology of abstract value standardises the conditions for both, getting them to mingle and blur in a kind of abstract activity typical of financial commodities.
Marina Vishmidt is a London-based writer who deals mainly with art, value and the politics of work and abstraction. A former Research Fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academie, she has an MA in Modern European Philosophy and is currently doing a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London on speculation as a mode of production in art and capital.
Pilvi Takala’s The Trainee was produced in a collaboration with Deloitte and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, and involved the artist working for a month as trainee “Johanna Takala” in the marketing department of Deloitte.  Takala studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki and was resident at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. http://www.pilvitakala.com

Thursday 11 April: The Outsourced

It’s nearly the end of the week and we need a drink. Join us for after work drinks (meet in the Peltz room at 6pm) to discuss why/how work seeps into our social lives and vice versa.

Reading: Networked Time by Robert Hassan (2007)

Friday 12 April: The Administrator

During the final day we invite our co-workers to a Public lunch hour (1-2pm), Peltz Room, Birkbeck where we will eat together and discuss the week’s research – culminating with a discussion around ideas of ‘physical intellect’ and the different ways we can map and question our physical relationships to work.

Reading: Fatigue Effects of Light Repetitive Work on Sensory Motor Coordination by Howard Gage (1974)

Friday 12 April 1-2pm

Public Lunch Hour, Peltz Room, Birkbeck

During the final day we invite our co-workers to a Public lunch hour, Peltz Room, Birkbeck where we will eat together and discuss the week’s research – culminating with a discussion around ideas of ‘physical intellect’ and the different ways we can map and question our physical relationships to work. Food Provided!

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