Re:Working Labor @ SAIC

Friday, October 12 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice in collaboration with re:work the International Research Centre “Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History” at Humboldt University in Berlin are undertaking a multi-year research project on the subject of labor. This effort, led and curated by Daniel Eisenberg and Ellen Rothenberg, inaugural Faculty Research Fellows of SAIC’s Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice, aims to rethink and reimagine the representations of the changing nature of work, and reflect on the dislocating effects of globalization and technology that have created deeply unstable economic conditions and polarized our political moment.

The inaugural public event of this project will be the Re:Working Labor public symposium, which considers how artists, researchers, historians, and activists can come together to address such vital questions.

Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and The College, University of Chicago, will open the symposium with an expanded frame, contextualizing human labor within the critical issues of climate change in the Anthropocene.

Two panels will then focus on:

  • The visibility and invisibility of labor—how are artists and researchers envisioning new images that represent work, and how might they empower labor both socially and politically?
  • Work and the social construct—what are our values around different kinds of work? Might we reimagine a world where the work-to-capital relation doesn’t drive the social contract?

Closing remarks will then follow by Andreas Eckert, Professor, Humboldt University, Director, re:work, IGK Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History, Berlin

Find out more about the speakers and program at the link below.