Huge swathes of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed. David Graeber, On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant (2013)
The increasingly large gap between rich and poor, the accelerated climate change and most recently the state of emergency of the Corona crisis leave no doubt about the need for profound social and economic changes.
On the discourse platform Work in the Crisis, artists, theorists and activists with different focal points are looking for answers to fundamental questions – with a special focus on what can be learned from artistic processes about the nature of production and work today:
How secure and sustainable are global financial, economic and social systems based on value creation? How do material and immaterial production relate to each other? How do digitality and artificial intelligence change work and production? How must work change in the face of climate catastrophe? What new connections between local, regional and planetary thinking must now be found? How can new forms of collaboration and collectivity, how can social production be thought as a whole?
A Project by the LVR-Industriemuseums Kraftwerk Ermen & Engels (Engelskirchen) And the NRW KULTURsekretariats (Wuppertal) on Occasion of the200.birthday of Friedrich Engels. Supported by Regionale Kulturförderung des Landschaftsverbandes Rheinland.