WORK

“The appropriation of artistic, that is autonomous and free kinds of behaviour has been an imperative in the post-Fordist world of work for a long time. It is a governmental technique of self-control, which as Michel Foucault describes it, promises a better life and thereby engenders a new generation of precarious ‘creatives’ who, between short-term contracts and low pay, achieve burn-out instead of freedom. For many, ‘be creative’ has long meant ‘be precarious’ in the creative industries, the rest of the working world and even in the case of those who are here treated as the better workers, namely artists themselves.” WORK, Documents of Contemporary Art, p 18.

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