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Documentation of the seminar:

Publications and Articles:

Marina Vishmidt, “Mimesis of the Hardened and Alienated”: Social Practice as Business Model,“mimesis-of-the-hardened-and-alienated”-social-practice-as-business-model

Marina Vishmidt, Anti-Work, Anti-Art: The Paradoxes of Radical Proximity,

Minna L. Henriksson, Erik Krikortz and Airi Triisberg (Eds.), Art Workers – Material Conditions and Labour Struggles in Contemporary Art Practice, Berlin / Helsinki / Stockholm / Tallinn, 2015

Gregory Sholette, Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, Pluto Press, 2010

W.A.G.E., “Online Digital Artwork and the Status of the “Based-In” Artist”e-flux journal 56thVenice Biennale, 2015

Kuba Szreder, “How to Radicalize a Mouse? Notes on Radical Opportunism” in: Mobile Autonomy. Organizing Ourselves As Artists Today (ed. Pascal Gielen) Amsterdam: Valiz 2015, szreder_notes_on_radical_opportunism.pdf

Michał Kozłowski, Agnieszka Kurant, Jan Sowa, Krystian Szadkowski and Jakub Szreder (Eds.), Joy Forever: The Political Economy of Social Creativity, Free/Slow University of Warsaw, Bęc Zmiana Foundation, University of Warsaw, 2014

The Art Factory (ed. by Michał Kozłowski, Jan Sowa, Kuba Szreder), An excerpt from
a report by the Free/Slow University of Warsaw, 2014

Nottingham Contemporary: To celebrate May Day, groups share their campaigns for better working conditions in the arts, in the UK and the US. With Precarious Workers Brigade, W.A.G.E and Intern Labour Rights.

Carrotworkers Collective, Free Labour, Enforced Education and Precarity: an initial reflection, 2009

Corina L. Apostol, Brett Alton Bloom and Vladan Jeremić (Eds.), ArtLeaks Gazette No.3, 2015
Corina L. Apostol, Vladan Jeremic, Raluca Voinea (Eds.), ArtLeaks Gazette No.2, 2014
Corina L. Apostol, David Riff, Dmitry Vilensky, Vlad Morariu, Vladan Jeremic (Eds.), ArtLeaks Gazette No.1, 2013

ArtLeaks Reading List:

Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle (Eds.), Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art, e-flux journal, 2011

Marko Kostanić (Ed.), “Artistic Labor in the Age of Austerity”, Frakcija no. 60 – 61, Zagreb 2012

Vesna Vukovic & Una Bauer, (Eds.), Art&Money, Frakcija no. 68/69, Zagreb 2014

Precarious Workers Brigade, texts 2011-2015

Tatiana Bazzichelli & Geoff Cox (Eds.), Disrupting Business. Art & Activism in Times of Financial Crisis, Autonomedia, NY, 2013

10 working points for artists in new divisions of labor, 10 working Trondheim

Haben und Brauchen, To have and to need, Manifesto, Berlin 2012

Anthony Iles & Marina Vishmidt, Make Whichever You Find Work, Variant issue 41, 2013

Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Annika Enqvist, Michele Masucci, Lisa Rosendahl, Cecilia Widenheim (Eds.), Work, Work, Work
A Reader on Art and Labour, Sternberg Press and Iaspis, Berlin, 2012

Temporary Services, Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics, Half Letter Press, Chicago 2009

Global Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.), On direct action: an address to cultural workers

Andrew Ross for Gulf Labor coalition, The Gulf: High Culture/ Hard Labor, OR Books New York and London, 2015

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Art Workers. Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era, University of California Press, 2009, excerpt:


Websites and Platforms:

Gulf Labor Artist Coalition, Who’s Building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi?
A coalition of international artists working to ensure that migrant worker rights are protected during the construction of museums on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.

Occupy Museums calls out economic and social injustice propagated by institutions of art and culture.

What is a work of art in the age of $120,000 art degrees?

ArtLeaks is a collective platform initiated by an international group of artists, curators, art historians and intellectuals in response to the abuse of their professional integrity and the open infraction of their labor rights. It’s time to break the silence!

The RE-ALIGNED Project looks into conditions, agencies and subjectivities provoking a new alignment of art, thought and politics in the 21st century.

New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions, and establishing a sustainable labor relation between artists and the institutions that subcontract their labor.

The Artist as Debtor Conference, New York

Recently formed advocacy groups that fosters research and discussions about the role of small-scale arts organizations in New York City, London and L.A.

Chto Delat Journal,