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2016-01-10

READINGS FOR ART USERS
seminars at the Makin Use exhibition at Warsaw’s MoMA
presenters: Sebastian Cicochki, Joanna Figiel, Michał Kozłowski, Zofia Płoska, Tomasz Rakowski, Kuba Szreder
dates: 13.01-01.05.2016 (every second Wednesday)
venue: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, ul. Pańska 3



The team of the Free/Slow University of Warsaw invites to a new series of seminars accompanying the exhibition "Making Use: Life in Postartistic Times" about Readings for Art Users. With reference to the legacy of flying universities, F/SUW organizes a series of self-educational meetings for users of art. Readings' participants will assemble a theoretical toolkit, which will enable them to operate freely within a vocabulary and concepts crucial for understanding the role and position of art in the contemporary world.
 

2015-10-01
conferences / gatherings

 CONFERENCE

ART AND LABOUR
AFTER THE END OF WORK
time: 09–10.10.2015
venue: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw 
 
 
 "Art and Labor after the End of Work" - a collaborative project by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht; the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; and the Free/Slow University of Warsaw (F/SUW) - is a FORMER WEST Public Editorial Meeting that takes as its starting point F/SUW’s case study of labor relations in the arts, The Art Factory (Bęc Zmiana Foundation, Warsaw, 2014).
The F/SUW report maps present-day working patterns and distribution of resources in contemporary art in Poland, and describes a familiar picture of enthusiasm-driven overwork in a field characterized by poor economic conditions, class privilege and those without, underlying precarity, and lurking exclusion. Art and Labor after the End of Work situates these issues within the wider political economy of contemporary capitalism and cumulative theorizations of art and labor. Posited as a political problem, these working conditions are examined through the prism of art-related activism that seeks to respond by building structures of mutual support, organizing trade unions, denouncing injustice, constituting the commons, and instigating occupations.
 
2015-06-17

 THE ART FACTORY

Report of the Free/Slow University of Warsaw
 
 
 
The Art Factory is a publication that recapitulates the results of a two-years study concerning the division and conditions of labour in the field of visual arts in Poland. It is free of charge and available from the websites of the F/SUW and Bęc Zmiana Foundation.
2015-05-17

 READINGS FOR ARTWORKERS 2015

What is the place of the public in the artistic division of labor? 

Meeting with Jean-Louis Fabiani (EHESS, Paris, visiting professor University of Warsaw)  

Thursday, 28.05.2015, 6 pm

Museum of Modern Art, Pańska 3

The seminar will be held in English 

 

Recent developments in contemporary art have raised important questions with respect to the artistic division of labor, either in terms of « artworlds » or in terms of field. New characters have appeared besides the critic and the merchant : the « new curator »,  the « commissaire » and  the radical academic stand out among a crowd of mediators. Curiously enough, the public does not seem to have a significant share in the process. This presentation aims to analyze the essential tension between the autonomy of the artist, as conceived since the rise of modern art and the voice of the beholder.

<<< Photography Bartosz Stawiarski, from the archive of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

2015-02-17

 JOY FOREVER. THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF SOCIAL CREATIVITY

English edition!

We are pleased to announce the english edition of the F/SUW publication Joy Forever. The political economy of social creativity, which was published as result of the F/SUW conference at Warsaw University. The publication is a result of collaboration between F/SUW, Bęc Zmiana Foundation an May Fly Books.

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