October 14: Valerie Lynn Werder, A Notable Fiction (a theatrical performance)
I'll be performing "A Notable Fiction", a theatrical performance (an Antigone for the digital age) based on undercover Wikipedia editor Vera Syuzhet’s excursions into the site’s comments forums. The performance critically examines terms of legibility and notability in an online public sphere, asking: does the writing of history always amount to the writing of fiction? –– –– A new job to unwork at Exhibition: Sep 9 - Oct 14 Opening reception: Sep 9, 7-9pm As an activity that is perhaps as widely shared as it is varied in character, what potentials are latent in work as a ground for reconsidering entrenched social, political, and economic relations? "A new job to unwork at" is a multidisciplinary project that studies the many social, material, and economic processes understood as “work,” and the ways in which this classification of human activity operates as a legitimating discourse that privileges certain subjects and life choices. The project is the continuation of ongoing research that examines the ideological consequences of work in shaping our identities and experiences of the world. The latest materialization of this investigation takes the shape of a series of public programs (August) and an exhibition (September) at PARTICIPANT INC. In this iteration, we draw on the concept of unwork as a wry subversion of work, focusing on practices that re-imagine work’s intended flows and ends, often short-circuiting the power relations inherent in labor relations, distilling their (often) destructive potentials into a politics of commoning and care. Participants in the exhibition and related events include: Amelia Bande/Punching Songs Together, Coop Fund, Goldman Club, Tehching Hsieh, Wes Larios, Fred Lonidier, Dylan Mira, Karin Schneider, Lise Soskolne (W.A.G.E.), Merle Laderman Ukeles, Kathi Weeks, Valerie Werder, Kandis Williams of Cassandra Press, and others. Curated by Andrew Kachel and Clara López Menéndez PARTICIPANT INC Is wheelchair accessible from the street and has wheelchair accessible non-gender-segregated bathroom facilities. We welcome service animals.