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exhibition

MOLECULES OF CAPITAL
Furtherfield, London
July - August 2018


From the self-made celebrity of the Instafamous to the personal live-streaming of gamers, online sites of spectatorship are the emerging factories and playgrounds of the 21st century. We shop, share, and produce online, 24/7. As we do we alter the processes of how we work, what is viewed as a product, and our sense of self: work is like play and labour is seemingly without work.

Building on a lab held at Furtherfield Commons in May this group exhibition will feature a number of newly commissioned artworks. Join us as we embark on an intrepid journey to chart the instruments, agents and infrastructures of work, play and well-being online.

Find out more about how to participate in the lab and about our commissioning opportunities.

zine

In the autumn we will be releasing a zine to present our findings in the UK, as well writings from our community located across the world.

Continuing our investigations into emerging sites of work, play and survival it will feature in-depth readers, as well as more playful texts and images.

lab

PLAYBOUR – WORK, PLEASURE, SURVIVAL
When: 10am - 6pm Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May, 2018
Where: Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Gate, Finsbury Park, N4 2DE, London

The Lab
Playbour– Work, Pleasure, Survival, is an art and research platform dedicated to the study of the worker in an age of data technologies. Our first event is a three-day lab at Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park, London, and we are currently welcoming submissions for people to join us!

We are looking for applications from a range of applicants artists, designers, researchers, curators, and activists, with an interest in the relationship between arts, technology, and design, and who are working on an art or research project relating to shifting realities of work, the worker, and the self, via cognitive capital, digital labour, play and entertainment spaces.

What Will We Do?
We will explore the contours and value systems we place on work, play, and well-being, and use this to work towards an exhibition at Furtherfield opening mid-July, 2018.

Each day will consist of three sessions DISCUSS, TEST, and PLAY, convened and co-led by artists, academics, designers, and activists. Participants will critically analyze and thoughtfully engage in conversations, conduct research with “workers", test out ideas through hands-on making activities, and engage in play-driven interventions and performances. They will then work in groups to develop the foundation for newly commissioned works for the upcoming exhibition at Furtherfield gallery in July 2018.

The Schedule
Friday, Playbour, will examine shifting realities of work and professionalism in play and entertainment spaces. Participants will DISCUSS with sociologist Dr. Jamie Woodcock (Oxford Internet Institute) and explore the concepts of playbour, digital labour, immaterial labour, and cognitive capitalism – linking these explicitly to work and play through the example of videogames. We will then CONNECT with live streamers. In the afternoon, we will PLAY in a “collective empathy” session with artist Steven Ounanian looking into how pain and suffering are experienced in online contexts.

Saturday, Body/Machine/Capital, investigates data-driven decision making and the colonisation of body and machine via capital systems. The first half of the day will be led by Ramon Amaro and Nicole Sansone (Goldsmiths, University of London). We will DISCUSS race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, cognitive capitalism and modes of algorithmic perception. We will PLAY the role of an algorithm in creating a scene of heroism. These sessions will offer theoretical framing on how image rendering automates normalising aesthetic judgements. Later that day participants will begin to develop their "game installation" projects.

Sunday, is titled Unwitting Extraction. In the morning, participants will develop their "game installation" with architect Dr. Itai Palti. Using behavioural science and data technology participants will develop ideas and thinking for a game-based project in anticipation of the Furtherfield exhibition. This will be followed by a group lunch and feedback session with Dani Admiss and illustrator, Maz Hemming.

commission

OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS:
This is an exciting commissioning opportunity for two Haringey-based artists to produce an online and social-media commission in June, 2018 as part of the Playbour– Work, Pleasure, Survival, project. Selected artists will also have the opportunity to participate in a dynamic three-day arts, science and research lab at Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park in May, and receive a special programme of 1:1 mentoring opportunities with a programme of hand-picked international artists, activists, and researchers.

The artists will each receive a £200 stipend to cover the development of the work, materials and travel.

DURATION OF COMMISSION:
May - June 2018

LAB TIMES, DATES AND LOCATION:
10am-6pm, Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018
Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Gate, Finsbury Park, N4 2DE, London, UK

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
22 April 2018

Enquiries and Submissions
info@workpleasuresurvival.org

COMMISSION OVERVIEW:
From micro-celebrities to the “Instafamous”, modders to shoutcasters, today, the worlds of play, work, entertainment, seem to be converging, but how is this impacting on the perception of the self and the role of the worker?

Playbour– Work, Pleasure, Survival, is dedicated to the study of the worker as they are asked to draw on internal resources and self-made networks to develop new avenues of work, pleasure and survival.

Through a programme of a lab, independent publication, exhibition, and series of on and offline events, Playbour - Work, Pleasure, Survival, is a platform for community-led art and research, bringing leading artists, designers, scholars, activists and people from local communities together through new experiments in artistic co-research and production. The project aims to engage in public forms of art + research to collectively think about how we value the convergence of work, play and well-being, and the contours of work and play itself.

We are looking for individuals interested in exploring the rise of celebrity, automation, marketing and fandom taking place on social media platforms. What is happening in the worlds of micro-celebrities and influencers? How are these emergent career paths involved in a process of retailing their personal lives? What is the impact on the arts and on artists?

As part of the commission selected artists will participate in a dynamic three-day arts, science and research lab held 25-27 May at Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park, as well as receive a special programme of 1:1 mentoring opportunities with a selection of international artists, activists, and researchers also taking place in May. The outcome will be two online and social-media commissions that involves taking-over Furtherfield’s social media channels throughout June 2018. Playbour– Work, Pleasure, Survival, is a project for all experiences and backgrounds. We offer a dynamic, and thought-provoking experience for discussion, understanding, and play, with a friendly attitude. We seek to promote the diversity of opinions in society and celebrate people's self learning in the ways they wish to participate.

Join us as we embark on an intrepid journey to chart the instruments, agents and infrastructures of work, play and well-being online.

HOW TO APPLY:
The open call is for Haringey-based artists working or with an interest in the relationship between arts, technology and design.

For all enquiries and to submit your application please contact: info@workpleasuresurvival.org

Applications must be received by midnight GMT 22 April, 2018.

A complete application must include the following:

– Name and phone number
– A short written statement discussing how you value work, play, and well-being (250 words max)
– How this opportunity will assist your personal development of a new project (250 words max)
– Provide one supporting image relating to work and play. The image can be created by you or found material but must include a caption (up to 50 words explaining where it is from). Please supply all images as (JPEG of PDF)
– As a Haringey-based artist please provide a JPG or PDF of proof of residence (home or studio).

open call

OPEN CALL FOR LAB PARTICIPANTS:
This is an open call for participants to join a three-day art + research lab at Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park, London.

Playbour - Work, Pleasure, Survival, is dedicated to the study of the worker as they are asked to draw on internal resources and self-made networks to develop new avenues of work, pleasure and survival. Over the three days we will form a community-led action research lab that brings together artists, designers, scholars, activists, and local communities, in an ambitious and intensive programme of discussion, experiments, and interventions. Led by a diverse community, and working towards a group exhibition at Furtherfield in July 2018, we will explore the converging spaces of work, play and well-being, as well as examine the role of the worker in the age of the Internet.

The lab is open to individuals working or with an interest in the relationship between arts, technology and design. It is FREE to all participants and participation across all 3 days is crucial. Unfortunately we are unable to provide any travel or accommodation costs.

LAB TIMES AND DATES:
10am-6pm, Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018

LOCATION
Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Gate, Finsbury Park, N4 2DE, London, UK

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
22 April 2018

ENQUIRIES AND SUBMISSIONS:
info@workpleasuresurvival.org

HOW TO APPLY:
The lab is open to individuals working or with an interest in the relationship between arts, technology and design.

It is FREE to all participants but unfortunately we are unable to cover participant’s travel or accommodation costs.

Lab participants are expected to attend all three days and related evening events. Materials for activities will be provided, as will snacks and refreshments. Participants should bring their own notebook and/or laptop.

For all enquiries and to submit your application please contact: info@workpleasuresurvival.org

Applications must be received by midnight GMT 22 April, 2018.

A complete application must include the following:

– Name and phone number.
– A short written statement discussing how you value work, play, well-being (250 wds max).
– How this opportunity will assist your personal development of a new project. (250 wds max).
– Provide one supporting image relating to work and play. The image can be created by you or found material but must include a caption (up to 50 words] explaining where it is from. Please supply all images as JPEG or PDF.

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