Are You Working Too Much?

The fourth in its ongoing series of e-flux readers, entitled Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art has been launched Tuesday, July 19, in Berlin. Published by Sternberg Press, it is a selection of essays from the e-flux journal about the relationships between art and economics, capitalism and immaterial work, politics and the role of the artists today. The book is presented as an anthology, as usual for this kind of publications, with essays by Franco Berardi Bifo, Keti Chukhrov, Diedrich Diederichsen, Antke Engel, Liam Gillick, Tom Holert, Lars Bang Larsen, Marion von Osten, Precarious Workers Brigade, Irit Rogoff, and Hito Steyerl. Here we would like to quote a brief abstract of the essay by Liam Gillick who also designed the cover of the publication:


Art is a history of doing nothing and a long tale of useful action. It is always a fetishization of decision and indecision—with each mark, structure, and engagement. What is the good of this work? The question contains a challenge to contemporary practitioners—or “current artists”, a term I will use, as contemporary art no longer accounts for what is being made—that is connected more to what we have all become than to what we might propose, represent, or fail to achieve. more…