Re:Tooling Precarity


so this is a se­ries of events in­tended to be provo­ca­tion

pre­car­ity is a life with­out cer­tainty, un­der­em­ploy­ment etc

how can we re­cos­ntr­cut out pro­fessino how van we spec­u­late about the preent how can we ac­cess the pre­sent is­sues in a new way

David Frain

Theres noth­ing like be­ing told pre­car­ity is ac­tu­ally your cool lifestyle the gig econ­omy has be­come a eu­phemism for pre­car­ity we should be care­ful about ro­man­ti­cis­ing the idea of a poor artist

whos re­spon­si­ble for pro­tect­ing peo­ple from pre­car­ity? since the borth of neo lib­er­al­ism, the state is no longer deemed re­spon­soble for prov­if­ing peo­ple with se­cure em­ply­ment, this falls to the in­di­vid­ual the main ay we are told to do that is by in­vest­ing in our em­ply­menabil­ity, shap­ing our­selves into some­thing an em­ployer might want to hire, learn how to pro­ject the right kind of per­son­al­ity en­tr­pre­neuri­al­ism is no longer lim­ited to busi­ness enepre­neurs the thing about em­ply­menabil­ity is that you can never be good enough, it be­comes like this con­stant war on your­self

had a job to in­ter­view 12 yos about an anti smok­ing pro­gramme 12 yo said it would look good on his cv were force to pack­age out ex­pe­ri­ences to be good for a job in­ter­view you have to tell this con­vinc­ing story about what you do, it be­comes a per­for­mance every­thing you do be­comes cv ma­te­r­ial But there are more rea­sons we do stuff, friend­ship, fun etc - pre­car­ity pushes these in the back­ground

the strug­gle for sur­vival in a pre­car­i­ous world is mak­ing us loose our souls

Decolonise your mind do things for other rea­sons than eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, be an­noyed at shit op­por­tu­ni­ties stop­ping to worry about em­ply­menabil­ity can be dan­ger­ous

what can we do coun­ter­act pre­car­ity bust your boss, pre­car­i­ous work­ers brigade ba­si­cally fuck you pay me ge rid of the as­sump­tion that if you en­joy your work its not re­ally work

we’re loos­ing tal­ent by not giv­ing peo­ple teh op­por­tu­nity and the re­cources to work on their artist uni­ver­sal ba­sic in­come would free artists o try­ing to sell their work, less pres­sure to tai­lor work to main­stream sen­ti­ment


I think a lot of this has to be blamed on our­selves, years of re­fer­ring to our­selves as creatives”, pre­tend­ing we’re some­how spe­cial not part of the nor­mal econ­omy. Creative” is­n’t a job. Graphic Designer” is a job. People go nto the world with the ex­pec­ta­tion, art schools cre­ate the ex­pec­ta­tion that artists won’t have to take part in busi­ness meet­ings, sell­ing work is re­ally frowned upon. Really I see my­self as a crafts­man rather than an artists, and plumbers don’t seem to have any trou­ble ask­ing for money. I do sup­port UBI, but in the short term a bit of prag­ma­tism might be help­ful. de­sign is a job seems rel­e­vant here


film about ger­mans kam­era lauft, kleines pos­fordis­chtis­ches drama, 2004

so this was used in dif­fer­ent con­text, ex­hi­bi­tion, work­shops as a start­ing ponint to have ade­bate aobut pre­car­i­ous labour

de­riv­ing from sec­ond wave fem­i­nism

kpd col­lec­tive are hav­ing con­ver­sa­tion about work life, how does your life look, hwat do you do when it all be­comes to much - mil­i­tant re­search re­sult is a 30 minute pseudo re­al­ity-show

self-pre­cari­sa­tion the con­di­tion of self-ac­tiv­ity in the ex­poi­ta­tive work­ing and liv­ing con­di­tions of ne­olib­eral post-fordist cap­i­tal­ism

post-fordist cap­i­tal­ism rights and pro­tec­tions of the work­force un­der fordist cap­i­tal­ism were re­moved, more part-time labour, more fran­chis­ing new type of econ­omy doesnt re­ally pro­duce ob­jects, more about ideas, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, this new form of labout re­quires com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, in­no­va­tion, cre­ativ­ity. Individuals are not only de­fined by what they pro­duce, but also how they pro­duce them­selves. Production be­comes are sort of per­for­mance. Work becmes the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of it­self. peo­ple in cul­ture and de­sign in­dus­try, self mo­ti­vated peo­ple were pre­sented as new role mod­els if you’re able to work any­time and any­where, it be­comes dif­fi­cult to ever stop work

char­ac­ters in the film be­lieve that self-pre­cari­sa­tion will al­low them to get di­verse skills, grow persi­nally. peo­ple wouldnt give up this life even if it’s de­bil­i­tat­ing. People al­most be­come em­ploy­ees of their own mi­cro-en­ter­prise.

how can free­lancers and cul­tural work­ers be­come po­lit­i­cal ac­tors? A lot of the­o­ris­ing about pre­car­ity can be quit di­ag­nos­tic and moan­ing. Even though self-em­ply­ment is a com­mu­nica­tive so­cial form of work­ing, it does not cor­re­late to po­lit­i­cal free­dom, shared free­dom. More about in­di­vid­ual free­dom. No col­lec­tive poli­tizi­sa­tion.


http://​alt­ https://​twit­​alt­gen101

A so­lu­tion to cre­ate work for peo­ple af­ter grad­u­a­tion

a bit of per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences stud­ied art and desing in france, came to man­ches­ter to do a MA thought i had done every­thing right, had done in­tern­ships but did­n’t re­ally have a say in the stu­dio i was work­ing. Didn’t want to wait 10 years to be­come part of the de­ci­sion mak­ers free­lance seemed like a good op­tion, but ended up do­ing loads of work for small busi­ness she did­n’t re­ally care about. Ended up tak­ing a fixed job in mar­ket­ing for a uni­ver­sity, ran up against hi­er­ar­chy. Had imag­ined a work­place that al­lowed par­tic­i­pa­tion, own­er­ship and such (then don’t work for a uni­ver­sity) even­tu­ally left. Did a PHP, did­n’t en­joy work­ing alone on it. Be­came poli­tizised, started think­ing aobut work co­op­er­a­tive and stuf. re­alised the prob­lem was­n’t her but the sys­tem i guess.

alt­gen is set up for 18-35 yos to avoid un­em­ploy­ment in young peo­ple etc. Work with peo­ple to set up their own groups. Not enough mean­ing­ful work around, not enough char­i­ties to go around (i guess com­mer­cial work isnt mean­ing­ful)

A way to keep cients away from the work? The coop is a way to cre­ate and share work we are pas­sion­ate while al­low­ing us to have de­cent life. Flat hi­er­ar­chy, but how is this dif­fer­ent from a de­sign stu­dio?

coops were re­ally big in the 70s, mag­num is or­gan­ised as a coop peo­ple or­gan­is­ing them­selves to solve is­sues that come up