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Workaffair international seminar
24 Apr, 2007 -
24 Apr, 2007
Jens Tonboe(DK), bankleer(Tyskland), Oliver Ressler(Østrig), Kuba Szreder(Polen) og Kristina Ask( DK)
Seminar

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INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
WORKafFAIR
> scroll down for program and click here to see the english press release and click here to read about the background

TID: Lørdag d. 28. april  kl. 10.30-17.30.
STED: Kulturcenter Huset/Multimedieværkstedet Vester Allé 15, DK 8000 Århus C
Udviklet og organiseret af: Anja Raithel og Grete Aagaard / udstillingsstedet rum46

Det er med stor glæde, at vi præsenterer første del af WORKafFAIR - et seminar - som debatterer og giver nedslag i danske og udenlandske arbejdsproblematikker:

• Hvad sker der med det enkelte individ og samfundet, når grænsen flyder ud mellem
• arbejde og fritid og det sociale liv privatiseres eller institutionaliseres?
• Har arbejderen overtaget kunstnerens livsstil og er dette overhovedet noget at
• stræbe efter?
• Er det kun lønnet arbejde, der har nytteværdi?
• Hvilke strategier udfordrer den ny-liberale arbejdsmarkedspolitik?
• Har de nationale fagbevægelser udspillet deres rolle og hvilke nye (lokale/globale)
• organiseringer finder sted?

WORKafFAIR varierer mellem præsentationer af kunstprojekter, videoværker, oplæg og debat.

Seminaret belyser det aktuelle værdibaserede arbejdsbegreb, hvor arbejdet blandes med privatliv og kædes sammen med indlevelse, fleksibilitet, frihed, omstillingsparathed og kreativt engagement. Hvilke problemstillinger rejser der sig, og hvad er konsekvenserne? Samtidig præsenterer seminaret også nye strategier, der kan være med til at udvikle og forbedre arbejdsvilkår og rettigheder. Hvilke muligheder er der for at organisere sig i dag - som fx kunstner, fabriksarbejder og flexarbejder?

Vi har inviteret en række danske og udenlandske oplægsholdere, som alle har markeret sig med nyskabende kunstprojekter, forskning og synspunkter på området:

Jens Tonboe (sociolog, DK), bankleer, (kunstnergruppe, Tyskland), Oliver Ressler (kunstner, Østrig), Kuba Szreder, (kurator, Polen) og Kristina Ask (kunstner, DK)

Freelance kurator Tone Olaf Nielsen (DK) er - i samarbejde med Anja Raithel - inviteret til at være moderator på seminaret.

PROGRAM WORKafFAIR SEMINAR _28 APRIL 2007

10.30 Welcome by organisers Anja Raithel and Grete Aagaard (DK)
10.35 Introduction by moderators Tone Olaf Nielsen (DK) and Anja Raithel (DK)

10.50 bankleer, artist group (DE)
Talk: Where work ends and mission begins
Video presentation: Out of work, in with reality!

11.35 Coffee break

11.45 Jens Tonboe, Sociologist (DK)
Talk: Worklife Paradoxes

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Kristina Ask, artist (DK)
Talk: What is a professional art worker? Self-organising and notions of work
Video presentation: tv-tv coverage of last years EUROMAYDAY Parade in Copenhagen

14.00 Oliver Ressler, artist (A)
Talk and presentation of the film: 5 Factories-Worker Control in Venezuela

15.00 Coffee break

15.15 Kuba Szreder, curator (PL)
Talk: Deindustrialised, Eastern - European town and the questions of work

16.15 - 17.30 Discussion

ALLE ER MEGET VELKOMNE TIL AT DELTAGE I SEMINARET, som er gratis. Vi vil dog gerne have en tilbagemelding på om du/I kommer - af hensyn til plads og organisering af frokost, som kan købes (billigt) på stedet.

Bedste hilsner
Kurator Anja Raithel og kunstner Grete Aagaard

EVENTUELLE SPØRGSMÅL EL. ÆNDRINGER:
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WORKAFFAIR FURTHER PROGRAM 2007

APRIL/MAI
Monday _30.4 - Sunday _6.5
Open 13.00 - 17.00
Exhibition/research presentation:
Video and film works by artists Oliver Ressler and artist group bankleer, drawings by artist Kristina Ask, research presentation/text works: Sine Bang Nielsen (artist, DK) in co-operation with Anja Raithel and Grete Aagaard will make visible some of the research for WORKafFAIR and produce new text pieces.

JUNE
Thursday_07.06
From 19.30 - 22.00
Talk:
Elin Wikström (artist, S) on her project "Half Being - Half Flow" (2003-2005).
Debate investigating outsourcing, consumerism, ethics and social responsibility in the clothing life style industry.

SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER
Workshop:
Kuba Szreder (curator, PL), bankleer (artist group, DE), Sine Bang Nielsen (artist, DK), other participants from the workaffair seminar and the organisers Anja Raithel & Grete Aagaard are planning a public workshop on workaffairs.
Final dates and content will be announced later.

PLACE
Udstillingsstedet rum46
Studsgade 46 8000
Århus C Denmark
Tlf +45 8620 8625
www.rum46.dk

Click here to see the english press release and click here to read about the background
Click here to see a folder of the Workaffair preface and programme
Click here to see a folder on the Workaffair participants

WORKafFAIR is realized with financial support from Aarhus Amt: Udvalget for Børn, Kultur og Uddannelser / The Danish Arts Council´s Comittee for Visual Arts / Fund of Cultural Developement, Department of Culture & citizen Service The Municipality of Aarhus


WORKafFAIR

English version

It is with great pleasure we present WORKafFAIR - a seminar taking place
April 28th 10.30-17.30.
LOCATION: Kulturcenter Huset/Multimedieværkstedet
Vester Allé 15
DK 8000 Århus C
Organised by: Anja Raithel og Grete Aagaard / the exhibition space rum46
What happens to the individual and society when the line between work
and spare time is abolished and social life is privatised or institutionalised?
Has the worker assumed the artist's lifestyle and is this necessarily
something to strive for?
Is it only paid work that has utility value?
Which strategies challenge the labour market policy of neo liberalism?
Have the national union movements played out their roles - what
new (local/global) organising takes place?

The WORKafFAIR seminar illustrates and debates the problematics related to the singular individual and the current value-based concept of work in Western countries, as well as different strategies on how to improve workers conditions in a local/global context. The seminar alternates between presentations of art projects, talks and debates and we are pleased to introduce the following participants: Jens Tonboe (sociologist, DK), bankleer, (artistgroup, Germany), Oliver Ressler (artist, Austria), Kuba Szreder, (curator, Poland) and Kristina Ask (artist, Denmark)

Each contributor is invited on the basis of their diverse approach to, and perspectives on, WORKafFAIRs. We believe that their engagement, research, artistic production or curatorial practice, provide interesting and eye-opening perspectives to these problems; for example, by focusing on self-empowerment, rights, social responsibility, new forms of
organisation and practices. The seminar will be moderated by Tone O. Nielsen (curator, DK) & Anja Raithel
You are very welcome to attend the seminar. Because of number of seets and organising of lunch - please let us know if you are coming. With warm regards curator Anja Raithel and artist Grete Aagaard

FOR PROGRAM and CHANGES:
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Studsgade 46
8000 Århus CDenmark



WORKafFAIR

PREFACE
Based in the exhibition space rum46 the artist-curator team Anja Raithel and Grete Aagard are organising WORKafFAIR, an international project which challenges and thematises social and political conceptions of work. During the period April to September 2007 we present a seminar, an exhibition, talks, conversation and a workshop.

Each contributor is invited on the basis of their diverse approach to, and perspectives on, WORKafFAIRs. We believe that their research and/or artistic production, provide interesting and eye-opening perspectives to these problems; for example, by focusing on work ethics, self-empowerment, rights, social responsibility, new forms of organisation and practices.

BACKGROUND
For all people work is a central factor in life; whether one is currently employed or not. The concept of work is a fluid phenomenon with a content that changes and is reinterpreted over time. Now the value-based concept of work can be seen as a hot topic in today's Denmark and other Western countries. We are filled with stories where work is linked with empathy, flexibility, freedom, willingness for change and creative engagement.For some, work becomes a lifestyle. For others the capacious employment market is an empty phrase, which, rather paradoxically, might not be spacious enough for diversity in respect of qualifications, age, sex or ethnic origin, after all. It seems as if we have moved from a common "welfare" to individualised "workfare", which can be perceived as a threat to the cohesive power of the social aspect of society.

·If paid work is society's highest value, then does it - at the same time create social contempt?
·Is it only paid work that has utility value?
·What happens to the individual and society when the line between work and spare time is abolished and social life is privatised or institutionalised?
·Has the worker assumed the artist's lifestyle and is this necessarily something to strive for?
·Which strategies can the artist/curator select in a time where many of the "opposition strategies" previously utilised have been absorbed by the corporations?

For the majority in Western society, work is meaningful to the formation of our identity; yet in some low-income countries it is a question of survival. When Western countries transfer laborious work to low-income countries it can be seen as a positive increasein growth for both parties, whilst the negative consequences can result in greater inequality - the latter both in the country of dispatch where certain functions arerendered superfluous and with them certain workers, and in the recipient country where it can lead to the wearing-down and infringement of human rights. Therefore WORKafFAIR also aims to put questions of global problematics into perspective.
·How can we challenge the labour market policy of new liberalism?
·Can one create a globalisation of equality and an international legal system which protects employees as well as the unemployed on a global scale?
·Have the national union movements played out their roles and what new (local/global) organising takes place?
·What values and practices can hold people together?



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