The Future of Labor
Curated by Noelia Lecue Francia
Artists: Danilo Correale, Andrés Jaque, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Hito Steyerl
Location: Pfizer Building, 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Opening reception: April 19, 2018, 6-9 pm
Exhibition dates: April 19-May 4, 2018
To schedule an appointment to view the exhibition, please contact Noelia Lecue Francia at firstname.lastname@example.org
MA Curatorial Practice presents The Future of Labor, curated by Noelia Lecue Francia, an exhibition that considers the contemporary state of work under the influences of digitalization and artificial intelligence, and toward the condition of what has widely been called immaterial labor. “Innovation” has become the watchword of postindustrialism as it has inscribed the modernist idea that to “make it new,” to equate novelty and progress, is the only formulation of human value. Novelty implies movement, and with the dawn of globalization, workers have become citizens of globally capitalized mobility, moving from countryside to city, from one city to another, from country to country across continents. In one imaginary of labor, workers no longer need to afford a house, a car, and other material goods because ownership is no longer the goal—all can be rented, from closet to the Cloud and back again. Today, we might imagine a workforce entirely driven through and for digital means. What is the science of transience, what is its ethics in the world of work, and what will it bring in the shaping of our lives as they becoming increasingly immaterial is the subject of The Future of Labor.
Image: Danilo Correale, At Work’s End (detail), 2017, multimedia installation, fabric, acrylic, variable dimensions. Image courtesy of the artist; on view at The Future of Labor curated by Noelia Lecue Francia.