Eyebeam Artists One-on-One: McKenzie Wark and Laurel Ptak

This is a series of conversations between Eyebeam residents and fellows exploring how art and new tools can interrogate one another but also converge in creative exploration.

Art Exhibition previously on at Eyebeam in New York, United States.
From Tuesday 03 June 2014 to Tuesday 03 June 2014

Eyebeam Artists One-on-One: McKenzie Wark and Laurel Ptak image

Published by anonymous on Wednesday 28 May 2014.
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The third and final talk in this series features Eyebeam alumni McKenzie Wark and Laurel Ptak in conversation on digital labor. For many technology has eroded any clear distinction between life and work today. From Wark’s suggestion that we might update the 1950s and 60s “never work!” ethos of the Letterist and Situationist International to include “never play!” to Ptak’s echoing of the 1970s feminist activist campaign Wages For Housework as a recent cry for Wages For Facebook.

Wark and Ptak ask us to begin by looking backwards in order to better grasp our political conditions and agency in the here and now. Ultimately both are interested in asking what refusal-of-labor strategies might look like in an era when nearly all of our activities—if not our very subjectivities—are monetized by popular digital platforms like social media?