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The point of departure for the exhibition are contemporary changes of labour and production referred to by researches as „post-fordism" and connected with the development of the global information society and economy based on services and knowledge. This model of economy has extended the traditional borders of productivity by a complex and diverse set of social, intellectual, emotional and communicative processes, thus leading to engagement of workersand consumers subjectivity into cycles of production and reproduction of capital beyond fixed hierarchies and categories. Labour viewed from this perspective becomes biopolitics: management of life, creating its new forms. Productivity enters areas it used to be separated from: these of free time, entertainment, aesthetic experiences, social involvement, political action and housework. The requirements of constant efficiency, self-education and flexibility in adjusting to the constantly changing conditions also known today as self-improvement have caused us not to cease producing capital even after leaving our workplace.

The exhibition will debate three main intertwining themes: industrial labour, broadened and hybrid character of contemporary productivity, an artist‘s work and economy. The works focused on industry or its remnants will examine labour processes connected to the factory incorporated into immaterial flows of meaning, that determine in fact entire production cycles. The artists who position labour within the wide field of social and generic activities will particularly concentrate on an ambivalent, flexible and elusive dimension of work today, which often makes the worker function on the verge between self-realization and (self)exploitation. To what extent are the artistic practices – operating with and reprocessing after all images and meanings - reliant on the current transformations of capitalism? What kind of economies might be conceived by the artists, what is their potential to break away from the dominant modes of production?

In relation to the exhibition two new works are being prepared: Janek Simon’s project at Alaba International Market in Nigeria and "The History of the Bomb" by Roman Dziadkiewicz

The Workers Leaving the Workplace project further develops some questions raised by the exhibition Arbeiter verlassen die Arbeitsstätteat the Galerie für Zeitgenőssische Kunst in Leipzig in 2009.

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Workers Leaving the Workplace
Kurator: Joanna Sokolowska

Künstler: Joseph Beuys, Rafal Bujnowski, Roman Dziadkiewicz, Miklos Erhardt, Harun Farocki, Aleksandar Battista Ilic (in collaboration with Ivana Keser and Tomislav Gotovac) Kristina Inciuraite, Piotr Jaros, Ali Kazma, Jean-Luc Moulene, Frederic Moser / Philippe Schwinger, Peter Piller, Martha Rosler, Mika Rottenberg, Janek Simon, Skart , Mladen Stilinovic, Florin Tudor & Mona Vatamanu, Ingo Vetter, Haegue Yang, Artur Zmijewski