WORK is a particularly pertinent theme for 2017. As the landscape of work completes its transition from definitive categorisation, such as the blue or white collar worker, to a total blurring of work and lifestyle (seen with the rise of self-employment and zero-hours contracts), it is more important than ever to raise questions about both the current labour climate and how we might imagine our relationship to work in the future.
It is difficult to imagine our lives beyond work. If we didn’t work, what would we do? How would we spend our time? We have been conditioned over centuries to such an extent that our jobs provide our identity and sense of meaningful existence: who we are is defined by what we do. How do we break free from this model? As automation threatens more than 80% of the working population over the next few decades, it is increasingly urgent to re-think and re-imagine a world beyond waged labour.
Diep~Haven is excited to present works by artists including Melanie Gilligan, Patrick Goddard, Rosie Carr, Jeremy Hutchison, Manon de Boer, Guy Oliver, Coline Dupuis and Christopher Kulendran Thomas, that angage with the issues raised above. Academics Benedict Burbridge (University of Sussex) and Tom Hickey (University of Brighton) and invited artists and cultural workers also offer their reflections on both the theme of ‘work’ as well as the artists’ films. The UK festival closes with a screening of Ken Loach’s 2016 feature film, ‘I, Daniel Blake’.
The UK Festival Programme is curated by Rosie Hermon and Joanna Harrison.
Work and Art, Screening and Panel Discussion
21 June, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, 6.30-9.00pm
Screening: The Future of Work and Death (2016)
22 June, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, 2.30-5.00pm
Work, Non-Work and the Future of Work, Screening & Discussion
22 June, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, 6.30-9.00pm
WORK: Diep~Haven Festival Film Programme
24-25 June, Denton Island Community Centre, Newhaven, 12.00-5.00pm