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ILIW: The Shape of the Contemporary Workplace

Auto Italia South East

Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

ILIW: The Shape of the Contemporary Workplace

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The Shape of the Contemporary Workplace, 27th April, 2-4pm

How is a contemporary workplace organised? In Fordist workplaces, time and motion studies monitored workers’ activity in order to make the industrial process more efficient and productive. In response, workers and intellectuals in post-war Italy began mapping their own workplaces in order to better plot resistance and sabotage. How can we, as workers within the ‘new economy’ begin to understand our own working conditions? Joanna Figiel and Stevphen Shukaitis (Metropolitan Factory) will look at contemporary working conditions for precarious workers within the arts, culture and education and how we understand our own working lives.

Joanna Figiel is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Culture Policy Management, City University London. Her research focuses on labour issues, precarity and policy within the creative and cultural sectors. She completed her MA at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths. She is a member of the editorial collective of ephemera

Stevphen Shukaitis is an editor at Autonomedia and lecturer at the University of Essex. He is the author of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Day (2009, Autonomedia) and editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007). Previously he has worked as producer for Ever Reviled Records and WBAI (both in the New York City metropolitan region), and is all too familiar with the contradictions of trying to survive as a creative worker today. 

As part of Immaterial Labour Isn't Working at Auto Italia South East.


Immaterial Labour Isn’t Working: Digital Culture, Digital Work, Digital Insurrection. @iliw13 - #iliw13 

20th April – 12th May 2013





Immaterial Labour Isn’t Working is a series of talks, workshops, texts and online contributions from key voices – artists, activists, technologists and writers – examining how digital technology is changing our political selves.


Everything has changed. A technological revolution and an economic crisis have combined to reshape our world. Today, we live, work and play online, and yet we are often still stuck in ways of thinking that belong to an offline world.


The first project to be presented at Auto Italia’s new King’s Cross space, ILIW13 will be physically situated within this area of industrial and social transformation, occupying an uncertain landscape now claimed as site of cultural production.


Immaterial Labour Isn’t Working is a project by Auto Italia in collaboration with Huw Lemmey.

Have questions about ILIW: The Shape of the Contemporary Workplace? Contact Auto Italia South East

When & Where

Auto Italia South East

N1C 4AE London
United Kingdom

Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Auto Italia South East

Auto Italia South East is an artist run organisation that commissions and produces new work – collaborating directly with emerging artists. Founded in 2007, it aims to provide a framework for developing alternative approaches to production and exhibition formats.

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