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Precarisation, Indebtedness, Giving Time. Interlacing Lines across Maria Eichhorn’s 5 weeks, 25 days, 175 hours
Author/s: Isabell Lorey 
Year:  2017 Issue: 145 Language: Italian 
Pages:  15 Pg. 29-43 FullText PDF:  109 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SL2017-145002
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We are experiencing a proliferation of work into life and, at the same time, an increasing tendency toward de-waging of work. Work time transfers into life time. Processes of subjectivation and social relations building become productive and then exploited. The exchange of knowledge, communication and affect are increasingly economized while lifelong jobs are replaced by enforced lifelong learning. Precarization and indebtedness turn out to be the engine of productivity. If many forms of work can now be said to draw on the capability to communicate and establish social relationships, what is the fate of existing (art) institutions? When production becomes social, when the precarious are always running out of time, the refusal of work is getting harder and harder. What are the effects, therefore, of Maria Eichhorn’s work and exhibition "5 weeks, 25 days, 175 hours" at Chisenhale Gallery in London that consists in giving time off to Chisenhale’s staff?
Keywords: Precarisation, economy of debt, subjectivization, giving time

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Isabell Lorey, Precarisation, Indebtedness, Giving Time. Interlacing Lines across Maria Eichhorn’s 5 weeks, 25 days, 175 hours in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 145/2017, pp. 29-43, DOI:10.3280/SL2017-145002


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