Reading Group with bare minimum collective

Reading Group
23/3 2023 5 pm — 8 pm
Karlsplatz

The admission is free.

We kindly ask you to register in time at besucherservice@kunsthallewien.at or directly at the cash desk in Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier. The number of participants is limited.

The reading group will be held in English.

Join bare minimum collective members Lola Olufemi and Christie Costello for a reading group with freewriting elements that explores the worker’s relationship to labor, how capitalism warps temporality, and the ongoing practices of refusal that make it possible to imagine a future where labor is not defined by wage or the profit motive. What would a world without work look like? How do we get there? What awaits us in a world after work?

No prior reading or knowledge is required.

The invention of the Fordist work week was just that: an invention. Before the violent separation between all kinds of workers and the means of production, time might have been easier to steal back. The movement away from collective modes of working toward the creation of the individual worker, with personal goals, achievements, and commitments to the workplace—and an attachment to its continuation—has transformed our sense of what working hours can give us. Today’s workers are primed for efficiency; their aim is to maximize hours of productivity in order to get the most out of their day. Human assembly lines are being replaced by creeping automation for this very reason.