‘Here lies the present paradox: work has totally triumphed over all other ways of existing, at the very moment when workers have become superfluous. Gains in productivity, outsourcing, mechanization, automated and digital production have so progressed that they have almost reduced to zero the quantity of living labor necessary in the manufacture of any product. We are living the paradox of a society of workers without work, where entertainment, consumption and leisure only underscore the lack from which they are supposed to distract us. The mine in Carmaux, famous for a century of violent strikes, has now been reconverted into Cape Discovery. It’s an entertainment “multiplex” for skateboarding and biking, distinguished by a “Mining Museum” in which methane blasts are simulated for vacationers.’ - The Invisible Committee
‘…capital here - quite unintentionally - reduces human labour, expenditure of energy, to a minimum. This will redound to the benefit of emancipated labour, and is the condition of its emancipation.’ - Karl Marx, Grundrisse
In the third show Seth Wheeler and Aaron Peters will discuss the crisis of work and the impossibility of returning to full employment utopias. The discussion will look at the crisis of unemployment, precarity and ‘service’ work within Post-Fordism and the idea of the ‘refusal of work’. Finally the show will consider whether the utopia upon which present political currents should aspire is that of ‘full unemployment’.