Who cares? A radio tale
10 May 2018 | 6-9pm
13 May 2018 | 12-3pm
Who cares? A radio tale turns Gasworks into a live broadcast studio in collaboration with renowned experimental radio station Resonance FM. A programme of newly commissioned and existing performances, sound works, and discussions take up the subject of affective labour, summarised by philosopher Michael Hardt as a term that ‘grasp[s] simultaneously the corporeal and intellectual aspects of the new forms of production, recognizing that such labor engages at once with rational intelligence and with the passions or feeling.’
Affective labour is commonly understood as invisible. Who cares? A radio tale lays open this assertion by using the intangible medium of radio and enabling the audience to see the hidden mechanisms. Either present in the gallery or listening from anywhere in the world, attendees and listeners are invited to engage with questions including: What are the implications of having to manage emotions in the workplace? What kind of emotional work is expected in capitalist economies? What does care and labour demand from its workers?
The project consists of two live broadcast sessions, in which a multiplicity of international artists respond to the theme of affective labour using a variety of performative, discursive and participatory formats.
The 10 May session is hosted by academic Temi Odumosu and includes Claudia Pagès’ live performance of sound with spoken word, based on her expanded novella ‘Her Hair’, in which she portrays the body as a harvester and a producer of immaterial objects and queer matter; Céline Berger’s recordings of conversations and noises from her time spent on a wind farm in the Baltic Sea, as the only woman in an unusually harsh working environment; and Jon Wozencroft’s sound seminar, a trance-like journey with an immersive mix of records. Salomé Voegelin will join the session discussion with Temi Odumosu and Claudia Pagès on Affective Labour and Sound.
The 13 May session opens with the Women of Colour Index Reading Group. This is followed by Patricia Domínguez with Terezie Štindlová & Radim Lisa’s new multilingual sound sketch of a Chilean ‘bird man’ who works to resist the advances of industry. And, lastly, artist Rosalie Schweiker investigates who gets bonuses and why.
International collaborators include: Céline Berger, Patricia Domínguez with Terezie Štindlová & Radim Lisa, Eva Fàbregas, Temi Odumosu, Claudia Pagès, Elisa Giardina Papa, Rosalie Schweiker with Sophie Chapman & Kerri Jefferis, Salomé Voegelin, Women of Colour Index Reading Group and Jon Wozencroft.
Who cares? A radio tale is curated by Naz Bescan, Ibrahim Cisse, Harriet Costello, Benedetta d’Ettorre, Alba Folgado and Agata Kik, as part of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme MA Graduate Projects 2018, Royal College of Art.