NeMe Arts Centre and curator Régine Debatty are putting together the exhibition Working Towards our own Obsolescence, which opens on June 18 and features the work of artists who are critically investigating the ways the Silicon Valley economy is affecting labour conditions.
“Since the Industrial Revolution the role of the worker has not only been clearly defined but also protected by laws, agreements and charters. In the 21st century, the so-called age of AI this role and its safety net are steadily being eroded through both geopolitics and biopolitics. Even when we are not working, we still produce value and profit through the contents we upload and the everyday gestures we perform on social media and other online services,” organisers say.
Twelve artists will exhibit their work at the Limassol venue until July 23. Their pieces aim to help viewers understand the pervasive constrictions of passive consumers have unintentionally aided implement. The proposed works fall into five spheres of investigation: the myth that the machines are replacing us; the emergence of an army of invisible, or rather invisibilised workers; the transformation of labour conditions through precariousness and the atomisation of tasks; the body of workers disciplined to act like machines and finally, the ways workers and consumers can fight back with not just resistance but positive alternatives.
These sections will form a comprehensive narrative with which visitors to the exhibition and its accompanying events will be encouraged to form a critical understanding of the dynamics and algorithms that imperceptibly guide our everyday (working) existence.
Working towards our own obsolescence
Group exhibition. June 18-July 23. NeMe Arts Centre, Limassol. Opening night: 7.30pm-10pm. Tuesday-Friday: 5.30pm-8.30pm. Saturday: 10am-1pm. www.neme.org