Describing the relationship of art to work and the conditions of artistic production has long engaged many. Work is a broad concept, the meaning of which has changed radically as a result of the social and technological transformations that have taken place over the past century. What, then, is work today and what is its relation to art? What is the position of the artist if creativity has become a commodity? How can the artist’s conditions of production be described, and what role can art and architecture play in societal change?
The texts in this reader provide perspectives on the questions above emerging from a series of seminars conducted during the late autumn of 2010 at Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international program for visual art, architecture, crafts, and design in Stockholm.
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