Wyoming Evenings: What is the good of work? at Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building

Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson / United States

October 13, 2009

Wyoming Evenings:
What is the good of work?

October 17, 2009
4:00 pm

Talk with Marysia Lewandowska and Peter Fleming

Moderated by Simon Critchley and Maria Lind

Talk series 1 of 4

Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 East 3rd Street (at Bowery)
New York, NY 10003
Tel.: +1-212-439-8700

Wyoming Evenings: What Is the Good of Work?

What is the good of work? How and why did the future change from the sixties and seventies vision of a leisure society to an exhausting life of increasingly purposeless work? What are the implications of the shift from a Fordist model of production to a post-Fordist one? Why is work valorized in contemporary society? What happened to the critique of labor and its radical potential from the Middle Ages up through the strategies of the Situationists and others? As unemployment becomes an increasing reality, how might we think of unemployment as an artistic and philosophical category?

These questions will be examined during four events at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building in the East Village. Each event will involve two guests–one artist and one cultural producer of another kind. Marysia Lewandowska and Peter Fleming will be the guests at the first event on October 17.

Marysia Lewandowska is a Polish-born, London-based artist who has collaborated with Neil Cummings between 1995 and 2008. Her past and current projects reflect the ways in which institutions determine the exchange of values between art and its publics. Marysia is a professor at Konstfack in Stockholm, where she established Timeline: Artists’ Film and Video Archive. She is currently developing Women’s Audio Archive as part of her residency at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College

Peter Fleming is professor of Work, Organization and Society at the Queen Mary College (University of London). One of his areas of research concerns the cultural politics of work organizations and the modes of ideological control that operate to enlist the participation of labor.

Events to follow in this series:
Saturday, December 5, 2009: Marion von Osten and Tom McCarthy
Saturday, January 30, 2010: Liam Gillick and Gianni Vattimo
Saturday, March 13, 2010: Carles Guerra and Michael Hardt

The series takes its starting point in the observation that today the artist—defined by creativity, unconventionality, and flexibility—appears to be the role model for contemporary workers. Bohemians in general and the artists in particular are the perfect entrepreneurs.

Wyoming Evenings is organized by the Goethe-Institut New York and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and curated by Maria Lind and Simon Critchley.


Tickets for Wyoming Evenings only available online through Brown Paper Tickets:

Tickets (10 USD) for this event can be purchased at:
Series tickets (35 USD) for all four events can be purchased at: