Part of Out of Office

Art Workers Library

Alina Lupu

2021–ongoing, Print, books

This library is a living, growing organism attempting to accommodate ongoing conversations about the ties between labour and art. Terms like working from home, the great resignation, quiet quitting, and the overall resistance to work have come to the surface, which the Art Workers Library hints at. And then there’s the pull from employers dragging people back into offices, dismantling the hybridity of working and also laying bare the labour precarity that we were dealing with even before the pandemic. While it can’t resolve the complexity of our current ambivalence about labour, the library points towards ways of resisting.

Breaking Things at Work: The Luddites are Right about Why You Hate Your Job (2021), Gavin Mueller
Tell Them I Said No (2016), Martin Herbet
The Right to Be Lazy (1883), Paul Lafargue
Work Won’t Love You Back How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone (2021), Sarah Jaffe
After the Great Refusal: Essays on Contemporary Art, its Contradictions and Difficulties (2018), Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen
Counterproductive: Time Management in the Knowledge Economy (2018), Melissa Gregg
Not Working: Why We Have to Stop (2020) Josh Cohen
Werk is geen oplossing (2021) Marguerite van den Berg
FRESH FLEX WORK FORCE (2023) Alina Lupu 



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