'Gobcentre Plus', March - April.
Wednesday 30th March - Saturday 2nd April, 10:00 - 16:30.
The Hat Factory
Studio 33, 65 - 67 Bute Street, Luton, LU1 2EY
A collaboration between Kerry Campbell and Emily Pope, taking the ‘JobCentre’ aesthetic as a point of departure, with which to reimagine and re-articulate the role of governmental employment platforms, questioning their relevance as a tool today, with particular consideration of the creative industries.
‘Gobcentre Plus’ will collapse the associated conditioning tendencies of the ‘JobCentre’ model into a discursive, multi-functional environment - a collaborative, studio come discussion platform. Gobcentre Plus neither aims to sweepingly criticise the existing system, nor to offer a utopian alternative to the unemployment crisis (both local and global), but offers an immersive platform, populated with in-situ artists, writers, students and curators to facilitate a dialogue around paid work and sustaining an art practice; considering situations of employment and unemployment.
Campbell and Pope have designed an environment in which to commence work. Audio and sculptural elements, alongside workshops, will encourage discussion with visitors to the space. The output of these open-ended discussions as well as in-situ, practical work will be documented online in real time as series of videos and podcasts, creating a free public resource. The week long project is fluid and shaped by its on-going discourse, aiming to facilitate a fertile ground for discussion, focussing on the conditions of precarious work and financial instability.
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Supported by Arts Council England