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WHAT IS WORK? – Philippine Hoegen, Julia Reist and Miriam Hempel and guests

Friday April 29, 19.00-21.00

Philippine Hoegen, Julia Reist and Miriam Hempel + guests


A presentationarrow of the ongoing research project What is Work?arrow, which was initiated during the artists’ residency at Kunsthal Gent (Development Programme, February-May 2021). The artists will reflect on the process so far, in conversation with the audience. They will also address new issues that have emerged as a result of their process, including the politics of work and non-work; invisible performativity in work; and invisible labour in art and performance. They will introduce notions of ‘the spectator as a worker’, and, ‘the labour of attentiveness’, and will invite an exchange of ideas on the question: What working conditions do workers need? The project is undertaken in collaboration with Paloma Bouhana, Sid Dankers, Amel Omar and others.

‘Performance is about engaging with versions of the self, stretching the gaze to see what others see when they look at you.’

Philippine Hoegen was a researcher within the Cultural and Creative Industries research group from 2016 until 2020. In that period, she also was a tutor at St. Joost School of Art & Design and the Master Institute of Visual Cultures. Currently Philippine works as an independent artist and researcher.

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Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

The research group Cultural and Creative Industries investigates the role of artists and designers as creative innovators and drivers of social and economic change. Affiliated researchers analyse the cultural and creative industries from a critical point of view and examine the conditions under which timely forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness can actually take place within the precarious reality of this field. What economic models are required by artists and designers to create a meaningful practice within the aesthetic, social, and economic intentions of the cultural and creative industries? What skills sets are required for those artists and designers who don’t just want to follow movements, but actually shape novel social and economic models of the future?

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