Paid work doesn't make us happy! On the contrary, it has turned into a type of modern slavery. The companies that make us slave away at nine-to-five jobs trick us into believing the illusion of advancement, belonging to a corporate culture and all the possibilities of mobility within the entrepreneurial system in order to get us to work even more. This is why laziness and slacking should be encouraged, because the possession of material goods and successful careers is not an alternative to having no time.
On the other hand, permanent employment has become sought after and anyone who has a paid job is considered to be extremely lucky. Unstable and flexible working conditions result in a decrease of workers' and social rights, lower salaries and a higher level of exposure to different kinds of discrimination and harassment. The encouragement and spreading of agency work advocated by liberal laws, work lacking a more serious surveillance of workers' income in the periods between employment, as well as numerous other forms of temporary, occasional or reduced work will eventually cause an even bigger drop in the price of labour. This lack of regulations will also decrease the possibility of syndical organization and action, while the instability of fixed-term contracts will make it almost impossible for workers to start families, get bank loans or plan their future in a meaningful way.
What, then, is one to do when paid work turns into a mechanism for silencing critical opinions? Slack off!
The ironically titled exhibition Long Live Labour uses contemporary artists' and writers' works and music videos to mock the concept of loyalty to the corporate values of liberal capitalism.
Zeljko Badurina, Sinisa Labrovic, Vlado Martek, Antonio Paucar, Julien Prévieux, Oliver Ressler, Christina Schultz, Mladen Stilinovic, Péter Szabó, David Thorne, Marko Vojnic Gin, Damir Zizic/ Kristian Kozul, Fokus group + design by Rafaela Drazic
Bow Wow Wow – w.o.r.k., Heaven 17 - Crushed By The Wheels of Industry, Sleaford Mods – Jobseeker, Dolly Parton - 9 to 5, R.E.M. - Finest Worksong, Minutemen - This Ain’t No Picnic, Wham! - Wham rap (Enjoy What You Do?), The Clash - Career Opportunities