Tuesday 20th February 2018, 8:00pm
Session 188: The Refusal of Work by David Frayne
During this Theory Tuesdays session, the first of nine held at the Kunsthalle Zürich during the Rob Pruitt: The Church exhibition, Philip Matesic selected the chapter “The Colonising Power of Work” from the book The Refusal of Work: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work by David Frayne (London: Zed Books, 2015).
“Paid work is absolutely central to the culture and politics of capitalist societies, yet today’s work-centred world is becoming increasingly hostile to the human need for autonomy, spontaneity and community. The grim reality of a society in which some are overworked, whilst others are condemned to intermittent work and unemployment, is progressively more difficult to tolerate. In this thought-provoking book, David Frayne questions the central place of work in mainstream political visions of the future, laying bare the ways in which economic demands colonise our lives and priorities.” -Book Cover