The British Academy recently brought together a panel of experts in robotics, economics, retail and sociology to talk about how technology is reshaping our working lives. This review summarises their thoughts on the role of automation in the workplace now and in the future, and argues for the need to recalculate the value we place on tasks within society.
This editorial introduces the themes of post-truth and post-work, which a range of artists and thinkers will be tackling during Charlotte Webb's guest editorial role in April and May. Their writings are understood as moments of corrective doubt - opportunities to speculate about issues of truth and labour, and to proceed as artists should: by imagining alternative realities and evolving conceptual, aesthetic and practical ways to inhabit them.
The exhibition Time and Motion at FACT Liverpool is a collaboration between FACT and the Creative Exchange at the Royal College of Art - an initiative which looks at how arts and humanities researchers can work with industry to effect digital innovation. Rachel Falconer reviews the exhibition in the context of the paradoxical dynamics of cognitive capital and the changing landscape of the labour market.
Luke Munn reviews a series of artworks that provide clues about the strategies of contestation and intervention available to contemporary artists. As Luke tells us, "Ripps, von Bismarck and Fornieles belong to an era of artists that may 'no longer dream of an outside', their work utilizing the logic of branding and media to stage interventions that appear more collaborative than combative, preemptively disarming attempts at appropriation".
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