immaterial labour and creative economy
monday 19/10/09 14:00 - 17:30 gradcam seminar room, john's street, d8.
This first seminar in the new 'after the economy' series, will examine the development of an economy of immaterial labour and how this correlates with current arguments relating to creativity, cultural value and economic development. Some preliminary questions can be posed as a prompt to discussion. What are the transformations in labour and political imagination that have made of culture a primary economic resource and of cultural production an exemplar of entrepreneurial performance? What are the consequences of the demand that everyone must be creative and how might cultural policy adapt to this demand? When an economic rhetoric of the horizontal distribution of creativity and the capacity for innovation seeks to supplant cultural and political institutions as democratic representatives of social interests, what role can the creativity of cultural production have in revitalising a political imaginary? And not least, how might we rethink the relation of creativity to labour creatively, in response to the complexity of the problems faced?
The seminar will consist of three presentations from the following speakers: Tim Stott (Research Scholar, Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media), Dr. Enda Murphy (UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy), and Daniel Jewesbury (co-editor of Variant).
The following short preparatory texts will be circulated to all participants prior to the seminar:
• Lazzarato, M. (1997), ‘Immaterial Labour’, http://www.generation-online.org/c/fcimmateriallabour3.htm
• Von Osten, M. (2004), ‘Double-Edged: creating an exhibition project on the contemporary transformations of creativity’, http://multitudes.samizdat.net/Double-Edged
• Henry, C. and Johnson, K. (2007), ‘The Creative Industries: Ireland’s New Tiger Economy?’ Irish Journal of Management, 28: 2
An extended bibliography relevant to the seminar series will be distributed to all participants at the time of the first seminar.
To reserve a place please contact Tim Stott at timothystott(at)hotmail.com