Chatrooms - Engy Mohsen & Sarah Maher
Engy Mohsen & Sarah Maher (Chatrooms)

I_w0rk@Artist

Room Guide

This virtual space has two rooms: a Chatroom and a Reading Room.

In the Chatroom, you can join the talk and think together about Work through sharing fragments of our embodied knowledge and the different experiences of participants. The set of keywords and questions below float along the lines of the ideological, the economic, the spatial, the social, and the affective aspects of work. You can respond to a question with: another question, an example, a song, an Image, a link, a story, a poem, etc.

Over at the Reading Room, you will find a collection of material regarding different aspects of work that you can go through; texts, a reading list and online resources.

Log in:
  • Create a username by putting together:
    an emotion that shows how you feel about your current or last job + an imaginary job title, i.e. Frustrated_Astronaut, Passionate_Teacher.
Warm up:
  • Talk about your dream job as a child.
  • Talk about one imagined and two real jobs that you have previously had.
  • Talk about a work-related story that is funny or embarrassing.
  • Talk about an injustice that you experienced because of your work.
Choose:
  1. Respond to one of the flashing questions
  2. Formulate your own question using any two of the keywords
  3. Engage with a question that someone else wrote in the Chatroom
*You can be as practical and grounded or as speculative and imaginative as you wish.
Work Conditions
Collaboration
Competition
Management
Employment
Institution
Productivity
Resistance
Work Ethic
Syndicate
Exposure
Finances
Wage
Funding
Grant
Budget
Sustainability
Working Hours
Art Economy
Commercial
Dual Career
Deadline
Workplaces
Studio
Office
The Academy
Exhibition Space
Art Institution
Workshop
Residency
Mobility
Site-Specificity
Work from Home
Relationships
Friendship
Art Community
Socially-Engaged Art
Activism
Solidarity
Conflict of Interests
Social Status
Gender Role
Education
Work Relation
Emotions
Creativity
Pleasure
Inspiration
Satisfaction
Achievement
Burnout
Failure
Motivation
Experience
Alienation
Could our ability to imagine be a way out of the work predicament?
How to be fair, sensitive and attentive to the needs of our co-workers?
How do we divert from becoming our own oppressors at work?
How can we ground our practices in transparent communication?
What are the ethos of the ideal work, school, institution, non-institution?
How does the workplace and our artistic practices affect our personal lives?
How rigid should the line that separates the personal from the professional be?
Is artistic work merely a question of productivity?
What does artistic work mean in these personally and globally challenging times?
How can we think of work in the arts as a way to restore pleasure in learning?
Is creating friendships an important part of artistic collaborations?
Could collaborative work be more than a naive consensus?
How valuable is the quality of our relationships over the quality of our work?
How should one contribute to the group?
How does the group nurture one's process?
How to resolve the unspoken struggles while enacting collaborations?
How far is the imagined experience of working together from the real one?
How does one divide labor in working groups?
How does one get past the emerging obstacles when working with others?
How does one accommodate the individual understandings of shared labor?
How does one work separately and together in tangled inter-subjectivities?
How do individualities play out while working alone, in pairs and in groups?
How could collaborative practices be attentive and realistic?
How do we unpack heavy feelings of failure, burnout and self-exploitation?
How can negative feelings make us understand what we negotiate in art practices?
How does one see beyond an assumed collision with dominant work ideologies?
How can failing collaborations reveal how we reproduce dominant work ideologies?
Where does collective knowledge go when group work ends?