"Art Field as Social Factory. Division of labour, forms of capital and systems of exploitation in the contemporary cultural production"
The conference seeks to explore the field of contemporary art as social factory, which determines division of labour, attribution of statuses, and distribution of the various forms of capital. When we discuss artistic labour, we analyse the entire process of art production, in which artists are involved among other groups of producers, such as assistants, curators, technicians, administrators. We seek to expose competitive pressures both within and between those categories, mechanisms converting various types of capital (i.e. social, symbolic, and economic), systems of justification and moral economies characteristic for this mode of production.
The conference accompanies a research programme called 'Division of labour and distribution of social and economic capitals in the Polish contemporary art field' conducted by the team of Free/Slow University of Warsaw in 2013 and 2014. This comprehensive survey will be summarised by a report published by the end of 2014 on the web pages of F/SUW and Bęc Zmiana Foundation.
Speakers: prof. Hans Abbing (University of Amsterdam), prof. Luc Boltanski (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris), prof. Gregory Sholette (City University of New York), prof. Angela McRobbie (Goldsmiths, University of London), prof. Marek Krajewski (Uniwersytet w Poznaniu), dr Isabelle Bruno (Universite Lille), dr Pascal Gielen (University of Groningen)