#119: Be a space of production.|#87: Always keep in mind there is something really special about being in a room that is 19 meters tall.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#47: Artists need to be supported more than ever in the development of their practice due to the gaps that have been created in the field of fine art|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#36: We support production separately.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#119: Be a space of production.|#87: Always keep in mind there is something really special about being in a room that is 19 meters tall.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#47: Artists need to be supported more than ever in the development of their practice due to the gaps that have been created in the field of fine art|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#36: We support production separately.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|
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08.04—06.05.2021 00:00

Broadcasts & Live Event

Pay what you can

Philippine Hoegen, Julia Reist, Miriam Hempel and guests:
What is Work?

WHAT IS WORK? - Episode 1, 2 and 3

Three episodes, three Thursdays:
Broadcasts on Thursday 8 and 22 April / live event on Thursday 6 May

Episode 3: What is the Value of Work? Thursday 06.05.21, 14.00 - 18.00

OPEN CALL! for this episode of What is Work? we are looking for people who would like to discuss the value of their work. We will dive into the question of value and current valorisation systems on (your) work. On appointment we will enter into conversations with people from different fields and perspectives, and map the collective findings visually.

LOCATION / DATE / FEE
Kunsthal Gent, Thursday 6 May, a volunteer fee is provided.
Everyone is welcome, you are for example: a sex worker - a doctor - a nurse - a museum director - an artist - a trainee - a teacher - someone without work - someone without papers - a politician - a policy maker - a civil servant - a social services employee - a factory worker - ...

INTERESTED? Please let us know via info@kunsthal.gent!
If you are interested to participate on Thursday 6 May, please contact us via https://forms.gle/rcBpHbw7kzKocy6QA

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For this episode, we will go deeper into the valorisation of work, of labour, something that is problematic in the cultural field, but certainly also beyond. The complete negligence shown by the government during the pandemic towards, for example, sex workers, the ignorance of the realities of working conditions of people working in care etc., are the results of longstanding valorisation systems based on patriarchal, neo-liberal standards.
Within the arts, this is a subject that State of the Arts has been working on for a long time, so we will certainly draw on that knowledge and would like to involve certain SOTA collaborators in this part of the research. But we would also want to take it beyond the cultural field and find interlocutors from familiar with working conditions in f.e. care and sex work.
Working on SOS Relief since its launch in April, we have seen unprecedented testimonies of appreciation for the arts and those who work in art, from people who donated within the project. We are curious if a shift in attention for / involvement in f.e. domestic work could also cause a shift in the discourse of valorisation and appreciation of such labour.
SOS Relief was created as a concrete gesture or experiment in solidarity, wealth redistribution, thinking about how to transform our society into one which is fairer for all. For this episode we will look for these kinds of forms of resistance, or ways of working against existing structures.

(PAST)
Episode 1 - What is your Work? - Thursday 08.04.2021

Episode 1: What is your Work? will be accessible for 24 hours, from 08.04.2021 00:00 till 09.04.2021 00:00.
online via www.kunsthal.gent and on instagram live via @kunsthalgent, @philippinehoegen, @arp_works, and @daretoknow.

For this first episode titled WHAT IS YOUR WORK?, Philippine Hoegen, Julia Reist and Miriam Hempel gathered a multitude of voices and perspectives around people’s definitions of, and their personal relationships to, work. The different responses were assembled in a collage of sound and visuals which takes the audience through a multifaceted exploration of Work: its definitions and its values, its influence on our identity, as well as the ability and access to work, contracts and salaries, the exhaustion, rewards and frustrations that work can bring.

With thanks to Anna, Anita, Benjamin, Carlos, Danielle, Diana, Gabriella, Gosie, Gwen, Jija, Jim, Katrien, Katy, Kevin, Lulu, Maria, Mirra, Portia, Renee, Tim, Sebastian, Sergine, Youssef

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How do we regard work, our own work, the conditions of that work and our own identity through work?

During the past period, many people have expressed the need to reposition themselves to their own preconceptions of their work and working conditions. The pandemic changed a lot of peoples working formats, some changed or lost their jobs, many adjusted to completely new formats and contexts. We are curious what the reverberations of these experiences over time will be. And what deeper or more fundamental issues these reconsiderations expose.
Some people are confronted with their own work addictions, some took time to change habits, some found their habits reinforced.
Many people were cooking, sewing, carpentering or caring for another person and found this to be the best work they ever did. In our current social and economic system, these are the least valued forms of labour, so we can see appearing a huge gap between what is valued and what gives gratification.
Is it possible to break old structures or will we get stuck in the vacuum of redefinition? The coming period will be the proof of the pudding, therefore it will be an essential time to talk and reflect with each other, to provoke each other not to forget all those realisations and simply slip back into the old normal. Instead we aim to draw some conclusions from the experiences we are having and have had and, aligning the personal with the political, explore the potential for change.

What is your work? - video, 40 min

Episode 2: Work Performance and Performing Work, Thursday 22.04.21, 11.00-19.00

Location: https://www.twitch.tv/whatiswork

Philippine Hoegen, Julia Reist, Miriam Hempel with Gary Farrelly, Amel Omar, Sid Dankers, Sofia Caesar and other guests

For this episode, we will examine shifting perceptions and experiences of performativity within and beyond the arts: what is a performance under the current circumstances, what it is to be an audience – to witness, to spectate – and how does performativity enter into the working practices and gestures of people who don’t normally identify as performers?

During a day-long working session that will be live streamed from the Kunsthal (link: https://www.twitch.tv/whatiswork), we invite Gary Farrelly, Amel Omar, Sid Dankers, Sofia Caesar and other guests to participate in a practical, performative exploration of these questions.

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Shortly after the first lock down I was involved in a performance at the Beursschouwburg that took place without an audience. There were only performers, and as performers we were also our audience. And it was magical. Oh dear! Is it possible that we will find out we no longer need them? Or is that not the point at all? Is it rather about reconsidering what it is to be an audience – to witness, to spectate. And by the same token, what is it, to perform?
A nurse working in a retirement home remarked that he now not only has to perform the role of medical worker, but – in their absence because of the lock down - also that of a relative or loved one.
We perform when we work, and work is a performance. We conjure versions of ourselves to meet the demands of the new roles that are necessitated, without knowing in advance what these versions induce within the infrastructure of ourselves.
For this episode, we would like to deeply examine shifting perceptions and experiences of forms of performativity within and beyond the arts – meaning also how performativity has entered into the working practices and gestures of people who don’t normally identify as performers, and the repercussions of that on performing in the arts.

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