Be Creative: Precarious Labour in Art and Cultural Worlds

I wont be in town for this but I would love to hear a recording or read someone else’s take on proceedings if anyone is going and wants to share:

PUBLIC LECTURE

‘Critical Perspectives on Creative Labour’

Professor Angela McRobbie
Media and Communications, Goldsmiths

This lecture will discuss Professor McRobbie’s work on the ‘new culture
industry’ that will appear in 2011 as a book entitled Be Creative:
Precarious Labour in Art and Cultural Worlds, London, Berlin, Glasgow. This book undertakes a theorisation of precarious labour drawing on the work of
Michel Foucault. It examines the world of freelance, casualised creative
work in three cities, paying particular attention to micro-enterprises of
creative labour including fashion design, art- working, multi-media,
curating, arts administration, and so on.

Thursday, 30 June 2011, 5:30pm
Peel Lecture Theatre
School of Geographical Sciences
University Road
University of Bristol
BS8 1SS

This lecture is part of the ESRC Feminism and Futurity seminar series,
Theme 6: Resistance/Resilience/Reworking: Reflections on Feminism and
Futurity, hosted by the School of Geographical Sciences at the University
of Bristol. For further details of the seminar and other events in the
series, visit the series website at
http://www.bris.ac.uk/geography/feminism-and-futurity

Curating Fashioning Feathers: Merle Patchett (left) Megan Strickfaden (right)

McRobbie’s book Be Creative: Precarious Labour in Art and Cultural Worlds, London , Berlin , Glasgow, undertakes a theorisation of precarious labour drawing on the work of Michel Foucault. It examines the world of freelance, casualised creative work in three cities, it pays particular attention to micro-enterprises of creative labour including fashion design, art- working, multi-media, curating, arts administration, and so on. Chapters include ‘Foucault, Human Capital and Precarious Labour in the Creative Sector’, ‘Feminism and Immaterial Labour’ and ‘The Politics of Internships and Unpaid Labour’. Earlier work published on this topic include , ‘From Holloway to Hollywood? Happiness at Work in the New Cultural Economy’, (eds) P. Du Gay and M. Pryke, Cultural Economy 2002. ‘Club to Company’ in Cultural Studies vol 16 2002 (re printed for many different publications and translated into several languages). ‘Everyone is Creative?’ in (eds) T. Bennett and E. De Silva Contemporary Culture and Everyday Life pp 186-199, 2004. ‘Making a Living as a Visual Artists in London’s Small Scale Creative Economy’ in (eds) D.Power and A.J. Scott The Production of Culture 2006.

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