The Contingent Space of Work

To call oneself a worker, or to label an activity as work and designate a space for it, is to move away from the stigma of amateurism and toward political action, economic viability, social relevance, and acceptance. Featuring artistic and design contributions from the current issue of thresholds, the MIT Department of Architecture's annual journal, The Contingent Space of Work presents creative responses to the mercurial designations of work, worker, and workspace within the contemporary rise of digital working platforms and immaterial products. From a new super-tool designed to both stimulate sexual intimacy and promote household energy efficiency to a set of films which consider boredom as the most fundamental act of productivity, the exhibited projects stimulate connections between the spaces in which we work and the tools we use as it asks us to understand the social politics behind how and why certain activities come to be construed as work.

Nisa Ari and Christianna Bonin

Samira Daneshvar
Global Art Program at Tokyo University of the Arts (Tamao Hashimoto, Natsuko Kanzaki, Izumi Soeda)
Greg Sholette & Matt Greco
Object Solutions (Ernesto D. Morales & Shelly Ronen)
Partner & Partners
Merve Ünsal
Urbonas Studio (Gediminas Urbonas and Nomeda Urbonas)

Image: Still from Urbonas Studio, Untitled: incident at the 4th Moscow Biennale, 2011