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The Atypical as Normalcy: Labors in Arts
August 25th, 2016Type: Opinion
Author: Lin, Yi-shiu Editor: Rikey Tenn
Quote From: 《典藏今藝術》no.277
Note: The contradiction between artists’ immaterial labor (time) and incomes is no rare occurrence even in the countries where the protection are firmly in place. The ARTCO magazine has embarked on an investigation into artists’ labor rights, which also reveals the problems of labor conflicts particularly accentuated by the involved major institutes’ failure to withstand the wave of neoliberalism. How do those in arts adjust to the normalized “instability” when the identities as "workers" in arts or “artists” shift from sacred-duty to commit themselves to deeming it merely an average job? The author delves into various issues such as labor conflicts, identity, and practice of labor union in order to shed a light on identity and self-positioning for the readers who care about this new normalcy.
Poster, image courtesy of GULF Labor
The Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement (網路圖片)
Guggenheim in New York City as part of a GULF protest, Photo courtesy of GULF Labor
Parodic dollar bill leaflets released during the 2nd action at Guggenheim New York in Mar 2014