Josh Kline, Nine to Five, installation view, 2015Josh Kline, Nine to Five, Eight to Four, Seven to Three, 2015, photo: def image. Courtesy of the artist and Max Hetzler, Berlin

November 30 - December 1, 2023 – Symposium

Artistic Labour Now

On the equally specific and general, productive and reproductive, material and immaterial nature of this labour type

The symposium will approach modern and contemporary artistic labour from numerous angles, involving Marxist value theories, feminist theories of reproductive labour and contemporary theories of affective and immaterial labour. The relationship between the value-form of the unique art work and the gendered position of its maker will be discussed in relationship to key artists and theorists. The symposium aspires to shed light on the specificity of artistic labour in view of an increasingly globalized and digitized art economy.

Today’s immersive media also create new possibilities for the production and distribution of art and the arrival of virtual reality can even be said to give rise to an immaterial art form of a new kind. Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies have recently emerged as an expansive sphere in which notions of value, labour and economy in the broadest sense need to be renegotiated.


  • Silvia Federici
  • Friederike Sigler
  • Larisa Dryansky
  • Christian Berger
  • Josh Kline
  • Jaleh Mansoor
  • Sabeth Buchmann
  • Aria Dean
  • Huey Copeland
  • Simon Denny
  • Michelle Kuo

Concept by Isabelle Graw and Daniel Birnbaum

Artistic Labour Now is made possible by the generous support from Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst. Additional support is provided by Förderprogramm QuiS21.


Andrés Gorzycki
Project Coordinator