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The Art of Not Working

Main View © Jamie Reid, courtesy Isis Gallery, London

Join us for a conversation on art, labour and the future of work

For this special event, psychoanalyst and literary theorist Josh Cohen will be joined by Tate Director Maria Balshaw for a conversation exploring art, ‘inactivity’ and the politics of labour. Framing the publication of Cohen’s new book Not Working: Why We Have to Stop, the discussion will consider the permanent busyness and blind activity that characterises our working lives. What is the role of ‘inertia’ within contemporary culture?


Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen is a psychoanalyst in private practice and Professor of Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London. He is the author of numerous books and articles on modern literature, cultural theory and psychoanalysis, including How to Read Freud and The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark.

Tate Britain

The Clore Auditorium

London SW1P 4RG
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Date & Time

5 February 2019 at 18.30–20.00