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Time Well Spent? A Conversation on Art and Labour

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​Join Nina Power and artists They Are Here as they reflect on current issues shaping notions of work

As They Are Here’s new commission 40 Temps, 8 Days draws to a close, hear radical theorist Nina Power offer her personal response to the project and how it relates to wider debates around art, labour and value today. Power will be in conversation with artists They Are Here and other contributors who have shaped the programme joining the discussion. The growth of freelance and temporary employment and the shifting lines between work and leisure will all be considered. How are our notions of ‘time well spent’ changing?


Nina Power is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton and the author of many texts on Philosophy, politics and culture.

They Are Here (f. 2006) is a collaborative practice steered by Helen Walker and Harun Morrison. They are currently based in London and on the River Lea. They Are Here work across media and types of site, particularly civic spaces. Institutions they have developed or presented work with include: CCA Glasgow, Furtherfield, Grand Union, Konsthall C (Stockholm), Southbank Centre, South London Gallery, Studio Voltaire and STUK (Leuven, Belgium).

If you’re interested in learning more, Nina Power recommends the following:

They Are Here recommend the following:

  • Franco Bifo Berardi, The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance, (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2012)
  • J.K. Gibson-Graham, Economic Meltdown, or what an Iceberg can tell us about the Economy, (Copenhagen: Trade Test Site Imprint, 2016).
  • Max Haiven, Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons, (London: Zed Books, 2014)
  • Takashi Hiraide, The Guest Cat, (Picador: 2014)

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Date & Time

10 December 2017 at 16.00–17.30

This event is free of charge and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to guarantee your place.