‘Body at work: a study circle on contemporary labour’ is a curatorial project by Nikki Kane, presented as a series of study circle sessions that use performance, reading meetings and discussions to explore issues of contemporary labour, with particular reference to experiences of the body and ‘choreographic’ approaches.
Two of these sessions will centre on a newly commissioned performance work by choreographer Peter Mills (Stockholm): ‘PETER in labour for consideration’. PETER, identity, artist, artwork, performance, person, offers themselves up for consideration. Exposing the contemporary labour practices of a freelance body, within a study circle we explore the regimes of control and power within our hyper individualist context, along with the burdening need for meaning as a part of our contemporary labour practices. The performance examines meaning, value and knowledge production for meaningful work, social life, and the dream of meaningfulness outside the capitalist echo chamber, allowing you to reflect, relax, and relate better to your role as a contemporary labourer.
Alongside these study circle sessions, a new publication will be presented with written and visual contributions from Tom Holland (Glasgow), Nicola Singh (Newcastle), Clem Sandison (Glasgow), and Adam Scarborough (Madrid).