2013 September

An Actor Manages: On Acting and Immaterial Labour

“In 1983, the sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild published her study of what she called ‘emotional labour’ among flight attendants, in a book called The Managed Heart. Hochschild was the first to pay close critical attention to this dimension of modern work – although the gurus of organisational management had been well aware of the necessity of managing those pesky feelings for much longer. Hochschild draws on the theories of the Russian theatre director and acting teacher Konstantin Stanislavsky to analyse and illustrate emotional labour. In particular, she notes that flight attendants practice something akin to Stanislavky’s theory of emotional memory, in which the actor draws upon previous experiences in order to produce or conjure an appropriate emotion in the moment of performance.”

Read more on the New Left Project website.

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The Passion Industries

“On Saturday 13 October 2012, the RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture was judged in Manchester (winner: Stanton Williams’ Sainsbury Laboratory).  In anticipation, the Wednesday before, the BBC devoted an edition of its flagship arts programme The Culture Show to architecture.  It offered a review of the shortlisted buildings and reports on Building Design’s counter-award The Carbuncle Cup and the phenomenon of ‘self-building’ new homes privately (a practice, unsurprisingly, attracting substantial governmental support).  It concluded with a segment on new projects initiated by young architects in city spaces.  Reporter Oliver Wainwright noted: “In this recession the current generation of graduates is taking advantage of the glut of empty spaces to try out new ways of working”.[1]  Along with their creators’ relative youth, the chosen projects shared a basis in ‘pop-up’, ‘flexible’ or ‘found’ models of creation.  Many were located in some of the poorest parts of east London.  And many of the early projects conceived and produced by these self-starting young architects were built by people working for free.”

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Artquest

“Artquest provides everything visual artists in the UK need to know by encouraging critical engagement and providing practical support.

Helping artists to make work, sell work, find work and network, Artquest provides the information to drive creative practice and help artists thrive on some of the lowest incomes in the creative sector.  All of our staff are part-time, practicing as visual artists. We build a bridge from student experience to sustainable working life, and throughout your professional career, giving advice, information and opportunities at any stage in their life.”

To learn more about what they do, visit Artquest website.

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Precarious Workers Brigade

precarious-workers-brigadePrecarious Workers Brigade is a UK-based group of precarious workers in culture and education industries who fight for better working conditions. They demand equal pay, free education, democratic institutions and the commons: shared ownership of space, ideas and resources. To learn more about their work, visit Precarious Workers Brigade website.

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Multiplatform PSB Report

Multiplatforming Public Service Broadcasting report“Multiplatforming public service broadcasting: The economic and cultural role of UK Digital and Television Independents” is now available free to download. For more information on how to access this report, please follow the link to the Cowboys or Indies website.

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