Cass ART: Lecture by Stevphen Shukaitis
‘Follow your passion’ is a common piece of advice, a near cliché, circulating in discussions of life and labour today. In that phrase lies a much longer shift in labour politics, moving from a refusal of work to its embrace: a transformation predicated on the potentials of creativity and artistic labour.
Indeed, work embraced for creative fulfilment doesn't even feel like work at times. But with the rise of the creative class; demand for ‘free labour’ in the cultural sphere and a transformation of the metropolis through culture-led urban planning, we’re also witnessing the more ambivalent, perhaps darker side of a formerly utopian drive to integrate creative work and everyday life.
Is a politics of labour possible when one’s life and work are so intertwined? What forms could the self-organisation of cultural work take that don't immediately fall prey to that possessive individualism of being concerned only with one’s own practice, which tends to block off discussions of collective conditions?
Stevphen Shukaitis is a senior lecturer at the University of Essex, Centre for Work and Organisation, and a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective. Since 2009 he has edited Minor Compositions and is the author of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Day (2009, Autonomedia). Stevphen is editor of (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations/Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007).
His research focuses on the emergence of collective imagination in social movements and the changing compositions of cultural and artistic labour.
Recent news from The Cass
The Cass students think outside the box at iconic London art venues.
The Cass annual festival of employability and entrepreneurship.
Staff members recognised for outstanding contribution within the University.
A Cass Architecture alumnus, Alex Scott-Whitby has been announced as the winner of the London Festival of Architecture’s Modern Maypole competition in the centre of London.
The acclaimed actor and writer, Richard Katz, visits Cass Theatre Arts students to discuss his experience of working in the performing arts industry.
Thursday, 14 December, 3-8pm
The twelfth annual open studios at Calcutta House features exhibition by Fine Art BA and Photography BA students and a pop up exhibition by first year architects.
Musarc, the architectural choir/research project based at The Cass, has announced details of their 2017 Christmas Concert.
Students from The Cass recently participated in Window Wanderland, an international festive initiative developed by a Cass alumna.
Foundation students at The Cass exhibit over 2000 sculptures in pop-up plasticine exhibition
The Winter Graduation ceremony saw hundreds of London Met graduands celebrate their academic achievements at London’s Barbican Centre.
Sarah Jane Wilson, who studied Creative Writing at London Met, will have her debut novel published in 2018.
Denise Lewis, a recent Textile Design BA graduate, has won a competition to design curtain fabric for the anti-poverty and social action centre, Toynbee Hall.
Richard Wilson OBE, aka Victor Meldrew, was awarded an honorary degree by London Metropolitan University at the 2017 Winter Graduation ceremony.
London Met raises awareness of homelessness in London with a Textile Design project.
An evening of celebration was held in order to launch Just Met 2017, an anthology featuring creative writing work from students at the University.