Beanbags and Other Soft Things (2019)
Research materialised in a useful way that you can sit on, if nothing else.
Beanbags and Other Soft Things has printed ‘radical history of cooperatives’ as sub-ordinates to capital of labour, where building human association on a new form of social value is recognised as independent and an alternative model to the solitary nature of working within an institution.
We can deal with the institution within its own terms, but should commit to critique of the
neo-liberal pressures to subordinate the mainstream into an alternative model: a means of ‘dealing with’ not ‘dealing independently from’. The alternative model being one that is independent from a point of being trapped between a difficult precarity of capitalism and labour. How can artist production escape a capitalist value if we cannot conventionally identify capitalist value? How do we divide labour? How do we adopt cooperative and collaborative models within existing structures instead of creating something independent and outside of the structure?
The value vortex is already recalibrated within artist practice where capital is subordinate to labour: the catalytic principles of social knowing.
Beanbags and Other Soft Things was shown 'Play', a group exhibition at Stryx in Minerva Works, Birmingham on
6 / 09 / 2019. More info is available here.