Archive for September 27th, 2009

Changing Labor Value, at New School

September 27, 2009

Short notice, but interesting panel, at the New School this Tuesday, with McKenzie Wark, Andrew Ross, Richard Sennett,  and Tiziana Terranova.


Changing Labor Value
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Panel: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Installation: 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York City
Admission: $8, free for all students, New School faculty, staff and alumni with valid ID

Words Without Pictures

Drawing from critical perspectives on labor, social media, political theory, this panel discussion addresses the nature of the work of Internet users and networked workers, focusing on the relationship between invisible labor, play, exploitation, pleasure, and the production of value. What constitutes work in the digital era? What are some alternatives to the seamless corporate expropriation of value from millions of net users? Is it possible to acknowledge the moments of ruthless exploitation while not eradicating optimism, inspiration, and the many instances of individual financial and political empowerment?

As annotations to the panel, several web-based projects will be installed in the same lecture hall from 5:30 p.m. onwards through the evening.

This event is presented as a prelude to “The Internet as Playground and Factory,” a conference organized by Eugene Lang faculty member Trebor Scholz that will take place at Eugene Lang College (The New School), from November 12 to 14, 2009 ( The conference will address the massive transformations in economy, labor, and life related to digital media and confront the urgent need to interrogate what constitutes labor and value in the digital economy.

McKenzie Wark, Associate Professor, Chair of Media Studies and Associate Dean of Eugene Lang College

Andrew Ross, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University and author of the recently published collection of essays, Nice Work if You Can Get It
Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology, New York University and author of The Craftsman
Tiziana Terranova, Associate Professor of Sociology of Communications, Università di Napoli “L’Orientale” and author of Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age

Artist projects by:
Burak Arikan
Scott Kildall
Ursula Endlicher
Stephanie Rothenberg and Jeff Crouse
and others

Image: Stephanie Rothenberg and Jeff Crouse, Invisible Threads/Double Happiness Jeans (2008)

Presented on occasion of the Vera List Center’s 2009/2010 program theme “Speculating on Change.”