Autonomous labor and its attendant values have now become familiar tools of neoliberal capitalism: work has become freelance, flexible, mobile, project-based, hybrid and temporary.
If these conditions are novel to the general economy, this way of working is not new to artists, who began experiencing these precarious conditions long before Post-Fordism was a buzzword.
Contributors to Mobile Autonomy, drawn from a variety of disciplines including art, political philosophy, and sociology, examine the alternate working methods and economic models developed, in theory and in practice, by artists and other creative professionals to make artistic work viable in contemporary social, economic and political conditions.
As editors Nico Dockx and Pascal Gielen put it in their introduction to this volume: “We need to stay mobile to keep our autonomy alive, and we need to develop new autonomous practices to keep our mobility alive.”
With texts by A Dog Republic, Nico Dockx, Jef Geys, Pascal Gielen, Erik Hagoort, Thomas Hirschhorn, and more.
Designed by Metahaven
Published by Valiz, 2016
Softcover, 256 pages, 10 b&w images, 5.25 × 8.25 inches