MARTHA ROSLER: Gender. The Collective Staging of Invisible Labor. Video workshop / collective film making
April 13, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Gallery 1
Ewa Majewska, Aleksandra Polisiewicz, Mateusz Janik
The workshop within the project by Martha Rosler "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland".
The "Collective Staging of Invisible Labor" * video project aims to see the cracks and resistances within the invisible labor and those who perform it today, still predominantly women. This project invites all to produce a non-linear, experimental film narrative on invisible labor, with references to the feminist work of Martha Rosler and other artists and theorists. It is an open workshop project including collective film-making and discussing. The video will be edited by Syreny.tv and made available on www.obieg.pl/obiegtv.
- 12 p.m. we meet at the Gender Kiosk in the Martha Rosler exhibition at the CCA Gallery 1 and decide about the plan
- 12.30 pm. to 13.30 p.m. Ewa Majewska and Mateusz Janik provide a workshop on invisible labor based on theories of feminist and marxist scholars, activists, artists and filmmakers
- 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. we all conduct a film-making workshop (by discussing, assembling, collecting ideas and filming)
The project is dedicated to the fast ending of patriarchy, which both on the level of aesthetics and politics has clearly come to an end. Everyone is welcome to come and contribute with their already existing or made during the workshop films, images, texts and ideas. Everyone's participation will be mentioned within credit list or otherwise as decided during the workshop. We invite also those who will not be in Warsaw at the time to cooperate – you can connect with us via email/skype during the time of the project (details will be available soon).
* The Invisible Labor is the work consecrated to the making of the most vital of commodities – humans. This repetitive, often boring caretaking, providing and supporting labor is invested affectively. It has been defined as invisible because its social, cultural and political importance has always been neglected and it had not been paid, until very recently. In the feminist analysis it was often defined as housework and a demand to pay for it had been seen as a way of making it visible and to allow emancipation of the house workers – women – similarly to the emancipation of the factory workers. Entering the labor market has not freed women from the burden of domestic labor, it has transformed however the gender division, making it somehow less and less possible for women to emancipate solely by being paid for the housework they still predominantly do. Other aspects of women's lives, including the affective labor demanded from them at work, have to be addressed as well. Silvia Federici has rightly suggested that rebellion in the household is the hardest one to begin, because one has to rebel against her partners, children, elderly relatives or friends. This rebellion is just as hard for women at their work, among their friends and in other public settings, where women are still treated as caretaking providers neglecting their own needs and development.
"Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland" is the new project developed by Martha Rosler for the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw focusing on life in contemporary Poland. Meetings, discussions, and performances will be held for the duration of the exhibition. Visitors are invited to participate in Town Hall-style public meetings facilitated by activists, educators, and experts. These discussions will address the following issues: Gender, or How to be a woman in the new Poland; Housing; Labour; Debt; How to be an artist in the new Poland; Environment and Industry; Migration; What should be placed inside the new Jewish museum?; and Should there Be a Polish colony on Mars? (Polish National Identity). The task at hand is to confront existing processes – including economic, cultural, and ideological – that shape social and political reality. The open space of the exhibition has the capacity to become a site of formulation of different answers, collective and individual, in the form of debates, lectures, informal counselling, and referrals.
Partners of the exhibition / project by Martha Rosler "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland": Sofitel Warsaw Victoria, Epson
CCA media patronage: Elle Decoration, Aktivist, Stolica, artinfo.pl, PURPOSE