Anxious to Make – Liat Berdugo (US) + Emily Martinez (US)
video, 2016, 14:05
“WWWORK” is a video essay about the relationship of art and work as practiced within a globally networked society. The project considers: the commodification of creativity and the the role of the artist, the effects of immaterial labor on the body, and the influence the accelerating fragmentation of the work process has on our lives and our ability to enact social and political change. “WWWORK” is composed from 100% unoriginal content, consisting of stock photography, iMovie trailer music, found footage, and outsourced performances remixed from critical texts by Franco Berardi, Lars Bang Larsen, Michele Masucci, Sarat Maharaj, OTCOP, Nina Power, Raqs Media Collective, and Hito Steyerl.
Anxious to Make is the collaborative practice of Liat Berdugo (born in 1985, USA) and Emily Martinez (born in 1977, Cuba), two commissioning bodies. Their focus is on the so-called “sharing economy” and the contemporary artist’s “anxiety to make” in the accelerationist, neoliberal economic landscape. Their work has appeared recently in Transmediale (Berlin), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), MoMA PS1 (New York), V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, NL), and The Luminary (St. Louis, MO). Liat holds an MFA in Digital + Media from Rhode Island School of Design; Emily holds an MFA in Digital Arts & New Media from the University of California Santa Cruz.