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Tell It Like It Really Is: notes from the floor

10 Feb

Notes from the floor is collecting an anthology of visual and textual materials around the experience of the docent and museum guides than many overqualified cultural workers find themselves in… here is their call:

Few can deny the seductive glamour of the art world: it’s a transnational bash complete with open bar, sparkling conversation, well dressed characters and lots of air-kissing. At least, that’s what we all secretly signed up for when we declared Art History our major in University. Had we known that a life in the arts was synonymous with hours of standing in solitude, uncomfortable uniforms and an over familiarity with the location of public toilets, maybe we wouldn’t have been so keen on the subject. ———- With few paying entry level jobs available in the industry, frustrated aspiring artists, curators and critics are finding common ground in the in the visitor services department. Our mission is to publish an anthology of essays, poems, anecdotes, photographs and the like that explore the joys and trials of working on the art world’s literal and metaphorical floor. We know that docents live a hybrid existence, enjoying the privilege of spending hours in the company of great art, and cursing the job’s sometimes physical and mental monotony; and we hope to receive a range of submissions that reflect all facets of the docent experience. Ideally, submissions will ask questions about the venerated museum/gallery space and link personal experience to larger theoretical explorations.

More info here.

Stella McCartney PR man threatens unpaid interns with legal action for complaining

8 Feb

the nakendess here represents how much you earn working for stella mc cartney.

Private Eye  1281, 4-17 feb 2011
Stella McCartney can’t afford to pay interns who work for her for months at a time – but she can afford to pay a PR man to threaten legal action against those who complain.

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14 Sep
J Walter Thompson's intern t-shirt with printed sweat and wip marks

J Walter Thompson's intern t-shirt with printed sweat and pre cut wip marks

On the importance of work

28 Nov

Article questioning the importance placed on work by the Left.

[in French]


Par Robert Castel

Le travail doit-il être au centre de tout projet de gauche ? Face à l’exaltation du travail par la droite, la gauche doit imaginer un nouveau compromis social dans lequel les droits des travailleurs conserveraient une place centrale. 27 septembre 2007 La droite développe depuis quelques années une apologie du travail qui doit nous interroger. Elle s’est affirmée à travers les critiques des lois sur la réduction du temps de travail, qui ont parfois frôlé l’hystérie. « La France ne doit pas être un parc de loisirs », déclarait Jean-Pierre Raffarin, alors Premier ministre, durant l’été 2003. La France est en déclin, elle est en passe de devenir la lanterne rouge de l’Europe parce que les Français ne travaillent pas assez, ont répété les représentants de la majorité gouvernementale. Pendant la campagne présidentielle, l’exaltation de « la France qui se lève tôt » par Nicolas Sarkozy et son slogan « Travailler plus pour gagner plus » ont été des éléments déterminants du succès du candidat de la droite. Continue reading