Steven Ounanian's Gummy Arm performance.

Steven Ounanian's Gummy Arm performance.

Testing for phantom limb in Gummy Arm by Steven Ounanian.

Testing for phantom limb in Gummy Arm by Steven Ounanian.

Testing for phantom limb in Gummy Arm by Steven Ounanian.

Testing for phantom limb in Gummy Arm by Steven Ounanian.

Steven Ounanian's Gummy Arm.

Steven Ounanian's Gummy Arm.

Public Toilet installation by Arjun Harrison Mann and Benjamin Redgrove.

Public Toilet installation by Arjun Harrison Mann and Benjamin Redgrove.

Installation shot of Public Toilet.

Installation shot of Public Toilet.

Transforming Furtherfield back into a public toilet as part of the Playbour exhibition.

Transforming Furtherfield back into a public toilet as part of the Playbour exhibition.

Automated locking system to allow entrance to the Public Toilet at Playbour

Automated locking system to allow entrance to the Public Toilet at Playbour

Feminist Economics Yoga by Cassie Thornton.

Feminist Economics Yoga by Cassie Thornton.

Marija Bozinovska Jones' Treebour, three-channel sound installation.

Marija Bozinovska Jones' Treebour, three-channel sound installation.

Hostile Environment Facility Training (HEFT) by Michael Straeubig.

Hostile Environment Facility Training (HEFT) by Michael Straeubig.

Interactive installation for survival training at Furtherfield.

Interactive installation for survival training at Furtherfield.

Hostile Environment Facility Training (HEFT) by Michael Straeubig.

Hostile Environment Facility Training (HEFT) by Michael Straeubig.

Maz Hemming's storyboard for Playbour.

Maz Hemming's storyboard for Playbour.

Playbour at Furtherfield, London.

Playbour at Furtherfield, London.

Playbour at Furtherfield, London.

Playbour at Furtherfield, London.

Playbour private view at Furtherfield, London.

Playbour private view at Furtherfield, London.

Trump protestors end up at the private view of Playbour.

Trump protestors end up at the private view of Playbour.

 

Playbour– Work, Pleasure, Survival

| Curator | Exhibition | Lab | 2018 | Furtherfield, London |

Playbour – Work, Pleasure, Survival, was an art and research platform dedicated to the study of the worker as they are asked to draw on internal resources and self-made networks to develop new avenues of work, pleasure, and survival. It was designed as a platform for supporting collective research, shared learning and co-creation, developing interdisciplinary public situations and encounters for thinking about how we value the convergence of work, play and well-being, and the contours of work and play itself as they are being redefined through data and neurotechnologies.


The exhibition offered glimpses into the gamification of all forms of life, where the audience were players asked to test the operations of the real-world, and, in the process, experience how forms of play and labour feed mechanisms of work, pleasure, and survival. The show featured works that asked audiences to perform in unwitting data extraction in exchange for public services, learn from hostile designs, and create value by monetizing their social relations. Newly commissioned works by Arjun Harrison & Benjamin Redgrove, Marija Bozinovska Jones, and Michael Straeubig, came out of a 3 day co-creation lab and accompanied existing work by Cassie Thornton. For full list of participants please see Playbour Lab page. 


Concept development Dani Admiss and Cecilia Wee. Playbour, Work, Pleasure, Survival was supported by Arts Council England and has also been co-funded with support from the Creative Europe programme. It was realized in the framework of State Machines, a joint project by Aksioma (SI), Drugo more (HR), Furtherfield (UK), Institute of Network Cultures (NL) and NeMe (CY). This project has been funded with the support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

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