In the exhibition Future of Work from October 8 to 30, 2022 at the Willem Twee Art Space in ’s-Hertogenbosch, we explore how different groups of people deal with influence, power, powerlessness and exclusion in the economic realm.
The digital time capsule "A Message from Earth" will reach its destination on the planet Gliese 581 c.
This temporary website contains the complete public program of Future of Work, as well as a concise documentation of the archive of the foundation.
Due to the gradual slowing down of Earth's rotation, a day on Earth will be one hour longer than it is today.
The Future of Work Foundation is a hybrid platform for artistic research and co-creation under the artistic leadership of Olga Mink and Godelieve Spaas. The platform questions the economic system from an ideological and an everyday perspective by making proposals for acting differently, making different choices and telling new stories about economics. It brings about new forms of collaboration and sustainable strategies around work and the economy, and proposes visions and stories to stimulate dialogue about what the economy looks like when our needs become secondary to the demands for a healthy ecosystem and a just society.
There is a growing awareness that our Western economy is based on overexploitation. It is preying on nature, raw materials and the landscape. The earth and man are literally being exhausted. This overexploitation causes global warming, pollution of the environment and exploitation of large groups of people. It threatens not only human well-being, but has existential consequences for all life. Our capitalist system ignores the consequences of economic growth and promotes lifestyles based on unsustainable consumption and material satisfaction. While economics was for decades the domain of unquestioned theories of scarcity, free market forces and limited government regulation, today most of these theories are virtually obsolete. The economy is the housekeeping of the earth that we conduct together. It is the fabric of agreements, traditions, value systems and relationships between the individual and the collective, human nature and technology that gives shape to the economy. In recent decades the economy has become increasingly central to our thinking and actions.
As if everything begins with economics, instead of everything being reflected in the form of our economy. Future of Work investigates the relationship between people and economy through ideas and stories, fact and fiction, myths and monsters, in order to better understand and re-appropriate the subject of economics. The Future of Work program was created in collaboration with Willem Twee, Huis 73, Social Label, Academy of Visual Arts, Baltan Laboratories, Avans University of Applied Sciences, Municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Construct Lab and Rabo Art Lab.
Olga Mink — Artistic Director
Olga Mink is Artistic Director of Future of Work and previously worked as Director of Batan Laboratories. She is an external researcher for the New Economy lectorate at Avans University of Applied Sciences. Together with Reon Brand of Philips Experience Design, she compiled the book Co-emerging Economies which was released in 2022.
Godelieve Spaas — Curator
Godelieve Spaas is Professor new economy at Avans University of Applied Sciences. She conducts research from an anthropological perspective into economic principles and forms of entrepreneurship that care for the earth and all its inhabitants. Her research group is a collaborative social practice in which making, dialogue and research alternate and reinforce each other.
Onno Ephraim — Business Director
Ine Gevers — Artistic director Niet Normaal INT / Chair.
Marianne Hewlett — Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer Atos Northern Europe / Treasurer.
Anke van den Broeck — Advisor St. Joost school of Art & Design / Secretary.
The Future of Work Foundation works with the following people to develop her program:
Klaas Burger, Peter Zuiderwijk, Alexander Römer, Lieke van der Meer, Bert De Backer, Wouter Corvers, Mojra Vogelnik Škerlj en Jasper Džuki Jelen, Verily Klaassen, Falk Hübner, Reon Brand.
Future of Work Foundation
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“The trouble with the future is that it's so much less knowable than the past.” — John Lewis Gaddis