Curator and researcher Laurel Ptak’s project Wages For Facebook draws upon ideas and texts from a 1970s feminist activist campaign as means to think through relationships of capitalism, class and affective labor at stake within social media today. As soon at it launched in 2014 as an endlessly-scrolling online manifesto, wagesforfacebook.com clearly hit a collective nerve—attracting more than 20,000 immediate visitors and widely discussed on social media platforms, in the mainstream, left and art press, as well as taken up by activist groups and taught in universities, to this day.
Join Laurel and Newspace on December 6, 6:30pm at PNCA (511 NW Broadway) for a public discussion focused on worker’s rights and the very nature of labor, as well as the politics of its refusal, in our digital age. Is what we do on Facebook work? How would we calculate our value? What could an alternate form of social media, based on an idea of the commons or a feminist praxis, look like?
This event will take place at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA (511 NW Broadway). Please note this event does not take place at Newspace.
This discussion is held in conjunction with Hidden Assembly, a group exhibition featuring projects that examine what it means to work in current times. This exhibition will be jointly on view at Newspace’s gallery and PNCA’s Innovation Lab from November 4, 2016 to January 7, 2017.