Starting from the annual topic "Bitches&Witches", the open working group will explore reproductive labor in connection to the ongoing rise of precarity relations within the profitable productive work, especially in the migrant context.
We are looking for participants with or without artistic experience but with an interest in:
performing, visual arts, crafts, creative expression, activism, discussion and collective work. We highly encourage participants to express their own points of view and share experience around female* work and reproductive labor. We will work together on special interests and contributions.
You know you care!
Reproductive labor implies not only domestic labor, but also caregiving and mother*hood related work as childcare. Women* as labor force, with all their intersected roles have a crucial in the class struggle. The analysis of female* living and working conditions will help us challenge capitalist exploitation in order to establish egalitarian social conditions.
We will discuss following questions from an Marxist-feminist perspective:
The changed conditions within the labor market, if the term at all corresponds to the current working possibilities within or beyond the official employment typologization based on oversimplified and historically bound divisions, often finish with standard remarks on precariat and worn out critique of neoliberalism. Free market created new employment possibilities,
combined types of employment usually outside the established categories, conditions for more working hours made work extend to home without the clear distinction between the non-working and working time. The vagueness between private and working time, especially at home, remains a debatable issue when applied to female* labor work.
Precarity strikes anyone involved in creating resources for living, also women* who (willingly) make use of this legacy. But there is one hidden presumption in the relation between life and work and it stands right in the middle of this unsolved dichotomy. The labor performed indoor or around the house that neither brings seeable result nor could be monetized is a physical long-term sustaining and maintenance work in benefit to others. A female* reproductive or care work based on conditioning and (mis)interpretation of personal needs and wishes goes along with the productive work. It means same performed actions, where only one of them is understood as work, has its value and has been paid.
Achievements of the struggles that we nowadays understand as self-evident are often taken for granted. How to regain control and at the same time remain free in making decisions? What should we actually unlearn when we talk about deciding to either commit oneself to the career instead of embracing the possibilities of mother*hood?
This workshop does not offer to teach anything you already did not know, in that sense, there will be nothing to learn. It rather brings together different experiences and opens a possibility to exchange and to collaborate.
After several meetings (second part of May, June, late August and first half of September) with sharing experiences, discussions, screenings and visits by specially invited guest speakers, the working group will have an opportunity of developing and realizing a performative installation in public space.
The working languages will be English, German and naš (Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian), with provided translation/interpretation when needed.
If you would like to take part in the working group, please send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, surname and spoken/understood languages.
Application deadline: May 20th, 4 p.m.
Optionally, you could already describe your interest in the proposed topic and send additional visual or online material.
The working group would be able to host up to 20 participants.
The kick-off-meeting will take place on May 15th 2019 in Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna (1th floor, room D1.9.9) at 4 p.m. where we will host our first guest speaker Elke Krasny and her input on Living Reproductive Labor.
Jelena Micić (born 1986 in Knjaževac, Serbia) is an MA in Philosophy and Graduated philologist of Scandinavian languages University of Belgrade, currently studying and working at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In 2018 she received the Ö1 Talentestipendium for Fine Arts and a kültür gemma!-fellowship/IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna. Founder of the informal group