Carrot Workers’ Collective is a London-based group of cultural workers, interns, teachers and researchers who regularly meet to think and work together around the conditions of free labour in contemporary society. We aim to understand the impact of free labour on material conditions, subjectivity, life expectations and desires. The Carrot represents the promise of paid work, meaningful experience, success and stability which in the cultural sector, more often than not, is never actually realised. More generally ‘the carrot’ signifies the hope that we might organise our work around ‘creativity‘ rather than drudgery; an aspiration that is used to prompt, cajole and sometimes blackmail workers into long-term and recurring periods of free and precarious labour. The carrot becomes a disciplinary device that taps into desires and aspirations in order to string us along.
Calling all students, interns, volunteers, freelancers and project workers on temporary contracts, and whoever identifies with the issue of free and precarious labour in the cultural and creative sectors.
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You are invited to an afternoon open workshop of photoromance shooting, storytelling, anecdote sharing and common reflection of our work/life conditions and aspirations. Passions, seduction, desires and betrayal all play a role in the experience of working for free or for badly paid and temporary work.
** Think characters’ impersonations, speech bubbles and gestural tableaux. Bring along wigs, costumes, props and objects that might embody both your present conditions and your future aspirations. This photoromance shoot is a serious investigation in disguise – the end scene is for us to re-write together!
11.30 – 1.00 Talk about Carrot Workers and Discussion
1.00 – 2.00 Break
2.00 – 5.00 Workshop
The workshop is free and open to all. However, to allow us to plan things, we would be grateful if you could email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.