Image Employment is an interdisciplinary research project that explores the moving image as a tool to investigate various means of contemporary production, labor, and employment. The works illustrate differing approaches to the subject, from observational films that avoid participation in capitalistic image creation, to videos that engage corporate omnipotence by employing its processes, as well as working methods that complicate these tendencies. A simultaneity of industrial, informational, service-based, and consumption-as-production modes are examined by the artists and inform the construction of varied temporal viewing experiences. Image Employment will be presented at Lodos by curator Aily Nash as an audiovisual presentation that surveys the works and ideas explored in the project, interspersed with excerpts from many of the moving image pieces that are discussed.
Image Employment has taken the form of a moving image exhibition at MoMA PS1, New York in the fall of 2013 and screening programs at FACT Liverpool, the Iowa Museum of Art, Import Projects Berlin, Art Dubai, and CCS Bard/Basilica Hudson. In the spring of 2014, Image Employment was taught as a class at Parsons The New School for Design, and Bruce High Quality Foundation University. The project includes work by artists Michael Bell-Smith, Neil Beloufa, Guy Ben-Ner, Ben Thorp Brown, DIS Magazine, Harm van den Dorpel, Daniel Eisenberg, Kevin Jerome Everson, Harun Farocki, Zachary Formwalt, Mark Leckey, Sharon Lockhart, Lumiere Brothers, Lucy Raven, Ben Rivers, Hito Steyerl, Superflex, Pilvi Takala, Ryan Trecartin, and Andrew Norman Wilson.Curated by Aily Nash and Andrew Norman Wilson.