“It will be a lot of work, but nice work”

—Against Precarious Work in the Cultural Sector!

Tapping into the waves of often shocking and offensive offers of precarious work, Interndinner made creative and rebellious use of this rhetoric as part of their project challenging the unpaid and exploited situation of cultural workers and exploring possibilities for collective action.
Ana de Almeida, Anke Dyes, Julia Tirler, Jakub Vrba of Interndinner restaged labor relations in the cultural sector, an event followed by a conversation between Interndinner and Kevin Dooley. The episode was adapted for radio and broadcast on May 6, 2013 as part of Büchs’n’Radio, Radio Freirad 105.9.
The title of the event was taken from a full-time job announcement offering €300 per month.

Kevin DOOLEY (*1983 in Hastings/UK) lives and tries to work in Vienna. His work history includes six years in a supermarket, butchery, teaching, city tours and translating. He has an ever-increasing student debt of £12,500 (as of July 2013). Dooley spends a lot of time in the unemployment office. His work on the project Art Workers Inquiry, Part II: Spectres, part of his first-ever artist-in-residence program, felt like a holiday from unemployment with reduced wages. After visiting a political therapist and a relationship counselor, Dooley decided to be more polygamous and to focus on unionizing as a form of therapeutic empowerment.

Interndinner (Ana de Alemida, Cana Bilir-Meier, Anke Dyes, Julia Tirler, Jakub Vrba et al.) is a research project that aims to clarify the actual amount and quality of labor produced by unpaid and underpaid workers (so-called interns) in the cultural field. It was conceived in the context of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and focuses on analyzing work executed by interns and the social impact and significance of this labor to cultural production and mediation in Vienna.


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