STUDIO MARIA BEAUMASTER

Working Hard or Hardly Working DDW

Photograph by Adam Bletchly

Working Hard or Hardly Working DDW
Working Hard or Hardly Working Handout

Whole Earth Trilogy, Adam Bletchly

Photograph by Adam Bletchly

Tools for a Postcapitalist Transition  Herbert Luciole
Working Hard or Hardly Working DDW

Photograph by Barnaby Monk

Tools for a Postcapitalist Transition, Herbert Luciole

Photograph by Adam Bletchly

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ZIJ Maria Beaumaster

ZIJ, Maria Beaumaster

Photograph by Adam Bletchly

As designers we are faced with the manifestation of our creative labours. How much is our work worth, and have we worked enough? What kind of labour makes something more valuable and how do we profit from slow or visible work? Beyond this creative preoccupation of labour, society is largely challenging the value of work and its importance on our global well-being. 

 

Visibility and ethical labour sourcing have become factors in the branding and acceptance of both small and large companies. Stemming from a current obsession with the handmade, craft is having a real moment in the spotlight. Coveralls, denim, and Japanese workwear are flooding the runways. Workspaces fluctuate to promote a certain outcome, and plans of interplanetary settlement are raising discussions about multispecies labour. This is all occurring at a time when the rise of the influencer not only hides the work that it takes to do something, but also promotes an aestheticism of constant effortlessness. We want to be known for working hard, but to look like we are hardly working. 

 

Working Hard or Hardly Working is a thematic group exhibition featuring works defining and critiquing to labour. The works in this show range from challenging the direction of tools for a post-capitalist society, to documenting past systems of labour for future translation, to highlighting outcomes of identity development through consumerism. The artists and designers use a wide variety of materials to explore the limits of their message and while the work seen in this exhibition moves between the disciplines of design, art, performance, and archive, they critically explore several personal perspectives on the meaning of work. 

 

Like many exhibitions before us, this has only been possible through the unseen and unpaid labour of the artists and designers. But this is an exhibition that goes beyond critique of the design profession, designer guilt, or solutionism. Rather, the works should be viewed as a relevant and urgent discussion between the maker and the work, between the visitor and a narrative, between the work and a system that we should all be questioning. 

 

 

Artists: 

Maria Beaumaster, Adam Bletchly, Zsofia Kollar, Herbert Luciole, Maja Pop Trajkova, Pien Post, Maria Tyakina, Erik van Schaften, Carolina Valente Pinto, Esther Vane

 

Curated by: 

Maria Beaumaster and Pien Post

Graphic Identity: 

Adam Bletchly, Carolina Valente Pinto, and Esther Vane

 

Location:

Dutch Design Week

19-27 October 2019

Veemgebouw

Torenallee 

Strijp- S, Eindhoven

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STUDIO MARIA BEAUMASTER