The third and final talk in this series features Eyebeam alumni McKenzie Wark and Laurel Ptak in conversation on digital labor. For many technology has eroded any clear distinction between life and work today. From Wark’s suggestion that we might update the 1950s and 60s “never work!” ethos of the Letterist and Situationist International to include “never play!” to Ptak’s echoing of the 1970s feminist activist campaign Wages For Housework as a recent cry for Wages For Facebook.
Wark and Ptak ask us to begin by looking backwards in order to better grasp our political conditions and agency in the here and now. Ultimately both are interested in asking what refusal-of-labor strategies might look like in an era when nearly all of our activities—if not our very subjectivities—are monetized by popular digital platforms like social media?