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Talk: The Aesthetics of Non-Productive Labor

  • Remote Viewing 2131 North American Street, 19122 (map)

Bill Dietz & Hong-Kai Wang "Singing is what makes work possible"

March 15th - April 6th, 2019

In “Singing is what makes work possible,” Bill Dietz & Hong-Kai Wang reimagine the time & space of the exhibition as a rehearsal studio for working on & through the relations of labor & aesthetics. Dietz & Wang invite visitors to join them as members of a choral study group for weekly workshops (featuring special guests) & public presentations.

Central to Dietz & Wang’s investigation is what they have called, “literacy of the throat” - a privileging of embodied & non-verbal forms of knowledge that exceed hegemonic notions of both aesthetics & labor. As such, the weekly thematic foci of the exhibition insist on attending to non-artistic forms of aesthetic practice as well as all manner of non-waged forms of labor: gender & practices of midwifery, unequal ethnic trajectories of migration in the local context of Philadelphia, the visionary practices of historical religious separatists, and the question of “art working” in relation to other forms of labor in America.

Each week, members of the choral study group assemble to learn a thematically related archival piece of vocal music by ear. The learning & rehearsing process is framed discursively in dialogue with special guests. On Fridays (& one Saturday), the study group presents its “results” in a series of public receptions. During the week, Dietz & Wang offer participants a score for the introjection of rehearsal into participants’ daily life.

Earlier Event: April 6
Benjamin Passione
Later Event: April 6
12G 6th Annual Gala