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Resistance or Privilege? – A conversation about class and gender in relation to free time

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Resistance or Privilege? – A conversation about class and gender in relation to free time

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Jun 13 2024 16:30 - 18:30
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In connection with the exhibition Living Dead Time, the Museum of Contemporary Art invites you to the second conversation about Free Time. 

The conversation takes its starting point in the exhibition, in which the Italian artist Danilo Correale explores new perspectives to what is often understood as unproductive and examines the meaning of the things we do when we are not working. 

In the conversation we will discuss free time and work in relation to class and gender in order to investigate to what extent we are truly free to be inactive. Is the resistance or refusal to work a privilege of the few or a right for all? We also look at the diverse conceptions of both work and free time in the world today, and ask how universal this movement is.

The international panel consists of: the Italian-Swedish documentary film director, Erik Gandini, the English professor in gender, technology and cultural politics, Helen Hester and the artist behind the exhibition, Danilo Correale.

The event takes place in the exhibition, and prior to this, it will be possible to participate in a brief introduction to the exhibition at 16.30 with the artist, Danilo Correale and the curator, Christian Skovbjerg Jensen, who also moderates the conversation.

The conversation will be in English. 

Helen Hester (b. 1983, she/her) is Professor of Gender, Technology and Cultural Politics at the University of West London. Her research interests include technofeminism, sexuality studies, and theories of social reproduction. Her recent publications include: After Work: A History of the Home and the Fight for Free Time (with Nick Srnicek, Verso, 2023),  Xenofeminism (Polity, 2018) and Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex (SUNY Press, 2014). Her latest book, Post-Work: What it is, why it matters, and how we get there (with Will Stronge) will be out with Bloomsbury later this year.

Erik Gandini (b. 1967, he/him) is an Italian-Swedish film director, writer, producer and professor of documentary film at Stockholm University of the Arts. He has produced and directed a number of internationally acclaimed documentaries including The Swedish Theory of Love, Videocracy and his latest film After Work, where he traveled the world to investigate our different ideas about work.

Danilo Correale (b.1982, he/him) is an Italian artist living and working in New York. In his works, Correale critically approaches the conditions of living in our late-capitalist society. Correale’s extensive research and work with phenomena like sleep, free time, and work in the twenty-first century represent an inexhaustible source of new works and projects. Hence Correale’s artistic work is often influenced by, and adapted to, special invitations and site-specific spaces – as for example, Living Dead Time, where the work Free Time has been translated into Danish.


The Central Store House, Strandvænget 45, 4000 Roskilde


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