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Exhibition: Work Now

Work Now exhibition
13 July – 27 September 2009

Z33
Zuivelmarkt 33, B-3500 Hasselt, Belgium
http://www.z33.be

“With The ‘Work Now’ exhibition, Z33 wishes to reflect upon the concept and meaning of ‘work’ in our present society. Not such an inappropriate choice, considering current events. The present crisis has people thinking about their jobs. But also in times of economic growth it is not unwise to reflect upon how our labour is organised and structured, why this is so, and how this influences our perception of work. ‘Work’ does not only take most of our available time, it often defines our sense of identity in an important way.

The (art) Works in ‘Work Now’ throw light, each in their own way, on the how and why of today’s work in our society. Issues such as flexibility, mobility, motivation, significance, and the work-life balance are dealt with. The art works in ‘Work Now’ are direct or ambiguous, whimsical or dead serious, but always well-founded and critical.

Do we wish to partake in the discourse pertaining to ‘work’ as it is presented to us? Do we want our daily occupations to be meaningful or is there room for meaningless work as well? Is there room only for creative, self-disciplined people with a flexible attitude or are there other ways to ‘work’? What does this mean in terms of an overall economic and societal model?”

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Link: Paul Jorion’s Blog

Paul Jorion’s blog
Human Complex Systems – Economy – Anthropology – Arts – Fun

http://www.pauljorion.com/blog_en/

“Paul Jorion is Doctor in the Social Sciences from the Free University Brussels. He holds MAs in sociology and social anthropology. He’s lectured at the universities of Brussels, Cambridge, Paris VIII and at the University of California at Irvine. He was also a United Nations Officer (FAO), working on development projects in Africa.

For the most recent ten years Paul Jorion has been working in the American finance world as a pricing specialist. Prior to this he was at one time a trader on the futures markets in a French investment bank. He wrote a book on the consequences for the stock market of the bankruptcy of Enron: Investing in a Post-Enron World (McGraw-Hill: 2003). More recently he has published Vers la crise du capitalisme américain? (La Découverte: 2007) and L’implosion. La finance contre l’économie: ce que révèle et annonce “la crise des subprimes” (Fayard: 2008).

Paul Jorion is a Visiting Scholar at the Human Complex Systems Interdepartmental Program of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).”

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