Speakers Series : Arlen Austin and Jason Boughton – “Artists’ Talk: The Amorous Contestations of the Precarious Workers will be the Weapon of Victory.”

April 16, 2012 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
CCS Bard, Seminar Room 1

Arlen Austin and Jason Boughton will give a brief overview of their collaborative practice with special focus on poultry housing, workplace organizing and manicure maintenance.  The presentation will be accentuated by informative graphics and musical selections chosen more with tact and less with taste.    

Arlen Austin (b. 1981, Winooski VT), has worked on an uncompensated or below minimum wage basis for: Columbia University School of the Arts, Scaramouche Gallery, Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association, Brooklyn is Burning, Public Art Fund Development Grant, Daniele Ugolini Contemporary, National Mobilization Against Sweatshops, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Sweatshop Free Upper West Side, Volta NYC, Creative Time/ Queens Museum, 6-9 Months Project Space, Fischer-Landau Center for Contemporary Art,  Barefoot in the Head at Bruce High Quality Foundation, White Box and Frederich Petzel Galleries.  He has currently seized control of the means of production and distribution as co-proprietor of the Hanns Eisler Nail Salon (H.E.N.S.). 

Jason Boughton (b. 1968, Spokane WA), has labored on an uncompensated or below minimum wage basis for: The Public Art Fund, VideoDUMBO, Spin Cycle Post, 911 Media Arts Center (Seattle), Toronto International Film Festival, Daniele Ugolini Contemporary, Franco Soffiantino Gallery (Turin), Volta NYC, Creative Time/Queens Museum, Columbia University School of the Arts, Ludlow 38, 6-9 Month Space, Moscow International Film and Video Festival, Martha Rosler, Vladivostok International Video Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Invagination I & II, Millennium Filmmaker Workshop, Lower Manhattan Community Council, Sidney International Film Festival, National Mobilization Against Sweatshops, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Fisher-Landau Center for Contemporary Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Filmmakers Cooperative, Scaramouche Gallery. He is currently engaged in un-alienated labour as co-proprietor of Hanns Eisler Nail Salon.

Hanns Eisler Nail Salon (H.E.N.S.) (b. 2009) is a polymorphous collective of self-transparent unalienated laborers engaged in the non-hierarchical giving and taking of supple manicures in temporary autonomous zones. H.E.N.S. has produced GuineaKunstRaum Hoey/Wosow, Rhinebeck; Radical Nail Samplers; Alternative Pedagogy and Left Daycare: WorkingtitleforArtwork, by Danna Vajda; Precarious Worker Mixer: a teach-in on unpaid internships, employment law and worker organizing; World Historical Sock Puppet Labor Colloquium; Varick and the Detention Centers of New Jersey (video); Manicure Your Neighborhood: a teach-in on zoning, community planning and the politics of development.  Upcoming projects include workshops on Employer Sanctions Law, Joint Employer Liability law and strike fund administration.

About The Speakers Series:  Each semester the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College hosts a regular program of lectures by the foremost artists, curators, art historians, and critics of our day, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Lectures are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public, and will also be documented through video and/or audio recordings, which will reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives.



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