Be Your Own Boss! presents an interruption to today’s economic environment (which subjects social behaviour to techno-linguistic governance) and asks the audience to claim their agency and “un-work until you’re fired”. Through digital coding, sound, robotics and textiles, Kiah Reading will intervene with the technological and immaterial systems found in any modern corporate setting and rewire them within the exhibition space to question their own operative nature; derived from the idea of productivity as an imperative.
Previously presented through two lecture-performances, this is the first time these reflections on labour, capital, time, technology and the neo-liberalist dream of everyone as a worker–always on call with all assets and time as currency–have been presented in the exhibition setting.
On Wednesday 20 September, the artist will host a listening party of the new ‘seize the means of production’ compilation by the internationally based Xquisite Nihil collective, followed by performances and an informal artist talk.
OPENING / 6 September 2017, 6PM
LISTENING PARTY & TALK / 20 September 2017, 5pm
EXHIBITION / 6 September – 23 September 2017
METRO ARTS GALLERY, Level 2
2017 / Metro Arts – Exhibition Program, co-presented by Metro Arts and Kiah Reading.
SEE ALSO //
Exhibition floor sheet // with words by Holly Childs
Documentation images by Llewellyn Millhouse.
Be Your Own Boss! is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Be Your Own Boss! is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.