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Working Utopias

Collaborative Research Project of Anke Strauß and Christina Ciupke

Working Utopias is a collaborative research project between a performance artista and an organisation researcher funded by the VW Foundation. Over a two-years period it researches artist-run organizations to examine collaboration under conditions of highly individualized work. It thereby aims at re-examine modes of operation and subjectivities of artists with regard to their social rather than individual dimension. Re-examining artists’ ways of organizing their work-lives also seeks to negotiate the potential of these organizing practices for developing utopian imaginaries based upon solidarity that could become widely adopted by a wider audience of cultural workers.
On a meta-level this collaboration between a performance artist and a social researcher also aims at experimenting with analysing the collected data and exploring new forms of representation.
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