Social Engine - Exploring Flexibility'
a research- and exhibition project on the cultural and social
implications of flexible work forms
in co-operation with Miklós Erhardt
The project was summarised in a comprehensive publication. It contains
contributions by Guillaume Paoli (theoretician/Berlin), Brian Holmes
(art theoretician/Paris), Prof. Endre Sik (sociologist/Budapest)
and Prof. Peter Richter (work-psychologist, Dresden).
The project uses methodologies from the fields of sociology and
work psychology, integrated into the art practice and involves Partners
from the fields of economy and social sciences. It is realized in
co-operation with the Hungarian artist Miklós Erhardt.
The project makes a theme of the influence of flexible concepts
of work on the structure of society, in Germany and Hungary. It
promotes a cognitive concept of art as a tool, whereby the main
goal is to gain knowledge through questioning, and putting new perspectives
on, the most pressing issues linking economy and society.
The project explores the concept of flexible work and life from
the perspective of an artistic discourse. It investigates on the
special role of new concepts and practices of labour introduced
by global economy in transforming existing social networks and identities.
The project also explores ways in which contemporary art can represent
economic processes and serve as a pool of knowledge for social processes.
To give the project a solid scientific background, the artists have
involved scientists. From Germany it is Peter G. Richter, professor
of work psychology at the Institute of Work- and Social Psychology
of the Technical University of Dresden. Also we have started a co-operation
with Hungarian scientist, Prof. Endre Sík sociologist, senior
researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences, ELTE, Budapest.
On the Hungarian side, the presentation of the project's results
is held in the Studio Gallery, the project and exhibition space
of the Studio of Young Artists' Association, Budapest. The exhibition
opens on 25th of May and continues till 23rd of June 2007.
On the German side, the presentation is held in the ACC Galerie,
Weimar. It opens on 8th of June and continues till 12th of August,
Studio of Young Artists Association
Rottenbiller u. 35, H-1077 Budapest
Tel: 0036 - 1 - 342 53 80 Fax: 0036 - 1 - 342 53 80
Burgplatz 1+2, D-99423 Weimar
Tel: 0049 - 3643 - 851261 Fax: 0049 - 3643 - 851263
'The Social Engine - Exploring Flexibility' evolves in the framework
of Bipolar - German/Hungarian cultural projects. Bipolar is an initiative
of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.