Chronicles Of Work

The online publication assembles the outcomes of the interdisciplinary project »Chronicles of Work,« undertaken by Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, within the years of 2011 to 2014.

The point of departure for the project was the presumption that in today’s western societies the notion of work has been too often reduced to its purely economic dimension: For companies making business, work is a crucial element of competitiveness. For trade unions salary is the main question. This purely economic view on work and labor ignores its social and individual dimensions, abstracts biographical elements, personal ambition, desires or memory. A loss of social ties, on the one hand, and the emergence of new communication strategies within homogenous social groups on the other have been experienced since the beginning of late capitalism and the resultant end of the »ethic of endurance,« deemed the foundation of the employer-employee relationship. Nowadays, as sociologist Richard Sennett explains, it is very much a question of creating relationships between individuals who can no longer rely on the stable organization of the working world.

The publication features a collection of 41 contributions including theoretical essays, abstracts, poetic texts, as well as a great range of video, image, and audio material from over 70 participants.