Werker Materials 4 / 5 / 6 — A People’s Memory of a Working Class Neighbourhood

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Technical specifications: Offset publication, 44 pp, 40 colour images, 8 black-white images, stapled, hole-punched, sticker sheet, Barcelona 2019, Edition Number: 1, Width: 30 cm, Length: 35 cm, Language(s): Català, Castellano, English. 500 copies.

Photography is a social activity, a gathering place. As Azoulay suggests in her book The Civil Contract of Photography, several agents must be present for the full act of photography to take place, and their roles are interchangeable: model, photographer and viewer. Understanding photography as a gathering place transforms a medium traditionally dominated by unidirectionality (model / photographer) and hierarchy (photographer / viewer) into a social space for the sharing of all sorts of information, which, in our case, links photography and our artistic practice to the vital forms of knowledge and experience of the Marina’s neighbourhoods other diverse platforms, groups and associations, with whom a collective self-representation process has been activated. We round out this proposal with a series of hashtags, with the goal lending continuity to the process by which the neighbourhood’s living memory is constructed, a process that we believe is essential to the production of political and critical imagination: a situated imagination.

Credits: Editors (Werker Collective), Text (Werker Collective), Images (Werker Collective with Memorial Democràtic dels Treballadors de SEAT, Casino SEAT, Plataforma reivindicativa de la Marea Pensionista de Catalunya, Companyia de teatre Vulnus (El Graner), La Inefable (Teatre dels Sentits), La Marina Viva, Ateneu Popular de l’Engranatge, Asociació Guineocatalana Bisila, Arrels (Radio La Marina), She’s i La Marina és Rap (La Bàscula), Associació de Veïns de les Cases Barates i la Colònia Bausili, Treballadors de la fàbrica Santiveri i del Forn d’Arnes), Design (Werker Collective), Publisher (Werker Collective), Funding (Pla de Barris, Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona, Barcelona City Hall)

Diffusion: ‘Werker Materials 4 / 5 / 6 — Memòria Popular d’un Barri Obrer’ La Bàscula, Barcelona 2019. ‘Werker Materials 4 / 5 / 6 — Memòria Popular d’un Barri Obrer’ Sala Pepita Casanellas, Barcelona 2019. ‘Setze barris, mil ciutats’ Edifici Borsí, Barcelona 2019.

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Werker 3 — 365 Days of Invisible Work

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Technical specifications: Offset publication, 780 pp, 367 black-white images, perfect binding, tear-off, Leipzig September, 2017, ISBN: 9783959051569, Edition Number: 1, Width: 11.6 cm, Length: 18 cm, Language(s): English.

365 Days of Invisible Work contains 365 images collected and compiled by the Domestic Worker Photographer Network. Members of this open network took photographs of themselves and others as gardeners, dishwashers, domestic workers, mothers, interns, artists, and as migrant workers, generating a collective and political representation of domestic space. 365 Days of Invisible Work depicts a critical view of domestic work and work at home, as seen through the eyes of contemporary amateur photographers. 365 Days of Invisible Work was conceived as part of the Grand Domestic Revolution, a “living research” project by Casco, Utrecht, that ran from 2009/10–12.

Credits: Editors (Casco & Werker Collective), Text (Marina Vishmidt, Lisa Jeschke), Images (Domestic Worker Photographer Network), Design (Werker Collective), Publisher/s (Casco, Werker Collective, Spector Books), Funding (Stimuleringsfonds).

Diffusion: ‘365 Days of Invisible Work’ (with the Voice of Domestic Workers & the Jo Spence Memorial Archive) Tenderbooks. London, 2018 / ‘365 Days of Invisible Work’ & Bilderkritik 12 — Corridor, Garage, Terrace & Balcony. Sint Lucas Academy of the Arts, Antwerp 2018 / ‘365 Days of Invisible Work’ (with Taula en Defensa dels drets de les treballadores de la llar i les cures) MACBA, Barcelona 2017 / ‘365 Days of Invisible Work’ & Bilderkritik 11 — Street. Casco, Utrecht 2017.

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Werker Materials 1 / 2 / 3 — On Art Education

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Technical specifications: Offset publication, 40 pp, 29 black-white images, stapled, hole-punched, Amsterdam 2016, Edition Number: 1, Width: 19 cm, Length: 24.5 cm, Language(s): English, Dutch. 200 copies.

This publication presents a sequence of three documents on the subject of progressive art education. These documents were gathered in consideration of the recent austerity politics in the Netherlands that add hazard to public education. In 2014 the dutch government passed a bill that turned all previous student grants into loans. Graduates from higher education and University will now start their work life as debt citizens with an average due of between €.21.000 and €.25.000 The paradigm of education as a universal human right is thus further defied by this transformation.Werker Materials is a series of documents that consecutively build an alternative perspective to the current timeframe and its political issues. Werker Materials 1 / 2 / 3 is published on the occasion of To Be Continued: Een Geshiedenis van de Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Amsterdam 2016.

Credits: Editors (Werker Collective), Text (J. Niegman, De 8 en Opbow, No 5, Amsterdam 1938), Images (Barbara Esser, Amsterdam 1965, Bart Molendijk, Amsterdam 1987), Design (Werker Collective), Publisher (Gerrit Rietveld Academie)

Diffusion: ‘To Be Continued: Een Geshiedenis van de Gerrit Rietveld Academie’ Jan van Adrichem, Amsterdam 2016.

Werker 2 — A Spoken History of the Young Worker

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Technical specifications: Offset publication, 108 pp, 75 black-white images, stapled, Amsterdam / Krakow / Winterthur 2016, Edition Number: 1, Width: 29,7 cm, Length: 42 cm, Language(s): Several languages. 1000 copies.

This issue of Werker Magazine presents images and documents that have been compiled from secondhand bookstores, online booksellers, personal archives, and street markets over the last few years. How can documents, that originate from different geographies and historical contexts, be performed by its readers? Pre-organized collectives or any engaged visitors are invited to perform an Image Act using the microphones and scenography provided in the exhibition space. The performances can take any shape but only its sound is recorded. Transcending the borders of the institution into the local context, the recordings are broadcast in public space. A website will keep on expanding, revealing fragments of the recordings and the locations of broadcast.

Credits: Editors (Werker Collective), Text (Werker Archive), Images (Werker Archive), Design (Werker Collective), Publisher (Werker Collective), Funding (Mondriaan Fonds, Manifesta 11, Krakow Photomonth).

Diffusion: ‘The Applicant’ Embassy of the Netherlands. Berlin, Germany. ‘Werker 2 — A Spoken History of the Young Worker’ Manifesta 11 Parallel Events. Winterthur Fotomuseum, Switzerland. ‘Imagineering — (Re)activating the Photographic’ Krakow Photomonth. Poland.

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Werker 6 — Cinema Diary

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Technical specifications: Offset publication, 87 pp, 76 colour images, stapled, Amsterdam 2013, Edition Number: 1, Width: 16 cm, Length: 23 cm, Language(s): English. 500 copies.

This publication presents images and work documents of Matthijs Diederiks (28, artist & filmmaker, Amsterdam). It is photographed and collected during his side job at Cinema Pathé Arena in Amsterdam from 2008 until 2010. Cinema Diary is the first issue of Werker 6, a collection of photo-diaries that reflect on the current working conditions of the youth through modes of self-representation and amateur photography.

Credits: Editors (Werker Collective), Text (Cinema Pathé Arena), Images (Matthijs Diederiks), Design (Werker Collective), Publisher (Werker Collective), Funding (Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst).

Diffusion: ‘Werker 6 — Cinema Diary’ San Serriffe. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ‘Our Work is Never Over’ Matadero. PHotoEspaña. Madrid, Spain.

Werker 7 — The Language of Revolution

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Technical specifications: Newspaper, 48 folded posters + index, 48 colour images, Barcelona 2012, Edition Number: 1, Width: 29,7 cm, Length: 42 cm, Language(s): English. 3000 copies.

Werker 7 is meant to be read and discussed collectively. Display its pages on a wall at home, at school or on the floor of a public square… What is a revolutionary image? Which aesthetic elements are involved in the making of a revolution? Does revolution have a global language? What role does photography and the mass-media play in all this?This issue of Werker takes its title from ‘The Language of Revolution — Tidings from the East’, a 2011 lecture given by Ariella Azoulay, at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Her analysis of Egypt’s revolution, through images from the internet, became the inspiration of this work. highly recommended!

Credits: Editors (Werker Collective), Text (Ariella Azoulay), Images (Werker Archive), Design (Werker Collective), Publisher (Werker Collective), Funding (Espai Cultural Caja Madrid).

Diffusion: ‘New gramars of the body in protest’ Kunstraum. London, 2014. ‘Werker 7 – The Language of Revolution’ San Serriffe. Amsterdam, 2014. ‘Werker 7 – The Language of Revolution’ Composició de lloc III, Espai Cultural Caja Madrid. Barcelona, 2012.

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Werker 2 — A Visual History of the Young Worker

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Technical specifications: Offset publication, 108 pp, 75 black-white images, stapled, Amsterdam / Barcelona 2011, Edition Number: 1, Width: 29,7 cm, Length: 42 cm, Language(s): Several languages. 500 copies.

Werker 2 addresses the Museum by interrogating the relation of the ordinary man with History. From our collection of Worker Photographer publications and other documents depicting labour compiled in second-hand bookstores and antiquaries from Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and U.S.A, we articulate a visual History of Labour centered around the figure of the Young Worker.

Credits: Editors (Werker Collective), Text (Werker Archive), Images (Werker Archive), Design (Werker Collective), Publisher (Werker Collective), Funding (La Virreina Centre de la Imatge).

Diffusion: ‘1979. A Monument to Radical Instants’ La Virreina Centre de la Imatge. Barcelona, Spain.

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Werker ABC — An Illustrated Post-Marxist Reader

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Technical specifications: 3 fanzines, B&W xerox, 80 pp, 70 black-white images per issue, stapled, Amsterdam 2009, Edition Number: 1, Width: 15 cm, Length: 21 cm, Language(s): English. 100 copies.

Werker ABC is the first publication of the Werker series. It was distributed among our fellow students at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy during the ‘Graduation Show’ exhibition. It relates imagery of ‘young men at work’ assembled from many different sources on Internet with contemporary male-leftist theory on labour, also derived from Internet. While these homoerotic leftist readers were distributed in the Art Academy, ‘Werker ABC – Slideshow’ was being displayed in Contemporary Art Screen Zuidas next to Amsterdam’s World Trade Centre.

Credits: Editors (Werker Collective), Text (Giorgio Agamben, Paul Ardenne, Pierre Bordieu, Erik Empson, Brian Holmes, Maurizio Lazzarato, Antonio Negri & Carles Guerra, Jacques Rancière, Vladimir Salnikov, Juha Siltala, TIQQUN, Paolo Virno), Images (Werker Archive), Design (Werker Collective), Publisher (Werker Collective).

Diffusion: ‘Contemporary Art Screen Zuidas’ Amsterdam, 2009. ‘End-exam Show 2009’ Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Amsterdam, 2009.

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