Plug In ICA: Labour of Love: On Digital Economies in the Arts, October 17 - December 12

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presents:

Labour of Love: On Digital Economies in the Arts
October 17 to December 12, 2019

Launching with a Screening of
Videos by Hannah Black
Thursday, October 17 | 7pm

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art • Unit 1 460 Portage Avenue,
Winnipeg MB, CA

On Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7pm, Plug In ICA presents a screening of videos by Hannah Black to launch Labour of Love: On Digital Economies in the Arts, a series of lectures, screenings, and workshops focused on digital economies of labour in the arts. Black's videos highlight the nuance of critical thought, text and prose as they enter the landscape of dream-like excursions that tell of a future-past, or one of an apocalypse to come. As the inaugural event of Labour of Love, Black's video art grounds us in the use of the digital as a way to experience the possibilities of image-making as tools that guide us toward another imaginary, potent feminist expressions, and poetic timescapes. Black will be joining us in person at Plug In ICA for a keynote address on December 12th, marking the closing event of Labour of Love.

Labour of Love or LOL takes the "public course" as a platform for engagement. LOL highlights the various ways in which the digital is interrogated, explored, celebrated, pushed to its limit, reworked, re-invented by artists, scholars, curators, writers and others. The course encompasses a full array of events, delving into such topics as coding, circuit bending, VR, AI and AR, gaming, scanning, and 3D printing. Divided into two streams, a lecture and screening series, and workshops, Labour of Love at its most general examines the relationship between the economics of labour and the digital arts as it contends with the conditions of racial capitalism. As a research platform, we aim to build an understanding of the digital by presenting artists who invent new trajectories through various technologies.

Prominent artist, writer and critic, Hannah Black studied English Literature at Cambridge University before completing an MFA in Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She then participated in Whitney's Independent Study program. Black has published two books, Life (2017), in collaboration with Juliana Huxtable, and Dark Pool Party (2016). Along with Ciarán Finlayson, and Tobi Haslett, Black was the co-author of the seminal article in Artforum, "The Teargas Biennial." She has screened and shown in exhibitions across Europe and the United States most recently at Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art; Sharjah Biennial 14; Performance Space New York; Real Fine Arts, New York; Centre D'Art Contemporain, Geneva; CHisenhale Gallery, London UK; Mumok, Vienna; Arcadia Missa, Paris; and New Museum Theatre, New York.

This program is made possible through the Digital Strategy Fund: Digital Literacy and Intelligence by the Canada Council for the Arts.

All programming is free and open to the public.

Labour of Love: On Digital Economies and the Arts
October 17 to December 12, 2019

Thursday, October 17 | 7pm
Screening of Videos by Hannah Black

October 17-November 17
Screening in Plug In's Breezeway
More, Less, About the Same (2019) by Alyssa Bornn

Tuesday, November 5 | 7 pm
Lecture by Julie Nagam

Thursday, November 7 | 7pm
Lecture by Suzanne Kite

November TBD | 7pm
Presentation by Hyphen-Labs

Friday, November 22 | 6pm
Presentation by IM4 Media Lab

Friday, November 22-23
Workshop by IM4 Media Lab

Monday, December 2 | 7pm
Lecture by Ali Shamas Qadeer

Monday, December 2-6
Workshop by Ali Shamas Qadeer

Thursday, December 5 | 7pm
Lecture by Morehshin Allahyari

Thursday, December 12 | 7pm
Lecture by Hannah Black

For participant bios please refer to the following link.


Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are in the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. Plug In ICA is situated in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1, was signed in 1871, taking this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations in order to make the land available for settler use and ownership. (referenced from the University of Winnipeg)

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Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art

Unit 1, 460 Portage Avenue

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Canada, R3C 0E8