Searching for a Job? – is a participatory art piece that’s searching for employees to do the work they would like to do.

Searching for a Job? -project turns employment into art

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Searching for a job? combines experimental architecture, social sculpture and documentary filmmaking into a hybrid live art project. It project spreads into urban and media spaces, turning employment into art and contemplating the possibilities of art and work in the era of post-fossil reconstruction. It is art participating in rethinking of society.

Photos: Visa Knuuttila

Searching for a job? is a study on work, time and community. By offering two-month grant periods, we’re looking for people to do exactly the job they want. The project radically questions the concept of work, by severing it from the prevailing result based logic of market economy and exploring the idea of work as a practice of relational positioning.

The application process opens online in February 2020. By completing the questionnaire, the applicant participates in a raffle that allows seven people to work for two months, doing the job proposed by them or planned in collaboration.

Searching for a Job? creates a space for extraordinary deeds: the ones that are quiet, were abandoned, lost in a hurry, dreamed of, did not get done. Ones that need to be done. Or that do not exist yet. That could be dreamed and realized into this world. A good deed. Work that perhaps has not been possible to carry out, or that has seemed too crazy, too wild, too ordinary, non-profitable or vague. That might in the end turn out to be of utmost importance, or that could open a possibility for the most important, in surprising ways.

The project is Finland-wide. Age range is from 4 to 120 years.

Searching for a job? is a partial production by the Live Art Society and Circus Maximus.
The project is funded by the Kone Foundation, the Alfred Kordelin Foundation and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

More information and interview requests:

Lauri Antti Mattila
+358 40 742 7787

Juhani Haukka

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