Speculative Labour: On the Work of Charlotte Warne Thomas

Rosamond, Emily. 2015. Speculative Labour: On the Work of Charlotte Warne Thomas. In: Margarida Bröco Amorim; Alejandro J. Ball; Miriam La Rosa and Stefania Sorrentino, eds. In Transition: The Artistic and Curatorial Residency. London: CTC Press, pp. 24-33. ISBN 9780993358708 [Book Section]

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Charlotte Warne Thomas often uses gold in her work as a means through which to complicate concepts and measures of value. What happens to gold - as concept, sign and measure of value - within a speculative financial context, when markets pin value more to prospective future profits than to bullion in reserves? What happens to city spaces, and labour conditions, within such speculative contexts? Warne Thomas’ work, I argue, suggests the need for a theory of speculative labour to account for all of the work required, in our neoliberal moment, in order for people - and properties - to appear valuable as future assets.

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contemporary art, privacy, neoliberalism, labour, surveillance, speculation, critical finance,

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May 2015Accepted
July 2015Published

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10 Oct 2017 10:11

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