Empty Action

Labour and Free Time in the Art of Collective Actions

Marina Gerber

Transcript-Verlag

Empty Action

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Pub Date: August 2019

ISBN: 9783837640908

236 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Empty Action

Labour and Free Time in the Art of Collective Actions

Marina Gerber

Transcript-Verlag

Collective Actions is one of the most significant artistic practices to emerge from Moscow Conceptualism. The group’s enigmatic idea of ‘empty action’ is the focal point for Marina Gerber’s exploration of this practice in relation to labor in the late Soviet Union. Based on interviews with members of the group (Monastyrski, Panitkov, Alexeev, Makarevich, Elagina, Romashko, Hänsgen, and Kiesewalter) she exposes the relation between their jobs, their individual art practices, and their contribution to the collective in the context of post-Stalinist debates on labor and free time. Departing from the mundane fact that Collective Actions’ practice took place during free time from work for the Soviet state, Gerber identifies ‘empty action’ as a form of art after work.

About the Author

Marina Gerber has taught at Queen Mary University of London, Berlin University of the Arts, and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Her research interests include modern and contemporary art and its relation to labor, free time, and knowledge.