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Work, Wealth and Happiness

Alicja Rogalska

Image: Alicja Rogalska, My Friend's Job (2017)

Installation open 5-9.30pm.
Performance & talk 7.30pm.
Free. Please RSVP to

To mark the end of her Artsadmin bursary period, Alicja Rogalska will exhibit four video works: What If As If, My Friend's Job, Dreamed Revolution and Tear Dealer. All four videos resulted from performative situations set up by the artist through a process of dialogue and collaboration with various groups and individuals: a progressive hypnosis session to help activists imagine future society; a shop buying up human tears for cash as a perverse comment on affective labour; international lawyers directly affected by immigration law discussing legal fictions and a protest-song music video with street musicians. The combined running time of the videos is 44 mins.

Alicja will also be in conversation with Jen Harvie to talk about her conceptually driven collaborative practice and socially-engaged filmmaking in the context of recurring themes such as: economies of affect, labour, legal structures, vernacular culture, forms of protest and future-oriented thinking. 

Jen Harvie is Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary University of London. Her work focuses on the cultural politics of performance. Her recent books include Fair Play – Art, Performance and Neoliberalism and The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: Performance Work of Lois Weaver (co-edited with Weaver). She is currently working on a project on feminist theatre and performance in the UK in the context of austerity culture

Alicja will also present an extract from her upcoming performance lecture Anatomy Lesson which she is currently developing for Fascism & The International symposium at West Space gallery in Melbourne. 

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Date and time

18 April 2018

Please note
This is now a past event.


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