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2018 May 8, 2018

The honor of work

Det är sexigt att betala skatt, Eva Linder

The subject for the evening is the honor of work, in Swedish Arbetets ära. The title is taken from a monument over the working class in Malmö created by artist Axel Ebbe in 1929. The sculpture group is placed on Möllevångstorget, Malmö and depicts naked bodies carrying a rock in their bare arms. The industrial skyline of Malmö is also depicted on the massive stone. The whole society rests on the shoulders of the working class. That is the honor of work and the workers. But how does this honor look today? In a near future where machines are doing work, together with artificial intelligence, what will happen with the work and the honor?  Are we left with the degradation of manual work, where the dirty jobs are managed by underpaid labor living under poor conditions, and on the other hand the magical artistic work?  Will machines and artificial intelligence also dream and feel honor and pride? And why must people who have a job work themselves to the point of death? Do we have a Swedish form of the Japanese phenomenon Karōshi (Japanese= death by overwork) or a local variant of the Soviet Stakhanovism? A Lutheran Stakhanovism?

Guest: artist and writer Dmitri Plax 
Curator: Nils Claesson

Presented by WORKAWORK in collaboration with Filmform.
We have a limited amount of seats. Please book a seat in advance.
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WORKAWORK is a multidisciplinary artistic research project supported by Vetenskapsrådet (the Swedish research Council) and managed by The Royal Institute of  Art.

Titles distributed by Filmform:


Bodies of Society

Klara Liden

2006, 00:05:00


A Ruda Roadmovie

Marie Obbel Bondeson

2002, 00:08:19


Project for a Revolution

Johanna Billing

2000, 00:03:11


Det är sexigt att betala skatt

Eva Linder

2005, 00:10:40


Det viktigaste nu är att må dåligt

Björn Perborg

2018, 00:04:34

More titles in programme

Diamond People, Sara Jordenö, 2016, 30 min

Karaoke, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, 2001, 11 min