ISSS Book Launch: Surrealist Sabotage and the War on Work

Celebrate the publication of Surrealist Sabotage and the War on Work by joining us for a conversation with author Abigail Susik, host Claire Howard, and guests.

In Surrealist sabotage and the War on Work, art historian Abigail Susik uncovers the expansive parameters of the international surrealist movement’s ongoing engagement with an aesthetics of sabotage between the 1920s and the 1970s, demonstrating how surrealists unceasingly sought to transform the work of art into a form of unmanageable anti-work. In four case studies devoted to surrealism’s transatlantic war on work, Susik analyses how artworks and texts by Man Ray, André Breton, Simone Breton, André Thirion, Óscar Domínguez, Konrad Klapheck, and the Chicago surrealists, among others, were pivotally impacted by the intransigent surrealist concepts of principled work refusal, permanent strike, and autonomous pleasure. Underscoring surrealism’s profound relevance for readers engaged in ongoing debates about gendered labour and the wage gap, endemic over-work and exploitation, and the vicissitudes of knowledge work and the gig economy, Surrealist Sabotage and the War on Work reveals that surrealism’s creative work refusal retains immense relevance in our wired world.

Abigail Susik is Associate Professor of Art History at Willamette University.

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We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 09 January 2022, 10.30am – 11.30am (PST). Please check your own timezone.

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